Mallorca | Mallorca in Spring | How to tell captivating food & travel stories | a photography, visual storytelling & styling retreat | April 26th-30th 2016
Join us for an inspiration-packed 4-day photography, styling & visual storytelling retreat led by Danish stylist, photographer, recipe developer and food writer Nicoline Olsen and Danish photographer, publisher, award-winning cookbook author Sif Orellana. We are so excited about this retreat and have put our hearts and souls into creating the most educational, inspiring and eventful program, that take your photography to the next level, give you a unique opportunity to network with colleagues from all over the world, make you enjoy great food and indulge in the exquisite nature of the island.
We'll be staying in a huge, authentic 16th century “finca” (i.e. farm house), ‘Cas Bernats’, located on the outskirts of the picturesque city Port of Soller - a little village situated in one of Mallorca's most beautiful horseshoe harbours on the est coast. The farm house lies in the Tramontana mountains surrounded by ancient olive groves, citrus gardens, and past roman ruins - the perfect backdrop for our photography and hands-on styling sessions. The place is characterized by peace and tranquility; sheep and horses inhabit the land and chickens wander under the citrus trees, knowing its their job to provide fresh eggs for our breakfast. If you are an early bird and would like to begin the day with a swim, ‘Cas Bernats’ offers a relaxing swimming pool area, where you can enjoy a dip before breakfast and appreciate the view of mountains, the port and the sea.
The finca has 3 shared bathrooms and 3 shared toilets (in addition to the bathrooms that belong to some of the rooms).
Throughout the workshop we will teach you new ways to style and shoot evocative food photos, capture the soul of a location (both indoor and outdoor), tell captivating food & travel stories, and learn and develop new skills to grow as a photographer. It is our goal to inspire and help you to create your own visual identity and “personal voice”. High-quality food & lifestyle photography is tricky, and we have created this workshop to share all our very best tips and tricks with you and load you with knowledge from the photographic industry.
DAY OF ARRIVAL
On the day of your arrival we will welcome you with cold cava in the glasses and delicious tapas made by our talented house chef, that cooks all our meals in the “finca”, based on organic, fresh ingredients, many of them grown in the garden belonging to the farmhouse. After the aperitif we will serve you a festive Mallorca welcome dinner and celebrate our first night together.
LET'S CREATE A MAGAZINE TOGETHER
During the workshop we will build up the illusion that we are all part of an editorial department at an international magazine, FOOD & TRAVEL. The theme of the upcoming magazine is MALLORCA IN SPRING - a theme that the magazine wishes to cover from different angles through various features about Mallorca, lifestyle, local recipes, the people, interior decorations, beautiful corners, hidden treasures, stories and photographic expressions. Nicoline and Sif take the roles of chief editors of the editorial department and guide each attendee in the choice of her/his angle of “Mallorca in Spring”.
EXCURSIONS & CLASSES
Throughout the retreat we will invite you on a number of excursions, where we can both style, shoot and enjoy some good meals. We will invite you on a trip to one the charming villages in the area. We will ask you to come along to the old, rural olive mill in the mountains not far from the farm house, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch together served at a long wooden table in the midst of old pottery and olive bottles.
Each day during the workshop we will have classes and training sessions, where we will share our experiences within the photographic industry with you, teach you about styling, expression, light, trends, composition, use of props and backgrounds, editing and camera techniques and give you all the tools needed to bring your visual storytelling and photography to a higher level and help you transitioning from passionate amateur to passionate professional.
This retreat is aimed at anyone interested in food and lifestyle photography. We welcome all levels and breeds of photographers - from the culinary professionals, food and lifestyle bloggers, recipe developers, food & travel lovers and cookbook authors to those looking to break into the industry on a professional basis, or even those who just love posting images of gorgeous food & lifestyle or just wish to take better vacation photos for themselves and their family. It is our belief, that there's almost no field that can't benefit from a working knowledge of photography.
You will need to bring your camera - whatever you normally shoot food with is best. Some guests come with nothing but iPhones, others come with film cameras, yet others with point & shoots, and the majority with DSLRs. Bring also your laptop and tripod.
Space is limited to 8-12 people.
Included: This price is all inclusive food and lodging while at our retreat (both in the farm house, at restaurants and during excursions) as well as snacks and refreshments.
Not included: Travel costs (i.e. flights etc.), transportation from and to the airport/train station and market purchases.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
This is a non refund retreat, so please register only if you know you can attend. However we´d happily transfer your spot to someone else should you be unable to make it and know someone who will take your spot. Please contact us directly in that instance and we'll adjust the class list accordingly. Secure your spot by buying one of the options above. We're so excited to welcome you!
Nicoline Olsen has more than 25 years experience working as a freelancer in the photographic industry. Nicoline lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, with her husband and two daughters. She is the CEO and founder of Vkstockimages which is a Danish production company who produces editorial stories for magazines and other medias worldwide. Styling, text and photos are produced together as a concept. Vkstockimages specializes in lifestyle, interiors, food and DIY. She has also written four books - the last one together with her two daughters about easy and healthy food for teens. Nicoline Olsen has studied art history at Copenhagen University.
Sif Orellana is a Danish born publisher, photographer and award winning cookbook writer (10 cookbooks) based in Aarhus, Denmark, with her family. Her latest family cookbook, was in June 2015 named number 2 in “Best in the World” by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She is currently working on her first book for the American market, named “My Happy Danish Kitchen”. Sif has a master's degree in literary history and mass communication, with additional post-graduate qualifications from the Danish School of Media and Journalism. She frequently appears as a chef, compère, guest speaker, lifestyle consultant and debater on Danish television channels, writes food & lifestyle articles for Danish magazines and holds talks.
‘Cas Bernats’ lies above the Port of Soller along the North-west coast of Mallorca. Leaving the airport and arriving at the gates of ‘Cas Bernats' takes approx. 45 minutes by taxi. From Port of Soller – ‘Cas Bernats' is a 10 minute drive.
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We can’t wait to welcome you on this inspiration-packed journey, where you will meet with like-minded people with the same passion for visual storytelling and food, travel & lifestyle photography as you.