+ Covid-19 Update +
While we are currently unable to travel we are still accepting bookings.
In the meantime we are getting together in a virtual space!
Join us at Street Club for fun and creative virtual workshops hosted by Polly Rusyn - your very own Weekender Boss! We get together by zoom, hang out in each other's laptops, receive a briefing for an assignment along with a handy worksheet, and a deadline for submitting photos. All photography can be shot at home or on a short walk for exercise. Alternatively you can dive into your archives! Come and play.
About The Photo Weekender
+ AS SEEN IN DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER MAGAZINE +
+ LED BY FUJIFILM AMBASSADOR, POLLY RUSYN +
Passionate About Travel. Cannot Live Without Photography.
That sums us up, and if that’s you too - whether you are an absolute beginner, more advanced, or a pro photographer in any field - let us show you and your camera our favourite cities. Not only do we provide an assignment based workshop, The Photo Weekender saves you hours of research by expertly planning photography orientated itineraries complete with awesome food stops - all booked in advance (unless we hit a food market) for sociable group meals in tried and tested eateries!
Led by Polly Rusyn, a professional photographer, Official Fujifilm X-Photographer, and former adventure travel tour leader - our photo adventures take place within 48 hours over three days (an afternoon, a full day and a morning) in a European city. Unless it's a Long Weekender, which is three full days and a morning with a bit more free time thrown in. Just book your own flights and accommodation to suit your budget, pack anything that can capture an image and join a bunch of like-minded friendly photographers who love to travel, and we’ll sort out the rest. Join us for a weekend of street photography, city exploration, new friends, bad jokes, good laughs and the chance to learn something too. Make a Weekender part of a longer holiday or just come away with us for a quick escape...
Through a series of briefings and photography assignments we show you how to shoot strangers Ninja-style so you can become confident making candid photos on the street; introduce you to the building blocks of what makes a great photo in terms of light, composition and storytelling, so you can be as creative as you want - no postcard shots here! We will wow you with elements of colour theory and Gestalt principles of visual perception, and promise never to stand you in a spot and tell you what to shoot - instead we give you the tools to see photo opportunities, capture your own unique moments and observations, and develop your own style. But most importantly you’ll return home with super memories, great pictures and improved skills as a candid photographer. Sounds awesome right?!
Need To Know
(Short Attention Span Version)
Experienced tour leader and professional photographer rolled into one
Perfectly planned itinerary to maximise discovering the best of a city over 48 hours (Long Weekenders are longer obvs!)
Creative photography assignments to inspire and improve your photography
Group bookings (where applicable) in hand-picked eateries for sociable lunches and dinners
Feedback on a set of ten self-critiqued images post tour
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Flights and accommodation: you can book your own to suit your budget
Food and drink: only pay for what you consume
Public transport: sometimes we make side trips or jump on buses or metros (Long Weekenders may have additional inclusions)
Any entrance fees: mostly we go shooting in free public spaces but sometimes we can’t resist a local attraction (Long Weekenders may have additional inclusions)
ESSENTIALS TO PACK
Your passport, travel insurance and some dosh
Anything that can capture an image plus plenty of batteries and memory cards
Comfortable shoes, as there is always a lot of walking
A sense of humour and a sense of adventure
"It was an awesome weekend, and I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone, regardless of their level of photography skills, as Polly skilfully develops the 'inner photographer' in us all. Thank you Polly for being the 'hostess with the mostess': everything was brilliantly organised and I had a great time, as indeed I did on the two previous trips. I look forward to the next one."
Discover A New City Through Your Lens.
Sat 12 Sep - Mon 14 Sep 2020
£200 per person (group size 5-12)
The historic centre in and around Piazza Maggiore, the former Jewish Ghetto and portico lined backstreets, the Two Towers, some modern architecture as well as some ancient ruins, the medieval Quadrilatero district and food markets.
[Combine with Rome]
Fri 18 Sep - Sun 20 Sep 2020
£200 per person (group size 5-12)
The epic Vatican City, the magnificent Pantheon and historic squares of central Rome, famous Trevi Fountain, the colourful lanes of Trastevere, magnificent Piazza Venezia and the lively Via de Fori Imperiali leading to the iconic Colosseum.
[Combine with Bologna]
Sat 3 Oct - Mon 5 Oct 2020
£200 per person (group size 5-12)
Contemporary lines of the magnificent City of Arts and Sciences, beautiful backstreets and squares of the Old Town, chilled vibes on the city’s long sand beaches, and the hipster district of Russafa with its Brutalist market and abundant street life.
Sat 10 Jul - Mon 12 Jul 2021
£250 per person (group size 5-8)
The historic Sultanahmet Quarter, Taksim Square with its vintage trams and vibrant street life, a photo walk along Istiklal Street to Galata Bridge and buzzing Eminönü - home to the labyrinthine covered Grand Bazaar, and the colourful district of Balat.
Flexible destinations + dates in 2020
£1,995 per group (2-12 people)
If you are an existing gang of friends, a camera club, a small business, a squad or group of any kind then gather yourselves together! Choose from 2020 destinations plus Cádiz, Gdańsk, Lisbon, Porto, Prague or Seville. [Price is per group regardless of size, based on a regular 48 hr Weekender format]
Get your name down!
Have you spotted a Weekender you would love to attend but it's full? Well please do get in touch to let us know and we'll pop you on the waiting list. Sometimes life gets in the way of a Weekender and spots open up. If that happens we will be in touch to let you know.
Gift Vouchers Are Cool!
Ever been stuck for a gift idea? Be stuck no more! Get hold of a Weekender Gift Voucher and treat someone who loves photography (and banter) to an unforgettable experience with an awesome group of people (we seem to attract the good ones!). Choose from £25, £50 and £100 vouchers.
Affordable. Inspirational. Sociable.
We believe photography is for everyone and photography experiences should be affordable
We want you to travel with us again and again exploring inspiring cities with your camera, so we believe in offering a high quality experience that is also awesome value