I have been waiting so long to tell you about this piece of news…
The news that Nadia and I will be hosting a food and lifestyle photography workshop in my native Basque Country!
My homeland that I speak about so often and which has permeated this blog with a certain level of nostalgia since the beginning. This small part of the world that sits at the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, with rocky cliffs that dive into the Atlantic and the pastures covered in wildflowers and sheep. Spain to the South, France to the North.
The land (lurra) and the sea (itsasoa) I love so much.
But the Basque Country is not only about the bucolic life, it is also about a mixture of modern and old architecture, amazing ingredients, some of the best chefs in the world and mostly, about the people.
And now I am so excited I will have the chance to take some of you with us and show you the beaches where I grew up, the places where we picked apples, where we ate pintxos. 5 days where we will visit orchards, prepare and photograph a sunset dinner on the beach, learn about food photography, prop and food styling, shooting on location and so much more. We will also spend a day degustating pintxos (tapas) and sightseeing.
I couldn’t believe my eyes.
An old family farmhouse (built in the 15th century) that was remodeled and turned into a B&B of sorts. Mertxe Begiristain who owns and runs Astei with her husband took the time to show us around the estate. Six different houses sit on the property, each one distinct and fully equipped. The garden in the center is beautiful with all the flowers, the pool, sauna… simple and modern. The Vita is a beautiful Scandinavian-style house that actually produces more geothermal energy that it consumes. All state of the art and very impressive.
You can watch a video here.
After spending a few minutes with Mertxe, I knew I had to host a workshop here. That night I emailed Nadia and I said to her “We are doing a workshop in the Basque Country!”.
“I’m in”, she replied and I couldn’t be happier.
So this is an chance to learn from both of Nadia and myself. To watch us work, to learn our technique, our approach to natural light, styling, to explore and to learn.
So… are you in?
When: September 5-10, 2013
Where: Astei, Ea, Basque Country (about 45 km or 25 miles outside of Bilbao, which is closest airport)
How much: Fee is $2,550 (single occupancy) and includes:
- 5 nights at Astei where the students will get to stay in different houses within this magnificent country estate. Single occupancy rooms.
- 3 days of technical and practical instruction with on-location shoots.
- 1 full day of sightseeing to and back to the French Basque Country.
- 5 breakfasts. Each house has a fully stocked and equipped kitchen. We will stock the pantry with breakfast items for your convenience.
- 4 lunches.
- 4 dinners including a tasting event of some of the best local wines.
- Reception cocktails and appetizers on arrival evening.
- Transportation to our workshop activities (it does not include airfare).
- Snack and refreshments during workshop hours.
Deposit: $1275 for registration to be confirmed. Final Payment of $1275 due May 15, 2013. There will be no refunds for this workshop – please know you can make it before your registration.
The workshop is limited to 9 people.
Please note that the last two students to register will have single occupancy rooms, but will have to share a bathroom in this completely remodeled farmhouse.
Registration will open on Thursday, February 21st at 9:00am EST. To register please visit here.