From the scenic majesty of Mont Blanc to the tranquil shores of Lake Como, this Roadtrip experience is designed to bombard you with one sensory thrill after another. And, of course, as photographers, you will be able to capture each precious moment. With two professional models on board (both fully-styled), the opportunities for fabulous shots simply extend as far as your imagination.
We have lined up as much diversity as we can pack into your 8 night trip. You will have the opportunity to take a cable car and view the spectacular French panorama from on high - weather and nerves permitting! You will visit Italy’s historic fortress town of Sermione on a picturesque peninsula to the south of Lake Garda - a chance to shoot some street photography by day and fashion by night. Explore the lake’s shoreline - both east and west - and shoot lifestyle and fashion on Jamaica beach. How about a sunrise shot of Lake Como from the pretty town of Gravedona? A shoot with our two models atop the Gotthard Pass surrounded by the wild beauty of Alpine pools and fascinating rocky outcrops? All this and so much more is what we offer you because we just don’t want you to miss a single thing. We are excited to be re-visiting regions we have been to before, sharing our experience of the lifestyle, introducing you to places and people we think you will like.
On our programme of guided shoots, we provide advice and support to match your level of competence and there will also be plenty of opportunities for independent portfolio building.
Saturday 22nd September - Sunday 23rd September
We leave the UK late in the evening, picking you up on route to Folkestone where we catch the midnight tunnel to Calais. The timing here is specifically chosen so that we travel overnight down through France, giving us as much time as possible in Italy. With planned comfort stops every 2 hours, we aim to reach the ski resort of Chamonix for breakfast. Out of season, the resort is mainly populated by walkers so it is fairly quiet and relaxed. Here is where we have the amazing opportunity to take the cable car to the top of Mont Blanc for some spectacularly scenic views. From the Aiguille du Midi (3,842m), the cable car ferries passengers 5km across the glacier to Italy affording you an awe-inspiring panoramic vista which takes in the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. There are plenty of places to take photographs either en route or from the various terraces provided. After the experience, we will tame things down with a relaxed evening in the hotel. Most of the rooms have balconies with mountain views to remind you where you are!
Monday 24th September
Today, we head through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Lake Garda where we spend 2 nights in Hotel Astoria on the SW shore at Desenzano. The total drive time is about 4 hours but we will break our journey with a model shoot in the historic town of Monza.
Tuesday 25th September
This is a day for visiting Sirmione on Lake Garda. The picturesque town is within the walls of an ancient castle; we will do a model shoot here but it is also a great place to wander independently if you want to capture a flavour of the location itself which is very picturesque.
Wednesday 26th September - Thursday 27th September
We set off from Lake Garda in the morning and head for a lovely boutique hotel we have stayed at in the past on the NE shore of Lake Como in Colico. We will split the 3-hour trip with a stop in one of the many pretty old fishing villages that nestle on the edge of what is arguably the most beautiful and romantic of the Italian lakes. We spend these two days shooting fashion, lifestyle and landscape on the shores of Lake Garda and in the little towns which fringe its shores. For the intrepid early-risers, the aim is to do a sunrise shoot across the lake in Gravedona; we will also shoot at the beautiful Villa Balbianello, an exquisite location used in the filming of Starwars Episode II and the Bond film, Casino Royale.
Friday 28th September
We say goodbye to Colico and make the 2-hour journey to Omegna on Lake Orta which is where we will stay tonight. Lake Orta is one of the small lakes, just a short drive from the much larger Maggiore and between these two locations there is plenty of scope for landscape and model photography.
Saturday 29th September
Today, we head for Switzerland and the magnificent Gothard Pass which is an amazing backdrop for fashion photography. After our shoot, we make our way down into France for our overnight stop in the very pretty town of Colmar.
Sunday 30th September
Colmar to Calais is about a 7-hour drive, but with comfort breaks build in for leg-stretching and food. We will, as we always do, aim to stop at the old Reims racetrack, a great photo opportunity and a nostalgic piece of motor racing history right there on the roadside. We have visited on a number of occasions and it has not, to date, been spoilt by tourism or regulations. We envisage arriving back in the Slough area at approximately 8pm if we are not delayed anywhere en route.
We have two professional models joining us on this trip, Sharon Janney and Sinopa Rin. They both have years of experience and cover a wide range of styles.
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- September 22, 2018 - September 30, 2018
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
- An 8 night roadtrip through France and Italy. Include travel to and from the UK by minibus, single occupancy accommodation in minimum 3 star hotels.