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Photo & mountaineering course in Chamonix


Spend 2 amazing days in the mountains to improve your photography skills together with Fred, a local certified IFMGA mountain guide.

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2 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct




I started my photo career as a ski model. That experience taught me to be precise in my movements, respect timing and appreciate the importance of light.

Now as a mountain guide and photographer I know perfectly how to combine a great outdoor activity with the best pictures of the landscape. That’s why I’d like to invite you to this weekend in Chamonix.

During these 2 days I will teach you different techniques to apply when shooting in the mountains. We will spend some time in the Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa mountain ranges. However, the location may change depending on the weather conditions.

Some of the basics you’ll learn on this trip in Chamonix are the following ones:

  • Master use of your photo equipment in a hostile environment;

  • We’ll play with lighting and exposure in high altitudes;

  • Shoot sunrises, sunsets and night photography;

  • Transpose the ambiance of uncommon sites.

I’ll take with me a maximum of 4 participants. That way I can maximize the safety and have enough time for each member. If you are more than 4, one of my colleague will be joining us.

This course is accessible for people older than 15 years. A parental authorization will be necessary in case you are younger than 18. I will provide an equipment list once you make your reservation.

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.

So if you want to join me please fill out the form and contact me. It’ll be my pleasure to be your guide and instructor in Chamonix. Be ready to find yourself surrounded by settings that offer incredible photo opportunities!

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). The price doesn’t include: Photo equipment; beverages and personal insurance.


More info

Please note that I can organize the flights and the transfer to / from Chamonix if you need.

Here is the list of photo equipment which I recommend to have with you for this 2-day course:

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 * We use UV filters to protect lenses.

Meeting point

At the B&B in Chamonix

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.


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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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