Venice Carnival poseur
Venice Carnival poseur

Venice Carnival Photo Workshop 2018

9-14 February  2018

Lavish costumes set against the most exquisite background on the planet. That’s the Venice Carnival! People from all over the world gather here once a year to show off their exquisite outfits. Surprise encounters are to be had in the many squares, little bridges and alleyways through the town. At every turn the “poseurs” wait to have their photo taken, a welcome change for lovers of portrait photography.

We take time to explore the secret corners of Venice as well as the better known attractions such as the Rialto, the Bridge of Sighs and the Grande Canal. We will take a boat trip to the magical island of Burano to photograph the colourful boats and houses that line the Canal. We will capture the reflections that ripple in the gentle movement of the water.

In contrast, St. Mark’s Square at sunrise is quiet, often deserted, except for a few hardy “poseurs” and photographers! Being February, the sun rises at a civilized time enabling us to photograph the first light as it cuts across the square.

I have made many contacts over the years and have organized some private sessions in some special locations. This is a major highlight of my year and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Maximum 8 participants- availability

Accommodation in double rooms in a small 15th Century Palace hotel near St. Mark’s Square.

Price in EUROS: €1950 per person (€3290 for couples sharing) includes accommodation, breakfasts, airport transfers in water taxi.
Does not include international travel, lunches & dinners, drinks & insurance.
Deposit €‘400 per person.

NON-PHOTOGRAPHIC partners are very welcome. Please contact me for special rates.

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Last year my husband and I joined Tim and a small group of photographers on his Venice Carnival trip. This was an amazing experience. Tim has held photo holidays at the carnival in several previous years, and his experience and expertise really showed. He knew exactly where to advise us to go to get the best images, and how to establish a rapport with the ‘models’ in carnival costume, and made sure we were out early before the huge numbers of tourists, to get good light and to have the best opportunities to capture spectacular shots. One of the days was spent on Burano island, where Tim had pre-arranged a meeting with a particular model and her friends, who agreed to be there exclusively for our group. As well as photography, we had a lovely time socially with the rest of the group. Tim arranged and booked the hotel, which was delightful, and made sure that our evening meals were booked at convivial but reasonably priced restaurants. It was a real pleasure being part of his group, and I can thoroughly recommend the holiday. We have since been with him in the Dordogne, and are doing two holidays with him this coming year.
Chris & Ruth

“Elated from a fantastic photo holiday in Venice. Thank you very much for showing me so much and looking after me, and all the other clients, so well. I has a wonderful time, and so enjoyed the social side as well as the photography.

Tim – all the very flattering things they say about you on the testimonials page are all true – your passion shines through it all, and instead of feeling like a client, you treated us like friends. You were great company and a great laugh to be around. I’m sure I will book with you again, and a return trip to Venice is a possibility and would love to work with Michaela, Alex and the others again.

Gilly – your facilitation and attention made this a fantastic experience, and you have a wonderful, friendly manner – again the testimonials say it all really”.


A comment from one of the poseurs which I thought I would share with you.
“I remember you as a charming and friendly photographer who takes good pictures, so it would be a pleasure for me, if you will spend time with me/us next year. Heartly greetings from Austria.” Daniela Schmid