PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT ON
THE ISLE OF HARRIS
ISLE OF HARRIS
October 31st – November 6th 2021
A small, very personalised landscape photography workshop for you to develop your photography on one of the most beautiful Hebridean Islands
Max 6 people
Duration : 6 nights / 5 days tuition
Group Size : Up to 5
Trip cost: £1550 single en suite
Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Excluded: Drinks, travel to the island & personal, travel & camera insurance
Accommodation: 4 Star self catering houses, single occupancy in a double en suite bedroom. Partners welcome – contact for details
Fitness level: Easy – most locations within walking distance of parking. Options to walk longer routes
Deposit: £250. Balance due end August 2021
Tutor: Margaret Soraya, Co Tutor : Jeremy Lintott
FIND YOUR OWN PATH
An opportunity to take part in a bespoke photographic workshop in one of the most historic and wild corners of the Outer Hebrides – the Isle of Harris . A landscape photography workshop for those who love truly remote, beautiful places as well as a little luxury. This workshop focuses on the individual and how I can help you develop by getting to the core of your path. A very personalised workshop where listening to you as participants is the main focus.
Expect to be cut off from the real world for a few days, immersed in the wild open spaces of some of the finest and emptiest beaches you will ever see. As well as capturing landscapes and seascapes, this is an opportunity for you to recharge your personal batteries and reinvigorate your photographic practice through connecting with nature. I have secured two luxury self catering houses directly opposite Scarista beach, one of the most beautiful and wild beaches of the island. It is possible to walk over to the beach at your own leisure if you wish.
During the days, we will be out in the landscape but will match our pace to those taking part so that everyone can feel relaxed and suitably rested.
When the light fades, we will spend evenings with a range of inspirational talks, videos, teaching and stories. I am keen to understand your story and in turn help you find your own niche, your own style.
This is a workshop for those who love the outdoors, truly wild and remote beautiful places as well as a little bit of luxury when they return. As there will only be up to 5 participants it is very much led by who is on the course and each of you will have personal attention and the day to day will be adapted according to what suits this group.
Join me for a few days on this incredible island!
7.30 am Breakfast in house
8.00 am On location shoot
12.00pm Lunch on location or cafe
2.00pm Second location shoot
4.00pm free time / rest back at accommodation
7.30pm Talks and reviews of the day
Locations will include some of the following:
The roaring waves and sheer expanse of Scarista Beach,
The secret beach at Hushinish, looking out to the Isle of Scarp
The white sands and turquoise waters of Luskentyre beach
The abandoned chapel at Northton or Ceapabhal
A trip to Lewis and the Callanish stones or Mangersta Stacks
Accommodation for this photography workshop is within two self catering houses opposite the golf course, just minutes away from walking down onto Scarista beach. Each participant will have their own double room en suite.
Each cottage has three en suite bedrooms with showers. The kitchen is superbly appointed and the huge sitting room with its cathedral ceiling and glass wall for our editing and teaching sessions.
THE ISLE OF LEWIS & HARRIS
The Outer Hebrides is tranquil, peaceful and welcoming – one of the remotest places you will ever go. And Harris is regarded as the jewel of the Hebrides: it is mountainous with absolutely stunning beaches which are regularly listed as among the best in the world.
It can look like the Caribbean in the summer months and in the winter feels like an island on the edge of the world.
In November we will be guaranteed a beach all to ourselves. The weather can be wild, changeable and bracing – perfect for great landscape photography.
Daylight will be at its most atmospheric at this time of year with some great weather patterns. On Harris, you can often see many seasons in one day – experience fast-moving weather and clouds, rainbows and sunshine all in one day.
Harris is about an hour and a half’s drive from the Isle of Lewis so there is ample time to visit the Callanish Stones and dramatic Mangersta Stacks.
I specialise in photographing some of Scotland’s most remote and wild places. I spend considerable time on the Islands of Harris and Lewis and exploring other equally remote areas. I actively seek out isolated places to work. I adore the beauty in remote landscapes and being based in the Highlands of Scotland, it is relatively easy for me to get wild and beautiful places.
I have been photographing landscapes for 23 years since relocating to the Highlands of Scotland.
My work has been printed in Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Camera Craft, Build it Magazine, Outdoor Photography Magazine and regularly in travel features within Scottish broadsheets.
In the past 8 years I have been commissioned to travel to photograph in countries such as Italy, America, Iceland, the Azores, Swaziland and Croatia. However, my main interest always comes back to the beautiful wild landscapes of the North of Scotland and the Scottish Isles.
Please do not hesitate to ask if you need journey planning advice. You can choose to travel to the island in a number of ways and might want to stop through other islands along the way. The Isle of Skye, Uist and Barra and all possible to tag along each side. Margaret has in depth knowledge of ferries, accommodation and routes and can provide help.
Photographers who want to feel inspired! All levels of photographers are welcome. Beginners to experienced photographers can participate.
Non photographic partners also welcome and we will accommodate rates and activities accordingly. Please ask for more information.
Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner
Arrival Date: 31st Oct 2021
Departure date: 6th Nov 2021
Fitness level is easy to moderate and we will match the pace of locations according to the group.
What to bring
Bring warm, waterproof clothing, cameras and tripods. Tripod, filters, remote shutters, memory cards and a laptop if you can. There will be a full kit list sent out to participants. A small portfolio of your images if you wish to take part in a review session. USB digital images preferred
Travel to and from the island
Personal, travel & camera Insurance
Breakfast, packed lunch, evening meal provided