North Texas Equine Photography Workshop

Next Workshop:
Three day workshop:  SPRING 2020
Info below is from 2019, but will give you an idea of the next workshop



$100 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.  

Tentative Schedule
Switching it up this year, as suggested by past attendees. More classroom, less photoshoots and some optional free time. Still plenty of photoshoots!
2-4pm -Optional camera basics class. Extra fee required.
5:30 to 7:30pm Optional Meet & Greet Dinner/Drinks place TBD
Sunrise to 10am- Photo session - tentatively stock horses under saddle and some portraits.
11-1pm Lunch
2-4pm Classroom work
5pm-Sunset on the lake this will require a 1/2 mile easy hike to location
Sunrise to 10am Arabians - liberty/ horse portraits in authentic customs, possible horse/human models
11am-12:30pm lunch
1pm to 4pm- Business Q&A or optional free time. See other activities for ideas on things to do!
4:30pm to sunset - Styled shoot. Natural horsemanship/liberty
9am - 1pm Lightroom and Photoshop classroom work.
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. Classroom times will not change.

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 we may have some off camera lighting opportunities and 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. 

Location & Lodging: Most of the photoshoots will be near Pilot Point and surrounding towns. Our classroom work will be at Lone Star Lodge and Marine. The have King and Double rooms available for a flat rate of $99/night. I highly recommend lodging here and booking early. They are a popular wedding location so I recommend booking early. If you want to share a room please let me know and I will put you in touch with others that wish to share. I had those who sign up to a Facebook group so you can communicate with other attendees. If you are bringing a spouse, plenty of things to do for them while you are at the workshop. Recommended airports are DFW and Dallas Love Field. I prefer DFW.

Photography Experience: There will not be any basic camera instruction at this workshop, so a good working knowledge of your camera is recommended.  I will offer a basic class the day before the workshop as an add on to the workshop. 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. I will be giving an optional 2 hour basic camera operations on May 16, 2019.  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.  Since this is more of a teaching workshop and I hold nothing back, commercial/stock use must be pre-approved.

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 8-10 photographers. I base the attendance cut off on the amount of less experienced photographers that signup.  For those who just want to watch and learn there are 5 additional auditor spots. Those auditing may not use any camera equipment during the workshop.

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Photo credit: Jo H Photography

Photo credit: Jo H Photography

Workshop fee TBD for the workshop.  Discount for repeat attendees! It will cover instruction for the day, state park fee, models, photo assistants (ear-getter-uppers) drinks during the day and lunch on Friday and Saturday. 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. 
A contract agreement/waiver is required to attend the workshop.

What is NOT included: Breakfast, snacks, dinner, lodging, airfare, other activities, transportation to and from airport, tips for assistants. If you prefer to audit the class, it is there is a $249 flat fee.   

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 $199 to hold your spot.  Balance must be paid by May 1, 2019.
Payment plan of four 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. I picked the lodging location for this in mind. Plus I have given some free time incase you need something else to do. Lone Star Lodge and Marine has boat, kayak and jet ski rentals. It is right on the lake so you may want to try a little fishing (license required). Down the road from the lodge is Black Mustang Ranch where you can rent a horse and trail ride. Pick Strawberries at Pecan Creek Farm. Shop some of the many equine related stores in the area. Visit the local Vodka Distillery or one of the many restaurants. Photography all day can give you aches and pains, visit the Purple Door Spa close by. Take hike, great trails all around the park.

Photo credit : Jo H Photography

Photo credit : Jo H Photography

Images taken by workshop attendees