Adventures in Cuba
A Cuban Photography Holiday with Damien Lovegrove

MONDAY 25TH FEBRUARY / MONDAY 4TH MARCH 2019

Discover the jewel of the Caribbean on a feature packed 7 day photographic tour with renowned tutor and Fujifilm X Ambassador Damien Lovegrove.

DATES:
Monday 25th February – Monday 4th March 2019 – Available
Wednesday 6th March – Wednesday 13th March 2019 – TBC – email us to register your interest.

Tutor:
Damien Lovegrove

Max. number of guests
(excluding non-shooters): 6

Model:
Mischkah Scott

Price:
£4,500 – based on single occupancy

For those happy to share accommodation, we can offer a rate of £4,000 pp.
We also have a sharing non-shooter rate of £2400 pp.

Deposit:
£500 / pp is needed to reserve your place.  We will then invoice you for the balance.  £2,000 of which is due immediately, with payment in full required by 31st December.

Please note: We absorb the fees of paying deposits via PayPal, but balance payments must be made by bank transfer.

USA Travellers

Our local guide has all the necessary forms and visas for USA travellers to join us in Cuba. An additional $200pp will be required for the guide to apply for these forms on our behalf.

How do I book?
Click the button below to pay by Paypal, or for those of you abroad, you can send us the deposit using a money exchange company which will offer cheaper transfer fees: https://transferwise.com. If you would prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact us.

The images shown on this page were taken by Damien Lovegrove on the 2018 tour. View all images from 2018 here and here.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights single occupancy accommodation (mainly 4 star) with breakfast
  • 7 days of professional photography tuition
  • All photography licences and access permissions
  • Private transportation to and from tour locations
  • English speaking local guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Professional model fees
  • All lighting equipment
  • A farewell dinner on day 7

What’s Not Included

  • Flights (or other means of travel) to Cuba
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and evening meals (except farewell dinner)
  • Drinks

Overview

An emotive paradise with a fascinating past, Cuba brings us a unique perspective of the world that many of us are not used to. On a Photography tour of the island you can zoom in on a warm and embracing culture, natural beauty and stunning architecture. As vintage American cars stutter down the streets, and lively street theatre echoes off crumbling facades, you will have the opportunity to photograph the experience from the best vantage points, under the expert guidance of Damien Lovegrove.

With the help of a local Cuban guide we will take you where your typical tourist will not go, uncovering the real Cuba. In Havana, you will get to experience and photograph daily Cuban life, mixing and mingling with the locals at unique locations such as a boxing gym and the colourful Afro-Cuban streets. Outside of Havana you will witness first-hand the beautiful countryside and a rural Cuba not seen in the guidebooks.

Because we will run this tour in a small group of no more than 6 guests, we can be flexible with the itinerary, taking advantage of any unforeseen events or developments that help provide the perfect backdrop for photographic opportunities.

This tour is focused on photography, people and culture. We will organise local models to join us at various stages of the trip. Damien has already done this tour twice so it is well rehearsed 🙂

Accommodation

Havana – NH Capri 4*
Trinidad – Boutique B&B’s

Should you wish to arrive before the 25th and would like to stay at the NH Capri you may find that you struggle to book online due to current embargo restrictions. You can try contacting the hotel directly or alternatively please contact us and we will ask our local guide to organise this for you. 

Transportation

Please note that for this tour all transportation is included between destinations and for any activities/ excursions included in your itinerary that require transportation to and from the venue. In Havana this will be in the form of classic American saloon cars of the 1950s. We will use an air conditioned mini bus to and from Trinidad. The system was tried and tested on the 2018 version of this tour and it worked wonderfully.

Itinerary*

Day One – Arrival

  • Arrive (transfer from airport included)
  • Meet tutor ~ Damien Lovegrove, model ~ Mischkah and our tour guide by the pool bar on floor 18 of the hotel.
  • A walk along the Malecón espanade for evening sunset.

Day Two – Havana

  • Portrait photo-shoots in the morning. Leisurely lunch and relaxation time before late afternoon / evening light portrait shoot.

Day Three – Havana

  • Early morning sunrise beach portraits shoot near Havana
  • An afternoon shoot at a ballet school in Havana

Day Four – Travel to Trinidad via Santa Clara

  • Lunch and free time in Santa Clara
  • Evening stroll around the old town in Trinidad capturing locals in the evening light

Day Five – Trinidad

  • A morning portraits street shoot in the old part of Trinidad
  • An afternoon shoot into dusk with Salsa dancers on the streets of Trinidad

Day Six – Havana via Cienfuegos

  • Return to Havana via Cienfuegos
  • Lunch and free time in Cienfuegos

Day Seven – Havana

  • A portrait shoot in a spectacular mansion in Havana
  • An evening portraits street shoot with continuous light.
  • Farewell dinner.

Day Eight – Havana

  • Tour finishes
  • Depart (transfer to airport included)

*Exact details subject to change.

Tour Leader: Damien Lovegrove

Damien Lovegrove - Photographer on Route 66

Considered by many to be one of the worlds most influential contemporary photographers, he is best known for creating portraits that make women look fabulous. Joining the BBC at the age of 19, Damien worked as a cameraman and trained as a Lighting Director before leaving in 1998 to become a full time photographer.

Now a Fujifilm X Photographer and Fujifilm UK Ambassador, he has travelled the world as a commercial photographer, a wedding and portrait photographer and now a teacher, motivator, writer and columnist.

Your model: Mischkah

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“I have worked with Mischkah many times and every time has been a delight. She is professional, kind, patient, easy to get along with and brings any set of pictures to life” – Damien

The Small Print

A minimum of £500 is required upon booking.  If you would like to pay the balance in instalments, a further payment of £2,000 is required by 1st October 2018.  Payment in full is required by 31st December 2018.  Please note that we absorb the fees of paying £500 deposits via PayPal, but balance payments must be made by bank transfer.  If you book after the October and December instalment due dates, we will send an invoice after booking for your relevant instalment amounts which must be paid immediately to secure your place.

Cancellation Policy

Should you cancel this tour for any reason, no refund will be available unless your place is resold. If you would like to cancel your place on this event please contact us by phone or email as soon as possible.

As our costs for each training event remain the same regardless of how many guests attend, like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights etc, we are unable to give a full refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstances.

The exception to this is if we have prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold.  In this event we will of course make a full refund or credit to you. We also reserve the right to cancel any workshop if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income. Please therefore do not leave it until the last few weeks if you are interested in a particular date, as you may find that it has been removed! Please note that we cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by yourself, so please check with us before booking any non-refundable accommodation or transport.

Please take a look here for our full terms and conditions.

Have any questions? Give us a call:

01275 853204 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm GMT) or email us.

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