Photography Workshops With Maria Falconer FRPS & Prof. Paul Hill MBE


The Tutors



Paul is one of the UK's most influential photographers and workshop leaders, who has published several books and exhibited all over the world. A photo-journalist before concentrating on his own personal projects, he was awarded an MBE for services to photography and a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.
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A university lecturer and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Maria is also an experienced workshop teacher and professional photographer, whose work has been exhibited in the UK., Ireland, France, the US and East Asia. Her commercial photography has been widely published including The Guardian, The Times and The Scotsman.
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Workshop Programme 2021


Work in Progress

Got an idea for a project? Or maybe working on something already? Join a small group of independent photographers each working to complete a body of work.
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Online September
12th
2021

Performing for the Camera - Edinburgh, Scotland

A one day version of our highly succesful action packed Dance Photography Workshop. You will have the opportunity to work with many wonderful dancers on location and in the theatre. We guarantee that you will come out buzzing!
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Dance Base,
The Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland

September 26th
2021

Performing for the Camera - Nottingham

You won't find another workshop like this in the UK (or anywhere else as far as we know). You will have the opportunity to work with many wonderful dancers, on location, in the studio and in the theatre. This workshop will push your creativity to the max!
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Dance4, Nottingham

Sept 8th & 9th
2021

Ooh La Loire! - Montsoreau, The Loire Valley, France

Based in the stunning Château de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art, this workshop will be full of inspiration, challenges and fun!
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Montsoreau, The Loire Valley, France June 7th - 12th 2022




Work in Progress



September 12th to December 4th, 2021 - Online Workshop


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Maria Falconer, Tell Me Again Chick , work in progress


A Body of Work


How do you fancy getting stuck into a new photographic project? Maybe you have been thinking about an idea recently, or perhaps you are looking for new inspiration? You may even have made some images already but are unsure what the next step might be.

One of the things we have learned over the years is how beneficial it can be to work alongside others, both giving and receiving feedback, not just from tutors but also from other creative individuals.

This workshop offers you the space to transform your ideas and images into a completed body of work; the opportunity to work independently on a project, whilst also checking in regularly to discuss your ideas and progress.

Think of it as a kind of hub where you'll both give and receive creative stimulus, new ideas, lots of energy and positive feedback.


The Content


In order to pack in as much as possible, we've designed the workshop to include a mix of one-to-one and group sessions with a healthy balance of presentations, discussions and feedback, The programme will consist of five two-hour group meetings with Paul and Maria, plus each participant will receive two half-hour individual feedback sessions. In addition there will be a final group meeting for everyone to share their completed projects.


Paul Hill, Dewponds , work in progress

The Theme


One of the liberating things about this workshop is that there is no theme, you are free to explore anything you wish! You may have a project already on the go or you may decide to embark on something completely new. Your head could be full of ideas or maybe you are waiting for inspiration to strike. There is no right or wrong way, this is just a starting point.

Many of you will have made a body of work before, and you will understand that this is a challenging and exciting thing to do. But if this process is new to you then you really are in for a treat!



The Format


There are no rules about what you will make or the style you choose to work in. It could be a documentary book or a radical Zine, a moving image piece or a series of fine art prints. It's entirely up to you.

Unlike our one-day or weekend workshops, this project will be ongoing, and regular input from the entire group will help to shape and direct each individual's work.
In addition to input from Paul and Maria, participants are expected to make some contributions to the research, presentations, discussions and feedback. Naturally there will be times when you feel out of your comfort zone (that's how we grow), but the process isn't designed to be frightening, but rather informal, supportive and positive.


Topics will include:

  • Image making and selecting - practical and aesthetic considerations involved in making and selecting your images.

  • Choosing an appropriate platform - will your final project work best as a book, zine, moving image work, prints or some other format?

  • Editing and sequencing - how to create a narrative through your work.

  • Style, form and content - how to organise your material so that the design and meaning work together.


Much of the session time will be taken up with looking, analysing, and discussing your work.


It's important to recognise that participation in this workshop will demand a degree of commitment, both to your own work and also to the group sessions. But once on board, the journey is always enriching and rewarding and the results frequently surprising!




All group sessions will take place on Saturdays from 10.00 to 12.00 except the very first session which will be on a Sunday.



All group sessions will be recorded so if you are unable to make one you can catch up in your own time.



One-to-One 30 minute sessions will be scheduled in-between the group sessions at mutually convenient times.



  • Group Session 1 September 12th - note this is a Sunday

  • Group Session 2 September 18th

  • One-to-One sessions to be scheduled

  • Group Session 3 October 9th

  • Group Session 4 October 23rd

  • Group Session 5 November 6th

  • One-to-One sessions to be scheduled

  • Final Meetup December 4th



What you will need



  • A sense of curiosity, a willingness to share your knowledge and experience, and a commitment to the group.

  • A camera - anything from a smartphone upwards is fine by us. Remember that a camera is just a tool, the important thing is that you are comfortable using it.

  • Something to edit your images on - eg desktop computer, laptop, ipad etc.

  • A wifi connection.

  • Zoom downloaded and installed onto your computer, it's free and available here .


But don't just take our word for it ...




"Simply Superb!"
Roger Lee


"An amazing experience, Maria and Paul are inspirational!" Pete Jacobs


"Eye opening and thought provoking, a thoroughly enjoyable experience, thank you!" Carol Holmes


"Excellent photographic experience, very well organised in superb surroundings" Paul Hutton


"Really good fun and friendly, Paul and Maria made learning so much fun, and the rest of the group were very keen to share their knowledge and experience too!" Simon Priestly



Booking - Maximum 10 participants



The workshop takes place from 10.00 to 12.00 on selected dates between Sunday September 12th and Saturday December 4th, 2021.


Cost - £195


When booking you will receive a paypal receipt immediately, this is also confirmation of your place. You will also receive an email confirmation from us within 48 hours.


Please note that refunds are not available after booking unless we are able to reallocate your place.







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Buying a workshop as a gift? Just let us know when you book it and we will send you a gift certificate!



If you have any questions or would simply like a chat about the workshop, please don't hesitate to contact Maria - email / mobile +44 (0)7740 985 887, or Paul - email / mobile +44 (0)7977 700 274. We would be delighted to hear from you.




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Performing for the Camera


September 26th, 2021 - Edinburgh, Scotland


THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL BUT .....



It is not uncommon to have last minute cancellations for a workshop, so if you would like us to let you know if a vacancy arrises, or if you would like to receive immediate notification next time we run this workshop, please tell us here and we guarantee that you will be informed.



We are very excited to offer this one day action packed Dance Photography workshop at Dance Base in Edinburgh, Scotland's National Centre for Dance.

You won't find another dance photography workshop like this in the UK (or anywhere else as far as we know). You will have the opportunity to work with many wonderful dancers, in a range of different settings that will push your creativity to the max!

You will photograph highly trained contemporary dancers both out on location and in a live theatre setting. There will be presentations and exercises, discussions and technical info - but mostly you will be at the sharp end of picture making! We think it's fair to say that you will come out buzzing!



Check out our video from previous workshops


Video from previous workshops - all images made by participants



"Absolutely excellent workshop. I signed up to be taken out of my photographic comfort zone and the course did all of that and more. Congratulations on a very well run course."
David Boath


"Really good fun and friendly, Paul and Maria made learning so much fun, and the rest of the group were very keen to share their knowledge and experience too!" Simon Priestly


"A great workshop, lots of help to hand and lots of positive encouragement too! Highly recommend it!" Anne Turner


"This workshop was a new genre to me but one I had wanted to attempt. It was brilliant and answered all my questions. The teachers were brilliant and couldn't have been more positive. I would highly recommend it!" Adrian Lowe-Wheeler


"An excellent combination of advice, information and extensive opportunities to photograph a wide variety of dancers. A challenging and very rewarding workshop!" Dave Mangan


May I have the Pleasure?



Unless you live somewhere in a dark hole, you can't possibly have missed the recent explosion of dance on our streets, cinemas, theatres and TVs! Dance has taken the UK - and the rest of the world - by storm! From Ballroom to Ballet, Strictly to Street Dance, everyone is up and moving!

But this new craze isn't easy to photograph. Production shots, location shoots, choreography, direction, improvisation and collaboration - what's it all about?
The world of dance photography can be both bewildering and fascinating, hard work and fun!
But we can show you the steps - if you're up for the challenge?


On this workshop Maria Falconer and Paul Hill will introduce you not only to the technical aspects of shooting dance, but much more importantly - the creative ones.


And because the numbers are limited to 12, you will have plenty of time and space to work, and lots of input from the tutors.



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Photoshoot with Shaper/Caper, Dundee
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Digital Camera Magazine feature on Maria's Performance Photography


The Workshop



It doesn't matter if you are an experienced photographer or new to the medium, this workshop welcomes a rich mix of enthusiastic participants. And if you are new to dance photography, Maria and Paul will guide you through the day.


The workshop will be packed with exercises and advice designed to help you create interesting unique images.

You will work with trained dancers both on location and in a live theatre setting.

Everything that you need will be on hand, so that you can really get involved and enjoy the experience.


The Content



The workshop will include presentations, demos and a series of technical
and creative exercises around the following topics;

  • Directing / collaborating with dancers
  • Working on location
  • Shooting in the theatre
  • Camera angles and vantage points
  • Colour, costume and backgrounds
  • Using the light to your advantage
  • ISO, Shutter speeds, Aperture and all that jazz
  • Getting beyond the clichés
  • Experimentation and creativity
  • Copyright and Model Release



Images from previous workshops - all made by participants



The Location.



Dance Photography Edinburgh
Dance Photography Edinburgh

Dance Base, 14 - 16 Grassmarket
EH1 2JU


This one day workshop will take place from 09.00 - 17.30 on Sunday September 26th at Dance Base's award winning building in the heart of Edinburgh. It's easily accessible by bus, train and car - details here .


Dance Base, Edinburgh


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Promotional image for So Many Steps, So Little Time, Bruges.


The Tutors



Maria Falconer

Maria is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, holds an MA in Photography, and teaches at De Montfort University.
Her work has been shown at Arles Photography Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, ThePrintSpace Photovoice awards London, FORMAT Photography Festival, DanceMoves in New Jersey and at the Lightmoves Dance Film festival in Limerick.
Her specialist dance photography has been published in The Guardian, The Times, The Glasgow Herald and The Scotsman.
In Jan 2017 Maria exhibited her work at an international Dance Festival in Bruges. She was delighted to discover that one of her images was used to advertise the event.
Maria also trained as a contemporary dancer at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London, and enjoys being on both sides of the fence!

Paul Hill

Awarded an MBE for his services to photography, Paul is the originator of photographic workshops in the UK. An influential teacher, he has published several books and exhibited all over the world. Originally a photo journalist, his work is in international collections of photography. www.hillonphotography.co.uk.

This is what the UK's best selling photo magazine Digital Camera wrote about Paul:

An eminent photographer, teacher and workshop pioneer, Paul Hill witnessed many of the major changes that transformed British photography ... and works to help students develop their own vision: "to say something rather than just show something."


But don't just take our word for it ...




"Excellent workshop run by Maria and Paul! Fantastic location with superb facilities!"
Alan Declan


"Paul and Maria make a great team - easy going, extremely creative and encouraging. They pack in so much information and practical work that you leave feeling inspired and improved!" Rachel Wallace


"Really useful workshop - so many aspects covered - thanks so much!" Geraldine Curtis


"A fabulous workshop - lots of tuition, lots of practical activity - wonderful to work collaboratively with the dancers." Trevor Rudkin


"It has inspired me to push myself out of my comfort zone!" Lois Clarke






Covid-Safe Regulations



Naturally we wish to make the environment as safe as possible, so everyone attending will be required to produce a positive Covid-19 Lateral Flow test taken on the morning of the workshop.
You can order tests online or collect from any pharmacy free of charge details here


If we are in a position where masks are required, the workshop will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund.


Booking



Numbers are restricted to 12 in order to maximize your time working with the dancers. This also enables us to spend more time with each photographer, and offer advice and constructive feedback to everyone.



Cost - £195


Please be aware before booking that;


  • Booking indicates that you have read and agree to our TERMS & CONDITIONS including Covid-19 procedures and cancellation policy.

  • You will need to bring a laptop with you for editing.

  • IF ANY OF OUR WORKSHOPS ARE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 regulations YOU WILL BE REFUNDED

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL BUT...


It is not uncommon to have last minute cancellations for a workshop, so if you would like us to let you know if a vacancy arrises, or if you would like to receive immediate notification next time we run this workshop, please tell us here and we guarantee that you will be informed.



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Production shot for Edge Fwd, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Buying a workshop as a gift? Just let us know when you book it and we will send you a gift certificate!



If you have any questions or would simply like a chat about the workshop, please don't hesitate to contact Maria - email / mobile +44 (0)7740 985 887, or Paul - email / mobile +44 (0)7977 700 274. We would be delighted to hear from you.


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"What a learning experience! A very well presented course. The contribution of the dancers was really great. I would recommend for everyone who is interested" Joanne Pearson


"Totally absorbing, excellent learning experience, superbly orchestrated and delivered" Sarah Cummins





Performing for the Camera


Nottingham - September 8th & 9th, 2021


THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL BUT.....



It is not uncommon to have last minute cancellations for a workshop, so if you would like us to let you know if a vacancy arrises, or if you would like to receive immediate notification next time we run this workshop, please tell us here and we guarantee that you will be informed.



So far we have run six Dance Photography workshops in the UK. They all sold out and you told us that YOU LOVED THEM! So here we are again with yet another fabulous workshop at Dance4 in Nottingham.

You won't find another dance photography workshop like this in the UK (or anywhere else as far as we know). You will have the opportunity to work with many wonderful dancers, in a range of different settings that will push your creativity to the max!

You will photograph trained contemporary dancers out on location, in the theatre and also in the photographic studio!

There will be presentations and exercises, discussions and technical info - but mostly you will be at the sharp end of picture making! I think it's fair to say that you will come out buzzing!



Check out our video from previous workshops


Video from previous workshops - all images made by participants



"Absolutely excellent workshop. I signed up to be taken out of my photographic comfort zone and the course did all of that and more. Congratulations on a very well run course."
David Boath


"Really good fun and friendly, Paul and Maria made learning so much fun, and the rest of the group were very keen to share their knowledge and experience too!" Simon Priestly


"A great workshop, lots of help to hand and lots of positive encouragement too! Highly recommend it!" Anne Turner


"This workshop was a new genre to me but one I had wanted to attempt. It was brilliant and answered all my questions. The teachers were brilliant and couldn't have been more positive. I would highly recommend it!" Adrian Lowe-Wheeler


"An excellent combination of advice, information and extensive opportunities to photograph a wide variety of dancers. A challenging and very rewarding workshop!" Dave Mangan


"Brilliant weekend, I learnt so much in two days and have already booked another of your workshops." John Gill


May I have the Pleasure?



Unless you live somewhere in a dark hole, you can't possibly have missed the recent explosion of dance on our streets, cinemas, theatres and TVs! Dance has taken the UK - and the rest of the world - by storm! From Ballroom to Ballet, Strictly to Street Dance, everyone is up and moving!

But this new craze isn't easy to photograph. Production shots, location shoots, choreography, direction, improvisation and collaboration - what's it all about?
The world of dance photography can be both bewildering and fascinating, hard work and fun!
But we can show you the steps - if you're up for the challenge?


On this workshop Maria Falconer and Paul Hill will introduce you not only to the technical aspects of shooting dance, but much more importantly - the creative ones.


And because the numbers are limited to 12, you will have plenty of time and space to work, and lots of input from the tutors.



dance photography workshops

Photoshoot with Shaper/Caper, Dundee
dance photography workshop

Digital Camera Magazine feature on Maria's Performance Photography


The Workshops



It doesn't matter if you are an experienced photographer or new to the medium, this workshop welcomes a rich mix of enthusiastic participants. And if you are new to dance photography, Maria and Paul will guide you through the day.


The workshop will be packed with exercises and advice, designed to help you create interesting unique images.

You will work with trained dancers on location, in the theatre and also in the photographic studio. We are very fortunate to have with us the lighting expert Nick Lockett, a highly experienced professional photographer and teacher - see below for more about Nick.

Everything that you need will be on hand, so that you can really get involved and enjoy the experience.


The Content



The workshop will include presentations, demos and a series of technical
and creative exercises around the following topics;

  • Directing / collaborating with dancers
  • Working on location
  • Shooting in the theatre
  • Studio lighting
  • Camera angles and vantage points
  • Colour, costume and backgrounds
  • Using the light to your advantage
  • ISO, Shutter speeds, Aperture and all that jazz
  • Getting beyond the cliches
  • Experimentation and creativity
  • Copyright and Model Release


Images from previous workshops - all made by participants



The Location.



Dance Photography Nottingham

Dance4
iC4C2
Dakeyne Street
Nottingham
NG3 2AR

This weekend workshop will take place from 09.00- 17.00 at Dance4's beautiful and prestigious new Centre for Choreography in Nottingham's Creative Quarter. It's easily accessible by bus, train and car - full access details here


Dance4 studio, Nottingham


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Promotional image for So Many Steps, So Little Time, Bruges.


The Tutors



Maria Falconer

Maria is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, holds an MA in Photography, and is a qualified teacher.
Her work has been shown at Arles Photography Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, ThePrintSpace Photovoice awards London, FORMAT Photography Festival, DanceMoves in New Jersey and at the Lightmoves Dance Film festival in Limerick.
Her specialist dance photography has been published in The Guardian, The Times, The Glasgow Herald and The Scotsman.
In Jan 2017 Maria exhibited her work at an international Dance Festival in Bruges. She was delighted to discover that one of her images was used to advertise the event.
Maria also trained as a contemporary dancer at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London, and enjoys being on both sides of the fence!

Paul Hill

Awarded an MBE for his services to photography, Paul is the originator of photographic workshops in the UK. An influential teacher, he has published several books and exhibited all over the world www.hillonphotography.co.uk.

This is what the UK's best selling photo magazine Digital Camera wrote about Paul:

An eminent photographer, teacher and workshop pioneer, Paul Hill witnessed many of the major changes that transformed British photography ... and works to help students develop their own vision: "to say something rather than just show something."

Nick Lockett - Guest teacher, Nottingham workshop

For twenty years Nick was Chief Photographer and Head of Pictures for Carlton Television in London, producing still images and picture publicity on TV programmes as diverse as Inspector Morse, Spitting Image and Pop Idol. Formerly Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University, Nick teaches part-time at Staffordshire University and also undertakes photo assignments for newspapers, magazines and book publishers.
Nick has an impressive client list including; The British Museum, The Louvre, BBC, ITV, C4, Australian Film Commission, Ofsted, The Oval & Surrey County Cricket Club, Royal Mail, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Age, Weidenfeld & Nicholson and Grove Atlantic.




But don't just take our word for it ...




"What a learning experience! A very well presented course. The contribution of the dancers was really great. I would recommend for everyone who is interested" Joanne Pearson


"Totally absorbing, excellent learning experience, superbly orchestrated and delivered" Sarah Cummins


"My first ever dance workshop - what an amazing, fun, chilled and thoroughly entertaining experience. Maria and Paul both highly passionate, experienced, approachable and extremely encouraging to photographers and dancers of all levels. Highly highly recommended!" Karen Marr


"Amazing experience, fabulous dancers, Maria and Paul are inspirational!" Melanie Taylor


"Had a great time from Saturday morning through to Sunday evening. The wealth of experience available to us during the two days was staggering!
Thank you all!"
Jamie Scott




Covid-Safe Regulations



Naturally we wish to make the environment as safe as possible, so everyone attending will be required to produce a positive Covid-19 Lateral Flow test taken on the morning of the first day of the workshop.
You can order tests online or collect from any pharmacy free of charge details here


If we are still in a position where masks are required, the workshop will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund.


Booking



Numbers are restricted to 12 in order to maximize your time working with the dancers. This also enables us to spend more time with each photographer, and offer advice and constructive feedback to everyone.



Cost - £325


Please be aware before booking that;


  • Booking indicates that you have read and agree to our TERMS & CONDITIONS including Covid-19 procedures and cancellation policy.

  • You will need to bring a laptop with you for editing.

  • IF ANY OF OUR WORKSHOPS ARE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 regulations YOU WILL BE REFUNDED



THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL BUT...


It is not uncommon to have last minute cancellations for a workshop, so if you would like us to let you know if a vacancy arrises, or if you would like to receive immediate notification next time we run this workshop, please tell us here and we guarantee that you will be informed.



photography courses

Production shot for Edge Fwd, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Buying a workshop as a gift? Just let us know when you book it and we will send you a gift certificate!


If you have any questions or would simply like a chat about the workshop, please don't hesitate to contact Maria - email / mobile +44 (0)7740 985 887, or Paul - email / mobile +44 (0)7977 700 274. We would be delighted to hear from you.



"Excellent workshop run by Maria and Paul! Fantastic location with superb facilities!" Alan Declan


"Paul and Maria make a great team - easy going, extremely creative and encouraging. They pack in so much information and practical work that you leave feeling inspired and improved!" Rachel Wallace


"Really useful workshop - so many aspects covered - thanks so much!" Geraldine Curtis


"A fabulous workshop - lots of tuition, lots of practical activity - wonderful to work collaboratively with the dancers." Trevor Rudkin


"What a learning experience! A very well presented course. The contribution of the dancers was really great. I would recommend for everyone who is interested" Joanne Pearson



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Ooh La Loire! - at the wonderful Château de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art



Photography Workshop Château de Montsoreau


Montsoreau, The Loire Valley, France
June 7th - 12th, 2022





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Château de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art



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The market town of Montsoreau -
'One of the most beautiful in France'


The Location



What better inspiration for a photography workshop than spending 6 days in the magnificent Loire Valley France.

For centuries the Loire has been a popular destination for artists, from Rabelais and Turner to Alexandre Dumas and Rodin.

Here, hundreds of majestic châteaux and palaces line the course of the country's longest river, and such is the beauty of the ancient towns, limestone hills and historic châteaux, that a 300km-long stretch of the valley has been designated a World Heritage Site.


We are delighted to be based at the renowned Château de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art, which is the only château that is actually built on the Loire riverbed itself.
Created in April 2016 on the initiative of the French contemporary art collector Philippe Méaille, the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art is a radical, committed, living place. Its permanent collection is the world's largest collection of works from the Art & Language movement."

Just beyond the château walls lies the charming market town of Montsoreau, officially classified as 'One of the most Beautiful in France'. Here you'll find architecture in the subtle shades of French lace and Troglodyte houses that are cut into the cliff side.



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Our base for the workshop - in the heart of the château

The Theme


Our theme is inspiration! And in addition to the fabulous location we have an action packed programme for you.

We are extremely fortunate to be based in a classroom in the heart of the château with 6 days free access to the museum's collection of contemporary art and temporary exhibitions.

The workshop will be packed with short presentations, technical and creative exercises, as well as lots of advice and feedback. We will have field trips, challenges, stimulating discussions and a whole lot of fun! And over the course of the week we will be making online books (don't panic if you've never done that before!)

We don't want to give too much away and spoil the surprises, but suffice to say that this workshop is not about landscape, portraiture, or any specific genre, it's about you and your photography. Inspiration to think and work differently. Inspiration to make new and unique images.

It doesn't matter if you are an experienced photographer or relatively new to the medium, we welcome a rich mix of enthusiastic participants.
And we do our best to create a warm, supportive, non competitive environment where you have time and space to experiment.




But don't just take our word for it ...




"Absolutely excellent workshop. I signed up to be taken out of my photographic comfort zone and the course did all of that and more. Congratulations on a very well run course."
David Boath



"Really good fun and friendly, Paul and Maria made learning so much fun, and the rest of the group were very keen to share their knowledge and experience too!"
Simon Priestly


"Loved the workshop - very inspirational, can't wait to come back for another one!" Kat Morgan



"Eye opening and thought provoking! A thoroughly enjoyable experience - thank you!"
Carol Jenkins






Overview



The workshop will take place from 10 am on Tuesday June 7th, to 5 pm on Sunday June 12th, allowing Mondays for traveling. And there is also an optional welcome dinner on Monday 6th for those who are able to join us. Over the course of the workshop there will be challenges and exercises in and around the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art itself, around the town of Montsoreau and also two field trips.
We have factored in a day off in the middle for you to relax or explore as you wish, or continue making pictures in this wonderful location.
Montsoreau offers a range of recreational activities including, canoeing, cycling, wine tasting (and courses to learn about wine), shopping or just hanging out enjoying the local atmosphere.



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Field Trips

The first outing will be to the incredible Château de Bréze .
Built and rebuilt between the 11th and 19th centuries in the heart of a vineyard, this château is not quite all that it seems. At first glance there is nothing to suggest that it sits atop the largest underground fortress in Europe. But situated deep beneath the château there are actually more than 1 km of underground passages, housing everything from the largest underground bakery in France, to an ice-house and a 'Son et Lumiére' show on the bare rock of one of the caverns.

Our second excursion will be to the medieval town of Chinon. Resting on the banks of the Vienne river, Chinon, with its cobbled streets and houses is a town steeped in history and culture dating back to the 15th century. Rich with cafés, shops and restaurants, Chinon also boasts its own château where in 1429 the teenage Joan of Arc visited the Dauphin Charles VII to acknowledge him as the rightful heir to the throne.


Although our workshop does involve rather a lot of châteaux, it's absolutely not about making pretty pictures. The exercises and challenges will help you to see beyond the obvious and encourage you to photograph everything in new and unique ways.



Social

We find that workshop participants really learn a lot from chatting to each other, both during the workshop and also socially. Invariably group members come from a diverse range of backgrounds, and have an enormous amount of experience and skills to share. After hour meet ups over a drink or an evening meal can elicit the most fascinating discussions and are a great way to relax too!

And so with this in mind, we have arranged two opportunities to dine out as a group, an introductory dinner on the evening of Monday 8th, and a farewell meal on Sunday June 13th. And although it would be wonderful to see everyone there, this is of course entirely optional.

On arrival we will dine at Créperie Saladerie la Dentellière. They don't have a web site, (which is not uncommon for small businesses in rural France), but you can find them listed on Trip Advisor here.

We are still to finalise the details of our farewell meal but we will post details as soon as possible.

Because we appreciate that it's not always possible for people to attend the social activities, we don't include them in the price. But there will be an opportunity to opt in or out when booking, so that we can give the restaurants plenty of notice about numbers and dietary requirements.





Accommodation



There are a range of accommodation options in Montsoreau - from posh hotels to campsite chalets, as well as interesting airbnb possibilities. Here are a few but there are many more available online;


In Montsoreau


Self Catering



B&B and Hotels



Camping & Chalets

Nearby is the village of Fontevraud l'Abbaye (2.5 miles)





And Varennes-sur-Loire (2 miles)





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Travel



Ryanair fly from Stansted to Tours and Nantes, and Flybe from Birmingham and Southampton to Nantes. From Tours and Nantes there are regular trains to Saumur where you will be picked up on arrival. If you have the option though, it is quicker to get to Saumur from Tours than Nantes.

It's also easy to travel by Eurostar with just 2 changes from London St Pancras to Saumur.

And if you would like to drive, Montsoreau is only 5 hours from Calais.



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So come and join us for a unique creative experience, make the sort of pictures that you have never made before, and improve your technical skills and creative vision! Enjoy a friendly and informal learning environment, with space and time for you to share ideas, meet other photographers, and make some new pictures! We would love to welcome you on board!




Booking



Cost


Booking temporarily suspended but will be open as soon as possible.


Price £495


Price includes;

  • All tuition
  • Transfers to and from Saumur train station
  • Transport to and from Bréze and Chinon
  • Entrance to Château de Bréze.



Please be aware before booking that;

  • You will need a laptop / ipad with you for editing.
    (Make sure that your device has the technology to transfer your images to our laptop for feedback sessions - eg USB port / airdrop etc.)

  • Booking indicates that you have read and agree to our cancellation policy.

  • IF ANY OF OUR WORKSHOPS ARE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, YOU WILL BE REFUNDED



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Buying a workshop as a gift? Just let us know when you book it and we will send you a gift certificate!



If you have any questions or would simply like a chat about the workshop, please don't hesitate to contact Maria - email / mobile +44 (0)7740 985 887, or Paul - email / mobile +44 (0)7977 700 274. We would be delighted to hear from you.




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"Great photography, great teaching and a bunch of very nice people. Paul and Maria really know how to impart information in a sympathetic and memorable way"
Ian Jeffries


"A wonderful experience" Kathie Scarrah


"Simply Superb!" Roger Lee


"I really enjoyed the workshop. I have never done anything like that before and I was a little apprehensive, but yourself and Paul together with the other participants made for a relaxing atmosphere, even if you did test the grey matter!" Brian Richards



"Very enjoyable workshop, lots of new ideas and creative inspiration. Thank you!" Lin Baker


"Great day offering an opportunity to think and create images with like-minded photographers." Stewart Wall



"I joined the workshop as a challenge to myself - to meet new fellow photographers, photographically do something different and visit a new town. The workshop met all three of my aims. Superb organisation, excellent company, enjoyed sharing experiences and images with others, and a good space for reflection." Mo Connelly


"I've been on a number of Paul and Maria's workshop, this one was a new topic and a new group, just as friendly, just as professional. Where are we going next!?" Richard Penn


"Totally absorbing, excellent learning experience, superbly orchestrated and delivered" Sarah Cummins