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Photo copyright Raina Stinson

The elegant landscapes of Provence are achingly lovely: heat daylight floods the vineyards, lifting the fields of lavender and sunflowers, and highlights the cobbled streets within the many historic cities. It is alleged that one go to will stick with you without end, however think about with the ability to seize the essence of this breath-taking area and take it house with you…

Week-long artwork retreat Provence

This September, you may be part of a week-long artwork retreat with two award-winning photographers who will present you ways Provence might be the right backdrop for portrait images. During the week, you'll be taken to areas that you just'd anticipate to see in shiny magazines and also you'll be taught all of the technical methods you might want to create distinctive, professional-standard portraits. This goes approach past a vacation: it's like a guided tour of hidden spots while studying a brand new talent that you would be able to proceed to develop lengthy after you come back house. And it's all run in English!

One of the 2 professionals working the course is American-born Raina Stinson, who moved to Provence in 2018 having been seduced by its incomparable gentle and infinite magnificence. Winner of a number of awards, Raina focuses on positive artwork portraiture and conceptual images, discovering boundless inspiration in her environment, which she continues to discover and uncover with each passing 12 months, saying that transferring to the area was certainly one of her finest life selections.

“I’m incredibly lucky to have fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving to Provence,” says Raina. “I love teaching about photography and how it has changed my life. When I'm running a course, I can share everything from the exquisite color and light you find here to the equally exquisite gourmet food and fresh croissants, and all those secret corners where you can get amazing shots.”

Portrait images course

Photo copyright Fritz Liedtke

From seventh to 14th September, Raina is teaming up with fellow skilled, Fritz Liedtke, to run a week-long inventive retreat devoted to portrait images. Join a handful of different like-minded artists close to the gorgeous rural village of Velleron, in a non-public residence with its personal pool, surrounded by acres of gardens and fabulous views. From this base, you'll be led to the area's most lovely backdrops, discovering areas that may really improve your work, not solely the pure landscapes however Roman ruins and secluded. Raina and Fritz will educate you hone your images abilities by means of technical methods and recent views, heightening your creativity and inspiration.

Through group discussions, on-location demonstrations, and time to experiment by taking pictures of native fashions, you'll study planning tasks, wardrobe concerns and choose your location and fashions. As nicely as the sensible, technical components of contemporary images, Raina and Fritz will even educate you see gentle, textures, colours and reflections so you may create portraits with instant affect.

One on one images workshops

Photo copyright Raina Stinson

Any vacation on this area is a superb expertise, however this specific package deal takes it to a different degree. Thanks to one-on-one teaching and information of areas which can be in any other case inaccessible, you'll have the prospect to fine-tune your abilities to create highly effective portraits, framed by dreamlike lavender fields, elegant châteaux and quaint Provençal villages.

“Whatever your starting level,” says Raina, “you'll finish the week feeling confident in fine art portraiture, returning home with a whole new portfolio of work, a new set of skills, and unforgettable memories.”

If you may't make the portraiture occasion in September, Raina additionally affords a variety of alternatives all year long, from day excursions to weekend-long excursions with a particular theme. One widespread theme by means of her work is meditation and mindfulness, which Raina believes can really assist to convey forth your inventive potential and assist it to flourish.

“For many people who join my workshops, learning about mindfulness is as important as all the technical tips and tricks,” she provides. “What differentiates this experience from a more conventional photography course is its holistic approach. Any creative person will tell you that there's more to a piece of art than simply getting the right composition or equipment, you need to tune in to that intangible inspiration. Mindfulness helps you to slow down so that you can be fully present to your experience and fully aware of even the smallest details. It opens up your innate creativity, and I believe that it enables you to see and capture the world around you in a completely different way.”

Combining mindfulness with the settings of Provence is a heady internal-external mixture, bringing the easiest out of your internal spirit and utilizing that creativity in a few of France's most beautiful exterior areas. As nicely as secret chapels and historic websites, Raina can take you to elysian fields of rolling lavender, huge vineyards and the working waters of L'isle sur la Sorgue that you would be able to discover within the languid southern sunshine. If you're an structure or historical past buff, let your self be guided to the majestic châteaux, the terracotta rooftops of Gordes and Menerbes, Lacoste and the charming Luberon villages or the astonishing perched village of Oppède le Vieux.

Beyond the atypical

Photo: copyright Fritz Liedtke/Raina Stinson

Even by means of her shorter workshops, Raina encourages contributors to have interaction in mindfulness, connecting your coronary heart and your eye as a way to see magnificence past the atypical and increase your innate creativity.

At the very least, taking a images course will elevate your vacation images to a different degree, sending you house with way over only a suntan and some French phrases, however studying alongside Raina will assist you to see the world differently, and fairly presumably develop your internal focus, too.

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Provence photography tours and workshops