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Alpine and photography course in the Alps

Alpine and photography course in the Alps
Alpine and photography course in the Alps
Alpine and photography course in the Alps
Alpine and photography course in the Alps

A mountaineering and photography course for 2 days in the best spots of the Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa ranges together with Fred, IFMGA guide and photographer.

Not specified


2 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct




This photography course in the heart of the Alps is especially designed for expert mountaineers and photographers. All participants must have some previous climbing experience and a vast knowledge in the use of crampons and ice axe.

With the help and expertise of a certified mountain guide, you'll have the opportunity to access technical terrain and shoot unique angles. Our main spots are in the Mont Blanc or Monte Rosa mountain ranges, depending on weather conditions.

During this 2 day alpine and photography course in the Alps you'll learn how to be precise in your goals and shots so you can capture the beauty of such a wonderful landscape.

Content of the photography course:
  • You'll learn how to manage your photo equipment in hostile climates and conditions;

  • Discover how to use the mountain as an artistic, abstract, landscape and/or action background;

  • Learn to move safely, anticipating the right angles for specific shots and managing light.

As for the fitness level, keep in mind that we will walk around 4 to 6 hours per day. You should also consider the weight of the backpack which must carry both mountaineering and photo equipment. In addition it will be necessary to have some prior experience in mixed alpine terrain.

I will guide a group of 2 participants. All members should be older than 18 years (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Once you book your places I will provide you a complete equipment list.

Of course that the Alps have a wide variety of summits from where we can take great pictures. I usually recommend the Meige, Monte Rosa, Eiger or the Matterhorn. If you've doubts I can help you decide which is the perfect for you.

It is possible to participate in this workshop with an Expert compact or hybrid camera. It is important to have manual options with time lapse and opening adjustments. Moreover, you must have some basic knowledge of the use of professional camera's settings.

Other photo workshops I offer in the area: this 2-day trip in Chamonix.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you are interested in this program. It will be my great pleasure to bring you up there and teach you to take great shots.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Lift tickets

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).

Price does not include: photo equipment, beverages and insurance.


Day 0: Chamonix

Arrival in the Chamonix valley, overnight in bed & breakfast **hotel (shared twin room).

Day 1: First day in the mountains

Meeting at 8 am in the hotel reception. Check camera equipment and  rental of mountaineering equipment if needed, before heading up the mountain, using lifts to reach high altitudes. The exact itinerary will be determined based on the technical mountaineering experience of the participants.

Overnight in mountain hut, half-board accommodation in dormitory style rooms.

Day 2: More shots in the valley

We’ll climb an alpine route adapted to the level of the participants. Return to the valley. Each participant will have personalized lessons prior to their departure.



More info

Ideal photo equipment : 1 Reflex type camera, 1 lens, type less than 20mm with wide aperture + UV filter + lens hood, 1 lens, type 70-200mm or +100mm + UV filter + lens hood, 1 tripod or monopod, 1 extra battery pack for camera, * UV filters are mainly used to protect lenses.

About the guide

I'm a IFMGA certified mountain guide, ski instructor and mountain bike instructor. I'm originally from the Chartreuse mountain range, between Grenoble and Chambéry in France. My passion for steep skiing starts early on in my mountain guide career. With time, I have specialized in skiing steep technical faces in high altitudes. I spent five years coaching freestyle moguls and was recruited to prepare the French Olympic freestyle mogul team. I took care of the team's physical and mental preparation for the Salt Lake City Olympic games in 2002.
My eyes continue to gaze towards the mountains, and I pursue my skiing objectives at higher altitudes, making an attempt to climb and ski Mount Everest in 2005. The plan is to be lightweight and climb alpine style, without oxygen or Sherpa assistance. After three summit attempts, bad weather and extremely violent and high winds, force me down the mountain.
With over 20 years of experience in the mountains, I have guided clients throughout the world. I have climbed and skied in almost all of Europe's mountain ranges, as well as in Nepal, Morocco, China, Canada, Peru, New Zealand, Iceland and the USA.
As a professional IFMGA mountain guide, I'm involved in managing group safety, choosing back drops for film and photo shoots, organising logistics for corporate clients and much more.
I have also co-founded with my wife Emily a guiding team called PeakPowder. I'm working now together with an amazing team of IFMGA mountain guides : Michael, Laurent and Jérôme. We are a very complementary team. We strive to keep each guiding day personalised and unique, making sure that each client gets the most out of the 'mountain' experience.
I also work as a professional photographer, with a creative eye and natural feeling for light. After spending years in front of the camera as a sports model, I'm now the one taking the shots.


French | English

What people are saying about Fred Bernard



September, 2016

Emily & Jerome from Fred's team have given us one of the most wonderful & memorable weekends ever! Both of them were amazing! Emily was always friendly, patient & helpful even after about 100 emails from me. Jerome was excellent company, friendly, encouraging & professional when we were on the mountain. He managed to stay positive throughout, even though I kept making silly mistakes. It was an out of this world experience & we will definitely be back soon & wouldn't even consider any company other than guides from Fred's team.


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