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 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. On one of the four days, we drive to Galway for some Dance, Lifestyle and Street photography. Plenty to shoot but, this October, we believe we can offer you something extra…
…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 Tully Cross. 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. The rooms variously 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.