Photo shoots and photography workshops at The Hideout Ranch
Over the last 6 years The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch has become a popular destination for photographers, photo workshops, and photo shoots.
One of the reasons is the rare diversity of scenery in this area which allows photographers (and you as riders) to enjoy different scenery and backdrops almost every day without the need to drive long distances.
The other reason is that we are in the hospitality industry and we are experienced in the logistics of operating a smooth running operation. We have the equipment, the horses, the staff, the accommodations, the kitchen, etc. We know how to organize, follow a script, think outside of the box and never take things for granted. Even when it is something we have done as an organization 10 times, we need to rehearse, plan ahead and have back up plans.
We try to “think” with our photographers and partners to add value, to improve scripts, scout for different locations and personalities for the photos. We help market the pictures through selling them in our gift shop or to our guests who are always interested in nice pictures taken at “their guest ranch” than a stock photo taken at a place they don’t know.
However the most important factor is partnership. Some 6 years ago the leading North American Photo Tour operator, Joseph Van Os picked up on the above. We organized our first Photo-shoot in 2006 and ever since we have had The Van Os Fall photo shoot and the Van Os Winter photo-shoots.
The Van Os Photo workshops at The Hideout Ranch are led and organized by top world photographers and tour leaders like Jeff Vanuga, Darryl Gulin, Terry Eggers and other world renowned photographers participating such as Daisy Gillardini. Also participating are amateur and professional photographers coming from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and countries to attend these clinics & tours. Our ability to speak 4 languages and handle different cultures is also a plus.
On average the photographers take between 7,500 and 10,000 pictures during the workshops. At the end of the workshop the leaders put together a slide show with a selection of their photos. These are the pictures that you can admire in the photo books. As you will see the “theme” of the photo shoots are always the same, but there are a variety of different types of pictures in each shoot.
We would like to thank our partners www.photosafaris.com for the great partnership and hope you enjoy these pictures.