Ireland Dance And Fine ArT Nude
On the Wild Atlantic Way
Art in the Wilderness
Ireland’s West Coast. Once seen, never forgotten – and just begging to be photographed. The beauty and diversity of this fabulously unspoilt part of the world inspires creativity and is the very best place to shoot Dance, Fine Art and Art Nude; we provide everything else to help you to really make the most of the experience.
What we are offering photographers is quite unique. Breath-taking locations, a professional wardrobe stylist and photography tuition delivered by an award-winning photography trainer. All this from your base in a comfortable, family run hotel in the heart of the Connemara National Park.
Endless photographic opportunities
This will be our third year of photographic adventure on Irish soil and we can’t wait to share with you the locations we have discovered. Once again, we limit spaces to six photographers to ensure plenty of shooting time, plus group and personalised tuition. You will enjoy four full days of shooting two fully-styled models in a number of very different settings. And the rugged coastline gives us the possibility to shoot both sunrise and sunset.
On previous Roadtrips in Ireland, we have shot in and around the scenic Connemara National Park and The Wild Atlantic Way. The whole area is loaded with opportunities – mountains, lakes and harbours; mile upon mile of windswept sandy beaches and rocky outcrops; castles, churches and historic ruins. The colours and textures are spectacular both as backdrops for Dance, Fine Art and Art Nude and, of course, for pure landscape photography.
…and then some
What could be a better aid to exploring this fabulous location with your camera than a bit of local knowledge? This year, we have Tony Conneely. Born and bred in the heart of Connemara, Tony is our ‘go to’ guide and will direct us to the secret corners that others miss. He is also our host for the duration of our stay at a charming hotel in a country village setting.
Your four days will be packed full of great shooting but, come the evening, you will have the chance to relax at The Maol Reidh Hotel in Tullycross. Tony and Geraldine Connelly who run the hotel provide lovely spacious rooms so you can spread out and really make yourself at home. All accommodation is single occupancy with en suite facilities and all the usual comforts and conveniences you would expect from a three-star hotel, including TV and free WiFi. Some rooms overlook The Atlantic Ocean, mountain ranges and the peat bogs which characterise the region.
The restaurant in the hotel serves a range of fresh local produce and specific dietary requirements are catered for. We can eat together or you can decide to do your own thing; there are no set rules. This is your holiday! There’s a bar at the hotel and a couple of pubs in the village with food and live music on some nights. Alternatively, if you want us to drive you into nearby Letterfrack, it’s less than 10 minutes away.
Included in the cost of the trip is a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day’s shooting.
Photography in style
We like to think that one of the things that sets us apart from other photography breaks and holidays is our styling. Helen, our qualified make-up artist and wardrobe stylist, spends a significant amount of time prior to the trip putting together the outfits and accessories to suit the various locations. She is very particular about attention to detail and presentation – not always easy when travelling! Her aim is to give you variety, polish and authenticity so that your can focus on composition and the technical aspects of your photography.
Flexible photographic tuition
While you are away, you naturally want to get the best possible captures. From our experience, we see that small group and one-to-one training really helps you to get the best from your photography so this intensive four days in Ireland is perfect. Best case scenario for most photographers is that they take what they have learnt back home and make permanent improvements to the way they craft their images.
So how does this work? On the first day of shooting, Andrew assesses where individual photographers are experiencing challenges and addresses them through his tuition in a friendly and accessible way. Over the remaining three shoot days, it’s a case of practising new techniques, asking questions where necessary. We find that the group really gels so that people also support and learn from each other. Back at the hotel, there is often time to review images and run through some editing and processing, if that’s what people want. It’s flexible. Take as much or as little as you want away with you. No pressure. Set your own targets. Andrew is on hand to help in whatever way he can.
A True Irish Welcome
Making your stay in Connemara an enjoyable experience is something we know about. When you return from an exhilarating day outside in the elements, you want to relax and enjoy some real Irish hospitality. That’s exactly why we are returning to The Maol Reid Hotel in Tullycross, on the gloriously untamed Renvyle Penninsula. Proprietor Tony is the perfect host and his staff are equally warm, friendly and helpful. ‘Treat it as your own home’ says Tony and he means it. What’s more, because he’s a local man, he has a wealth of local knowledge and information to share with us. All we have to do is ask.
Rooms are single occupancy and all are spacious with en suite bathrooms; many have views across the the mountains of Connemara and Mayo. You have all the usual appliance you would expect to find in a 3-star hotel: flat screen TV, iron, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Free WiFi is available in all areas, including the cosy lounge and the bar where you can enjoy a Guinness, a fine Irish Malt – or any tipple of your choice. On chilly evenings, Tony ensures there’s a good fire roaring in the hearth, to enjoy while you wait for your table in the restaurant.
It’s important to us that you enjoy every aspect of the weekend and food is pretty near the top of the list! Your stay includes a fantastic choice of breakfast fare to set you up for the day’s shooting. In the evening, enjoy an inclusive 3-course meal from a menu which gives you a choice of local dishes. As well as the traditional Irish beef steak, this area is famed for its Connemara lamb and the seafood on your plate will probably have been caught that day. If you have any specific dietary requirements, just let us know in advance but please, it’s really no problem. Chef will ensure you are well catered for. Whatever you decide to eat, Tony’s wine cellar is sure to have something special to accompany your meal.
So you’ve been out with your camera all day and you’ve enjoyed a hearty meal. If you still have energy to spare, there are two pubs in the village with live entertainment – traditional Irish music, of course.
- Transfer from Dublin Airport on Sunday morning via mini-bus to Tullycross
- Single occupancy en-suite accommodation
- Traditional Irish breakfast
- Transport to locations
- I Dancer
- 1 Model
- 1 Stylist
- Choice of scouted locations or explore your own
- Transfer to Dublin Airport from Tullycross on Monday morning
What to Bring?
- You will need an interchangeable lens camera that can preferably shoot in manual.
- A solid tripod is an essential if you want to do long exposure photography as are ND filters.
- We suggest bringing lenses that cover the following focal lengths, don’t worry if you don’t have these you can complete the course with a standard kit lens.
- Full Frame Sensors. 14mm – 200mm
- APS 1.5 Crop 10mm – 150mm
- MFT 2x Crop 7mm – 100mm
- If you have a drone you should be able to fly it but beware of the winds!
- For some of the course a laptop with Lightroom and/or Photoshop is worth having but not essential. Please get in touch if you need more information on this.
- The weather can be unpredictable so waterproof clothing is essential including some good walking boots.