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 North Texas Equine Photography Workshop

Next Workshop:
Three day workshop:  April 23-26, 2020

Guest Speakers for 2020!
Marketing For Equine Photographers

Presented by Kirstie Marie Photography.
Lightroom - Lightroom Ecosystem
Presented by Guy Phillips of What’s That Guy Name


$150 off to returning attendees!

This three-day workshop will be held in the North Texas Horse Country.  The location will be based in North Texas in the middle of horse country.  There will be an optional meet & greet the night before the workshop.

Our home base will be at Wildwood Ranch in Whitesboro Texas. Most sessions will be here, but there will be a few off site.
Classroom work will also be at this location.
Lodging will be available on a 1st come 1st serve. Must pay additional retainer to hold your room. Please see lodging for more info.

Tentative Schedule
3:00pm DFW Airport Pickup
6:00 to 7:30pm Optional Meet & Greet Dinner/Drinks place Wildwood Ranch
Sunrise to 9:30am- Photo session - Wildwood Ranch
10-1:30pm Break/Lunch
1:30-4pm Classroom work
5pm-Sunset- Photo Session Gypsy Horses
Sunrise to 10am -Reining Horses or Red River
11am-12:30pm -Break/lunch
1pm to 4pm- Classroom work
4:30pm to Sunset - Wildwood Ranch
Sunrise -9am- Wildwood Ranch
9:30 am Check out time
10:00 Brunch & Q&A time
12:30 DFW airport dropoff.

This is a tentative schedule. Due to spring weather and with the horse business all shoots are subject to change. Dates will not change due to weather.

Photo sessions may include horse with human models, horse and rider, mares and foals, liberty, headshots and conformation. Most sessions will be with natural light, but you are welcome to bring your own lighting equipment.  We will have a good variety of humans and horses together and horse only sessions. I hope to provide subjects that attendees want to photograph and those that are usable for stock images and building your portfolio.  During the 1st photo session, I will give demos, explaining my settings, my workflow and other details. Through out the remaining part of the workshop, I will not explain as much as I want you to be able to leave the workshop with confidence to do your own photoshoot. I or one of my assistants will be right there for questions and help.

Location & Lodging: Most of the photoshoots will be near Whitesboro, TX and nearby. Our home base & classroom work will be at Wildwood Ranch. I have rented the location for the workshop and will handle room assignments. I highly recommend lodging here and booking early to guarantee your space. Lodging info for Wildwood Ranch will be sent to everyone after workshop retainer has been sent. I can send alternative lodging if needed as well. Recommended airports are DFW and Dallas Love Field. I will only be picking up and dropping off at DFW. Please make note of pickup and drop off times in schedule.

Photography Experience: There will not be any basic camera instruction at this workshop, so a good working knowledge of your camera is recommended.  Recommended settings will be suggested throughout the workshop as well as other instruction. If you can shoot in Manual, Aperture or Shutter Priority and know to change white balance and ISO you should be fine.  If you feel you need a basic camera operations you can take the class or private lesson.   Each attendee will receive a questionnaire when their retainer is received.  It will ask several questions about your camera knowledge, camera model and photography experience.  This will help me understand what areas you may need help in.  It will ask what subjects you would like to cover and any special request.  

Model Releases.  You will be able to use the images for self-promotion, portfolio, fine art, media and journalism.  To make a variety for repeat attendees, I try to use different models, locations and horses each year. There are a few I use regularly, but very seldom back to back years.

Details: A more complete schedule will come out as we come closer to the event.  Usually a week before the workshop.  Due to the nature of the horse business and weather unpredictability, schedule changes, subject matter and location changes maybe necessary.

Workshop will be limited to 8-14 photographers. I base the attendance cut off on the amount of less experienced photographers that signup.  
Auditing: For those who just want to watch and learn there are 5 additional auditor spots. Those auditing may not use any equipment during the workshop, but may take notes. Cell phone photos are ok, but no video or recording of workshop allowed.

Photo credit: Jo H Photography

Photo credit: Jo H Photography

Workshop fee $1350 for the workshop.  Discount for repeat attendees! It will cover instruction for the day, models, photo assistants (ear-getter-uppers) and the Thursday night meet and greet. Also includes an invite to our private facebook group where you can ask questions and get advice year round from me and other members of the group. If you prefer to audit the class, it is there is a $349 flat fee.   

A contract agreement/waiver is required to attend the workshop.

What is NOT included: Meals, lodging, airfare, other activities, transportation to and from airport other than designated times, tips for assistants.
What you need to bring: DSLR Camera, Lenses, I recommend a 70-200 and a wide angle.  Laptop with post processing software- Photoshop and lightroom prefered.  A more detailed list will be sent to attendees closer to the date of the event. 

You must pay a non-refundable retainer of $299 to hold your spot.  Balance must be paid by April 1, 2020.
Payment plan of four or more payments can be arranged. Returning attendees ask about a discounted fee. 

Other activities In previous workshops, spouses have traveled and have needed some fun things to do. Wildwood Ranch has some hiking trails, a pool and pond. Great place to relax. Texoma Lake is nearby.

Photo credit : Jo H Photography

Photo credit : Jo H Photography


Images taken by workshop attendees