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ABOUT US

At our heart is a love of art and creativity.

 

From this has grown a desire to help those who share these passions, to find and follow their own creative path.

 

Whether you join us on our one day workshops, longer tours or learn from our videos we will do our best to help you develop the skills you need and work alongside you as you express yourself through your images.

 

We like to think our workshops are different. You won’t find us lining you up to point your camera at yet another cliché. We won’t haul you out of bed for yet another sunrise. We won’t rush you from lay-by to lay-by. Nor do we squeeze as many people as we can into our tours to increase our profits.

 

Rather, we want to help you immerse yourself in a location. We love helping you search out images that are yours – not duplicates of countless others on social media. We aim to spend time with you one-to-one making bodies of work that really fulfil you creatively.

 

You will soon find that we feel nourishment is rather important too. We seek out good local food and spend time enjoying it together. The conversation is lively and encouraging. Friendships are forged in an atmosphere of like-minded people. We want our workshops to be fun and relaxed, full of good memories.

 

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Giving back – leaving no mark

 

Our deep love for our beautiful planet, which provides the locations for our creativity has moved us to make a positive stand to reduce the negative impact our national and international travel has on it.

 

On all of our tours we make a suggested charge of £10 which we then pass on to Solar Aid who invest this to offset the carbon footprint generated by our travel. If a client would rather opt-out we are happy to contribute this on their behalf, such is the strength of our commitment.

 

We also seek to support local people (enjoying time getting to know them) rather than large corporations when possible. In our business purchases we aim always to make ‘greener’ choices and recycle, reduce and reuse ruthlessly.

 

Our philosophy has sustainability at its very core and as such both of us support the international photographer’s environmental initiative ‘Zero Footprint’.

 

In short, it is our passionate desire to give to the places we love and do no harm as we enjoy them.

 

Putting you first

 

It goes without saying, you won’t pay a single supplement when travelling with us. You can usually bring along your non-photographic partner too, indeed they will be made most welcome. We choose our accommodation with great care – and we will strive never to spend a night anywhere less than wonderful if we can help it.

 

You will also be given ample room in our vehicles as we keep our groups small, usually at a maximum of ten photographers to two leaders. This allows for lots of individual tuition and attention.

 

More than that, both of us are fully qualified first aiders and carry a kit at all times. (though thankfully, to date nothing more than a small plaster has ever been required!).

 

We also carry extensive tour operators and public liability insurance to protect you (and us) in the event of the unexpected. We have professionally prepared risk assessments for all of the types of location we visit and we use these to take care of your safety as best we can, while asking you to be responsible travellers also.

 

Both of us have led innumerable tours and workshops over many years working together and have extensive one-to-one and group teaching skills as well as tour organisation and travel experience. We are there 24 hours a day to make your adventure as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

 

But rather than tell you ourselves, we would rather you read the testimonials of our clients to see how they feel about us and our tours.

Many thanks to you both for a great few days in the Lakes this week and the follow-up notes and links.  My hopes were to learn the basics of ICM and ME but came away having learned so much more, courtesy of your patience in guiding a beginner and answering my many, often basic, questions.  Having browsed through the images a couple of times so far I have been amazed at the progress made and the fact that there are even a few half decent images, some even prompting a ‘wow’ reaction from my wife! John

 

Thank you both for an excellent and eye-opening session in the Lakes - for me, it was a fun and instructive introduction to alternative camera techniques and I look forward to experimenting further and researching around the subject, not to mention looking out for more of your work - James

 

Just a quick mail to say thank you for yet another great workshop.  As always your planning and locations were faultless.  I know how much hard work you put in even before you set eyes on a client and it shows!
So much appreciate by me. - Anita

 

Just wanted to say thank you for another great workshop in London on Wednesday and also for the download of the printing session – you have given me the courage to have a go at printing properly now I understand so much more about printer profiles and settings etc. You have a great talent for demystifying quite complex technical issues and explaining them in a way non techy people (like me!) can understand – I rarely printed my work before this workshop but that will hopefully change now - Jane

 

Just wanted to say thank you for such a rewarding workshop. A lovely talented group. Doug, your gentle enthusiasm for pushing creativity is quite something - Graham

 

I want to thank you all for looking after me so beautifully on Thursday and Friday. You were all faultless looking after us - Sue

 

 thank you so much Valda and Doug, and for such a hugely enjoyable and informative day - Jayne

 

Thank you Doug & Valda for a wonderful workshop! For me it was a perfect mix of technical guidance and artistic inspiration ( with a good dose of fun to boot). All in beautiful surroundings, based in the cosiest of hotels with ever tasty grub (and a rather nice wine list)and with lovely folk to share it with. I learned lots and had a fab time, ’Til the next one, - Howard

 

Dear Valda and Doug Thank you so much for an absolutely awesome week.  It was a perfect itinerary - a good mixture of planned time and time to play and try and work out how to do it all. A steep learning curve for me and an inspiration to see everyone else’s images.   It was such a nice group of people and everyone happy to get along which doesn’t always happen… - Alison

 

Hi Doug and Valda. A huge thank you for last week!  I am still revelling in all the sights and sounds and general experience.  You organised it all brilliantly from the comfortable hotel to the wonderful finale of the light and sound display at the end. You both gave us so much help and new ideas which I shall work on. Thank you both for being ‘you’. - Alyn

 

Dear Valda and Doug, Many thanks for a terrific trip. We were a very happy group, I thought, and seemed to gel with ease. A high level of noisy chat over coffee and meals is always a good sign! I appreciated your generosity with time and attention and have come back with renewed enthusiasm and fresh ideas. - Gina

 

Thanks so much for all these notes and downloads, I can’t wait to get chance to read and watch everything. I thoroughly enjoyed Tuesday, it’s funny as sometimes when you really look forward to something it doesn’t quite live up to expectations, but honestly, the day was even better than I could have imagined.  We were of course lucky with the weather, but all the tuition, the setting, the others in the group all made for a great day.  I love the techniques which we were learning, so liberating and exciting and all I really want to do now is get playing with my camera !  - Juliette

 

thank you to both of you for giving us all such a happy and instructive few days. Everything was organised beautifully so that not a moment was wasted and every opportunity and location was utilised to maximum effect. You both gave your time and expertise graciously and I left this morning with renewed enthusiasm and inspiration. You even arranged the weather, (not to mention the disco bus)! Very many thanks to you both. - Dominique.

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