Testimonials

Hans-Christian
Dear Thierry
After safely returning home I want to thank you also in writing for the great China workshop with you in March 2017. You are not only a brilliant photographer but at the same time a good teacher and an excellent organizer. I learned more from your workshop than from all my other photo trips together. This is because you're not simply offering a photo trip like most other photographers but a real workshop. This means that you place teaching the participants higher than taking pictures yourself. And you care about people. You work with each and everybody and try to overcome their weaknesses. That's why I do recommend your workshop to all those who seriously want to improve their photographic skills and are not afraid of criticism, long days and tiring traveling.

Hans-Christian
Raimondo
We moved around and chased the best light and weather conditions every day. Every bit of downtime was put to good use with workshop, where we reviewed pictures and post processing techniques. Thierry gave good suggestions in the field, and I very much appreciated his willingness to teach and explain things in a clear and straightforward way. Whether a picture was good or bad, he would just say the truth, suggest to delete the rubbish, and then teach how to get results in post-processing with the good ones. The itinerary and transfers were well-planned, with the best possible comfort achieved, especially since some locations were in rural, undeveloped areas. I thought it would be quite a challenge to find decent accommodations, but Thierry’s partner, Yangzi, managed to surprise us all. Based on this positive experience, I have already booked another one of Thierry’s workshops for next year.

Raimondo
Patrick
Thierry shares so much information and tips during the workshop, about thinks I have never heard or read about anywhere else. He shows how to set his knowledge into practice with the camera. And what’s more, he teaches with a light-hearted and considerate style that makes everything easy to understand and fast to pickup. Thanks Thierry.

Patrick
Matty
I have done two photography workshops with Thierry Bornier. I have participated in quite a few photography workshops, and Thierry’s have been the best out of them all. First, he is an outstanding photographer. His photos are a source of inspiration, and he openly and thoroughly answers any questions one has about his photos or photography in general. Thierry guided us to the most beautiful shoot locations in China, at the most ideal times of the season. He knows China better than any other photographer and speaks fluent Chinese, so he makes it easy for everyone to get around. He is extremely friendly, pays attention to everyone in the group, and is always ready to lend help or advice. I could not think of a better guide for a photography workshop in China.

Matty
Annette
Thierry’s photo workshop was amazing. We saw awesome landscapes, beautiful old cities, and learned so much about the treasures of China. He is one of the best guides I have ever had. He is fantastic at teaching photography at its best. Thanks for a wonderful journey. I hope to go again with you.

Annette
Ursula
Hi Thierry
You are an outstanding landscape photographer. You pictures are just amazing! You shared your rich experiences with us, and was always there to help, to explain, to teach. You did everything you could to make everybody happy, and you did. We felt like we were travelling with a good friend.

Ursula
Ulrich
Dear Thierry
I’m back in rainy Switzerland. I hope you have recovered from the past two busy weeks, which I enjoyed very much despite the unfavorable weather conditions. I’m absolutely sure we will meet on several more workshops. I appreciate your uncompromised focus on photography, your detailed knowledge of the regions visited, as well as your refreshing sense of humor. Furthermore, the perfect organization implemented by your friendly and helpful collaborator Yangzi was a pure blessing.

Ulrich
Phil
Hi Thierry!
I wanted to say, “Thank you!” for a great trip! It was fun, exciting, and above all great to meet and travel with you. Your photo workshop made for a fantastic first trip to China, and I’m looking forward to many more!

Phil
Benny
We have just landed in Israel, safe and sound and tired. Many thanks for an unforgettable workshop. We left China with a strong taste for more…

Benny
Claudia
Dear Thierry,
Thank you very much for this excellent trip. I learned so much about composing, and I fell in love with this mystical fog in the rice terraces and mountains. China has unique landscapes which must be seen to be believed. Thank you for your company and your lessons in photography. The workshop was great and you did everything to make everybody feel good and comfortable. I am sure this is not the last workshop we will do together. Best regards.

Claudia
Carolyn
Thierry is a unique workshop leader as he speaks fluent English, French and Mandarin and he has also lived in China for 10+ years!  Not only does he know the country and it's photographic opportunities well, but he can also provide you with insight into the people and culture in a way that other foreign leaders may not.  On my trip, I was able to eat dinner with a local, highly-acclaimed photographer that was part of making Xiapu famous, see his photography studio and also get a small tour of Shanghai as it's Thierry's hometown in China.  Photographing in China is a unique experience because the sights are magical but also because there are so many more people in China.  Thierry will always try to get you to places early for a good spot and/or have your own space but sometimes, you should know, there is no avoiding the crowds.  He also has an extensive network of local sources that are plugged into the scene which is crucial to getting you to the best locations.  China is changing fast, so sometimes a location, say in Xiapu, may no longer exist as it's been demolished but a newer one has developed and Thierry will be in the know.  Finally, Thierry is also accommodating of the groups wants and needs, where possible, doing everything from modifying routes for those with physical ailments, to splitting the group up if there are disparate interests, to finding someone a MacDonalds when they are really missing home.  For those of you who join a tour with Thierry, I wish you the very best adventure and, as always, great light!

Carolyn