Guided Photography
& Discovery Walks

Experience the "true" Chamonix with a guided walk around the backstreets and footpaths of the valley.

Meet local craftsmen, taste typical Alpine produce and see Chamonix from a whole other perspective.

All images © Teresa Kaufman

Open Group Walks

Following in the footsteps of the first alpinists to visit the Mont Blanc valley, you will discover the real Chamonix on a guided photography excursion.

Capture the sun setting over the valley, meet the goats at a traditional "fromagère" cheese farm, ramble through beautiful alpine meadows and see artisans at work in their authentic ateliers.

Open group walks are suitable for all ages and all types of photographers - the emphasis is more on discovery and exploration than on technical gadgetry. Walks take approximately half a day on pleasant roads and country paths, nothing too strenuous but you'll need to wear comfortable shoes.

Handy Hints from Mountain Lifestyle:
  • Bring a small backpack with appropriate clothes in case of bad weather, walks are rarely cancelled as different weather just presents different photographic opportunities!
  • Don't be deterred if your camera isn't the fancies on the market, great photos often depend on your "eye" for a good shot and Teresa will help you find some wonderful perspectives.
  • Have a look at the schedule on the right for upcoming walks - there are lots of options to choose from.

One-to-One Walks

Budding and experienced photographers alike will get a wealth of tips and expertise on a private guided tour, tailored to your own requirements.

Whether you want to capture the light at a certain time of day, photograph athletes and sporting events or seek out interesting features of the landscape, Teresa will give you invaluable advice gained from her own career as a professional climber, tour guide and photographer.

Her long relationship with the Chamonix valley means that she has a wealth of experience and inside knowledge, gaining you a "backstage pass" to places that no other guide can take you. Pair this with expert advice on photography and composition for an incomparable one-to-one session that will leave you with fantastic images and wonderful memories.

One-to-one walks typically take half a day but can be tailored to suit whatever you would like.

Handy Hints from Mountain Lifestyle:
  • Have a think in advance about what you would particularly like to focus on, take a look at Teresa's sample itinerary to the right for ideas and inspiration.
  • Remember to bring a spare camera battery and memory card - you don't want to run out before your walk has ended!
  • Camera batteries can slow down drastically in very cold weather; keep a spare in an inside pocket and switch them whenever one becomes too slow to power the camera.

Discovery Walks

You don't need a camera in your hand to create wonderful images, just store them in your mind instead of on a memory card...

Ever wanted to milk an Alpine cow? Or visit the vegetable garden of a Michelin starred chef? Maybe neither of these things have ever even occurred to you before, but when you walk with Teresa you often find yourself experiencing something completely unexpected!

Her long association with the Chamonix valley has lead to an enormous wealth of knowledge about Alpine life and close relationships with some very interesting characters. Whether you wish to learn about photography or not, you are invited to explore the old hamlets and charming pathways of Chamonix with a true "insider".

Discovery walks are organised on request for all ages and group sizes. They typically last 3 hours but can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Handy Hints from Mountain Lifestyle:
  • The walking is not strenuous but wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for being outdoors.
  • Schedule a discovery walk in at the beginning of your stay in Chamonix and you'll spend the rest of the week feeling like a local!
  • If you don't have a camera you can still capture some great moments on your mobile phone, don't forget to charge the battery first.

Teresa Kaufman

Born in the USA but a true "Chamoniard" at heart, Teresa knows the valley inside-out and is waiting to share its secrets with you.

A human interest photographer who has contributed to many newspaper and magazine articles, Teresa first came to France in the 1970's as a student. Since then she has worked not only as a photographer but also as a tour guide for American Express, at the French Embassy in New York and as a rock climbing coach for professional athletes.

Her extensive travel and interest in people means that she has a unique insight into her surroundings that she loves to share. All ages are welcome on her tours and Teresa is fluent in English, French and Italian.