Sunset in Lectoure

Sunset in Lectoure

The road to home in our village of St Michel

The road to home in our village of St Michel

Photography Retreat in Southern France

This year, we have realised our dream of moving to the South of France to enrich our creativity with new and inspiring surroundings. Now, we want to share a piece of that dream with you, whilst helping you to become your best creative self. Below are all the details you need before you get in touch to book your place. Please note that spaces are extremely limited.

The city of Auch

The city of Auch

The city of Tarbes

The city of Tarbes

The city of Lectoure

The city of Lectoure

When

6th-11th October. We have picked this time of year because the weather is lovely but not too hot, making photography more pleasurable. The light is softer and travel is more affordable.

Where

The base for the retreat will be our home and luxury guest house - Maison de Milo. We scoured the corners of France for the perfect place to live our life, the village of St Michel in the agricultural region of Gers is where we chose to reside. We have a quintessentially French bakery 2 minutes from our house. We are within 10 minutes from a multitude of quaint villages and towns. We have three incredible, yet contrasting cities within a nice driving distance - the historic city of Auch with its glorious cathedral, famous steps and labyrinth of captivating streets is just 30 minutes away . The vibrant city of Tarbes with its abundance of fountains and awe-inspiring gardens is 40 minutes away. The artistic city of Lectoure with its bustling brocantes and magical views is 1 hour 15 minutes away. You will find yourself in the marvel that is the Midi Pyrenees if you drive just 1 hour 15 minutes south from Maison du Milo. There are endless photographic opportunities at every breathing moment.

 

Genres

During the retreat, we will be covering a multitude of genres. These include landscape, fashion, street, architecture and fine art. We’ll also be sharing advice on how to turn your passion into a sustainable business. We want to share as much knowledge with you as possible. The more knowledge you possess on any genre, the better your photography will become. Below are some of the things we will cover.

Architecture

  • How to compose your images when photographing architecture

  • What equipment and settings will get you the results you want

  • What times of the day will get you the results you desire

  • How to use angles and distortion to your advantage

  • Advice on editing to enhance your images

Street

  • What elements make a great street photograph

  • What equipment and settings will get you the results you want

  • How to approach/photograph strangers

  • What times of day can create different types of street imagery

  • How to use natural and available light

  • How to use textures and reflections to create unique photographs

  • Advice on editing to enhance your images

The Business

  • How to turn your passion into a business

  • How to promote your business

  • How to build your brand

Landscape

  • How to use the light to make your scenes magical

  • What equipment and settings will get you the results you want

  • What times of the day will get you the results you desire

  • What to look for when composing your images

  • Advice on editing to enhance your images

Fashion/Portrait

  • What elements make a great fashion/portrait photograph

  • How to communicate with models to get the results you desire

  • What equipment and settings will get you the results you want

  • How to successfully organise a photoshoot, from concept to completion

  • How to compose a fashion/portrait image

  • How to use natural light in fashion/portrait photography

  • Advice on editing to enhance your images

Fine Art

  • What makes a Fine Art image

  • What equipment and settings will get you the results you want

  • How to print and frame your Fine Art photography

Fine Art Fashion at a local location

Fine Art Fashion at a local location

Equipment

Bringing your own camera and memory cards is essential, however there will be plenty of opportunities to use our range of professional Sony cameras and ZEISS professional lenses. We view both brands as the best in the photographic industry and they are key in the photographs that we make.

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Schedule

Sunday - Pickup and Introduction

Monday - Morning light at a local view point (landscape), afternoon in a city (architecture, street)

Tuesday - Morning market (street), photoshoot in the afternoon (fashion)

Wednesday - Morning in the village (landscape, architecture, street), photoshoot in the afternoon (portrait)

Thursday - Two cities and a viewpoint for sunset (architecture, street, landscape)

Friday - Relax

Please note that the schedule is subject to change depending on weather and other uncontrollable factors.

Pricing and Accomodation

All prices include meals, drinks, accomodation and airport transfers.

A continental breakfast will be provided every morning. Healthy, home-cooked meals will be prepared in the evening. We will eat al-fresco as much as possible, taking picnics on excursions. Vegetarians and vegans are very welcome. Local wines, beer and soft drinks will be provided every evening.

There are 5 rooms available at Maison du Milo. All rooms have full access to the gardens and all our amenities at all times.

Room one - £900 - Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom in guest house.

Room two - £900 - Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom in main house

Room three - £850 - Double bedroom with shared bathroom in guest house

Room four - £700 - Single bedroom with shared bathroom in guest house

Room five - £650 - Single bedroom with shared bathroom in main house

Partners are welcome to come on the retreat at a 70% discount on the room price.

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Attendance

To attend the photography retreat, simply send an email to hello@lukeandmandy.com or click on the button below to reach out through the contact page. If the dates of this retreat aren’t suitable but you would like to attend in the future, send an email and you will be informed when the next retreat is announced.

Morning light near Maison du Milo

Morning light near Maison du Milo

Misty mountains with the pyrenees in the distance

Misty mountains with the pyrenees in the distance