Paris in the Springtime has a romance all of its own. That’s why we have chosen the location for a whole weekend of sophisticated fashion photography. Think of all the iconic locations in this beautiful city, add an impeccably-styled professional model - and that’s just for starters.
You know the places: The Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Notre Dame but these are just the better-known of the many amazing backdrops to choose from. We make sure you get a really full flavour of Paris in your shots. Sunrise on the Trocadero with the ghost of that famous tower in the background, followed by croissants and coffee for breakfast in one of the many street cafes. A sultry dusk shoot on the banks of the Seine; here, we can take full advantage of the city lights and the reflective qualities of what is probably the most romantic of all European rivers. And these are just a couple of examples. Add to the atmosphere of each location, the time of year. Trees in bud, emerging blossom and all the colours of the French capital in Springtime.
Sharon Janney is a photographic model with a wealth of experience - and this style of photography is absolutely her forte. Casual or formal, daytime or after-dark, you can rest assured that she will always be beautifully presented and able to reflect the different locations. She is also a qualified stylist so you know that she will have perfect hair and make-up, whatever the mood of the shoot. Sharon’s wardrobe has been carefully designed to reflect the time of year and the rich diversity of this living, breathing city. The theme is very much Paris Chic and Sharon will be wearing a collection of contrasting day and evening wear which speaks of timeless elegance, charm and Parisian femininity.
Your Trainer and Guide
Andrew will be with you throughout the weekend to take care of all your photography needs. He has trained countless award-winning photographers and is no stranger to the streets, buildings and monuments of Paris. Because he has run numerous photography trips here to date, Andrew knows where and when to shoot for the best results and how to avoid the crowds. Having Andrew on the trip will really help you to make the most of your shoot time. He will be on hand to give advice on such critical topics as lighting and composition. You will benefit from his experience of setting up shots and, on the Sunday, he will devote time to each photographer on a one-to-one basis. It’s a winning combination of tuition, guidance and constructive feedback.
- Two full days of shooting
- A mix of setup shots and one to one
- Training in lighting, composition and posing techniques
- Pre scouted locations that provide iconic backdrops
Travel to and from Paris, accommodation and meals are NOT included. Travel from the UK is best by air or rail. Air will take you to Charles De Gaulle and there are frequent trains to the Gare Du Nord Station. Eurostar trains go direct from St Pancras to Gare Du Nord. Getting around Paris is very easy using the Metro as parking can be a nightmare. We choose locations so travel is kept to minimum each day.
Our two main areas for shoots are the Eiffel Tower/Louvre area and Montmartre. Either of these are suitable for accommodation. Montmartre is full of small hotels and apartments that are reasonably priced. The area to the North of The Louvre is very convenient but more expensive. There are a couple of Ibis hotels to the South of the Louvre that are reasonably priced.
if you have any questions about transport and accommodation please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to advise.
You will need an interchangeable lens camera that can preferably shoot in manual.
We suggest bringing lenses that cover the following focal lengths, don't worry if you don't have these you can complete the course with a standard kit lens.
Full Frame Sensors. 14mm - 200mm
APS 1.5 Crop 10mm - 150mm
MFT 2x Crop 7mm - 100mm
Although the weather should be reasonable a waterproof jacket is a good idea and comfortable shoes - there will be quite a bit of walking.
This course is for photographers who have some experience.
You should be familiar with your camera controls and be able to shoot in manual exposure mode.
“I took my time to choose a tutor that I felt could give me what I needed, working as a coach myself I understood how important it was to pick someone that wouldn’t pick one size fits all in their teaching style. So I took my time to look around, there are many many tutors / teachers / coaches out there that have the ability to work between huge gaps in ability of their students but yet find and understand exactly what is needed to ensure that each one improves.
The Complete Photographer Course, is exceptional in it’s itinerary in how it covers off and challenges even the most competent of photographer, it covers off different genres, but it’s beauty is it’s structure of absolutely nailing the basics but mixing theory with exceptional practical work. The icing on the cake however is Andrew Appleton, putting the wonderful, engaging nature aside, his technical, creative, relaxed yet focused mind and personality really make this course exceptional. Shooting street photography in the morning, then a model shoot in the mid day sun on a beach, then onto a child shoot in ever changing afternoon light and finally a late afternoon dramatic 1940’s railway model shoot, will test everyones ability, but Andrew is there as a guiding hand, to push you to levels you didn’t think possible.
I come away from 5 days, a much better technical photographer than I was before, but I also come away with an energy, focus and plan on what I want to do next, but that’s only 75% of what you get, the final 25% are the connections you make, the friendships that you build, the life experience you achieve, bonding with the 3 other photographers and the most amazing models that Andrew works with.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt like I’ve had so much value for money in a photography course, i simply cannot praise Andrew and Helen on this course enough, thank you”Owen Clements
A huge turning point for me this year was Andrew's Complete Photographer course. Eat, sleep, drink photography - it was fantastic Imelda Bell