Loire Valley, France – Vineyards, Villages and Chateaux
Date: September 20-26, 2017
Marie DeForge Heiss joins us to host our Loire Valley France Photo Workshop. She will share with us the hidden places she loved best growing up here. A subtle and peaceful light bathes the vineyards and the fields along the Loire River in central France. In addition to delicious landscapes, we’ll explore French village life, windmills and the magnificent chateaux that dot the historic King’s Valley Route. We’ll be savoring the local culinary specialties and famous wines of the Loire, with a Michelin-rated restaurant and Marie’s favorite “local” haunts.
(Optional) Extension to Brittany & Mont Saint Michel, Sept 30 through Oct 4
Date: September 20-26, 2017
Days: 7 days, 6 nights
Cost: $3350 per person
Meet in Angers, France
Loire Valley Workshop
How to reach the Loire Valley France Photo Workshop
You can take a train directly from the Paris (CDG) Airport. It’s a 2.5 hour ride to the city of Angers, our meeting place. Arrive a day or two early if possible and enjoy the charms of Angers before officially starting Loire Valley France Photo Workshop.
Meet at Best Western Hotel Anjou in Angers / Leave to Saumur / Travel in mini-vans
Stops along the way: St Rémy-La-Varenne Prieuré & Cunault Church
Welcome dinner at the Gambetta Michelin Star Restaurant
Visit of Saumur and lunch on our own
Experience the Troglodyte Caves and local wine producers
Watch the sun go down at Parnay with a gourmet picnic
St. Pierre-en-Vaux Church
Prieuré Church + Bajoulière Dolmen
Lunch at Rou Marson, Fouées specialty in Troglodyte Caves
Cave sculptures and Moulin de Gouré
Dinner on our own
Workshop Review & Critic
Leave for Domaine de Mestré (our hotel with 13th century origins)
Lunch at La Table de Mestré Restaurant
Abbaye of Fontevraud / Stop at the Moulin de la Herpinière (windmill in the vineyard)
Dinner on your own in historic village of Fontevraud
Leave for early shooting of Candes-St-Martin & Montsoreau
Workshop Review & Critique
Benoit´s Visit of Domaine de Mestré
Picnic at Montsoreaux Village and Castle
Chinon Village / Fortres
Farewell dinner at Le Chapeau Rouge Restaurant
Blois Street Market with lunch on your own as we visit the historic town
Famous Chambord Castle
Evening at Chenonceau Castle and Gardens
Private night shoot in Chenonceau
Check out and transfer to Angers Train Station; Marie can help you make your train reservations to Paris (2 hrs) or to your next destination
Optional Extension to the Brittany Coast and Mont Saint Michelle
Continue on with us to the west coast of France and stay 3 nights in the pristine ancient village of Dinan in Brittany. From there, we’ll day-trip by car to the Pink Granite Coast with its lighthouses and famous Mont Saint Michelle by dusk. Enjoy this very photogenic region and expand your portfolio. Instruction will be on-demand only, so you’ll have lots of relaxed time to eat, shop, and enjoy romantic Brittany.
Mont Saint Michel
After a farewell breakfast in Dinan, we’ll transport you to Paris for your flight home, or… wherever!
Loire Valley France Photo Workshop (7 days)
$3350 per person (based on double occupancy)
$600 single supplement (if traveling alone or requesting a private room)
Includes workshop tuition, 6 nights accommodations, 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners and occasional tailgate picnics. Also included are all entrance fees and ground transportation during the actual workshop week. Airfare is not included. Tuition is based on double occupancy. Add $600 for a private, single room. If you wish to share a room, we’ll do our best to find you a roommate.
Extension to Brittany and Mont Saint Michel (4 days)
Sept 26-29, 2017
$1650 per person (based on double occupancy)
$400 single supplement (if traveling alone or requesting a private room)
Includes 3 nights hotel in Dinan, France (4 star) with all breakfast, one dinner, two lunches, ground transportation from the Loire River Workshop, finishing in Paris.
Not included: Airfare
Register Early! Fully paid registrants get priority room assignments.
Alumni Discount: $100 per workshop (not applicable to extension events)
For those who have attended a previous Italy Workshops event of 6 days or more.
Room Upgrade (ask upon registration for availability of suites or balcony rooms).
Alumni Discount $100 off per person for the Loire Valley France Photo Workshop. This applies for alumni of any Italy Workshop event.
Early registration discount: Pay in full by March 1, 2015 and save $100 for any event 6 days or longer.
Observer Status $100 off full price. Attend all instruction, without submitting photos for critique. This is for those who would rather not bring a computer, or for beginners who don’t want the pressure of submitting. No camera or computer experience required.
The Photographic Workshop
Group Size is maximum 12 photographers. Participants always include a mix of experience levels and we love rubbing shoulders with people from all walks of life who share this common passion for the camera. With two instructors, we can break up to focus on individual needs from basic to professional.
Instructors will offer hands-on technical instruction in the field as we travel to nearby towns and overlooks. The focus of our classroom discussions will be lighting, composition and developing your personal style.
During on-screen reviews of your favorite images, the instructors will offer concrete suggestions to keep you learning. We recommend bringing a laptop to edit your work during the week. You’ll get tips for maximizing Adobe Lightroom, plus workflow instruction, and lots of individual Q&A time.
Classroom and on-screen critique is limited to 1-2 hours per day, with the remainder of the day photographing in the field, and free time.
Partners who do not wish to participate in the photography discussions may still join in for all our excursions and meals. This is meant to be a wonderful vacation for couples, not a boot-camp seminar, and some of our very happiest campers are non-photographers.
A this Loire Valley France Photo Workshop we’ll be doing less “work” with our cameras and more play. You should enjoy every second of it. We want to help photographers break free from ordinary, overly-serious images, and instead create self-expressive images that say more about the artist and less about the place. We try to take you to the best places at the right times, and offer the inspiration and technical skills to make your lifetime-best images.
Technical discussions will include:
• Fast and accurate methods for proper exposure in a wide variety of situations.
• De-mystifying the features on your digital SLR camera
• Dynamic techniques for subject blur, camera motion and selective focus compositions.
• Lighting for landscape, cityscape and portraiture
• Design issues: composition, balance, scale and dimension.
• Content or the absence of it, and how to create images that have a powerful effect on viewers.
Separate instruction will be scheduled for beginners, allowing serious amateurs and professionals to advance at their own speed. Instructors will available during our travel for one-on-one help with camera mechanics and aesthetic discussions.
To be a “Full Participant” you must have an intermediate knowledge of your camera and the ability to download and edit images on a computer. If you need help to reach this level of proficiency, we can recommend some online tutorials to complete before the workshop.
Beginner photographers may participate as “Observers”, attending all instruction and field trips, but not required to submit photos for critique if they choose. In this case bringing a computer is not required. For beginners, we’ll have mini-workshops to address basic camera functions to help you master that digital camera and it’s most essential features.
Drake Busath, M.Photog.Cr, will be the workshop leader for Loire Valley France Photo Workshop. Drake has been a commercial photographer 35 years and has taught photography seminars in Europe, Asia, Australia and most US States. He operates a very busy studio in downtown Salt Lake City with 12 employees, which has been named Best in State 7 years running. Drake will share his work and encourage you to identify and develop your own personal style while in Italy.
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Marie Deforge Heiss is our local host and travel manager. She was born and raised in the Loire Valley and promises to show us the very best of theLoire Valley villages and landscapes. Marie will keep you informed at all times about schedule, travel, meal options, (bathroom locations), etc. This lets our instructors focus on teaching and is your guarantee of a productive workshop.
More about Marie …
Reserving your Spot
Please reserve early as group size is extremely limited. You can reserve your spot on our website, or by calling Busath Studio at 801-364-6645 or Jamie Shaw at 801-450-9221. Payments may be made with Visa, MasterCard or American Express, or you may send a check. Checks should be written to Italy Workshops and mailed to 701 East South Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84102. Upon payment of your deposit, we will send you an information packet including suggestions for camera equipment, computer and software, clothing and travel information specific to your workshop destination.
To reserve $500
120 days before the trip 50% of balance due
60 days before the trip 100% balance due
We use hotels rated 3 or 4 stars, each with a private bath. Rooms are assigned in order of reservations received, so early signup is recommended. Ask about premium rooms, at some workshop locations for an additional supplement charge.
Fees are based on double occupancy. Single supplement is added for participants who wish to have a private room to themselves. If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another participant, please let us know and we’ll do our best to match you with a roommate.
Cancellation fee schedule
90 days prior to workshop start date we retain 25%
45 days prior we retain 50%
15 days prior we retain 100%
No partial refunds will be given for unused portions of a workshop. We highly recommend that all workshop participants purchase trip cancellation insurance independently.
Italy Workshops and this Loire Valley France Photo Workshop reserve the right to cancel any trip for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient signup, logistical problems that may impede a workshop, hotel closures or acts of God. (We have never yet had to cancel a workshop.) Refund of all fees paid shall release Italy Workshops from any further liability. Italy Workshops is not responsible for any expenses incurred by workshop participants in preparing for a cancelled workshop. In the case of insufficient signup to make a workshop feasible, notice and refund will be sent 120 days prior to the workshop.
Italy Workshops reserves the right to photograph and film its trips in entirety. Participants should be aware that images of them may be used for promotional purposes or joint marketing efforts with third parties, without renumeration.