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Mary Louise Ravese, Workshop Leader
Bella Vista Photography
(+1)(571) 594-2390
(U.S. East Coast, Virginia)


Sunday September 13  to
Sunday September 20, 2015


The French Riviera (Cote d'Azur), France.  We will stay in Cagnes-sur-Mer, providing a convenient, central location for exploring the region.

The itinerary of the workshop is designed to give participants ample time to concentrate on their photography at our stops and receive feedback on their work over the course of the trip. Participants will return home with rewarding images and memories to last a lifetime.


Getting There

The nearest international airport is Nice International Airport (NCE). From the U.S. you can get a connecting flight to this airport. Typically from the U.S. you would fly on September 12, arriving on September 13.  Your return flight can be booked for September 20th.  Depending on your flight arrangements you may arrive back in the U.S. the same day, or you will have an overnight stay in a connecting European city and arrive back in the U.S. on September 21st. Please do not book your non-refundable airfare until notified by workshop leader. We will try to consolidate airport arrival and departure times to minimize wait times in Nice airport.

If you plan to arrive or depart from some place other than Nice Airport or at times outside of the designated group transportation window, you may need to arrange your own transportation to/from our lodging at your own cost. 

Who Should Attend

All skill levels are welcome.  Participants must be familiar with basic camera operation, including the setting of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, the small group setting enables a tailored learning experience for all. Some experience with image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom or Photoshop Elements is advisable. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop running the latest version of their image editing software.  The workshop size is limited to 8 participants.


About the Instructor

Mary Louise Ravese specializes in fine art nature and travel photography from locations across the world. Her photographs are in private, university & corporate collections in over 30 states and are exhibited nationally. She has published images in calendars, magazines, books and websites. Mary Louise is a regular speaker and competition judge for photography clubs. She also enjoys teaching on a wide range of topics related to nature, travel and creative photography. Based in Virginia, Mary Louise leads classes and workshops at a variety of locations across the US and abroad.


  Travel Photography on the French Riviera
 -- Photography Workshop --

September 13 - 20, 2015

Mediterranean Vista by Mary Louise Ravese

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  Explore the French Riviera with
professional nature and travel photographer,
Mary Louise Ravese.

Back Streets in Nice A former resident of Nice for five years, Mary Louise takes you on the insider's tour of the Côte d’Azur, the blue coast. She is an experienced instructor who offers lots of practical tips and guidance in the field and classroom. Our small group approach (max of 8 participants) is ideal for maximizing your learning experience.

It's no wonder this exciting region of France has been popular with aristocracy and artists alike.  Journey to the places that inspired such masters as Monet, Renoir, Matisse, Chagall, Picasso and more. Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Éze, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Haut de Cagnes and Antibes are some of the stunning locations we plan to explore. 

During the workshop, Mary Louise will help
you capture the distinctiveness and vitality of these locations with your camera. Learn how to shoot like a travel photographer capturing the grand vistas, the quiet back street scenes, the glamour of the nightlife and the sweet moments of real life that collectively convey a sense of this beautiful corner of the world.

Villefranche A variety of photographic opportunities await you:

  • magnificent views overlooking the sea
  • colorful fishing boats adorning the turquoise blue waters
  • hilltop medieval villages with red tile roofs
  • narrow cobblestone streets flanked by colorful buildings and charming storefronts
  • lively street markets with fruits, vegetables and flowers from the local farms
  • grand estates with exquisite gardens
  • chic boulevards lined with designer boutiques 

In addition to our time in the field photographing, throughout the trip there will be informal lectures, discussions about equipment, technique and shooting strategy, as well as supportive image feedback sessions, so you can improve your picture-making along the way.

The workshop includes:

  • Colorful boats daily photography sessions
  • small group instruction (max of 8 students)
  • one-on-one guidance as needed throughout the trip
  • group critiques and discussion
  • airport transfers (during designated times)
  • ground transportation for the group during the workshop
  • comfortable 4-star accommodations with each person getting their own private bedroom with queen bed and bathroom
  • daily continental breakfast
  • welcome dinner on arrival day
  • departing dinner on our last evening

The workshop does not include:

  • airfare
  • airport transfers outside of designated times
  • lunch and dinner, with the exception of your welcome and departing dinners
  • alcoholic beverages
  • phone calls
  • souvenirs and other incidentals
  • gratuities, if applicable




Lodging accomodations with breakfast are included in the workshop fee. 

We will be staying in a 4-star hotel, a quiet setting on a hilltop overlooking the village of Cagnes-sur-Mer.  No "Single Supplement" is necessary as each participant will have their own air-conditioned room with queen-size bed, private bathroom, free Internet Wi-Fi access, satellite TV, safe and mini-fridge. The hotel features an outdoor pool, bar, and restaurant. Laundry service is available. In addition, Shiatsu massages are available on site for an additional charge.

Comments from Previous Workshop Participants

“I would recommend Mary Louise’s class to anyone who wants to expand their horizons in photography from the realistic to the abstract and artistic” - Chip F.

“Love, love, love, her.  Really amazing ability to teach! Mary Louise’s passion comes through and is understandable.  Her ability to translate skill, passion and knowledge – phenomenal!” – Marji G.

"Well organized trip with varied and unique photo opportunities I wouldn't have easily found on my own"

"Mary Louise impressed me with giving everyone equal training time. She displayed great patience and was attentive to our shooting needs."

“Mary Louise is great - she obviously understands photography and all of the equipment so thoroughly that she can explain technical details to novices” – Jan W. 

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