Rare and Exotic Animals

Rare and Exotic Animals
  • £195.00 /person
  • Deposit: £75.00
  • Location: Merrist Wood, Surrey
  • Dates:
    • 7 March 2020
    • 2 April 2020
    • 2 May 2020
    • 11 July 2020
  • Duration: One Day
  • Leader: Janette Hill and or Roy de Ruijter and Ed!
  • Group Size: Maximum of 4
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Overview

Come to Merrist Wood to photograph their collection of rare and exotic animals.

The workshop includes a full day’s photography at Merrist Wood College where you will be able to photograph a variety of animals from their fantastic collection.

Some of the animals you may see are as follows:

Von der Decken’s Hornbill
Galah Cockatoo
Brown Necked Parrot
African Grey parrot
Three Banded Armadillo
Ring Tailed Coati
Meerkat
Sugar Glider
Sulcata Tortoise
Cuban Iguana
Black Throated Monitor Lizard
Australian Water Dragon
Frilled Dragon
Reticulated Python
King Rat Snake
Violet Winged Grasshopper

The welfare of the animals is paramount.  All animals are handled by Merrist Wood and Chameleon Photography dedicated handlers only and they take great care to ensure a safe environment for both their animals and workshop participants, including respecting any dislikes or phobias.

No previous experience of photography is required for this workshop, it’s limited to a maximum of six guests to ensure all participants have ample time to get the images they are after.

This is what our clients say:

“We recently spent a wonderful day at Merrist Wood in Surrey with Janette, Roy and Edward photographing a huge range of exotic animals. We were impressed by the superb conditions at the centre and it was wonderful to observe the animals being handled by Ed who was clearly passionate about those in his care.  Roy and Edward had set up a display area with lighting and a variety of backdrops and props which included a reflection pool. During the course of the day we photographed nineteen different species including Meerkats, turtles, snakes, Hornbills, frogs, Tawny owls and a delightful Armadillo.  Thank you Janette for organising an amazing photography day and to Roy and Edward for setting up such a splendid display of beautiful animals for us to enjoy photographing. We have come home with some lovely images”    Lin

“First of all a few comments about the venue.  We were very impressed by Merrist Wood. Smart and modern with excellent facilities and the care shown to the animals was obvious.  Edward from Merrist Wood and Roy who came along to assist, provided expertise and handled the animals so well.  There was a huge range of animals to photograph and we were given lots of options so no excuses if we didn’t produce some cracking shots!  Some of them were very cute and some, like the snapping turtles and  bald rats, were like things from horror movies!”    Peter

“Fantastic shoot again.  Second visit this year . Well worth the hours drive .  As always had a great time, lots of laughs and came away with over 400 photos. Highly recommended and can’t wait to book more shoots with Roy next year”   Joan

 

 

Client Testimonials

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Client Testimonials

  • Joan

    “Fantastic shoot again.  Second visit this year . Well worth the hours drive .   As always had a great time, lots of laughs and came away with over 400 photos. Highly recommended and can’t wait to book more shoots with Roy next year”

  • Lin

    “We recently spent a wonderful day at Merrist Wood in Surrey with Janette, Roy and Edward photographing a huge range of exotic animals. We were impressed by the superb conditions at the centre and it was wonderful to observe the animals being handled by Ed who was clearly passionate about those in his care.  Roy and Edward had set up a display area with lighting and a variety of backdrops and props which included a reflection pool. During the course of the day we photographed nineteen different species including Meerkats, turtles, snakes, Hornbills, frogs, Tawny owls and a delightful Armadillo.  Thank you Janette for organising an amazing photography day and to Roy and Edward for setting up such a splendid display of beautiful animals for us to enjoy photographing. We have come home with some lovely images”    Lin

     

  • Peter

    “First of all a few comments about the venue.  We were very impressed by Merrist Wood. Smart and modern with excellent facilities and the care shown to the animals was obvious.  Edward from Merrist Wood and Roy who came along to assist, provided expertise and handled the animals so well.  There was a huge range of animals to photograph and we were given lots of options so no excuses if we didn’t produce some cracking shots!  Some of them were very cute and some, like the snapping turtles and  bald rats, were like things from horror movies!”    Peter

Description

Your day will be spent with 3 photographic sessions with the aim to take as many images of the rare and exotic collection from Merrist Wood as possible in a safe and controlled environment.

There will be access to specialist professional lighting units to ensure that you obtain a fantastic set of images throughout the day.

You will also see some amazing creatures that are rare and part of a special conservation programme.

You will need to bring plenty of spare batteries and memory cards for this amazing day!!

 

 

  • Included
  • Tea and Coffee with biscuits
  • A full day of photographing exotic and rare animals
  • Tuition as and when required
  • Use of Profoto D2 and Pixapro CITI400 Pro Lights
  • Various props and backgrounds
  • Excluded
  • Lunch - please bring your own packed lunch
  • Personal Insurance
  • 9.45am
    • Arrival
    • Chat about the day ahead with tea, coffee and biscuits
  • 10.00am
    • Introduction to your day
  • 10.30am
    • Session 1 begins
  • 12.30
    • Lunch with more tea and coffee!
  • 1.15pm
    • Session 2 begins
  • 2.45pm
    • Tea and coffee break
  • 3.00pm
    • Session 3 begins
  • 4.00pm
    • End of day
    • Wrap up and close
    • Please note that timings may change throughout the day
  • What equipment do I need

    A DSLR or mirrorless camera with a hotshoe

  • Is the price fully inclusive?

    No, you will need to bring your own packed lunch!

  • Which lens do you recommend?

    A zoom that covers a range up to 300mm will be good.

  • Should I bring a macro lens?

    Yes!

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  • Payment

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