Santa Cruz California Horse Photography Workshop May 14th - May 17th 2021

Santa Cruz Horse Photography Workshop

May 14th - May 17th 2021

Santa Cruz California is best known as a countercultural hub, with a bohemian feel and youthful vibe, and of course its beach and boardwalk and now it's horses! Because of the diversity from Redwoods to the coast you will have several beautiful locations to photograph horses.

We will have a wonderful mix of horse breeds available for you to photograph.The goal of this workshop is to learn and grow as photographers. I will help you get past your existing boundaries and learn to work with natural light. There is no set agenda as each participant will bring a different skill set to the workshop. You will learn from me, your fellow photographers and your own experiences. You will need working knowledge of your camera and its functions.

Black Andalusian Stallion in the forest

The workshop will begin Friday afternoon May 14th and we will finish with a final morning shoot Monday May 17th. Saturday during our mid-afternoon break I will offer critiques and post processing for those interested. I can help editing images and show you photoshop methods I use, but I try to keep it more about shooting and seeing and less about technology.

What you need to bring: Camera and a back up camera if you have one. Lenses can be anything simalar to the following: 70-200 or 80-400 and a wide angle zoom, such as the 24-120 and any prime favorites you may have. Tripods are not necessary unless you plan on bringing big glass. Most find a mono pod more flexible. A more detailed list will be sent to attendees closer to the date of the workshop. Laptop (if you wish to participate in post processing) back up hard drive, and plenty of memory cards. You will be shooting a lot.

Azteca Horse in the Northwest Wood


Recommended Lodging: Information to be added soon.

Cost of the workshop is $2100. An $1000. non-refundable deposit will hold your spot and the balance is due 60 days prior to the workshop. Workshop deposits can be paid by debit or credit card via the PayPal link below. Fees apply. If you prefer to mail a check, please contact me here to get a mailing address.

As always I recommend "trip insurance" to all of my workshop participants. I usually use Alliance Global, but if you'd like to compare rates, Tripinsurance.com will let you look at multiple companies at once.

Terms and Conditions

Itineraries: are intended as examples only. Actual itineraries may vary depending upon weather, horses, models, contract service providers, logistical decisions and forces beyond my control. Participants must be prepared to be flexible; schedules may vary depending on conditions.

Reservations: To reserve your place on any of my workshops you may use the PayPal link at the bottom of each workshop description.(Fees apply). If you prefer to mail a check please contact me for my mailing address. Some workshops fill early so I suggest booking as early as possible.

Grace Period: I offer a 48-hour grace period on new registrations. If you have second thoughts about participating in your workshop within 48 hours of your registration, I will refund your payment, less a $60 processing fee.

Deposits: Your non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place on any workshop, with the remaining balance due 90 days prior to the start date. (See Insurance section) All monies once received are non-refundable (This is because many arrangements and payments are made prior to the operation of all workshops, regardless of the number of attendees). If you have paid the total amount for your trip and you have to cancel at any time, you will not be entitled to a refund. I do my best to reschedule individuals into a future workshop that must be taken within one year. Final payments are due 90 days prior to the workshop start date.

Insurance: We strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance. Life happens, workshops don't fill, snow storms shut down airports, people get sick. Be prepard. In addition to cancellation insurance some may want to consider medical insurance or medical evacuation insurance for international workshops, as some personal medical insurance policies do not cover your expenses while travelling in a abroad. You can also purchase "Cancel for Any Reason Coverage", which expands the list of reasons for your canceling to an infinite list, from a sudden work or family obligation to a simple change of mind.

Luggage: Tamara Gooch Photography request that workshop participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one computer bag, one camera bag and tripod. All personal luggage is the responsibility of the owner so please keep the weight to a limit you can handle and be aware of airline weight limitations.

Responsibility: Tamara Gooch Photography does not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause. Tamara Gooch Photography reserves the right to substitute hotels, and other previously outlined arrangements if necessary.

Payment of tour fees by workshop participants constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein including but not limited to injury, death or other liability incurred during a trip.


$1,030.00