I have to say up front I'm already a big supporter of the work WHF do and already adopt and have attended previous open days and experiences. However the photographic day is really and truly something else!
I was lucky enough to have an individual experience booked, which meant one-on-one guidance and attention from the very knowledgeable Andy throughout the day which I'll be honest made all the difference in nabbing the one amazing shot. Andy is a top photographer, knows just about everything about the cats and is a genuinely friendly and approachable guy who is happy to work at your pace and ability.
I brought a mid level DSLR and a couple of lenses but frankly the experience would have been just as amazing with a point and shoot so don't feel you need big heavy lumps of glass. Starting up Andy took me through the optimal settings for a dreary November day and although we did refine them as we went along, he was spot on to able to catch the best shots.
So then the cats... Well you'll get a chance to get up close and personal with all of them, which means behind the safety fences and right up against the enclosure bars, meaning best chance of shot. Andy spends a lot of time encouraging the cats into positions for the shot with small tidbits of meat, so they probably enjoy it as much as you do. Occasional you can get a little too close and personal, but the staff and volunteers are totally safety focussed so you're in no real danger.
The one amazing benefit of the individual experience is being able to go inside the enclosures with some of the cats and having a Cheetah 6 inches from the end of your lens, or a fully grown Lynx leaping through the air and landing next to you is something else completely... (the less said about the Rusty Spotted Cat the better - suffice to say its cute but pure evil). This experience in itself is worth the price alone.
I cam away muddy, exhausted with overflowing memory cards but I can't recommend this enough. Cheers Andy and all the guys at WHF for the best day out in Kent ever.
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