THE CARA GRIMSHAW PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 

#CGPW1

Professional equestrian and horse sport photography workshop.

3-days of intensive, hands-on learning in a small group setting at the stunning Southlands Riding Club in Vancouver. Specifically tailored for those with aspirations of professional photography in the equestrian industry.

Only 10 spaces, apply now to be part of #CGPW1
Early bird deadline March 25th (regular deadline April 15th 2018)



CARA
GRIMSHAW
PHOTOGRAPHY
WORKSHOPS


  • Upcoming workshops:

    #CGPW3SINGAPORE
    (June 22) 1 day workshop [ More details ]
Equestrian photography workshops specifically tailored to strengthen skills, explore creativity and build confidence in your equestrian portraiture and horse sport photography.  Choose from a selection of 1 day action and portraiture workshops (CGPW) and Express workshops (CGPWexpress) that give you an exclusive hands on learning opportunity to photograph along side Cara Grimshaw a live horse show or horse race.  Once a year there is an online & call 6 week workshop that you can do from anywhere, all you need is access to horses to photograph.
CGPW
1 day workshop: Action and Portraiture (#CGPW)
The 1 day workshop experience is specifically tailored to equestrian photographers - aspiring and professionals. Whether you are looking to learn to see more creatively, gain confidence in directing a portrait session or be comfortable covering horse shows there will be the opportunity to push your comfort zones, develop your skills, increase creativeness and strengthen your technical.
Interactive and hands on learning from with an online community element. The workshops are focused on helping you further understand and improve your portraiture, action, editorial and photojournalist photography. Whilst the workshop offers technical learning it is not without the chance to explore creativity, storytelling skills and evolve photographic style.

The workshops cover a variety of topics, but not limited to:
+ connecting with the subjects and telling their story
  • + composing simple and unique images
    + understanding ambient light and shadows,
    + utilising backdrops
    + improving use of angles
    + developing an eye for candid moments.
    + action shot timing
  • + working under pressure
    + equipment use
  • + directing and creating a portrait flow (not included in EXPRESS workshops)

  1. Portraiture
    Using natural light participants are given the opportunity to work on their portraiture skills of both horses alone and horses with humans. Participants will have chance to develop their use of angles, backdrops and use of available light to create dynamic and unique images. Participants can practice shooting various scenarios, gain confidence directing, working the flow of their portrait session and also learn how to handle shoots that aren't going quite as planned. There may also be the opportunity to shoot horses turned out for shots of horses doing what they do best - Have fun in the field! . Please note there is no guarantee that black background shoots will take place due to site logistics and time limitation. No additional lighting will be used during this workshop (that will be another workshop at another time). 

  2. Action photography
    Participants will be able to try shooting everything from basic flat work to Prix St. George level, Jumpers of all varying skill levels. Both indoor and outdoor (sand and grass) rings will be available to provide experience in shooting action in various (and not always easy) environments. Participants will be encouraged to work on timing of shots by predictively reacting, telling stories, understanding how horses move, how to work with the environment and your gear limitations, what to avoid and how to avoid it.  A must have for those looking to cover at horse shows.

  • Post Processing, editing and image critique 
    The 1 day on site workshops do not cover the technicals of editing (e.g photoshop step by step etc - This will be a future workshop!) however the creative and basic aspects of editing your images will be covered with supplemental online materials (pdf etc).  In addition, you are asked to supply a selection of your top images from the workshop for review and feedback by  Cara Grimshaw over a Skype/google hangout call after the workshops as part of the mentoring you receive.

  • In addition, you will be able to join the private Facebook group for the CGPW  'alumni' to post images for other participants (and Cara, time permitting) to view and provide their own feedback. This aids learning on how to give a valued critique and build peer relationships.  It sounds scary, but is actually surprisingly constructive and confidence building. Participants will have access to a closed Facebook group to keep connected and share work, long after the workshop.




UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

CGPW3
Singapore - June 22 2019

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CGPW Express


EXPRESS workshops (#CGPWexpress)


  • The EXPRESS workshops are specifically tailored for those aspiring photographers looking to improve their skills and creativity in covering horse shows or horse racing. You will be an accredited photographer and shoot along side Cara Grimshaw, learning first hand!

  • These one of a kind workshops are only able to run with the kindness of the show organisers and venue hosts. We as photographers are incredibly lucky and privileged to have exclusive access! 

  • All the elements from the CGPW workshops will be covered however the only difference is that you will be shooting a live event.

    Spaces are limited to ensure that the experience is tailored to you.

  • What to expect:
    Horse shows - Typically a full day of shooting! There will be several breaks through out the day where you can download your images if needed, have a mental break and refuel.

  • Singapore racing workshops - Early morning training sessions typically run from 6am-noon. The race day workshops typically run Friday evenings (5pm-10pm) or Sunday afternoons (2pm-7pm). 

  • Travel planning and scheduling:
    Successful applicants will be notified way ahead of time of their acceptance to allow for any travel plans to be made. Workshop fee does not include travel costs (ground transport, flights, accommodation, parking etc)

  • Food and drinks:
  • Participant will be responsible for their own food (purchase on site or bring with)

  • Note: All prices shown do not include 5% GST. Only Canadian residents are required to pay GST.


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS



CGPW3 SINGAPORE


A 1 day workshop designed with the unique shooting conditions of Singapore in mind. 
This 1 day workshop is suitable for ALL levels of photographer (even phone cameras!) with or without equestrian knowledge.  Hosted in partnership with Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre. Only 5 spaces available.

REGISTER NOW (deadline June 15 2019)
S$250

1 day workshop: Action and Portraiture
The 1 day workshop experience is specifically tailored to all levels of photographers who would like to try out or improve photographing horses.
Whether you are looking to learn to see more creatively, gain confidence in photographing horses or learn how to photograph a horse in action this workshop offers the perfect opportunity to push your comfort zones, develop your skills, increase creativeness and strengthen your technical knowledge.
Interactive and hands on learning . The workshops are focused on helping you further understand and improve your portraiture, action, editorial and photojournalist style of photography. Whilst the workshop offers technical learning it is not without the chance to explore creativity, storytelling skills and evolve photographic style.

The workshop covers a variety of topics, but not limited to:
  • + composing simple and unique images
    + understanding ambient light and shadows,
    + utilising backdrops
    + improving use of angles
    + developing an eye for candid moments.
    + action shot timing
  • + connecting with the subjects and telling their story
    + equipment use
  • + directing and creating a portrait flow (for more experienced photographers)

  1. Portraiture
    Using natural light participants are given the opportunity to work on their portraiture skills of both horses alone and horses with humans. Participants will have chance to develop their camera skills, use of angles, backdrops and use of available light to create dynamic and unique images. No additional lighting will be used during this workshop (that will be another workshop at another time). 

  2. Action photography
    Participants will be able to try shooting basic horse movement (dressage) to showjumping. Participants will be encouraged to work on timing of shots by predictively reacting, telling stories, understanding how horses move, how to work with the environment and your gear limitations, what to avoid and how to avoid it.  
Workshop schedule (tentative)
7.00 - 8.00 - Introduction, safety briefing, Breakfast and classroom learning session
8.00 - 10.00 - Shooting session 2
10.00 - 10.30 - Coffee Break
10.30 - 12.00 - Shooting session 2
12.00 - 1.00 - Lunch / Break
1.00 - 2.30 - Class room Classroom learning session, chance to edit (It's too hot to shoot!)
2.30 - 4.00 - Shooting session 3
4.00 - 4.30 - Break
4.30- 5.30 - Shooting Session 4
5.30 - 6.00 - Wrap up (classroom) and end.

Location

Singapore Turf Club
Riding Centre.

Date & Time

June 22 2019

7.00AM - 6.00PM


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Mentoring & coaching 



  • Mentoring will cover image critique and feedback, general photography skill development, questions, business plans (if taking the business add on)

    Included in some  CGPW workshops is 2-month  mentoring and coaching by Cara Grimshaw to ensure that your skills continue to develop.  Typically the mentoring sessions are an optional add-on.

  • Please note some workshops do not offer complimentary 2 months mentorship due to Cara's workload and and travel schedule. 

  • Prerequisite - CGPW and business add-on

  • Whats included?
    + Two 60-90 minute phone/video call per month
  • + One email reply a week with questions, support, image review. 
  • + Ongoing access to the activity in the private CGPW  Facebook alumni community.  

  • If the workshop does not include mentoring as part of the workshop cost, additional months of mentoring can be purchased in 2, 4 or 6 months packages.
  •  
  • If taking the business add on, the mentoring starts upon completion of the 3 week business add on.


mENTORING PACKAGES

2 months $90.00

4 months $160.00

6 months $240.00

Business add-on


  • If you're looking to take your photography business to the next level, or even make the step into professional photography this optional add-on is perfect for you. Done online and over a once a week 60-90 min call you will be provided coaching on the following. 

  • + Working with clients such as private portrait clients, press and media, editorial and commercial.
    + Building portfolios 
  • + Branding yourself and your online presence.
  • + How to keep your photography creative mind on track
  • + Identifying and understanding your market
  • + Image licensing
  • + Improving work flows
    + Pricing and calculating your value

  • For those looking for support in building their photography business such building portfolios, working at events, navigating the industry and fine tuning your business action plans this add on option is a must! You must take the 1 day CGPW workshop as a prerequisite.

    Bonus!
    Participants who complete the business add on and a minimum of 2 months mentoring have the additional bonus of: (some terms and conditions apply)
    • + Reference letters for industry association applications 
    • + Added to Cara Grimshaw's trusted network of equestrian photographers for work referrals


Price

$300.00 CAD 

Application requirements. 

Are the workshops the right fit for you?

Most  CGPW & CGPWexpress workshops : Suitable for photographers looking to improve their equestrian photography, learn new skills and who have an understanding of horses. Participants are familiar with using a DSLR or Mirrorless (interchangeable lenses), shooting in RAW format is preferred, editing images using Lightroom or Photoshop/PS Camera RAW. If you are looking a more basic level workshop that touches on how to use a camera or iphone photography, most of these workshops is not suitable for you. 


More basic level workshops:
If you are looking a more basic level workshop (never seen a horse before, only just discovered photography, phone camera only) , there are workshops being planned to cater for you! (The CGPW3SINGAPORE workshop is perfect for you!)

General application requirements: 

(CGPW3SINGAPOREPlease view application requirements here)

  • + Open to anyone, worldwide with a minimal level of photography knowledge.
  • + All ages (under 18 must have parental or guardian written consent).
  • + Understanding of English language (the workshop will be held in English)
  • + At least 1 DSLR (film permitted for the second camera but you must be able to develop and scan into digital) and interchangeable lens. 
  • + Mirrorless cameras are permitted. 
  • + Able to shoot in Manual mode comfortably (full program modes won't be used if possible). Aperture and Shutter priority mode only? Still apply, you will be encouraged to move onto using Manual mode in the workshop
  • + Able to shoot in RAW format comfortably (and edit the files) - Not familiar? We will go over what and why we use RAW.
  • + Able to submit at least 4 images with your application showing your current skill level
  • + A computer/laptop or equivalent. (ipads or equivalents will make the work harder than it needs to be!)

Meet the requirements? Apply to attend, limited spaces are available.

Unsure if you meet the requirements? Drop me an email cara.grimshaw@gmail.com



On hand knowledge

 As part of the workshop you will have access to trusted experts:

Sam Chua

Photographer, retoucher (www.samchuaphoto.com)

Sam is known as a wizard when it comes to studio and on-location lighting and uses his extensive photoshop experience to perfect to his images. Working with the local acting talent of all ages, in particular children, his ability to bring out the best of those in front of his camera is admirable. Studying photography and Photoshop at Langara College Sam has since fine-tuned his lighting skills to create work that's technically accurate yet creative. Sam will be assisting with photoshop and editing questions. He is allergic to horses, loves to talk about science and lives for sugar. 



Who is Cara Grimshaw?


Cara Grimshaw - A commercial, editorial and portraiture photographer exclusively focused on elite horse sports, horse racing, event reportage, marketing media and prestigious brand and venue coverage. Based in Vancouver Canada with a part time base in Singapore.

Born and raised on a horse in the UK, Cara has spent the past 18 years living in Vancouver. Taking the respected photography certificate courses at Langara College has set the foundation for jumping into full-time photography. Years on Cara has built a prestigious and respected client roster including the FEI, Spruce Meadows, CHIO Aachen, Equestrian Canada, Equestrian Australia, Singapore Turf Club and international riders, teams and racing trainers..

Cara can often be found standing away from other photographers with a 300mm, singing to herself and drinking caffeine. 

Memberships:  AIPS, IAEJ, NPAC, CAPIC


A personal note from Cara Grimshaw: (...the cliche part)

As I sat in a photography class I quickly realised how much I didn't know. Quitting my full-time job to do photography after years of "practising",  having a support system of experienced professionals behind me is something I will always cherish.  As I progressed and established my style in a saturated industry I began to understand why with the help of my mentors why I was pushed out of my comfort zones. I had to figure out what drives me as a photographer,  improve my technical skills, learn the importance of remaining unique and respecting my value as a working photographer. The lessons I learnt from being given a chance to explore my skills I am forever grateful for. 

There are a lot of workshops out there - why are my workshops and masterclasses different?
Because equestrian photography isn't just about taking pretty pictures of your friend's horses for free.  You'll be guided, supported and encouraged to work through those barriers that have been holding you back as a photographer whether you're new to the industry or established. Your photographs will evolve and you'll develop skills you didn't know you needed.




Visit:

www.caragrimshaw.com


IG: @kiwinky

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Twitter: @KIWINKY



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Ready to register? Let's go!

CGPW1 - 8 week online masterclass - Jan 2019 - Registration closed!
CGPW3SINGAPORE- 1 day workshop // June 22 2019 //  Singapore  - 
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
CGPW3express - Race horse training and/or Race  meet // June 2019 Singapore //  Registration to open soon. Be notified -
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