Bespoke live hands on photography courses and photography workshops in how to photograph fashion, portraits, boudoir, dance, weddings or fine art nudes photography that will add the professional edge to your own images. 

Photography training courses and workshops especially designed for photographers of all levels in small groups with individual mentoring depending upon your own photographic technical learning needs. For those that are looking for a very individual learning process Bruce provides one 2 one professional photography mentoring and courses.

All of the photography courses are held at Chateau Fengari, near Bordeaux, in France, a creative residential retreat set up to offer the perfect space for the creative and learning process with luxurious surroundings and accommodation with a private chef and staff to take care of you during your stay.

All photographic courses and workshops are tutored by Bruce Smith and top professional photographers as guest tutors.

In the words of past student. “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” 


A short introduction from Bruce about the experience and what you can expect to learn during these amazingly informative photographic workshop courses.

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It takes confidence in your self and your abilities to become a published professional photographer, our photography workshop courses will help you to gain this confidence.


Here are a few words from a past fashion photography course student David explaining his successes since taking our course.

It is now 8 months since taking the Fashion Photography Course with Bruce Smith, a lot has happened since then,

1: 7 magazine fashion editorials published.

2: Photo exhibited in the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition,

3: Shot three look-books for commercial fashion clients, all whilst keeping my full time IT job.

Before the course I knew how to use the camera but if you would ask me what is a look-book, or the industry terms like fashion editorial or where to beging a career as a fashion photographer, I would not have a clue.

You can walk or you can fly, with Bruce you will always fly.

Did I mentioned that I have just started testing with a top London model agency models.

David Olsen “


Come on one of our photography workshop courses in France and learn how to create breathtaking images at a stunning photography 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 workshops and 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.

The photography courses to choose from. Dance, fashion and portrait photography courseWedding, fashion and portrait photography courseNudes, fashion and portrait photography course. Private one 2 one photography courses.


“How Bruce Smith became an international name as a fashion, fine art nudes and portrait photographer”

 All images by Bruce Smith


Photography workshop courses in France 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.

The photography courses to choose from. Dance photography courseWedding photography courseNudes photography course. Private one 2 one photography courses.



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Ten attributes you will be learning about


What you will learn about during these fashion, dance, portraiture and wedding photography workshops, courses, private 1-2-1 master classes and the group photography courses, workshop and holidays. We will be covering the following 10 valuable aspects needed to become a great photographer of people.

1: Help you to develop your personal skills of openness, communication and model direction.

2: Teaching you the best settings to create the right look in camera.

3: Lighting techniques for strobe flash, on and off camera speed light flash and daylight.

4: Learn to see and to understand the various textures of light, how and when to use them with reflectors, diffusers and modifiers.

5: How to shoot better fashion, portraiture or nudes in interior and exterior locations.

6: Bruce’s and the guest tutors fashion, portrait and nudes photography hints, tips and secrets that create a professional level look and quality to your images.

7: Getting your fashion, portraits or nudes photography right in camera.

8: You will be creating images that do not need excessive Photoshop to make them look any good.

9: Learn how to develop your own unique style so your photography stands out amongst the thousands of other photographers out there.

10: Become more in control of the photographic, camera and lighting techniques so you become more confident in your self and your photography abilities.

Bruce has been producing high profile fashion photography shoots all over the world since 1983. He has faced every location and studio fashion photography shoot challenge that you could possibly imagine. Come and learn the skills of a professional published fashion photographer in how to achieve amazing images from this veteran of fashion photography.

Photography courses at
Chateau Fengari in France scheduled during 2019

New photography workshop courses coming soon

A general intinerary for all of these photography workshop courses in France

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.


The photography courses to choose from. 

Dance photography course.

Wedding photography course.

Nudes photography course.

One 2 one photography courses.

Catering by the Chateau’s own private chef.

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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.


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.

The location setting speaks for itself

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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.


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. 

The studio with beautiful daylight

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


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 workshop courses that will take your photography to an unexpected level


Group photography workshop 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.

The group photography workshop courses to choose from

Dance photography workshop course

Wedding photography workshop course

Nudes photography workshop course.


Private 1-2-1 photography workshop 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 workshop course.


What your photography workshop course fees include

All photography workshop, course or 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 workshop course students testimonial


“Some things you just can’t learn from fashion or fine art nude photography How To Shoot Books, Youtube Videos or DVD’s”


I could have bought all the fashion and figure photography books on Amazon, and not learned what I did in a few days with Bruce, which he himself learned from decades of successful work in the industry.  In September I joined Bruce in a chateau near Bordeaux, France for a four-day, one-to-one workshop in ‘sensual fashion.’


We had two models, an excellent hair and make-up artist, and a photogenic, characterful location.  By the end, without doubt, the course had left an indelible mark on my stylistic development and competency as a photographer, for which I’m very grateful.


Bruce is obviously an accomplished photographer and renowned authority, but he is also an excellent instructor and personable coach—an invaluable combination.  Much of what I learned from him was through his selflessly attentive coaching: unique feedback about how I performed in the situations he’d set up with the models, location and brief.

Irreplaceable and empowering, he broke down technical issues in straightforward language, and could immediately see and explain what I was doing and how it could be improved.

I grew a lot as a photographer over just a few days.  By the end, he shadowed me on shots that I set up. I decided to take the course with Bruce to explore a part of photography I was interested in, but found very inaccessible looking at the sector from the outside.

Previously, I had started to professionalize my passion for photography, and eventually produced documentary photo essays that were later published.

As a journalistic style, this focused on observation and visual documentation of a social issue but wanting to develop in a different area of photography, to have beautiful images and to eventually become commercially viable, I looked to begin developing in fashion and figure photography. 

However, my previous documentary photography skills were mismatched for fashion and figure. Any photographer can take a pleasing photo of a model, but it requires difficult development to much higher levels if you want to break through in the industry. 

To generate and capture the life and story of a shot in fashion, lingerie or figure photography, which makes all the difference between strong but mediocre shots and first rate shots which the industry expects, demands different skills from which most photographers have or think about, which are neither innate nor obvious.

So, I wanted to learn directly from an expert.

After some time with Bruce, I understand these different skills, these powerful nuances, and now have a strong foundation to continue my professional and artistic development in this area.

I learned a lot about line, shape, form and tone—as one does in all photo workshops, but more importantly—and rarely—how to control the situation, the set, natural light and human energy, to produce stunning photographs.


We never once used a studio light throughout the course, focusing on natural light skills to build a better understanding of available light and how to use it to its best rather than too much emphasis on equipment.


I still have much photographic ‘testing’ ahead of me, but Bruce has guided me on the right path, and immensely grateful. The course setting was beautiful, and offered aspects for both studio and location shooting.


In a restored chateau outside Bordeaux, we shot mornings and afternoons inside and out, and had learning sessions in-between shots, over good coffee.  The hospitality was excellent, and made the experience not only highly instructive, but also relaxing and pleasurable.


I have a busy and stressful job elsewhere in the world, so it was heartening to not only learn from a master of photography, but also to enjoy good food and wine, sunshine, woods for running, and a pool to relax by.


The chateau is owned by a young European family, who also live there with a range of pets and animals; the place brimmed with life, and they made me feel part of the family whilst I was there—from scrambled eggs on toast in the morning in the kitchen, right down to wine by the fireplace in the evening.


If you’re serious about starting to break into upper-industry standards of fashion, lingerie and figure photography, are open-minded, and time is precious.


I can highly recommend you learn fashion and fine art nude photography with Bruce in Clerac near Bordeaux, France.





Photography Workshop Courses at
Chateau Fengari in France During 2019

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