MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM

 
 

Along with two award-winning photographers, two internationally-renowned stylists; a props stylist and a Flower Stylist/Botanical set designer, and a creative director who is an industry leader, you will learn how the professionals find creative inspiration and bring visual photographic narratives to life, from concept through to their execution.

All are trailblazers in their respective creative fields and sought out by the world’s best publications and luxury brands for their unique visions.

You will be immersed completely in these creative image-maker’s worlds and learn how to develop your vision and create your own stunning photographs, all in the magical Atmosphere of our enchanting French Chateau hideaway, and its picturesque countryside surrounds.

Each day you will dine on the delicious, fresh Seasonal menus from our internationally-acclaimed retreat cook, Lina Bou, along with chef, lise kvan, Formerly Of HolyBelly Restaurant in Paris. 

Intriguing and unique images are made from the simplest ideas. We’ll show you how. See the world through new eyes.


FAQ:

OUR WORKSHOP: This is a photography, styling (props and florals) and creative direction workshop meant to both inform and inspire

OUR WORKSHOP SPEAKERS : 5 Leading creative industry professionals (see ‘the team’ link above for further details)

HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS : Strictly limited to a total of 12 participants. (Book now to avoid missing out.!) 

SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels welcome. For beginners through to professionals

LANGUAGE: All classes will be conducted in English. French speakers will be with us for our market visits and excursions.

COST: Starting from €3,200 (for Twin share)

WHERE:: Hosted at Chateau De Goas, Lamothe-Goas, France (1hr23 drive from Toulouse)

WHEN:  13th - 17th June, 2019 -  Five Days / Four Nights

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: 

CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS - Where and how to find creative inspiration

DEVELOPING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC VISION - How to conceptualise and execute successful photo shoots

STORY-TELLING - Creating a photographic narrative effectively through imagery

DISCOVERING LIGHT AND COMPOSITION - Learn how to utilise light effectively to create and compose images that work every time

FLORALS - Learn how to work w flowers and foliage for your imagery

CAMERA BASICS (Depending on participant’s skill levels) - Using your camera incl. Shutter Speed/ Aperture/ ISO / Focal lengths

EDITING 101’s - Photographic Post Production and Image delivery work flows

PARTICIPANT’S PHOTO REVIEWS + QUESTION TIME


WHERE WE'RE STAYING:

Located in Lamothe-Goas, in the heart of the magnificent region of Gascony, surrounded by lush fields and rolling hills, Château de Goas is an historical French estate whose foundations date back to the Middle Age.

With its towers, windmills, ancient wine cellar, the Château is an authentic leftover of French history and a reflection of the unique rural tradition of the region.

For the most part, the current batiment of the castle dates back to the 18th century built by the Comtesse de Beaumont, a former courtesan at the King of France court. The Comtess, who owned the Château until the early 19th century, built a splendid estate including a huge park decorated with statues as well as a small chapel.

In addition to the practice of yoga, guests can enjoy their free time at the Château by taking walks through the exquisite countryside and forests and going for refreshing dips in the swimming pool or the nearby swimming lake.

 

The CHATEAU + surroundings

  • THE BARN - The airy, light-filled barn with its shuttered windows overlooking gorgeous fields Is the place where we will hold some classes and also where you will be able to relax and do your yoga lessons with Noelle.

  • THE SWIMMING POOL - The chateau’s own brand new swimming pool is available at your convenience to help you refresh after a hot day.

  • THE FOREST - This verdant haven will provide quietude for early morning walks and to get inspiration and offer rich location options for our images.

  • THE LAKE - This picturesque swimming lake is just a short 15 minutes walking distance from the chateau. It’s where we can swim or create extraordinary photographic set ups.

  • THE CHAPEL - This gorgeous small chapel is sure to be a backdrop for our visual narratives


Weather

June is a wonderful time of year to visit Southern France. An hour or so from the Mediterranean Sea it enjoys long sunny days with warm average daily temperatures in the Summertime of around 24 degrees c. and around 13 Degrees c. in the evenings, with very minimal rain.  

We suggest packing light for our Summer escape, bringing light jacket options for slight temperature drops and/ or rain and as the sun sets for our alfresco dining activities.

Travel arrangements

Visual Nomads will email you when it’s time to organise your airfare. This email will always be sent 60 days or more before your trip departs, unless you book within 60 days prior to the workshop. 

There will be no refunds for this workshop due to the planning and logistics involved. 

Notes

  • When booking your place at the workshop please advise us of any (food) allergies or any dietary requirements so we can best plan for these well ahead of time..

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinners will be cooked by our two Paris-based chefs, Lina and Lise who largely focus on local and seasonal ingredients in their cooking, with an emphasis on fresh vegetables and fruits.

  • Local alcoholic beverages offerings available with our dinners.

  • Rooms and bathrooms are shared. Sheets, towels, shampoo and soaps supplied.

  • Group bus transport will be arranged for participants to/from Toulouse train station at an allocated time (TBC closer to the date via email).

  • Please advise your photographic skill level upon booking your place so that we can best cater our teaching components to maximise our attendees workshop experience.

  • We strongly suggest awaiting our formal email confirmation of your place at the workshop before making your travel arrangements (connecting flights / trains).

  • Any queries please email us - hello@visualnomads.co




 

WORKSHOP INCLUDES: 

  • 5 Days

  • 4 Nights

  • 4 Breakfasts

  • 4 Lunches

  • 4 Dinners w local wines

  • Daily classes w 5 Creative Industry Professionals

  • Group bus transfers from Toulouse Train Station

  • Local Antique Markets and Food Market excursions

  • Wine + armagnac tour + tastings

  • Outdoor Movie Screening 

  • Group bus transportation to/from arranged local tours

  • Admission fees for arranged tours

  • Dips in the Chateau’s swimming pool

  • All rooms are shared with one other guest. Some bathrooms are shared. NB: (Two single rooms only are avail. at an additional fee - Please see Below)

    NB: OPTIONAL EXTRA - At an extra cost  15 Euros/ per person/per class @ 6pm daily - yoga classes will be avail. with our yoga teacher, Noelle (paid direct to Noelle)


COST

* Twin Share Accomodation = 3,200 Euros

* Single Room Supplement = ( + €300 ) Total of 3,500 Euros (only two singles rooms are avail. on a first booked basis).

Includes all - Accomodation / Meals/ Drinks / Excursions / Creative classes / Bus transport

PAYMENT METHOD

Deposit - A non-refundable deposit of 400 Euros is due immediately upon booking in order to hold your place at the workshop. 

Final Payment is due by latest on 5th April, 2019. Once final payments are made there are no refunds applicable due to the logistics and planning involved with the workshop. 

*Twin Share Accomodation Final Balance Payable = 2,800 Euros

*Single Room Accomodation Final Balance Payable = 3100 Euros

Bank Transfer Details: Bank Account details will be emailed to you once your place in the workshop is confirmed.


ITEMS NOT INCLUDED IN WORKSHOP FEES:

- Airfares and travel to France and onward travel to Toulouse are not included (group pick ups and returns to Toulouse train station will be arranged by us)

-- Our optional extra, at an additional fee of 15 Euros / per person / per class are our daily 6pm yoga classes with Noelle

- Your own Comprehensive travel Insurance cover which is always essential with your international travel

- Any shopping done while on arranged excursions.

TERMS + CONDITIONS: 

This is only a prospective itinerary and may be subject to slight modifications dependent on local weather and desires of the group.

Where an outlined teacher cancels due to unforeseen circumstances a similar replacement will be sought.

We strongly suggest awaiting our formal email confirmation of your place at the workshop before making your travel arrangements (connecting flights / trains).

INSURANCE: Comprehensive travel insurance Is strongly recommended to cover any medical and/or travel cancellation scenarios that can arise.

SUGGESTED WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT TO BRING:

* A DSLR Camera ( w manual settings)

* A tripod

* A laptop for your post/production +  file processing.

* A keen imagination and a great desire to learn

* Pack light where possible so luggage can fit on group bus pick ups

(NB: These items are only suggested to maximise your experience at the classes - but are not essential. Please discuss any queries with us)