Normandy in my Heart
I just returned from teaching my newly redesigned luxury Normandy workshop and I can’t wait to offer it again in May and September next year. What a great time it was with a small group of photographers who spent the week fine-tuning their visual storytelling skills from small beach towns, street markets, castles and abbeys to WWII sites and so much more!
Being born and raised in Normandy, it’s always a pleasure to give my students an intimate tour of the region that I love so much and share many family stories and childhood memories.
While I spend most of my time guiding them photographically, I also shoot alongside them all week. We shared many amazing photographic moments, great conversations, good laughs and fantastic meals. The workshop being so late in the season this year, we were gifted with every weather Normandy has to offer from calm seas to storms, from beautiful golden light to dramatic skies. It’s as is the weather gods had planned the week with a camera in hand 😉
Some days called for color, others for B&W. Here are a few of the pics I gathered along the way…
Have you ever visited Normandy?
Cameras used: Fujifilm X100F and X-Pro2 in Classic Chrome and Acros.
“I still can’t believe I was fortunate enough to spend a week with Valerie in Normandy. It was my first multiple day workshop, so I really had no expectations.I think my bar for the “next one” is set really high. The workshop was extremely well planned, with nothing for me to do except photograph. Knowing that Valerie was from the region was one of my biggest reasons for going on this workshop….and I was not disappointed.I truly left with a sense (and pictures) of the region, the landscape, the architecture and the people! Not only do I think I am a much better photographer I also now have a way of approaching the locations I will go to in the future. Valerie was always available, positive, encouraging and had boundless energy so that our days were FILLED with opportunities for photography. I would highly recommend attending a workshop with Valerie.” Cindy Nelson, USA Normandy Oct 2018