Mongolia Photography Tour
Private and Semi-Private Expeditions
Experience Mongolia on a private photography tour with professional photographer Todd Rafalovich. We are offering two private tours (max of 4 people on each tour). These tours are an in-depth experience into the nomadic Mongolian culture along with personalized photography education.
May 2019 – 15 day tour encompassing middle and northern Mongolia, Western Mongolia with the eagle hunters. 3 SPACES AVAILABLE
June 2019 – 25 day tour encompassing middle and northern Mongolia, Western Mongolia with the eagle hunters, and the Gobi Desert. SOLD OUT.
July 2019 – 12 day tour encompassing middle and northern Mongolia. SOLD OUT
Inclusive of all in-country flights, accommodations, meals, and activities.
* Travel in Mongolia is a tad adventurous; it requires patience and a sense of humor. My wife and I enjoy traveling “off the beaten path”, but we also appreciate the finer luxuries of life. However, in order to immerse ourselves and experience nomadic culture, we gladly compromise some of these luxuries. Although gers have real beds, sleeping in a ger is only a notch above camping. What is uniquely special about our tours is that we believe the little things are what matters when it comes to comfort, from having a comfortable pillow, softer bed or having a choice of snacks and meals from home.
*We travel with an English speaking Mongolian guide, excellent professional drivers (a good driver is critical in navigating the unmarked, rugged Mongolian country roads), and a cook for picnic lunches, which is rare for a Mongolian tour.
*We also travel with a dedicated tech professional for camera, computer, and backup advice and support. This is unique to our tours.
*Our Mongolia photographic tours are limited to 4 clients only – this ensures more quality time with each participant, providing an individualized experience. Personally, when I travel, I prefer to shoot in a more intimate setting, rather than with a crowd of other photographers who are, ultimately, obtaining the same image. To me, having that 1:1 interaction with a client as well as with my subject is vital in producing that intimate setting where unique and beautiful photos develop.
Instead of large photo workshops, I will be coaching and working with participants individually. Every time an opportunity for a great shot comes along, we’ll work together to get the best image possible. We address how to approach subjects with sensitivity, while not sacrificing spontaneity, how to shoot action shots from a moving car, as well as advanced composition and lighting techniques.
Additionally, participants will have the flexibility to have as much non-shooting time as desired.
*Our cars are either current model Land Cruisers or Lexus AWD – with air conditioning- while most other tours use the more adventurous Russian vans, which can be quite tiresome and hot during long bumpy, driving days. Our cars ensure for the smoothest, most comfortable ride in a country with few paved roads.
*City accommodations are at the Shangri-La, the city’s only 5 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar, not often booked for tour groups. Outside the city, clients will have private ger accommodations with double or single beds and a stove/fireplace for warmth (deluxe when available).
*Clients receive as much (or as little!) 1:1 instruction from me throughout the trip with hands on portraiture and landscape education, lighting, composition and post-production education.
*Clients receive individual portraiture shoots with nomadic families in traditional dress, an optional individual blessing from a Buddhist lama, and special visits to locations not on the typical tourist route.
*An unmatched gift to give. We bring portable printers and set up gear to print 4x6s for the nomads you meet and take pictures of. They are completely thrilled to get a printed professional picture that was just taken of them. We find it to be a thoughtful gift for allowing us to take their photograph.
*All meals and snacks included – either from ger camp, hotel, homestay or chef.
*All activities included – hiking, camel riding, horseback riding, archery, trekking, fly fishing instruction, and entrance fees to points of interest.
*Additional comforts such as hot water bottles to warm your bed, real pillows (you’ll thank us for this later), snacks, and extra blankets, are included to make the tour more personal.
*Pre-trip planning support. We work closely with you to ensure you have the proper camera gear, travel gear, electronics, clothing, and a good image storage workflow, including utilizing external drives. And we’re happy to help you with improving your image backup practices. In addition, small gift exchanges is a big part of Buddhist culture – we assist you to bring the most thoughtful and most necessary gifts for the nomads.
*All in-country transportation including internal flights, airport transfers, etc. are included.
*Optional fly-fishing available.
*Optional Western Region Tour addition to see the last remaining Eagle Hunters and 10,000-15,000 year old petroglyphs (July tour only).