James will collect you from your hotel at 7:30am and during the drive out to the elephant camp. We will chat with you about your experience and what you are hoping to get from the workshop. There will be a quick stop to pickup some coffee along the way!
On arrival you will be introduced to our lovely model and you will scout the best locations with James whilst the elephant is being prepared by the mahout (elephant handler).
Generally, the first section of the shoot will take place in the jungle before moving to the river.
As with all of the workshops you will be concentrating on light, shade and composition. James will be helping you set up each scene to get the best shots possible.
You will need a break by this stage as you will have worked hard in the morning and James will take you for some wonderful local food and refreshments before the next part of your day.
On to the waterfall
Here, as well as the waterfall itself, we have some beautiful natural scenery and James will again be helping you see the best locations for your photos, encouraging you to see which composition will work with whatever light is available.
After a very full and productive day we head back to your hotel and you should be back by around 5pm.
1. Please note that we work with an ethical eco resort on these shoots. Chai Lai Orchid is a non-profit resort that funds education for around 40 ethnic minority girls through their foundation, “Daughters Rising”
2. Although it is possible to photograph the elephant from the river bank, James strongly recommends shooting from in the river itself. Therefore, please bring a change of clothes, a towel and if you have sensitive feet, a pair of water shoes as well.
3. In the rainy season, occasionally it is not possible to shoot in the river for safety reasons. In these cases a further land based location will be used.
4. Please note that late in the dry season you will be offered the choice of either shooting at the waterfall or returning to the city. There we can select some of your images and look at the editing process. James will offer some useful insights.