Wild Horse Trip: Oct 2018
Wild Horse Photography Mentoring Trip October 2018
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With the planned round-up of the Onaqui herd temporarily postponed until 2019, I’ll be heading back to Utah to photograph my favorite band of wild horses in October/November, and YOU have the opportunity to join me! The area we’re going has large groups of wild horses in many interesting colors, scenic mountain backgrounds, lots of interaction between horses. Each trip will have no more than three attendees, so I can provide custom coaching on any aspect of photography or business that you need. Guidance will be in the field as we shoot, as well as back at the hotel, or during other down times (mid-day, dinner, etc). You are guaranteed to receive at least 5 hours of dedicated coaching, plus a follow-up phone or video chat after our trip, and special access to a private Facebook group for follow-up questions. (Mentoring rates normally begin at $250 for a 90-minute private session.)
Want to know about photography techniques? How to photograph horses in particular? How to get creative with your camera settings? How to understand and use natural light? Creative composition? Incorporating emotion into your photos? Or maybe you are an advanced photographer who needs help on the business side of things. Marketing tips? Business set-up? SEO? We can also critique images or do a portfolio review. It’s all fair game.
DATES: October 27-30, 2018
PRICE: $1695 per person (3 people maximum)
WHAT’S INCLUDED: Transportation between the Hampton Inn in Tooele and our photography locations. Experienced guidance to find wild horses and navigate the roads. Custom mentoring and coaching on any aspect of photography, horse photography, business, or marketing you wish (EXCEPT off-camera lighting). One follow-up phone or video mentoring session (90 minutes).
WHAT’S *NOT* INCLUDED: Lodging. Transportation to/from Tooele (unless our flights coordinate so I can drive you to/from the airport in Salt Lake City). Meals. Camera equipment.
October 27: We arrive October 27th. I will be flying in to Salt Lake City about noon and picking up my rental 4WD vehicle, and can pick you up at the airport if our flight times coordinate, or we can meet that evening at the Hampton Inn Hotel in Tooele, Utah, make a grocery run for our daytime supplies, have dinner out, start our coaching time, and get to bed early.
October 28-29: We will be out finding and photographing the horses from before sunrise to after sunset. The only food/drinks during the day will be what we bring with us in the car. The hotel has an early breakfast included in its price, and we will likely bring drinks and food to eat out in the field during the day (I will provide a cooler). Dinner is back in Tooele, and is a great time to discuss the day and continue our coaching.
October 30: Early morning photography outing. Departure in the late afternoon or evening after, and I’m happy to drive you to the Salt Lake City Airport if our flight times coordinate.
REQUIREMENTS: You should have a solid working knowledge of your specific camera gear; while I am happy to help with questions, I will not be familiar with every camera model out there. I strongly suggest that your photography be at an intermediate level or above, although it’s fine if you’ve never photographed horses or wildlife before. This trip will involve lots of walking over varied terrain, and involves long, moderately strenuous days, so the ability to walk moderate distances (up to a couple of miles at a time, maximum) and carry/hold your gear is a must. Weather may vary, so we should be prepared for chilly mornings/evenings, and lots of sun during the day; but conditions can change quickly. We will be monitoring the weather carefully. Once you book, I can provide some suggestions for how to dress and what to bring.
DISCLAIMERS: Once you book, you will need to sign a liability waiver. Also, the weather is outside our control. Because the roads are not paved, rain may make certain areas impassable; I STRONGLY suggest purchasing trip insurance for this reason, as no weather-related refunds may be given. I have chosen the dates to maximize our chance of good weather, and I will be using a 4WD vehicle suitable for the area. We are not guaranteed to find wild horses, but I have never gone to this location and NOT found them, since I have years of experience observing their favorite spots within this terrain.
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