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Provence, France Photography workshop and tour

Abbaye De Senanque

Abbaye De Senanque. Photo by Ron Lake

A photography workshop and tour in Provence, France – how exciting! The sites will amaze you and you’ll remember the fragrant aromas from the South of France forever.

Join professional photographers Ron Lake and Loren Fisher June 30 to July 6, 2017 as we explore the beauty, history and fragrance of France’s Provence region, known worldwide for its amazing fields of lavender. We will be there at the peak time to photograph massive fields of lavender and go to little known locations that will fill your camera with color. Van Gogh, Cézanne and Matisse created masterpieces here and you will be inspired too. Ron has spent years photographing the area and will take us to places that few have the luxury of visiting. We will visit medieval towns with their quaint buildings and diverse markets, towering and colorful cliffs, stunning cathedrals, countless bucolic vistas  and plains filled with lavender.

Marche du Samedi

Flowers in a market. Photo by Ron Lake

We take care of all the details, once you arrive in Nice, France, you don’t need to think about where to go, how to get there or where to stay during the eight days and seven nights we are in France. Just show up and be ready to have fun and make great images.

You will get professional photography instruction from experienced pros Loren Fisher and Ron Lake, who have helped photographers improve their images for years. Our group will be small so you will have plenty of time with each pro giving you advice on composition, angle and lens selection to help you get the best pictures possible not only while you are in Provence but long afterward. We will work with you as much as you want at every location.

We will start in Nice where we will get to know each other, have some photography instruction and visit the old town and the flower market, Cours Saleyea. Then we head off to Provence and our first destination of Forcalquier where we will stay for two days and visit the famous Valensole Plain where lavender fields extend for miles. Later in the week we move over to Gordes. After getting our first glimpse of the amazing Abbaye de Senanque we will photograph the cliffs of Gordes and many nearby treasures including the water wheel towns of Isle sur le Sorgue and Fontaine de Vaucluse and many morning markets. During our stay in Gordes we will do daily excursions and photograph many quaint towns including Bonnieux, Lacoste,  Menerbes and and the famous Rousillion. An early morning excursion will also include the Le Colorado Provencal  near Rustel just beyond Rouisillion.

The full itinerary is below and you can see it is packed with tremendous locations with plenty of beautiful towns and countryside to photograph. While we want to see it all, we don’t want to wear anyone out. As photographers, we love the morning light so we will be out shooting at sunrise most days. We will take two to three hours breaks from shooting at mid-day, when the light isn’t as nice to catch a nap or refresh. Each day either Ron or Loren will be available during these mid-day breaks for image review or work with you on your photography. You will have time to explore on your own or stick with the group.

Early registration by March 1, 2016 is $3,679.
Regular Price: $4,179.
Former clients: $3,579.
Rates are net, per person, in U.S. dollars.

Berbigueres. Photo by Ron Lake

What is included:

  • Eight days, lodging for seven nights (Double occupancy)
  • Local transportation in France
  • Workshop Adventure
  • Two Pro Photographers / Guides
  • Photo Walks
  • Breakfast most mornings
  • Small group size
  • All hotels are at least 3 star with AC and magnificent swimming pools
  • Professional photography instruction

What isn’t included:

  • Travel to France
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Non-meal time snacks and soft drinks

Who should Attend

Anyone with an interest in France, beautiful landscape and historic towns – your photographic experience doesn’t matter. Most of our shooting locations will be in towns where some walking will be required. There won’t be long, strenuous hiking and we try to stay close to our vehicles, although you may want to wander through the towns.

Maximum group size: 8

Le Chuisere

Photo by Ron Lake

Our Itinerary

(Subject to change)
Friday, June 30
– Arrival Day at Nice
– Check in at Hotel Brice
– Evening group meal, meet and greet at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 1
– Depart for Provence
– Early shoot at flower market and old town
– Depart morning for Provence heading toward our first Provencal destination of Forcalquier and the famous  Valensole plain
– Check in at the fabulous La Bastille de St. Georges in the afternoon
–  Evening shoot for golden hour on the Valensole plain
Sunday, July 2
– Early shoot includes first light on the Valensole plain
– Lunch in Forcalquier and afternoon shoots in town with an evening golden hour, blue hour light painting at the top of Forcalquier and the Cathedral Notre dame
Monday, July 3
– Depart for Gordes
– Stop en route to Rustrel to see Le Colorado Provencal, the Cliffs of Color
– Photograph the Ochre Cliffs of Rousillion later
–Check in afternoon at Le Petit Palais dAglae
–First viewing of Abbaye de Senanque
–Golden hour evening shoot of the Cliffs of Gordes
Tuesday, July 4
–Early morning shoot of the Abbaye de Senanque with day trip over to Isle sur laSorgue
and Fontaine de Vaucluse
–Golden hour shoot and dinner in Gordes
Wednesday, July 5
– Optional early local shoot
–Mid morning departure for the Luberon range and the famous hill towns of Bonnieux and Lacoste
– Stops en route in the little town of Ansouis then on to Menerbes and  afternoon check in at our final hotel final hotel Mas Des Romarins
Thursday, July 6
– Menerbes and the lower Luberon
– Early morning shoot in the famous Rousillion with its vermillion cliffs and ochre trails
– Full day of castles, fields of sunflowers and lavender
Friday, July 7
– Early morning shoot and depart for Nice

Les TailliandiersWeather

Temperatures usually have highs in the mid 80’s, although out in the open fields it will feel more in the 90’s and lows in the mid 60’s. You should have shorts, jeans and comfortable clothes, a hat or cap and some casual clothes for night. I wear pants from North Face and other adventure companies that have zip off legs, so if it is cool in the morning or I go to a place where shorts aren’t appropriate, I can put on the legs. Closed toe hiking-type shoes are required for walking through the lavender fields with calf high socks highly suggested. We won’t be going to any places requiring formal attire.

Dining

Breakfast most days is included. If we are out on a sunrise shoot we might not get back to the hotel while they are still serving, on those days you’ll grab something on the road. You are responsible for other dining expenses. We will be on the move but taking breaks to enjoy the scenery and dining.

Travel Visa

A passport that will still be valid for at least three months beyond the intended length of the visit is required for anyone wishing to visit France. Depending on your nationality, a visa may be required, but unlikely if you are a U.S. citizen. Go to VisaMapper for more information.

Hotels

Double occupancy hotel accommodations are included. If you want to be assured of single occupancy, there is a limited number available with a $750 additional fee.

Photo Equipment

You’ll want to have a wide angle, telephoto and possibly a macro lens. Make sure you have lots of memory cards, spare batteries and charger and maybe a polarizer filter. I’m a tripod shooter, but we will be in lots of markets, churches and areas where a tripod may not be appropriate, but you will want to have a tripod for landscape, sunrise/sunset and night shoots. I also suggest bringing a laptop to download your photos or another way to backup your cards. If you aren’t absolutely sure of everything that your camera does, bring your instruction manual so we can help you solve any problems.

Payment

The full fee is required 120 days prior to the workshop.

5 HistoriqueDeposits and Cancellations

Full payment must be received 120 days prior to the workshop.

Notice of your cancellation must be made in writing, at which time the following refunds are offered:
120 days or more before workshop: Full workshop or deposit refund.
119 to 60 days before workshop: 50% of workshop cost. Your payment, minus the deposit, will be refunded if your spot can be filled.
59 or fewer days before workshop: no refund. Your payment, minus the deposit, will be refunded if your spot can be filled.

No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a workshop. Workshops are sold as a package only.

If a workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of any money paid, but I’d have to be on my deathbed before I’d cancel. But if I’m on my deathbed and need to cancel the workshop, I will not be held responsible for your other expenses, such as airline ticket, that may be associated with the canceled workshop. I suggest you purchase trip insurance to be safe, but I’ve never cancelled a destination workshop and it would take a major catastrophe before I cancel.

What else you need to know

Once you register, you will receive a packet of information about the trip. It includes a Liability Release Form that needs to be immediately returned, an Emergency Contact and Medical Information Form, a detailed listing of our hotels with contact information, details about some of the locations we will be visiting and more suggestions for equipment and clothing.

Questions? Email Loren at Loren@LorenPhotos.com or call 802-332-6611.


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