PHOTOWALK offers exactly what it says on the tin - photography and walking - encouraging individuals and families to get out, and stay out, enjoying the UK's first National Park, the Peak District.
PHOTOWALK is a service from Matthew Couper Photography, taking you on an adventure to discover new and familiar places encompassing Derbyshire and parts of Cheshire and Staffordshire.
Matt is a professional portrait and landscape photographer with a love for hiking and the Peak District who is now offering families and photographers alike a chance to experience this first hand for themselves.
Matt has experience of walking all routes before taking clients along to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience of the Peak District with some of the best vantage points for landscape photography and seeing the sights.
We host a number of different PHOTOWALKs that cater to different needs including:
* Guided short walks for young families wanting to experience the great outdoors together.
* Guided longer walks for photographers who are visiting the Peak District and may not be familiar with the area.
* Young photographers seeking mentoring and an opportunity to experiment with photography outside.
* Those wanting to combine their love of the outdoors, hiking and photography. From camera phones to high end DSLR's, all kinds are welcome.
PHOTOWALK's offer a number of different options for visitors to the Peak District and we hope that you can find a PHOTOWALK that meets your needs. We offer a number of PHOTOWALKs throughout the year over different terrains, weather and conditions. All routes and events are subject to change based on the weather conditions and risk posed to client's safety. Flexibility will often be required.
These short walks can last from 1-2 hours and are suitable for parents with younger children who might want to explore hiking with their family. Gaining confidence in the outdoors, spending time with your children and spouse and trying out hiking are all benefits that can be gained from having a guided walk. Walks will be tailored to the appropriate age level and ability. Most of our walks are not push chair suitable due to the ruggedness of the paths.
Any push chair friendly walks will be clearly advertised in advance.
Families attending our short walks will be offered the opportunity for a family portrait, included as part of the cost, taken at an iconic or scenic location on the walk which they will be able to keep as a memento of the experience.
Family short walks will have small groups, ensuring it won't be crowded. Prefer to have just your family group? Then we can tailor a walk to your needs, please get in touch with your specific requirements.
Our longer guided walks are perfect for photographers of all abilities who are visiting the Peak District and may not be familiar with the area. Having a photographer who know's the area takes the pressure and hassle out of planning the route and allows you to focus on your photography and enjoy the journey.
Groups will typically be no more than 3-4 persons on these outings.
Do you have a young budding photographer in the family and want to provide an opportunity for them to gain some experience? Then why not book them on one of our junior mentoring half days. Small groups mean we are able to offer more input and focus on different aspects of photography. Children under 18 years of age will need to be accompanied by an adult on all sessions. There is no separate charge for adults to attend in support of their child. Sessions can be as a one off or booked as part of a set.
Group or individual sessions will be offered and will run for half a day per session.
Do you own a camera and want to get outside? Then one of our guided walks would suit. Come for a hike and bring your camera. We'll talk about an aspect of photography that will help you take better pictures and we'll throw in some amazing scenery for you to practice with. Content will be low key and accessible for everyone and no major technical knowledge is required. Come for the hike and stay for the photography. Typically 2-4 hours, these walks won't take up your whole day. We will occasionally add longer full day hikes.
Groups will typically be limited to a maximum of 12 people, depending on the walk.
PHOTOWALK's are currently being trialled in the Peak District National Park across a number of popular and lesser known trails. If there is interest for further afield then we will look at expanding into other areas as we are able to.
While not exclusive, some of our routes may include:
Mam Tor, the Great Ridge, Winnats Pass, the Gritstone Trail near Lyme Park, Black Rocks near Disley, Grindsbrook Clough and Kinder from Edale, Alport Castles, South Head, Three Shires Head, Shining Tor and the Goyt Valley, Lud's Church, Monsal Head and Dale, various former railway lines such as the Longdendale Trail, Bamford Edge, Stanage Edge, Padley Gorge and the Longshaw Estate, Higger Tor, Curbar Edge and of course Chrome and Parkhouse Hills to name a few. More routes to be added.
PHOTOWALK's can last anywhere from one hour up to a full day, based on the location, focus and participants. Gradients and locations will range from easy to hard and you should consider your own level of fitness before attempting any PHOTOWALK outings. Regular stops for photography will of course vary the time needed to complete a walk and times are given as an estimate.
Depending on the length and type of PHOTOWALK, we suggest some of the following to help make your experience go well:
* Water in a sealed bottle.
* Scooby Snacks. Something light and energising to sustain you round the hills. Longer PHOTOWALK's will stop at pubs or cafes where appropriate on the hike. You will be advised at time of booking whether this will be needed.
* Backpack. A sturdy pack of sufficient size to carry all your kit. Also a rain cover if you have one would be strongly advisable.
* Camera (and memory cards, film if shooting film, filters etc) to capture the moments of the day.
* Travel or small tripod. The smaller the better, but suitable for your camera. I've carried a heavy one around and it's not fun!
* Hat. Appropriate to the season.
* Waterproof. We strongly urge all participants to bring some kind of waterproof coat.
* Compact umbrella if rain is forecast. This can provide another layer of protection from the elements.
* Most importantly, a thirst for adventure!