Private and Semi-Private Wild Horse Photography Workshops
to Dec 31

Private and Semi-Private Wild Horse Photography Workshops

Interested in photographing wild horses?

Join me on a 2 to 5 day wild horses photography workshop in Utah, Nevada or Arizona.

Proposed Itinerary:

Each day we’ll drive out before dawn, looking for the horses. Once we find our first band, we'll park and then hike out to them. We'll stick with the same band as long as the light and interactions are good. I'll provide on-site shooting tips and commentary about wild horse behaviors. If we have the opportunity, we'll photograph other wildlife and also occasionally stop to make landscape images.

Periodically, we'll head back to the car, search for more horses and hike out again. Mid-day we'll break for lunch and post processing and then head back out again in the afternoon, till sunset. After the light fades, we’ll go out together for dinner, and have a post-processing session, image review or critique.

Each day will be a little different than the last as I can never guarantee when we'll see the horses, or where. The light and weather is always a factor too but I'm always happy to shoot longer and later each day in order to make sure you get the images you came for.

What's Included:

  • Transportation each day we're shooting.
  • Snacks, water.
  • All lunches.
  • Shooting tips.
  • Discussion of wild horse behaviors.
  • Image review, post-processing and/or critique sessions.

What's not included:

  • You are responsible for getting yourself to and from the airport.
  • You provide your accommodation.
  • You provide your own breakfast and dinner.
  • You are responsible for getting yourself to and from our starting point each day (which is no problem if we all same at the same hotel, which I will recommend, or of we choose to rent an AirBnb together).


  • $500/day for private: 1 person.
  • $375 for semi-private: minimum 2 and maximum 3 people.

Email me to learn more.

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Special Guest Teacher at Big Sky Yoga's Cowgirl Yogatography
to Oct 1

Special Guest Teacher at Big Sky Yoga's Cowgirl Yogatography

A few years ago I attended one of Big Sky Yoga's Luxe Cowgirl retreats and I've been trying to get back to Montana ever since. These retreats are good for the soul, filled with community, a bit of soul-searching and lots of nature.

Wrap your head around this: Yoga. Meditation. Horses. A beautiful ranch in Montana. Copious amounts of wine. A personal chef. A whole community of women interested in exactly the same stuff you are.... Heaven, right?

When Big Sky Yoga company founder MargaretI invited me back as a special guest teacher for the Yogatography retreat I said Yes so quickly I almost forgot to check my schedule to make sure I was free. But, good news, I was free and I'll be there, ready to shoot, teach and communicate my love of equine photography to all of you.

I hope you'll join me for this wonderful retreat this fall.

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Drink & Click plus a Lightroom Collections Mini Workshop
7:00 PM19:00

Drink & Click plus a Lightroom Collections Mini Workshop

I wanted to invite you to a Drink & Click event run by Chicago photographer Lauri Novak. 

I’ll be teaching a 2-3 hour Lightroom Collections Mini Workshop. If you subscribe to Adobe CC and don’t really use the Collections feature yet, this workshop is for you!

The event is Friday 9/22 @ 7PM at Bar Louie on Polk St. in Chicago

More info and tickets are here:

Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope you’ll come on out to this fun evening!

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Instructor at the Out of Chicago Summer Conference
to Jun 25

Instructor at the Out of Chicago Summer Conference

For the Fourth Annual Out of Chicago Summer Conference, I'll be teaching two classes about equine photography which - as you all know - is my favorite type of photography. Horses are very special to me and I'm eager to share my passion for photographing them with all of you.

I'll also be teaching a mini workshop on using Collections in Lightroom CC. The Collections feature is a huge bonus in Lightroom CC. Once you learn how to use it, you'll be able to organize your best images into beautiful, shareable portfolios. This is a can't miss workshop because once you learn how to use Lightroom Collections, you won't need to pay for other services in order to share your portfolios. Everything you need is built right into Lightroom.

BONUS: On Friday evening after the keynote speech, I'll also be leading a group of photographers to 4 or 5 locations on the photo crawl. I'll just raise my hand after the keynote and anyone who wants to join me for a little extra guidance and camaraderie that evening is welcome to join the group.

PROMO CODE: Save $100 with the code  Brynildssen100

Please head on over to the Out of Chicago website for more details and to register.

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Morocco! A collaborative presentation by Lara Joy Brynildssen and Tony Reynes
7:00 PM19:00

Morocco! A collaborative presentation by Lara Joy Brynildssen and Tony Reynes

Tony Reynes and I present a program on Moroccan culture  for the Garden Photographic Society, a camera club which meets twice monthly at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Our presentation will focus on images of Moroccan architecture, landscapes, people, religion, animals and food with a special section on how photographers see and visualize the same scene in different ways.

Please join in the Pullman Room in Regenstein Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden at 7:00PM for snacks and a meet-n-greet. The program will start at 7:30PM. Guests are welcome!

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Teaching at the Track
to Jul 21

Teaching at the Track

This summer I am offering very limited opportunities to join me while shooting at the track. Each opportunity will include:

  • Personal instruction, based on your specific needs.
  • Technical tips on exposure, lighting and composition.
  • Logistics on how to time your day at the track so that you get every possible shot for each race.
  • A few "secret" places where the light is magical even in mid-day.
  • A discussion on vision - how can you make your images look like art, and not iPhone snaps?
  • Follow up advice and critique on processing your images is also included (via email or phone).
  • Each day will be limited to a maximum of 3 participants.

Cost per day per attendee: $50.

Use code TRACK10 (all caps) to save $10 off your registration fee.

Friday 5/20/16 -  3:15PM post - Click HERE to register.

Friday 6/10/16  - 3:15PM post - Click HERE to register.

Thursday 7/7/16 -  1:15PM post - Click HERE to register.

Thursday 7/21/16 -  1:15PM post - Click HERE to register.

More dates will be added if these first three fill up. 

If you don't see a date that works for you, let me know. I can try to add a date that does.

You will need:

  • Camera body and long lens in the 70-200 or 70-300 range, extra batteries and memory cards.
  • Very comfortable walking shoes.
  • Weather appropriate clothing - it could be blistering hot and sunny or damp and cold, in Chicago, we just never know.
  • The ability to stand and also move quickly for at least 3 hours, including climbing up and down stairs.
  • Cash to pay for your ticket into the track and for refreshments.
  • I'll send you additional details on how to get there and where to meet after you've registered.


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Horsing around Chicago: Photographing the Tempel Lipizzans
7:30 AM07:30

Horsing around Chicago: Photographing the Tempel Lipizzans

Last year I planned a camera club outing and took a group of photographers from CACCA and Out of Chicago to Tempel Farms to photograph the Lipizzan horses.  This year we're going to do it again, only better, and with a photography contest.

Register Here.

  • This event will be limited to 50 people.
  • This event will be rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.
  • We'll meet in the parking lot at Tempel Farms: 17000 Wadsworth Road , Old Mill Creek, IL 60083.
  • Please plan to arrive no later than 7:15AM for registration and to be introduced to your group leader.
  • The event will begin promptly at 7:30AM on Saturday April 30, 2016. 
  • We'll have a brief introduction to the breed and a history of Tempel Farms by Esther Buonano, the stable's program director.
  • We'll spend time by the various paddocks, photographing the mares at liberty, the stallions at liberty plus the stable's mares with newborn foals.
  • After that, we'll photograph a training session - hopefully including "Airs above the Ground."
  • Following the training session, we'll break into our 3 separate groups. Everyone will rotate through three stations of "posed shots" we'll have set up for you with the beautiful Lipizzan horses and several of the stable's trainers.
  • At 10:30AM, we'll say goodbye to the stables and perhaps head out to lunch and a critique. 
  • Cost: $50.00
  • Photography Contest: All attendees are invited to submit one (1) photograph that they captured during the event.  Esther and I will judge all of the entries and the winning entry will be published on my blog, on Facebook on my photography page and also on the Tempel site and Facebook page. Basically we'll tell everyone how much we liked your image and you'll get bragging rights.  Fun, huh?

Use Promo Code EQUINE25 for 25% off your ticket. 

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The Garden Photographic Society Nature in View Exhibition
to Apr 4

The Garden Photographic Society Nature in View Exhibition

Four of my images will be in this exhibition and my African Daisies image is the poster for the show!

For more than thirty five years, the Garden Photographic Society has been meeting at the Chicago Botanic Garden, providing members a special place to pursue their passion for photographing nature.  We invite you to visit the Garden in the coming weeks to watch spring finally unfold and to stop in Joutras Gallery, located in Regenstein Center, to see the Garden Photographic Society's annual 'Nature in View' exhibit.  The exhibition features photographs of the natural world, many of which were taken at the Garden.  The exhibit opens Saturday, March 19 and runs through Monday, April 4.  The exhibit is free to the public but the Chicago Botanic Garden does charge non-members for parking.  Members can park for free. 

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Out of Chicago Winter Conference
8:00 AM08:00

Out of Chicago Winter Conference

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I'll be teaching a travel photography seminar at the inaugural Out of Chicago Winter conference.

Advertised price for the conference is $149. 

If you use promo code larajoy70, your price will be only $79.

Register here.

Often, when you read travel-focused photoblogs, photographers emphasize magnificent landscapes, best shot at sunrise, from mountaintops only reachable after a 3 hour technical climb. Well... what if that's not your reality?  What if you're spending two weeks in Provence? Or 5 days exploring the Florida Keys? Can you still make enviable fine art images that tell a story?  In this seminar, I'll review packing tips, gear selection, pre-travel research, knowing what to shoot and when, post-processing, final image selection, writing compelling stories and using SquareSpace to publish your travel blog.



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Garden Photographic Society Member Spotlight - My Equine Personal Project
7:00 PM19:00

Garden Photographic Society Member Spotlight - My Equine Personal Project

Please join me for the GPS Member Spotlights Program where I'll be presenting my equine images and discussing my passion for photographing horses.

I'll also give a brief presentation on using Lightroom to present images to an audience.

Don Bolak will also speak about making images of flowing water, followed by a brief presentation on using Powerpoint to present images to an audience.

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Equine Images Exhibit at Curt's Cafe - EXTENDED
to Oct 6

Equine Images Exhibit at Curt's Cafe - EXTENDED

Just extended to October 6th! 

A series of 14 of my equine images will be on display at Curt's Cafe through September 15, 2015. Here's my artist statement for the project:

These images are part of an ongoing, personal fine art project. I am making images of horses while investigating ownership, or stewardship, which I find is a complicated thing with animals, and with horses in particular. Some of these images were made locally, at Tempel Farms. One day after a performance, a little girl led me to a horse and told me it was “her mommy’s.” Her mommy wasn’t the owner but rather the rider/trainer for the horse. Little girls don’t make such distinctions. Another group of images were made at Arlington Park. As a child I read and re-read Farley’s The Black Stallion, and since race horses often trade hands in the industry, I often wonder… Who loves these horses like the black stallion’s boy did?Some of my images were made on BLM land in Placitas, New Mexico.  These bands of wild horses were rounded up and sold less than a year after I visited the area. Sometimes wild horses end up being sold to meat factories outside of the US. All but two of the Placitas group were rescued from that fate. While in New Mexico, I also made images of rescued horses at Cimarron-Sky Dog Reserve, a fenced 1000-acre ranch. Because of the drought, the rescued horses are fed and watered daily. The reserve lands can no longer support them. Last, I’ve begun to make images at HARPS, a local organization that rescues neglected and abandoned horses. The horse in the image titled Friendship is 34 years old and has a swayback. He’s found a new friend and is well cared for now by the people who run HARPS.

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