Bespoke Photography courses at Chateau Fengari near to Bordeaux France.

Learn how to create breathtaking images in a stunning location, tutored by photographers who are experts in their field.  It really doesn’t get better than this!  Not only is this a rich photographic experience, the luxury and grandeur of the beautiful Chateau Fengari will make your experience unforgettable.

You will be creating images in spectacular surroundings with a team of creatives who are among the very best at what they do.  Chateau Fengari hosts courses in photographic genres of fashion, portraits, fine art nudes and dance photography, tutored by Bruce Smith and his specialist guest tutors.  

It is said that if you are going to learn a skill, learn from somebody who actually does that skill for a living.  With this in mind, all of Bruce’s guest tutors are working professionals in the field that they teach.  

So much of creating great images comes from not only vision, but communicating that vision to your team and subjects.  Creating your story and directing your model are fundamental to producing images that will engage your viewer and grab their attention.  These Masterclasses will not only show you how to do that, they will guide you through the process so that you leave with the knowledge and the confidence to be able to do it yourself.

 

 All images by Bruce Smith

 



Photography courses designed to inspire your creativity

All of our Masterclasses are held at the luxurious Chateau Fengari, which is exclusively yours for the duration of your 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 beautiful grounds boasts 9 hectares of forest, a beautiful lake and swimming pool. The period interiors and grand architecture make the perfect setting to create beautiful, awe inspiring images!

Join an exclusive, inspiring retreat led by internationally-renowned tutors in photography. The Château Fengari breathes new life; you will leave with amazing images energised and invigorated, gain fresh perspectives and make lifelong friends.

 

 

 

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Catering is provided by the Chateau’s own private chef. You will enjoy fine dining with amazing locally produced food accompanied by delicious wines from the area of Bordeaux in the stunning period dinning room.

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Dance, fashion and portrait photography course with Bruce Smith and Drew Tommons. One day shooting dance photography, one day shooting fashion and one day shooting portraits.

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The setting speaks for itself the lake is a fabulous area for photographing models, perfect for nudes in nature there s even a sandy beach to shoot on to.

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Wedding, portraits and fashion photography course with Bruce Smith and Damian McGillicuddy. One day shooting wedding photography, one day shooting fashion and one day shooting portraits. 

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The studio  with beautiful daylight. Plenty of space for setting up up 4 backdrops to shoot on.  We also have a large blackout studio at the top of the chateau.

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Fine art nude, fashion and portrait photography course with Bruce Smith. One day shooting nudes photography, one day shooting fashion and one day shooting portraits.

 




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 below for details of each. 

These fabulous photography Masterclasses are running over the spring and summer months of 2019; choose the type of course that suits your chosen genre of photography below. Professional tutors, national ballet dancers, agency signed fashion models, Europe’s top fine art nude models and a pro 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.

 

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. Read more about a one 2 one photography course.

 

What your photography course fees include

All photography Masterclass fees include your full board accommodation in luxurious twin or private bedroom, airport transfers, tutoring, models, styling and use of Chateau Fengari.  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. All you need to do is arrange your own travel to Bordeaux.  Transfer from Bordeaux to the Chateau is provided by Chateau Fengari.

 

Fears, shyness and doubts about our ability

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. 

During these courses we will help you at every step of the way.  Our team has many years of professional experience and the Tutors are noted for their relaxed style, engagement and accessibility.  It’s our mission to instil confidence in our delegates as well as inform and educate.

 

Call me any time

If you wish to talk about this, even if you are not intending to take this course, +33 7 68 79 89 89 I would love to hear from you.

 

How it was done photography tips and techniques

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. 

If you wish to talk about this, even if you are not intending to take this course, +33 7 68 79 89 89 I would love to hear from you.

 




A past photography course students testimonial

 

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

Throughout the day, Bruce provides guidance, feedback and 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 and confidence’.

Chris Hobday

 

 

 

 

 

Dance, fashion and portrait photography course with Bruce Smith and Drew Tommons

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. His images feature the grace and power of dance, while always maintaining an all-important connection with his subject. 

Bruce Smith began shooting as a professional fashion and portrait photographer back in 1983, on film, of course! Since then he has shot fashion campaigns around the globe and developed an impressive series of fashion photography Masterclasses.  His book, Pro Digital Fashion Photography was published around the world and he continues to produce stunning fashion, boudoir and fine art nude images for discerning clients.

Book before 28th March 2019 and save €200 (early bird price €1,600)

One day shooting dance, one day shooting fashion and one day shooting portraits, photographers will be split into 3 groups of 4

Date 4th to 8th April 2019

Where At Chateau Fengari near Bordeaux, France

Mentored by Bruce Smith and Drew Tommons

Fashion Styling

Hair and Make up 

Models Our dancers for this course are top national ballet dancers or agency signed models from Bordeaux, Marseille or Paris

Model 1 Abigail Tara Lilly (a Vogue model)

Model 2

Model 3

Model 4

Fees €1,800  for 4 nights full board stay and 3 days shooting models

Accommodation Sharing a twin bedroom, private rooms are available with a supplement of c€400 depending on which room you choose. If you wish to extend your stay this can be arranged also we have a list of things to do it this part of France.

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Payment methods Fees can be paid via bank transfer or paypal

 

Book your place now by paying the early bird price of 1,600 and save 200, offer ends 28th March 2019

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Reserve your place by paying a deposit of €300 and the balance of €1,500 30 days before the course start date

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Wedding, portraits and fashion photography course with Bruce Smith and Damian McGillicuddy

 

Tutored by Bruce Smith and guest tutor 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.

 

Book before 28th April and save €200 (early bird price €1600)

One day shooting weddings with a bride and groom, one day shooting fashion and one day shooting portraitsphotographers will be split into 3 groups of 4

Dates 2nd to 6th May 2019

Where At Chateau Fengari near Bordeaux, France

Mentored by Bruce Smith and Damian McGillicuddy

Fashion Styling

Hair and Make up 

Models Our models for this course are agency signed models from Bordeaux, Marseille or Paris

Model 1 Abigail Tara Lilly (a Vogue model)

Model 2

Model 3

Model 4

Fees €1,800 for 4 nights full board stay and 3 days shooting models

Accommodation Sharing a twin bedroom, private rooms are available with a supplement of c€400 depending on which room you choose. If you wish to extend your stay this can be arranged also we have a list of things to do it this part of France

Places available 12

Payment methods Fees can be paid via bank transfer or paypal

Book your place now by paying the early bird price of €1,600 and save 200, offer ends 28th March 2019

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Reserve your place by paying a deposit of €300 and the balance of €1,500 30 days before the course start date

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Fine art nude, fashion and portrait photography course with Bruce Smith

Book before 28th April 2019 and save €300 (early bird price €2,500)

One day shooting fine art nudes, one day shooting fashion and one day shooing portraitsphotographers will be split into 4 groups of 2

Dates 6th to 10th June 2019

Where At Chateau Fengari mnar Bordeaux, France

Mentored by Bruce Smith

Fashion Styling

Hair and Make up 

Models Our fashion models for this course are agency signed models from Bordeaux, Marseille or Paris plus Europe’s top fine art nude models

Model 1 Abigail Tara Lilly (a Vogue model)

Model 2 

Model 3 

Model 4 

Fees €2,800 for 4 nights full board stay and 3 days shooting models

Accommodation Sharing twin bedroom, private rooms available with a supplement of c€400 depending on which room you choose) If you wish to extend your stay this can be arranged also we have a list of things to do it this part of France

Places available

Payment methods Fees can be paid by bank transfer or paypal

 

Book your place now by paying the early bird price of 2,500, you save €300, offer ends 28th April 2019.

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Reserve your place by paying a deposit of 500 now and the balance of €2,300 30 days before the course start date.

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