Photography courses at Chateau Fengari near to Bordeaux, France.

Photographers courses in how to photograph fashion, portraits, fine art nudes and weddings photography tutored by Bruce Smith and his guest tutors that will help you to overcome many of the difficulties that you come across when photographing models, such as your shyness, confidence, communication skills, directing a story into your shoot, finding good models to work with. It is Bruce’s and his guest tutors objective to get your images good enough to test with top model agency models. These photography courses will give you the confidence and a professional edge to your fashion, weddings, portraits or nudes photography images.

 All images by Bruce Smith

 


Photography courses designed to inspire your creativity

  

All of our fashion, wedding, portrait and nudes photography courses are held at a luxurious chateau which is exclusively ours for the duration of our stay. It is tucked away in the stunning countryside of Charente-Maritime in south-west France. Chateau Fengari is a privately owned French Napoleonic château that specialise in exceptional experience events for special occasions. The grounds are beautiful with a swimming pool, 9 hectare of forrest, a beautiful lake plus the period interior rooms and grand exteriors, a perfect setting to get inspired by for any photographic project, we will also have our own private chef. 

 

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Photography courses that will take your photography to an unexpected level

 

Group photography courses

This is the perfect location for our next series of photographic learning courses giving you a professional experiences in how to create amazing fashion, wedding, dance, portrait and nudes photography, see bellow for details of each. These are very popular photography courses that are running over the spring and summer months of 2019; choose the type of course that suits your chosen genre of photography below. 

Private 1-2-1 photography courses

We are also offering a limited number of dates for private 1-2-1 photography courses where you decide on the genre of fashion, portraits or nudes photography for those wishing to just spend a few days shooting on your own or you can be mentored by internationally published celebrity fashion and portrait photographer Bruce Smith.

Professional tutors, models and creative team

For all of these photography courses Bruce and his associate tutors, Drew Tommons and Damian McGillicuddy (where applicable) organise everything from the professional models, the hair dressers make up artists and wardrobe fashion stylists. They will also help you with choosing the best locations and help you with lots of technical advise from their combined 60 years of professional fashion, dance, portrait and nudes photography experience re setting up and lighting your shots to achieve a very high standard or photography. 

What your photography course fees include

All photography courses fees include your full board accommodation in luxurious twinned or private bedrooms, airport transfers, tutoring, models, styling, use of the chateau as our location at Chateau Fengari.  Not including travel to Bordeaux flights or trains. Staying 4 nights and shooting models for 3 days. See the itinerary below. Models selected and mood boards will only be shown to people that are booked onto these workshops to stop others copying.

Fears, shyness and doubts about our ability. 

Taking a big step and attending a photography course with the dream of becoming a professional photographer can be a scary step to take especially when you are shy. We all carry fears and doubts about our abilities that can and do often stop us from fulfilling our dreams, especially when we feel we do not have the experience or maybe we are too shy. Read More

How it was done

Each week I will be adding a how it was done to each image on this page. All you will need to do it click on the image to see the How It Was Done page describing how I set up and lit the image with a diagram of the lighting. If I have done any post production you will be able to see step by step how I achieved the finish

 

 

 



A past students testimonial

 

 

The following 3 days were crammed full of shooting, using a different model each day, and doing 4 different sets with each model. Not only is Bruceå a talented photographer, he is also passionate and truly inspirational. 

 

Throughout the day, Bruce provides guidance, feedback & encouragement. As well as working alongside Bruce, I also got to work with the stylist, make up artist as well as the agency models, which have all contributed to some amazing images for my portfolio, as well as increasing my knowledge & confidence.

 

Chris Hobday

 

 

 

 



Photography courses that teach you to be an instinctive photographer

Dance, fashion and portrait photography course

Fee: €1,800 (sharing a twin bedroom) for 4 nights full board stay and 3 days shooting.

 

More info coming soon after completion of a survey. To contribute to the spec of this course follow the survey link. SURVEY

 

 

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4th to 8th April 2019

 

Tutored by Bruce Smith and Drew Tommons

 

 

Wedding, portraits and fashion photography course

 Fee: €1,800 (sharing a twin bedroom) for 4 nights full board stay 3 days shooting.

More info coming soon after completion of a survey. To contribute to the spec of this course follow the survey link. SURVEY

 

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2nd to 6th May 2019

Tutored by Bruce Smith and Damian McGillicuddy

 

Fine art nude, fashion and portrait photography course

Fee: €2,800 (sharing a twin bedroom) for 4 nights full board stay and 3 days shooting.

 

More info coming soon after completion of a survey.

 

To contribute to the spec of this course follow the survey link. SURVEY

 

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6th to 10th June 2019

Tutored by Bruce Smith

 

Private one 2 one photography course

You decide on the genre/s of photography


Fees from: €3,800 for 4 nights full board stay 3 days shooting


More info coming soon after completion of a survey. To contribute to the spec of this course follow the survey link. SURVEY

 
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Check with us for available dates

Tutored by Bruce Smith



Group photography course tutors

Bruce Smith (Fashion, portraits and nudes photography tutor) Bruce began shooting as a professional fashion and portrait photographer back in 1983, the black and white ball gown image was his first fashion photography commissions. Since then he has continued to produce stunning and incredibly memorable fashion images, portraits, fine art photography, celebrity portraits, art nudes and boudoir style portraiture photography.  Read more

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Damian McGillicuddy (Portraits and lighting specialist photography tutor) A working commercial and Portrait photographer for over 30 years, McGillicuddy shoots all genres from fashion to footballers, products to politicians and musicians to motorsport. Damian has amassed over 700 international awards, 12 Photographer of the year titles, 11 fellowships, 1 honorary fellowship and a double Grand Masters, and a Grand Master with Double Bar, Fellowship of Photographic Training

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Drew Tommons (Dance photography specialist photography tutor) Drew Tommons is a full time dance photographer who has worked with world class professional dancers from Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Rambert and stars of BBC TV’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ among others.  He is also the Official Photography Partner of ‘Move It,’ the UK’s biggest dance convention, which welcomes around 30,000 visitors annually. Whether shooting in the studio or on location, his images have a distinctive style and his principle of, first and foremost, satisfying the scrupulously high standards of the dancers that he photographs, has earned the respect of many highly acclaimed dance artists.

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Photography courses intinerary

Day 1 

 

Check-in at the chateau from 16;00

 

19;00. Drinks on the terrace and meet all of the team and fellow photographers

 

20;00. Dinner on the terrace at our chateau

 

Day 2 

 

9;00. Shoot


13;00 Lunch


14;00. Shoot

 

20;00. Dinner on the terrace at our chateau

 

Day 3 

 

9;00. Shoot


13;00 Lunch


14;00. Shoot

 

20;00. Dinner on the terrace at our chateau

 

 

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Day 4

 

9;00. Shoot

 

13;00 Lunch

 

14;00. Shoot

 

20:00. Farewell dinner on the terrace at our chateau under the stars

 

Day 5 

 

08:00. Breakfast at the chateau

 

Check-out by 11am

 

*Exact details subject to change. Workshop days may be moved around if the weather requires us to do so.

 

 

If you would like to extend your trip, we can suggest a list of wonderful places to visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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