Equine Photography Workshops with Lori Sortino

Group Workshops & Individual Private Lessons

2022 Workshops

Completed Workshops

Pegasus Equine Photography Workshop, April 19-22 - Lockwood, CA

Redwings Equine Photography Workshop, May 19 - Paso Robles, CA


Upcoming Workshops!

horse photography
LuLu, one of Redwings' Sanctuary horses, on the move.

Saturday Oct 22, 2022 6:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Proceeds to Benefit Redwings Horse Sanctuary



Calling all Equine Photography enthusiasts!  Come learn from three experienced equine photographers (Lori Sortino, Deb Hofstetter, and Cathy Wallace) who have worked together since 2019 photographing horses.  Together we have produced thousands of horse images, including portraits, action, running, jumping, detail, artistic, technical, competition, and candids.  We will teach you how to capture great horse images under various conditions, and how to work with the real world challenges of backgrounds, lighting, and horse behavior! 

Workshop Limited to 8 participants.


Where will the Workshop Take Place?

We will be photographing the horses (and burros if you wish!) at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, located at 6875 Union Rd. Paso Robles, CA 93446  The Sanctuary is about 20 minutes from town.


What’s the benefit of this workshop?

Starting at day break gives us the opportunity to shoot with beautiful early morning light.  We’ll shoot until the light gets challenging (between 9-9:30 a.m.), have a light breakfast, then we’ll show you how to take portraits using the shade of a barn and natural lighting along with post processing edits to perfect the final image.  We’ll wrap up in time to send you off for lunch with friends in town or to head somewhere to do some image review and editing!



Early Bird* (ends Sep 30)  $200

After Sep 30th     $250

Remember this is a FUNDRAISER for Redwings, and your generosity is appreciated.  There will be no refunds, but you can transfer your registration to another participant if you are unable to attend after you have registered and paid.  Thank you.

Register Here:  https://forms.gle/dMQfyu91ayvgtti36 


Redwings’ mission is to eliminate the causes of equine suffering through education and community outreach programs, rescue abused and neglected equines, and provide permanent sanctuary or selected adoptive homes for those equines.


What are people saying about the Redwings Photography Workshop?

"It was a fantastic day at Redwings.  They do such great work!  Thank you Lori Sortino, Deb Hofstetter, and Cathy Wallace and the incredible staff at Redwings for a wonderful experience with those beautiful horses!"  ~ Alane Whitmore

"Redwings is such a beautiful place doing important work.  Great workshop.  People need horses!  ~ Sandy Rakowitz

"I learned a lot today at the workshop!  This was great."  ~ Sharon Jantzen

"I really enjoyed what we learned about editing after photographing portraits in the barn!"  ~ Karen Peterson


What else is there to do in the area?

If you’re interested in coming from afar and you’ve never been to the area, believe us, it is NOT a wasted trip!!!  There is so much else to do in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo County!!!  We really recommend adding this day into a vacation plan.  Here are some bullet point highlights for ideas.  Feel free to ask us for more info or just Google!

  • Wine tasting (wineries are everywhere)
  • Craft Beer Brewers (check out Tin City)
  • Downtown Paso Robles (shopping and restaurants)
  • Negrente sheeps milk ice cream (highly recommended!)
  • HWY One: visit Morro Bay, Cayucos, Cambria, Big Sur…
  • San Luis Obispo (stroll/shop downtown) and Cal Poly
  • Performing Arts Centers
  • Local hiking or horseback riding (you can even ride Clydesdales in Cambria)
  • Kayaking (rent kayaks in Morro Bay or Pismo/Shell Beach)
  • Local Art Galleries (Deb’s art is featured at Studios on the Park in Paso!)
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"Primo" Photographed with black backdrop by Lori Sortino during the Redwings Photography Workshop on May 19, 2022, copyright 2022

Private Photography Lessons

Private Lessons, by the hour

Schedule your private lesson with Lori at:

  • the Davis Ranch with the "Making Pegasus" horses (2 hour minimum)
  • Redwings  Horse Sanctuary in Paso Robles
  • Return to Freedom Horse Sanctuary in San Luis Obispo (4 hour minimum)*

Schedule 1, 2, 3 or 4 hour private sessions 

1 hour, $150 // 2 hours, $250  //  3 hours, $350  //  4 hours $400

Email Lori with the date(s) you're interested in for a private session

*Note:  Return to Freedom sessions are scheduled as follows for 2022:  Aug 20

Thoroughbred at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Image by Lori Sortino, copyright 2022
Redwings Horse

2023 Workshops

Two stallions running side by side
Two Pegasus Herd Stallions:  Thunder, half Andalusian, half Shire, running ahead of Luca, half Holsteiner, one quarter Friesian, one quarter Percheron

YOU Photographing the NEWEST Horses being bred on the planet!

Pegasus Workshops

Making Pegasus is the life legacy project of Greg Davis; "A quest to bring to life the Ultimate Horse Pegasus by cross breeding the best horses in the world wherever they may be."  

We will photograph many of the beautiful horses at the Davis Ranch ~ breeds such as: Gypsy, Andalusian, Arabian, Friesian, Thoroughbred, Shire, Holsteiner, Clydesdale, Percheron, Warmblood, and American Saddlebred.

Lockwood, California

Lockwood is just inland from the beautiful Central Coast of San Simeon (home of the popular and historic Hearst Castle), Ragged Point, Gorda, and Big Sur, in the south central region of Monterey County.  Lockwood is most easily accessed from HWY 101 between Paso Robles and King City, but can also be reached through an adventurous back road off scenic HWY 1.


Late March or Early April 2023 - Specific dates TBA

Full Pegasus Workshop

Tues:  Meet and Greet, Arrive Mission San Antonio between 1:30 and 2 p.m.

Wed:  Shooting 8 a.m.- 2 p.m., Editing 5-7 p.m. at the Mission

Thurs: Editing until 10 a.m. at the Mission, Shooting 11:30 - sunset.

Fri: Shooting 6:30-10 a.m., Depart 11 a.m.

Schedule Subject to Change based on weather and Ranch Activities 

Aspects of your workshop experience include:

  • Ranch Tour / Learn about the "Making Pegasus" Project
  • Just hang out with the horses
  • Editing Group in Meeting Room at Mission San Antonio de Padua
  • visit the Mission, its courtyard gardens, church, and museum
  • free time, and/or rest


Included:  Dorm-style Lodging, Meals, "Making Pegasus" Hat and Stickers (swag), all workshop sessions

Not Included:  Transportation, tips

Closest Commercial Airports are: Monterey, San Jose, San Luis Obispo

hat and stickers

All About the Pegasus Photography Workshop

The exciting thing about "Making Pegasus" is the unique horse experience.  Nowhere else in the world can you be with the selection of breeds and breed crosses all in one place!  If you're fascinated by the land where art and science meet, you'll be in your element at the Davis Ranch.  Every single horse is loved and revered for their personality, beauty, and traits.  Greg Davis' unique equine genetics research (collaborating with institutions such as U.C. Davis) seeks answers to which genes produce which characteristics, mapping the DNA, and observing the results of new genetic crosses.  You will get to photograph these equine wonders, and learn all about the Pegasus Project.

What will we be photographing?

  • Mares and Foals
  • Stallions
  • Portraits
  • Stallion Interaction
  • Horses in Motion
  • Horses with Beautiful Countryside Backdrops

What will we experience?

Being with these horses leaves an impression! You will be given the opportunity to:

  • observe some of the most unique and beautiful horses in the world
  • improve your photography skills 
  • share with each other the shots you're getting
  • make adjustments to get different results
  • spend time with beautiful, large, powerful horses up close if you choose
  • learn about the Making Pegasus project from founder Greg Davis
  • share editing time in a shared space during the day when not shooting

What are the accommodations?

We are staying at the Mission San Antonio de Padua, a 20 minute drive from the "Making Pegasus" Ranch in Lockwood.  The rooms are very basic, but clean and recently renovated.  Each room has two twin beds and a sink and closet.  The shower and bathrooms are down the hall and are shared.  You have the ability to lock the shower room or bathroom door for privacy while you're using it if you wish.  As long as the dorms are not full, you will have your own room unless you request to share a room with a friend or family member.  There are 3 suites.  Two that have a queen bed in one room, two twin beds in another room and a private bathroom in between.  One suite sleeps 2 and has a private bathroom.  If you're interested in a suite, let us know and we'll see if it's available.  There would be an additional charge for the suite.

Our day time editing time will be in one of the beautiful meeting rooms at the mission.  The mission is a very peaceful, beautiful retreat place, so we are fortunate to be able to offer not only an educational photography workshop, but also a retreat aspect to the experience.  There is no wi-fi available at the mission.  They have good cell reception on site (though some carriers have trouble getting through the thick adobe walls).

What will meals be like?   What if I have dietary needs?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available in the shared Refectory at the mission.  Meals will be simple to allow everyone to eat when they are hungry.  All meals will be box-style for grab and go convenience.  For example, if you plan to stay at the ranch past our morning shoot time, you should take your lunch with you when you leave the mission in the morning.  For any specific food requests, your meals will be clearly labeled.  The Refectory has a refrigerator, a microwave, and tables and chairs where you can sit and eat.

If you prefer to bring all of your own food, you may.  Just talk to us about that option.

What is the take away?

You will leave with hundreds of images that you can play with, post, share, print and hang in your living room, or anything else you can imagine.   You will have learned with and from other photographers and will have new friends.  As with any educational opportunity, you get out of it what you put in, and what you seek.  If you are the spiritual seeker type, you'll walk away with an expanded heart and deeper connection to your own personal journey.  If you're a technical geeky type, you'll leave with the satisfaction of having explored some new experiments with your camera and/or editing software, and if you share your knowledge, you'll have helped a fellow photographer in their journey!  And so on.

What are people saying about the Pegasus Workshop?

"Greg (Davis) was really welcoming to all of us - made it so easy to be on his ranch and photograph the horses.  Even though there were fences to deal with, I really liked photographing the horses in the exercise pen!  I look forward to coming back next year!"  ~ Lyn Bowers

"It is an almost spiritual experience. The horses are incredibly beautiful and surprisingly gentle!  Being out in the field with the herd was absolutely amazing! The feeling was with me for several days afterwards!"  ~ Alane Whitmore

How do I register?

Scroll down and click on the Register NOW button.  This will take you to a new page which details the registration process and ways to pay.  If you have ANY questions, contact Lori.

About Lori Sortino

Lori has been photographing horses full time for years, beginning with observing them in the herd and learning herd behavior.  She has been photographing hunter/jumper and dressage professionally as well as polo and is very familiar with how to capture the power of the horse in motion.  She produces equine portraits in both natural settings and with black backgrounds and is proficient in background replacement and photo compositing.  She uses Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.  

Lori encourages each photographer to develop their own style and to create images that reflect how/what they see and the feeling they want to convey.  We each get an idea of what we're wanting to create, and the work we undertake to create that image is very personal and rewarding.  Lori will support you in that process.

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"Starlet" Image by Lori Sortino, copyright 2022
Lori with 2022 foal
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