Les Saintes Maries De La Mer Camargue Workshop
Where the southern coast of France meets the Mediterranan Sea.
The Carmarge photography Workshop includes :
10 photographic sessions
We will shoot early in the morning and late evening capturing sunrise and sunsets at our various locations. Each day we will have 2 – two hour long sessions – photographing the horses while they demonstrate their love of freedom and play. Each day brings a different location including the Mediterranean Sea, beaches, sand dunes, salt flats, marshes and grassy wetlands. Also included a wonderful opportunity to photography Mares and Foals at liberty in pastures as well as stallions sparing in the shallow wetlands.
The Camargue horse is an ancient breed of horses indigenous to the Camargue area in southern France. As the name suggests these horses come from the wetland area at the mouth of the River Rhone. The Camargue is a haven of wetlands, natural lakes and marshes based at the Mediterranean Sea. The horses themselves although spirited, upon approach are incredibly gentle as well as curious in their demeanor, which will make for a wonderful interaction after each run. Yes, some of the horses will come right up to you looking for a gentle rub or possibly the baguette in your back pocket.
The Guardians are the expert riders trained to create stunning opportunities for our participants. The guardian will skillfully drive the horses towards our awaiting cameras. The Camargue horses will gallop in the ocean, run along the beaches, as well as through marshes, wetlands and lagoons creating incredible photographic opportunities. There will be several drives with the horses coming straight at our cameras, while the water splashes all around.
Photographing horses in the Mediterranean Sea
The guardians will gently lead 2 to 3 horses at a time into the sea while we align along the beach. Once released, the horses will turn and gallop through the waves out of the sea. The horses are neck deep so they are working harder to move through the water creating dramatic images. The guardians will also release the horse to run along side the ocean on the beach with the sea as a backdrop. There may also be an opportunity to photo a model riding bareback while running along side the ocean.
Photograph Mares and Foals
If all goes well with Mother Nature we will have the opportunity to photograph mother and foals at liberty. We will join the mares and their foals in a thick grassy pasture. The foals are playful as they nuzzle with their mother. Although the foals can be a bit shy upon our arrival, they will soon relax possibly approaching us for a quick peak. As you may know the Camargue horse does not turn white until its third year. The foals will be a brownish color possible with dapples making for wonderful contrast with the white mare. The foals cannot be guaranteed, it will all be up to Mother Nature. In this case we would move to the parc to photograph the flamingos.
Photographing Sparring Stallions
The guardians have spent the last couple of seasons perfecting the opportunity to photography sparring horses. The guardian will arrange an older stallion with one of his off springs during this session. We will drive to a small lake where the guardians will set up a small roped off area in the shallows of the lake. The participants gather along side to set up. The older stallion and offspring will spar, raring up, bearing their teeth with focused eye. The water adds the dramatic splash as they play fight. The sparring is in no way dangerous to either horse, the stallion allows his offspring to refine his skills. This is one time where shooting low produces spectacular results.
Photograph white horses in the wetlands marsh
This is one of Jodie’s favorites. The guardians will guide the horses to the deeper side of the marsh driving them through the wetlands towards us. This body of water will be chest deep for the horses, thus creating a wonderful spray. The wetland is peaty and framed with reeds and tall grass, so the horses will become dappled with mud after the first run or two. Also the horses love to roll after their first run, it is important to note the first run will produce the whitest of the horse. This gives us the opportunity to photograph them pristine as well as wild like.
The Camargue is a wonderfully unspoiled wetlands area where thousands of Pink flamingos call home. This area is almost as well known for its Pink Flamingos as it is for the white horses. The Parc Ornithologique De Pont De Gau is a 150-acre park located 10 minutes (by car) from our hotel. Pink Flamingos and Great Blue Herons live freely in this wildlife wetland park coming and going as they please. You can photograph them individually or flying in flocks above you, so don’t forget to look up. The birds are fed in the early morning and evening. As the feeding time approaches the flamingos become very active moving from lake to lake. Jodie’s favorite is when they tap dance along the waters surface prior to full flight. It’s a must see but make sure you apply DEET prior to your arrival.
Tony Bonanno is an internationally renowned professional photographer who has worked extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, the Caribbean, Cuba, Central America, Mexico, Africa, and Australia. His diverse subjects have ranged from the President and First Lady of the United States to indigenous peoples and their cultures, to capturing the beauty and rhythms of running horses in his acclaimed “Hooves & Dust” fine-art series. Tony maintains a state of the art studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Tony’s “Hooves & Dust” series is acknowledged as one of the iconic contemporary portfolios depicting the raw power, grace, and beauty of western horses. Both horse lovers and art collectors have praised the “Hooves & Dust” series.
Jodie Willard is an award winning International Photojournalist who specializes in disaster relief work. Based in Santa Barbara, her assignments have taken her to over 40 countries and 7 continents. In the last 15 years she has documented war and natural disasters for The Women’s Commission, The International Rescue Committee, Bill Clinton special envoy and Direct Relief International.
In addition to disaster relief work, Jodie’s love for the natural world coupled with her passion for adventure has evolved into leading workshops globally. She enjoys photographing wildlife in extreme environments, working the Antarctic, the Polar Region and Iceland as well as underwater around the world. Jodie maintains a gallery, studio and Photoworkshops.com in Santa Barbara, California
$4595 (min 6 people)
Based on double occupancy.
Single occupancy upon request limited quantity available supplement of $600
Tour includes 10 photo shoots :
The tour boasts the most photo shoots of any tours/workshops available with 10 Morning and afternoon shoots.
The location will change daily from the wetlands and meadows to the Mediterranean Sea as well as the sand dunes along the beach. With three special shoots – fighting Stallions – mothers and foals and a model riding in the sand dunes.
Sunday : arrival at any time
Monday : AM run in water (Wetland)
Monday : PM run in water (Wetland or lagoon)
Tuesday AM: run on the beach and in the sea
Tuesday PM: run in water (Marsh)
Wednesday AM: Mothers and foals at liberty
Wednesday PM: run in water (Lagoon/slat flats)
Thursday AM: Stallions fighting
Thursday PM: Run in water (Wetland)
Friday AM: Young lady riding a horse in the sand dunes
Friday PM: run in water (Wetland)
Saturday : Departure mid day
Arrive in Marseille Airport. A car rental is necessary for this trip and we recommend renting a car at the Marseille airport. Renting a car will give you the flexibility to drive to the town center as well as the Parc Ornithologique De Pont De Gau Flamingo sanctuary. I recommend sharing a car, just let me know if you are interested. The rental agencies are located a short walk out of baggage claim, adjacent to the airport.
Acommodations MANGIO FANGO SPA Hotel or the recently renovated MAS DE CALABRUN depending on availability.
Meet and greet cocktail Party upon arrival
10 private sessions with the Camargue horses.
Review and critique of images
Lunch and Dinners
$1500 due upon receipt of registration,
Click here for payment process
Payment options: Paypal Credit card processed through paypal, Check or Wire Transfer.
Due upon Registration
Click here for PDF
Due upon Registration
Click here for PDF
A Comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy must cover clients before joining any tour, including Trip Cancellation Coverage. This is a requirement from our agent. This policy must include adequate cover for baggage loss, medical expenses, should the client be too ill to continue on the tour, insurance must include air ambulance, flying doctor, or helicopter rescues.