CREATIVE BEGINNINGS

 

 

Our Classic workshops are the most suitable for those people wishing to learn about the techniques we use in camera, and to a lesser extent, in Post Processing. We would envisage at least one classroom session, where images are reviewed and editing ideas are shared. However, unless the weather dictates otherwise, most of the time is spent out in the field engaged in practical endeavours.

Although the techniques we use are relatively simple to understand, appreciating what is possible when using them is a journey that takes a lifetime.  Progress is often slow. Therefore we welcome people of all abilities on our Classic workshops.

People come on our workshops for many reasons -  we are delighted that a large percentage are repeat clients, already completely at ease with this way of shooting and needing little in the way of instruction. They are happy to spend time in a creative environment with like-minded people, where all the logistics have been dealt with and time can be dedicated to furthering their own abilities.

For those wishing to progress a little further, we offer a Creative Growth program (see tab above).

If you have any questions or doubts about which of our offerings is the most suitable for you, please don't hesitate to send us an email.

 

 

 

CREATIVE GROWTH
CREATIVE CONNECTION

FEEDBACK

“In 2019 I had an excellent 121 day with Doug, which introduced me to the principles and basics of ICM and Multiple Exposure. I am a reasonably experienced photographer, but the 121 opened my eyes to the possibilities of what was possible, and how to achieve it technically.  I enrolled on the 2020 Advanced Course mainly because having now ‘practised’ what Doug had shown me, I wanted to understand in greater detail how Valda achieved the truly amazing images she creates, and how to overcome some of the challenges I was now facing.

 

I literally had no idea that the course I had signed up to would turn out the way it did. I do not say this lightly but it was  a ‘game changer’ for me as an individual and my photography. I will never look at the world in the same way again. I am like the cat who has stolen the cream!   

 

The power of the course was not only in the incredible support and encouragement you get from not just one, but two incredibly talented world class creatives (who interestingly individually ‘add value’ in a totally different ways)  it was the value I gained from the Group itself. I cannot wait to start the rest of my life with the skills and insight I now have”   

 

Richard Lock, UK, June 2020

But the most valuable aspect of this and indeed all your courses is your generosity, willingly sharing your unparalleled expertise with us, and then encouraging us to take impressionist photography and express ourselves, each in our own unique way. David

The creative workshop has been a fabulous experience for me. I truly feel liberated from the constraints of traditional photography. Now, my constraints are only my imagination or lack there of.
Words can’t express how happy I am that I took this workshop with you and finally got to meet you.
I am anxiously looking forward to the advanced class. Please let me know when you have the dates so I can plug into my calendar.   Anita

I am so pleased to have done your Creative Photography course. Your preparation has been so well done. You have shared your expertise so generously and patiently. Your  help in the one to one was always level and positive . I will continue to work at the techniques before moving on with you in May.  Chris

Thank you and to Valda for a super course that’s re-energised my love for photographic art. I have never felt so motivated and engaged with creating art inspired by my surroundings  as I do now. I wake up excited to create each day despite what other stuff may be going on.  Can’t wait to start the next course with you and Valda.   Malcolm.

This class has been amazing!! The Bailey Chinnery duo is the crème de la crème of the ME/ICM art world and beyond! My brain is full, and so is my artistic heart! Thank you!   Laura

Thank you so much - it has been an inspirational month and feel I have learnt so much from you both. I hope I manage to keep putting it all into practise - this morning was quite eye-opening actually so I won’t be too disheartened!  Lizzie

I absolutely loved the course!  Although I had been playing with both icm and multiple exposure for quite a while, I learned so many more tools with which to experiment.  I was impressed with the details and presentation of each lesson and with the use of modern technology to give us videos of each class.  The one-on-one sessions were invaluable to see how ‘the masters’ would process our photos and to talk about our work.  Seeing the other participants’ work in the group sessions was mind-blowing and sparked lots of new ideas with which to experiment. Linda

This has truly been the most inspirational course I've taken to date, in person or on line. I'm looking forward to July. Barb

It was great to be part of your First Steps online workshop.  I have stumbled around with some of the techniques but failed miserably in the past.  The combination of the group sessions, projects and 1:1’s have made this a fantastic way to become more familiar and confident in the techniques following the breadth of content you covered.  It was fun and inspirational and it is great to be able to take those techniques into the field. I only shoot black and white which is no limitation to the techniques.  After all, photography is about light and tonal values, isn’t it?  Kate

You and Valda have turned this lockdown into something very positive. Thank you. Jane

 I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found the supporting videos and notes very useful.  I was able to proceed at my own pace             whilst benefitting from the one to one feedback sessions each week. A supportive online environment was developed to maximise personal creative exploration. Denise

Thank you and Doug for a superb introduction to "proper creative" photography.  I am very pleased to have been able to attain a place on this course in the new format as it has enabled me to learn new techniques in a structured and focused manner.   I loved  the projects, the tutorials and the 121  time which was so positive.  You and Doug work so well together. Jane

Thank you very much for the course  -  I have learnt so much  -  sometimes it feels like too much  - I now need time to go back to all the tasks and spend a lot more time on all of them. Joy

Thanks for the wonderful workshop!  You and Doug are a pleasure to learn from! Liz

It has been an absolute pleasure working with you both. I cannot thank you enough.

I am totally focussed, and incredibly excited, about the limitless possibilities of a subject that for the last 27 years was all around me, staring me in the face, but until our 121 last year I could not see, and did not realise was actually there. I have been travelling around the world for years trying to find subjects that inspired me, and it was actually under my nose all of the time. I was looking but could not see!!! Richard

Thank you for your fabulous instruction these last 4 weeks. I truly learned so many valuable gems - first one, being patient with yourself and take the time to slow down. Now off to make mountains out of molehills! Ryn

Thanks so much to both of you for the wonderful class! I'm so happy with all that I've learned from you both. It has really made a difference in the work that I'm making and I'm very excited to continue the journey. Candy

Thank you Valda and Doug for a interesting and stimulating four weeks of Abstract Beginnings. 
 
I had thought I knew a reasonable amount about ICM and ME but it turns out I am only at the beginning of my journey into this wonderful and everchanging world. Thank you again for opening my eyes to so many new and exciting areas to delve into with abstractions. Lee

You are both so generous and inspirational  in sharing your experience and technique.

I don’t think my photography will ever be the same again. Janie

Before the courses I took with you and Doug  I was stuck  in my “journey” with photographic art and you both have re inspired me with a new set of skills and mindset.  One I know will serve me well into the future.  I hope to take advantage of your services in the near future and look forward to meeting you both face to face when circumstances allow. Malcolm

Blooming brilliant.  Very challenging, hard work but really got me thinking and having a go at new ways of doing things.  I need loads more practice but will do it my way (Feel a bit of Frank coming on).

Thanks for organising it all so well- great to have things like acknowledgements so quickly and professionally and you have obviously got the whole thing down to a T. Prue

I enjoyed it very much andI I believe I learned a million things and will ponder on them and see where they take me.  Ann

Your pedagogy is first class and I am only aware of a few photographers doing something similar but still not at the level you are delivering......Thanks again for a wonderful, illuminating experience that has set me on a new  re-energised path in my artistic endeavours. Malcolm

We have come to the end of a very special experience of learning and enrichment. Yesterday's sharing of the work from everyone in the group was testament to the quality of the four weeks. The standard of work was so high, so personal. Quite incredible. Chris

One of the better courses I have taken.  It completely changed what I shoot and how I process (needless to say, for the better, much better).  Worth every minute and every penny.” Peggy

Footage from our recent trip to the Camargue featuring a light show in a disused quarry. There's more to the Camargue than white horses and flamingoes!

Social media, Valda

Social media, Bailey Chinnery

Social media, Doug