Testimonials

We always appreciate your comments and publish them ‘unedited’ here!

Garry and Cherie

Cherie and I had a fantastic time down in the Camargue with the white horses and black bulls photo workshop. We would like to thank Tim and Gilly for organising such a superb photo workshop, the locations were top draw and the experience will stick with us forever.

Barry

Thank you for a great holiday. I really enjoyed everything about it – impeccably organised and excellent photo opportunities. I can’t fault it at all. It was a fantastic experience.

Barry Hoffman
Chris

Dear Tim,

I wanted to express my thanks for yet another wonderful trip. I love Burma, and especially Lake Inle, and so was very much looking forward to returning. It was as good as I remembered, but you had a few surprises for us and hence it was not a repeat of the previous trip. What I hadn’t expected was how much I would enjoy visiting the remote villages, especially in Chin State. The eight hour trip by four wheel drive was well worth it as we visited villages so remote that they had never seen a Westerner before. Everyone was so welcoming and the photographic opportunities were incredible. The world changes so quickly that I fear these villages and their way of life will not last much longer, and I feel very privileged to have seen it.

Thank you for all your organisational skills, your love of life and your wonderful sense of humour.

Chris (UK)   Secret Burma 2015

keith and Genean

We’ve had an amazing adventure. Thanks for a great time.

Keith & Genean (UK)  Secret Burma 2015

Teresa

Roses are red, Violets are blue, It’s always an adventure travelling with you.

Thanks for another amazing experience – looking forward to the next one!

Teresa (UK/Cyprus)   Secret Burma 2015

Joyce  UK

It has been a fantastic trip to Burma. Amazing set of experiences every day! What a fantastic group too. Wonderful insights into the country. Looking forward to returning in 2017. Many many thanks.

Joyce (UK)  Secret Burma 2015

John & Sue

Very many thanks for taking us on an amazing trip to China. What a fascinating place and both Sue and I had a fantastic time – the developments there are ‘mindblowing’ and it will be very interesting to see how the powers in Bejing handle it all in the future.
Thank you also for your advice to both Sue and I regarding photography – we have both learned lots in the very difficult world of photography.

John & Sue (UK)     China Yunnan tour 2015

Ann (UK)

Many thanks to all of you for your good company, we had many good laughs and some really great experiences. No doubt we all have our special memories of the trip, for me the two best were the village men gathered around the fire in that village in the mountains and also the sight of the Karst mountains in the early morning mist. Those are up there with the best travel experiences of my life. Thank you Tim for a most memorable experience of China, I loved it! 

Ann (IR)  China tour 2015

Greg & Susi (US/UK)

I’m sure we all came away with some amazing images and it will take a bit to go through them and try to organise what is there.  It was a fantastic trip and Susi and I felt fortunate to see and do more than we expected.  The last morning with the mist in the mountains was a fitting end to a wonderful adventure.  Thanks Tim for all your unseen hard work behind the scenes to stay ahead of everything China tried to throw in our path.

Greg & Susi     China tour 2015

Jeannie (UK)

Thanks again for a really good trip. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was a wonderful experience seeing the real China.

Jeannie (UK) China tour 2015

Chris (UK)


Thank you for a fantastic trip to Guizhou and Hunan. I am still amazed that I have been so lucky to visit several tribes in remote parts of Guizhou, so remote that they have rarely seen a westerner, and even one of our Chinese guides had never visited. This was a wonderful experience, and one  that I shall never forget. Added to this we had spectacular rice terraces and beautiful ancient villages – I didn’t think that these places existed any more. Then to top it off we went to see the “Avatar” mountains in Hunan. They were spectacular in the sun, but then that last morning they were shrouded in mist and you could hear the oohs and ahhs of delight from the group.

Thank you so much Tim for all your hard work on the trip which ensured that we always had an alternative available if conditions were not ideal. So looking forward to my next trip with you. 

Chris (UK) China tour 2015

Matthew (UK)
  • Matthew

  • UK

Thanks very much Tim. This was a really good, well organised trip with such a great group and I really enjoyed my time there. Hopefully see you again on a another trip some day. (Venice Carnival 2015)

Chris (UK)
  • Chris

  • UK

Thank you so much for yet another wonderful trip to Venice (my third). Someone in the group asked why I continue to repeat this trip and my response was that every time we go there is always something different, never a repeat of a previous visit. Your holidays don’t have a rigid itinerary which is part of the reason that they have the wow factor. It is amazing what is packed into this short break – poseurs, architecture, sunrise/sunset, long exposure etc etc. I also appreciate the time that you took out to help me understand the workings of my flash gun  as this made really subtle improvements to my images that I really like. A very special thank you to you and Gilly for looking after us and also for being excellent company. Very much looking forward to our next trip.

Nadia (Russia/UK)
  • Nadia

  • (Russia/UK)

I had lots of fun with you guys. It was great to make new friends-hope we meet again! Tim, thanks you again for a fantastic trip with LOTS of adventure and fun.

Chris (UK)
  • Chris

  • UK

I want to thank you so much for a trip that was full of superlatives. We stayed at such wonderfully varied places that at times my brain struggled to remember them all but thanks to your hard work and planning I have images to help me remember. I really would struggle to select the best place from blue streets, film sets, angry seas and camels on the beach. The thing that will remain forever is the Sahara Desert experience.

Lisa (UK)
  • Lisa

  • (UK)

I wanted to say thank you for a wonderful holiday. In particular, thank you for getting Chris and me to the best places at the best times, for your company, for the laughs and your care.

Gerry (London)
  • Gerry

  • (London)

Just to Thank You so much for such an exciting journey throughout Yunnan last week. I enjoyed the trip so much & found it interesting & inspiring photographically.
Thank You for your patience & looking after us so well. And as I said before, your enthusiasm is contagious! Will be getting back to you to book some future trips. Can’t wait for the next one!

Moira (Scotland)
  • Moira

  • (Scotland)

Just wanted to say thank you for a great adventure in Yunnan Province in China.Some of the hotels were stunning and a joy to stay in, whilst the ones which were classed basic, turned out better than I anticipated. We had a lot of laughs with the group, who mixed so well and made the trip special. Thanks must go to Sam, who was always prepared to translate for us and to Gilly who supported and helped us all. The unexpected treat of going to a Karaoke club turned out to be a highlight, where we all discovered Tim and Sam, both have very good singing voices!
Tim, you are a man of many talents and a superb leader of photographic trips.

Finally, I would like to thank Alex, our chinese rep and Ebeneezer our last photographic guide who was very helpful and spoke superp english. Roll on next year’s China trip.

Conrad  (UK)
  • Conrad

  • UK

Elated from a fantastic photo holiday in Venice. Thank you very much for showing me so much and looking after me, and all the other clients, so well. I has a wonderful time, and so enjoyed the social side as well as the photography.

Tim – all the very flattering things they say about you on the testimonials page are all true – your passion shines through it all, and instead of feeling like a client, you treated us like friends. You were great company and a great laugh to be around. I’m sure I will book with you again, and a return trip to Venice is a possibility and would love to work with Michaela, Alex and the others again.

Gilly – your facilitation and attention made this a fantastic experience, and you have a wonderful, friendly manner – again the testimonials say it all really.

Phoebe – If you had had an official role, the testimonials from Chris, Moira, Stuart, Ann, Mary and myself would have all said the same thing. Lovely girl – a credit to her parents and great company. I know, because they told me.

Conrad (UK)

Ian & June UK
  • Ian & June

  • UK

“We travelled with Tim Mannakee for his white horses and Pyrenees trip and can very happily recommend the experience to anyone looking for a combination of adrenaline rushing action photography, landscape and great food and the company of like-minded individuals. Together with Tim’s enthusiastic and supportive tour leadership, it would be difficult to make it better. Everything went like clockwork to ensure we were in the right place at exactly the right time to capture stunning images in magnificent light, what more could you ask for?

Bob & Carole UK
  • Bob & Carole

  • UK

Carole and I really do want to thank you so much for a fabulous trip. We enjoyed every minute and were really impressed with the variety of images we took and the opportunities that you arranged. I have done a few photographic trips in the past but this one has certainly been the best both from the organizational point of view and the photographic variety and opportunities. So many thanks again!!

Amy Gerlock - Canada
  • Amy Gerlock

  • Canada

“Tim’s tour was very well planned and organized and his knowledge of the best locations, time of day and when the light was best helped us to get the most from our time with him. Tim’s enthusiasm is infectious and he makes an effort to get to know you and how he can enrich your photographic experience. He doesn’t just take you to a location and leave you to your own devices. He willingly shares his knowledge and provides support and advice on getting those memorable shots. By keeping the groups small, Tim is immediately available to answer questions and help you to not only master your camera but to try new techniques.

There are opportunities between photo shoots to enjoy this special corner of France and make it a holiday not only for the photographer but for non-photographer partners. He and his wife are both very personable (Gilly is a wonderful cook) and they are wonderful hosts. We enjoyed fabulous food, and many hours of great conversation and laughter. We came away with some great memories and new friends. It was worth every penny and I am already planning for the next tour.”

Kris Preslan - USA
  • Kris Preslan

  • USA

I just left one of the most stunning vacation spots in the world and, with the patient help of our tour photographer, have the photo memories to show for it. Tim Mannakee was so well organized that he knew exactly when to be where, in what light, and how to dodge the tourist times wherever we went. I’d do another photo tour with Tim any day….oh, wait….I already booked my
next trip! Thanks, Tim, and wife, Gilly, for a week I will always treasure of your little corner of heaven.

Julien Worland - USA
  • Julien Worland

  • USA

Thanks to Tim and his lovely wife Gilly for an excellent (or as Tim would say, “brilliant”) photo course (Sept. 2013). Tim, Gilly and faithful dog Tache benefit from living in an extraordinarily beautiful area among several of the “Plus Beaux Villages de France.” Tim knew what time of day would show off each to its best advantage, so he unerringly got us to the right place at the right time for our shots. He is not only a highly skilled and enthusiastic photographer, eager to share his skills, but he accurately forecast the morning mists and knew the exact moment when the sun would break over the hills. Our days were busy. In the predawn gloom, he drove us to a preselected spot for sunrise shooting then home for breakfast. After more morning shooting and a stop for coffee, it was back home again for a lovely lunch that Gilly set out. After rest time and a few minutes for critiques, as sunset approached, Tim had us again at yet another vantage point with the right sun angle. Home again safely, we enjoyed one of Gilly’s brilliant dinners. Add to all this that Gilly is warm and charming, that their rustic, reconstructed stone home is very comfortable, and that Tim is a personable, funny raconteur, and we had the perfect recipe for an unforgettable week, plus a memory card filled with fabulous images!

John from Bolton - UK
  • John from Bolton

  • UK

Just wanted to say what a great time I had on the Autumn colours and White Horses trip (Oct 2012).

As a ‘hobby photographer’ I was concerned that I’d be out of my depth on this trip but you put me at ease right from the first shoot.

Your easy going nature and relaxed instruction meant that I learned a lot without feeling under pressure.The landscape locations were so stunning it was hard to believe that we had them all to ourselves. The accommodation too was just as good. And the food!!

Then on to the white horses in the Camargue which was even better than I had imagined it would be. Again great locations and accommodation and 5 shoots in a variety of conditions. The stallions on the beach were unforgettable! As was the Mistral wind!

Thanks to both you and Gilly for a great trip.

Vanessa - UK
  • Vanessa

  • UK

I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful trip I had on the Pyrenees and White Horses holiday October 2012. I have wanted to see Carcassone for sometime and to be taken to a location and watch the sunset over it was magical. I have some beautiful photos of the evening. The support and photographic tips offered all through the holiday were invaluable – Tim’s patience is amazing. Collioure was a delightful coastal town which I enjoyed exploring and the Canal du Midi very peaceful.

One of The highlights of the trip for me were the Carmargue Horses. They were magnificent! Once again valuable advice was offered throughout all four shoots with the horses. It was wonderful to have so much time just dedicated to my photography with such beautiful subjects. Most importantly being a woman travelling alone I felt safe the whole time and with such good company. Plenty of laughs too. Thank you to Gilly for delivering me safely to the airport for my return trip home and to Tim for his endless hard work keeping us all happy and organizing the shoots – and for making my photography grow. I would recommend these trips and hope to be booking another myself very soon.

John - UK
  • Jon

  • UK

“For my first visit to the Dordogne I could not have done better than put myself in the hands of Tim Mannakee. Based in the farmhouse beautifully restored by Tim himself and superbly fed by Tim’s wife, Gilly,our leader’s extensive local knowledge meant that we were invariably in the right place at the right time.Tim was always on hand to give as much help and tuition as was needed or asked for and it was no accident that ours was a relaxed and friendly group of photographers who returned home with a contented smile on our faces.”

Ron - UK
  • Ron

  • UK

I most enjoyable workshop in the Dordogne in September 2012. Keeping the group small, as Tim does, enables him to work with each member any improve their photography from whatever is their starting level – and we were a very diverse group. Unlike some workshop providers Tim believes in never missing the good light however early or late that may be and is always on hand to help when needed. In addition his wife Gilly was the perfect host providing excellent food, drink and comfortable accommodation.

Linda - Canada
  • Linda

  • Canada

I would like to thank you for the great trip, your patience and your one-on-one tutoring. The photographers, on previous workshops, did not do this. They tended to be more of a taxi service from one location to another.

I had a wonderful time, Tim! Thank you.

Svein - Norway
  • Svein

  • Norway (man of few words!)

Thanks for some excellent days in Valencia. I really enjoyed.