Photography Holiday

Shooting Fireworks

Not long now until November 5. Assuming you can get out and about in a socially distanced way, we’ve prepared some tips for you to be able to shoot the best images of the fireworks. 

In the coming days, we’ll be posting a number of hints and tips on how to create the most compelling, sharp and perfectly coloured shots that will wow.

All you need to do is follow our Instagram and Facebook social media channels to get the first notification of our Stories containing all the hints and tips you’ll need. 

Look forward to seeing you soon!

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Photography Holiday

An exclusive offer (just for you)

It’s our 10th birthday year and to celebrate we’ve planned loads of special events, new trips, and one big party to end the year with a bang! Hope you can make it! But before all that, I just wanted to drop you a line and thank you personally for all your loyal support over the years.

You are what makes Creative Escapes great. Your humour, adventurous spirit and energy make every Creative Escapes holiday truly something wonderful.

So let’s recreate the magic and celebrate our birthday in style. 

To get you in the party mood, we’re offering you a 10% discount off every one of our photography holidays. And if you decide to bring along a friend, we’ll give you another 10% off – that could be a whopping £600 off your next Escape.

To take advantage of this offer, simply quote code ‘ESCAPER’ in the notes section on the booking form, and your discount will automatically be applied. This offer isn’t open to anyone who hasn’t been on a Creative Escapes holiday (this post is hidden from everyone but you!) – it’s our little way of saying thanks for all your support over the years.

But don’t dally! This offer is only available until 28 February 2017.

Look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Lynne Honour

Our story ...

How time
flies

I think it was crossing the border into Senegal when the penny finally dropped. The queue of dusty trucks, oil tankers and (our) procession of ‘bangers’ snaked back as far as the eye could see, and the already four hour wait looked like it was going to be some while yet.

Roger Norum (Creative Escapes co-founder) & I, having signed up for the London – Banjul Rally the previous year (a charity version of the famous Paris – Dakar, but using cars that cost no more than £200), found ourselves reminiscing about precisely how terrible our art degree tuition had been. And now, having ‘grown up’ how utterly dated the majority of photography and writing courses were, cut from similar cloth.

The idea that we could really do something better had been bubbling for months, so with some time to think, we set to work outlining our manifesto. How we thought things should be done.

First, all the tech heavy stuff had to go. My lecturer had made sure I knew the precise angle of the blades inside the lens, the type of glass used, even the location of where the damn thing was manufactured. But did I know simply which lens to use at any given moment? Nope.

Next, how come all of the courses only taught you just how to use your camera? How many weeks can you spend just learning about all the switches, buttons and dials? What about actually taking pictures, composing, working your subject. The interesting, creative, reason-why-we-do-it-bit?

Also, I’d lost count of the amount of microsleeps I’d had in the lecture hall. Is it really possible to talk without stopping for an hour? Can we join in? Can we have a go?

And so it
began

We spent the summer in the south of France trialling our new ideas – and the feedback was so positive we decided to go for it – with France, Spain & Morocco our first trips.

And just a couple of months later, we opened the weekend editions of the broadsheets and saw our writing holidays had been voted Five Best Writing Holidays by the Guardian and our photography holidays Six Best Photography Breaks by the Telegraph.

Not bad for our first ever press.

Creative Photography Holidays Guide

More than ten years later, we’ve travelled the world, had stacks of amazing press and experienced some unforgettable adventures with you.

And that manifesto we put together then is still proudly pinned to the wall of our HQ. Of course, we’ve expanded the ethos of non-tech, creative tuition, and folded in lots of lovely boutique hotels (well, we may as well stay somewhere nice), restaurants only the locals know about and some unique experiences not available elsewhere – from meeting Fidel’s photographer in Havana to shooting a living goddess in Kathmandu.

Along the way, we’ve published over 50 of your pictures in various magazines, newspapers and journals. And from our very first trip to France, with Jay winning The Guardian ‘Photograph of the Month’, many of you have won awards from shots you’ve taken on the trips. We’ve been blessed to attend numerous awards ceremonies for super-prestigious photography competitions, including Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year, National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition (the two biggest photo comps in the year). A few of you have even turned pro, and won awards to boot!

But the best thing is we’ve been to places we never thought we would go to, learnt the art of photography, made some friends for life, and acquired travel stories to wow any dinner table. So …

THANK
YOU