I am very pleased to announce a full programme of roe deer wildlife photography workshops for 2019.
These workshops are supported by the British Deer Society (BDS). I have been working with the BDS to prepare a Code of Conduct for photographing deer. I am also very proud to have been invited by the BDS to be their first photographic ambassador.
You cam read about one of my clients’ experiences photographing roe deer with me in the Autumn 2018 edition of Digital Deer, the journal of the British Deer Society (you’ll need to have membership to check out this back issue).
Why photograph Roe deer?
The Roe deer is perhaps our prettiest species of deer, making for beautiful images. They are also very shy. For the wildlife photographer this offers a real challenge and sense excitement that comes with photographing in the wild.
I was taught to get close to Roe by one of the best professional deer stalkers in the business. I’m keen now to pass on the fieldcraft I learnt to other photographers so that you too can photograph wild deer with a minimal amount of disturbance.
Follow the roe through the seasons
Each season presents an opportunity to create beautiful images:
Spring is a time of renewal. The bluebells start to emerge in the forest and the kids are born.
I have a couple of beautiful locations for images of Roe in bluebells.
Late spring sees the meadows of my local patch carpeted in buttercups which roe seem to love.
Roe in summer crop
Summer is the season where many photographers tend to focus their efforts. The opportunity to create the iconic shot of a deer raising its head in the middle of a crop of barley or wheat makes for some stunning images.
The next image was taken on a workshop I led a few years ago. The client’s version also won a Highly Commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and he was rightly very pleased.
There is a lot of great behaviour to capture in the Summer as the bucks tear around chasing the does and rival bucks fight. I’m hoping to focus my efforts this year on documenting this behaviour.
I always think the bucks look their absolute best in the height of summer and I have identified some cracking bucks for this year that I am just dying to photograph in all their rutting glory.
The does look stunning also in their beautiful russet summer pelage.
I’m always working hard to push myself creatively. For me my photography is all about creating images that celebrate the beauty of nature.
Roe in heather
Those who follow my blog will know that after five years of looking I have finally identified a number of reliable locations for photographing what for me is the holy grail of roe deer photography, roe in blooming heather. After much thought I have decided to lead workshops to these locations this summer. The workshops will take place to coincide with the blooming heather and the price reflects the exclusivity of the opportunity.
The meadows on my local patch are also in full bloom, carpeted in wildflowers, making for some beautiful images.
Roe are hugely adaptable. As their habitat continues to diminish they are increasingly making their home in urban environments.
I first started photographing Roe deer in cemeteries in 2014. I now have a number of locations where I photograph them with the requisite permission from the local authority.
Southern counties and Suffolk. I have 11 reliable sites in the southern counties of England including Sussex, Surrey, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. Location will depend on time of year and images you are looking to create. Due to the sensitivity of the sites I do not provide locations prior to clients booking on and providing payment. I also require signature of a non disclosure agreement. All sites are permissions.
2019 prices are as follows:
Spring workshops (30th March to 14th June)
Bluebells and fawns
Surrey and West Sussex
1 day workshop £150
2 day workshop £290
Early summer workshops (June 15th up to and including 14th July)
Surrey & West Sussex
1 day workshop £150
2 day workshop £290
Annual Roe rut workshops (21st July to 15th August)
Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset, West Sussex, Suffolk.
1 day £199
2 days £380
3 days £550
Roe in heather workshops (25th July to 15th August)
1 day £220
2 days £395
3 days £590
Full payment is required in advance in order to reserve your place. Payment is strictly non refundable. No refunds available in the event of cancellation for whatever reason.
Please note: Rut workshop places are strictly limited and very popular. Based on previous years please book early to avoid disappointment
Maximum of two guests per day. Price of workshop includes guiding and tuition (both camera and field craft)
To reserve your place, contact me at julianRAcox@hotmail.com