Arts Voyage is a creative events platform established with passion to fill an industry gap whereby resources are provided for creatives to: join forces spending generous periods of time working together, develop rapports and bounce ideas in a non-rushed collaborative environment, and to utilise stunningly beautiful places/concept styling that may otherwise be difficult to access from a logistics and planning point of view for the individual. Set up as a joint operation by professional models Keira Lavelle and Renaissance (event hosts plus modelling); the Arts Voyage focus is to carefully select gorgeous destinations around the world (the starting points for deluxe locations and properties - usually out of easy reach/budget for basic independent photo shoot planning). We then go away with our trip attendees/photographers for a set period/specific trip (see specs below) to execute quality model photography opportunities working entirely one-to-one with the models (full and half days - not ten minutes here/ten minutes there) enjoying the country along the way!
In summary; the primary aim of Arts Voyage is to give delegates the closest possible experience to a independent, one-to-one shooting trip that they could partake in as an attendee of an actual event. With the promise of; significantly high yield and productivity in shooting opportunities, bespoke creative ideas/styling created for uniqueness/individuality for those attending and putting each photographer delegate in the driving seat to have maximum control over their images/what they want to achieve from a trip - with help and inspiration on hand! Imagination-fuelled, specially tailored team-orientated creative photography events - a high-end experience at an unbelievably great value cost! All-inclusive, and stress-free as we take the burden of planning. As simple as that!
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!!
Arts Voyage are highly meticulous in location scouting/research across each event. The hosts dedicate a painstaking level of time and effort into; initial selection of a destination suited to a specific trip, and then leaving no stone unturned to source jaw-dropping, imagination-stirring locations which - lets just say: are leagues above the average view at ones local park!
As standard; Arts Voyage supply entire location directories to delegates (before departure) containing colossal choice/variety across different types of locations in the country. We love seeing how different photographers let their personal creativity bring the scouted locations to life! Having good one-to-one shoot time means one can really concentrate on letting their ideas flourish at each site with the light/environment and styling. Where possible: hosts complete physical recces, as well as endless hours of map (again: saving attendees this side of time-consuming planning!) We actively hunt for a range of locations based on aesthetic value, but also take into account accessibility for photographers; guaranteeing options that don't require hikes/scrambling (in addition to more adventurous ones!) With luxury properties (grand villas/houses/chalets) arranged for accommodation for everyone on a comfort level - these venues are also selected with a view to provide sublime indoor/private settings with charismatic interior, gardens and facilities. (See videos below for venue tours).
CREATIVELY CONCEPTUAL - BESPOKE 4 U!!!
Working on location, and in dazzling venues is a very different kind of shooting opportunity to standard studio photography, and arguably a very rewarding way to create images with impact, narrative and *WOW* factor. When your event hosts are doing everything they can to supply tools of styling/innovation for jumping into locations creatively - you've got it all!
Both Keira & Renaissance bear different looks and special posing abilities on one hand (offering contrasting image scope as individuals). But in a duo situation - the models compliment one another perfectly with the know-how to move their bodies, act and mould to the locations. Elegance/artistic value/glamorousness/and sophistication - their combined experience as professionals covers a wide spectrum of classic modelling genres. But your hosts will then go one step further and actually design/make arrangements for highly unique sets/looks and themes in many different ways! Whether that's custom-making special outfits and props, getting one-off access to exciting facilities/excursions or getting hands-on with dynamic hair and makeup transformations to a very high creative standard which adds an extra dose of signature to the images of a photographer attending an Arts Voyage event. See image gallery below including past Arts Voyage conceptual styling.
FRESH, FILLING, FLAVOURSOME... AND ON THE HOUSE???
Let's face it; if we travel abroad for a holiday in any instance, one of the first areas of concern is: food! "How to work it? Extra cost? Dietary requirement worries? Difficulties finding things in local supermarkets?" If you are a photographer planning your own independent trip taking a model/creative team with you - are you ready for the extra cost and responsibilities of feeding everyone?
With Arts Voyage - prepare to put your feet up and be waited on hand and foot! Because A) your food/drink is all included... B) You get VIP treatment as hosts supply/cook delicious home-cooked meals (lunch or dinner each day of the trip)... C) You then have the chance to dine out at fabulous local restaurants for the other meal in the day - choose whatever calls from the menu and explore delicious/traditional flavours a country has to offer! We deem it vital to look after our attendees appetites... After all, creative work is hungry work! You help yourself to breakfast each morning (selection/options provided) at the villa/accommodation, but that's about as much work as you'll have to do - other than indulging! (Dietary requirements always met).
GET THE COOL-KID VIBES; LIKE-MINDED SOCIAL CRAZINESS!
Arts Voyage really do love spoiling their delegates when you think about it... Not only do we run around like blue-bottomed flies - taking on all the hard work to make the trip experience perfect for the photographers - but they then get blessed with our *extremely sensible* (maybe) humour and light-hearted nature as hosts! In one heartbeat: we're grafting like we mean it, in the next; we're laughing and joking over dinner and just generally not taking ourselves too seriously at all!
It's important to us that our attendees enjoy a positive "total" trip experience, of course... And we're on-hand to facilitate this in any way we can! But; we're also real. We get so much out of the good company and prolific team rapports on a valuable social level - whatever the trip type! Our reasoning for capping the numbers on our largest possible multi-photographer stays/groups to low numbers (no more than 4) is to ensure that we do not become "working ghosts" in an overly hectic environment, and overlook the opportunity to connect properly with everyone on board. On the duo trips - socialise/compare notes with your fellow photographers to your hearts content over down time! Even on the solo/exclusive trips - get ready for your hosts never shutting up! With laughs, mutual creative passion, chin-wagging galore and the obligatory toasts - we want you walking away with memories just as stupendous as your pictures!
Copyright: Carl Grim
On average; 2-4 Arts Voyage trips take place per year. Half of these (2 per year) are duo events with a small photographer group residing together over a set period, (but shooting independently/one-to-one) with 2 model hosts for solo and duo shooting opportunities either on location, or at the booked accommodation/villa. The remaining trips, organised between the duo events, form the alternative solo-exclusive trips which; is pretty much what it says on the tin! One model host, and an exclusive/entirely independent experience for the photographer with no other parties present. Depending on what the personal preferences are of individual attendees/what they want from their Arts Voyage experience might dictate which kind of trip one leans towards. Some photographers even enjoyed both! Whilst there are differences in the duo and solo/exclusive events - we maintain the same values to offer a strong guarantee for a one-to-one creative photography holiday with all the hard bits taken care of. That remains unchanged! The carefully-thought design setup of the events enables delegates to arrange their own flights for personal convenience and reach the event destination direct from their preferred (or nearest) airport. Some delegates take the opportunity to stay extra days and go sight-seeing even! What we promise; is that everything else from the agreed meeting point to the final drop-off/goodbye is taken care of on an all-inclusive basis package basis. Though a photographer/attendees Arts Voyage experience seems like just that week/half a week: the hosts never stop prepping and planning hard all-year-round to guarantee the best possible experience and tick all the boxes!
There is no restriction preventing photographers joining if they are beginners/amateurs/hobbyists. Arts Voyage welcomes all levels of ability or professional status; we are simply committed to engaging in stupendous teamwork rapports/working together to make magic happen on the creative level!
(For a detailed breakdown of the differences in each event type to select the right one for you!)
Scroll on to discover behind-the-scenes video footage of the past venues booked for Arts Voyage events. Take a walk around the lavish living quarters, which also acts as an inspired indoor shooting base... Enjoy!
Prague/Czech Republic 2018
You can find the next planned trips right here! The listing will detail if the trip is a duo event, or the solo/exclusive event... Upcoming events are also kept updated as to whether spaces are available or the event is sold out to save time for making enquiries/directing your interest to the right place if you'd like more information.
We welcome everyone with open arms to get in touch for further details on any specific event! If you send an email expressing your interest for more information - additional trip-specific details can then be supplied (cost/exact location/villa description etc.) We strive to aid you in finding your ideal event!
Montenegro (Duo trip)
04/05/2022 - 14/05/2022
ALL PLACES SOLD OUT
Poland (Solo trip - Keira Lavelle)
12/07/2022 - 01/08/2022
ALL PLACES SOLD OUT
Greece (Duo trip)
Oct 2022 (TBC)
Whether we have places listed as available, or all current trips appear sold out - don't let anything stop you getting in touch because it is likely that we are in the process of planning further events still (for which you can be added to the mailing list for). Additionally; in the unlikely event of a cancellation, a place on an existing trip may come available and we can keep you updated as such.