This region of France offers so many photographic opportunities and versatility in such a small area that we could not pass up offering it as a Photo Tour.
The timing for our Provence Photo Tour is scheduled to coincide with the lavender and sunflower bloom. We will follow the “Route de la Lavande” as well as explore and photograph the many villages and sites along the way. The Luberon region alone has five villages ranked among “The Most Beautiful Villages in France.”
Join us for this six-day Provence Photo Tour for an experience of a lifetime!
- The end of June to mid-July is the best time to photograph the vast lavender fields of southern France.
- This tour is timed to coincide with the lavender bloom on the famous Valensole Plateau, the Sault Plateau, and the Luberon Valley.
- Sunflower fields are often in bloom at this time of year as well and we find lavender and sunflowers in bloom side-by-side!
- We visit some of the most beautiful villages in southern France which may include Bonnieux, Lourmarin, Roussillon, Lacoste, Gordes, Saignon, Oppede le Vieux, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt, Viens, Forcalquier, Greoux-les-Bains and Moustiers-Ste-Marie.
- This region is known for its exquisite cuisine and wines.
- The outdoor weekly markets in the villages of Provence offer some great photo ops as well as fantastic shopping!
- We will also take time to share images and learn post-processing and in-the-field techniques.
- In addition to great photo opportunities on our Provence Photo Tour, we will be lecturing (mostly in the field) on photographic topics including:
- Digital Workflow
- Panoramic Photography
- Depth of Field calculation
- Focal Blending
- Blue Hour Photography
- Filters, Neutral Density, and Neutral Density Grads
- Photoshop and Lightroom Tips and Tricks
- Nik software
This is a sample itinerary that is subject to change depending on weather and other circumstances beyond our control. Changes in the itinerary are always made to provide the best possible experience for our clients.
June 30, 2022
Our Provence Photo Tour participants will meet at the Marseille Airport Best Western Hotel at 10:00 am. There are a handful of other hotels nearby if you don’t want to stay at the Best Western the night before. We will make our way to Roussillon in the Luberon which is our home base for three nights. The drive will take about 1.5 hours and after checking into our hotel we have a leisurely lunch and explore the village of Roussillon. Dinner and evening blue hour session in Roussillon.
July 1 & 2
We will visit one of the highlights of this region of Provence, the Abbey of Senanque, a twelfth-century Cistercian abbey which is now inhabited by a group of monks who grow lavender and keep bees and sell their own and other local products in a lovely gift shop. The lavender field in full bloom leading up to this beautiful building is one of the most photographed scenes in all of Provence. We will first visit the interior of the abbey, arriving early at 8:30 am, and will have time to photograph before the large tour groups arrive. We will delay our photography session of the famous exterior for later in the day (the light is better in the afternoon) and head northwest to enjoy another wonderful Provencal lunch and photo session in the charming village of Venasque. This medieval village features steep lanes, creamy stone houses, and a magnificent baptistery from the 11th century (it looks very old, indeed).
Mid-afternoon will find us back at the Senanque Abbey to capture some amazing images of this famous scene. For an auditory treat, we can duck into the old church for a moment and listen to the beautiful chanting of the monks. Back to Roussillon. Its amazing ochre-colored architecture never fails to reward us with memorable photographs.
The next day we head north to photograph the lavender fields on the Sault Plateau. This area also features old stone bee-hive structures called bories which make for interesting compositions in the lavender fields.
Other possible villages that we may visit include Saignon, La Coste, Gordes and L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
July 3 to July 5
10 am departure heading east for the one-hour drive to Manosque, our home base for the next three nights allowing us easy access to the lavender fields of the Valensole Plateau. We will typically have lunch in Manosque and after lunch grab sandwiches and other picnic items for the evening meal in the lavender fields on the Valensole Plateau. We usually do not want to be on the plateau during the mid-day heat so we will arrive later in the afternoon for cooler temps and better light. We will most likely do one sunrise shoot on the plateau as well. We will also have the opportunity to visit other nearby villages such as Forcalquier and Gréoux-les-Bains.
Our Provence Photo Tour ends after breakfast (sigh!) and you will be transported back to the Marseille airport, departing at 10 am.
Dates: June 30 to July 6, 2022 (6 nights)
Cost: $3,750 | single supplement $495
A $500 deposit will secure your spot.
What is included in this Provence, France Photo Tour?
- 6 nights lodging
- All breakfasts
- Daily van transportation to photo locations
- Round trip shuttle between Marseille airport and our hotels at the beginning and end of the tour.
- All entrance fees and tolls.
- Jim’s & Magrit’s expertise in guiding and photographic instruction
Provence, France Photo Tour Level of physical difficulty: 2 out of 5
Much of the photography out in the countryside will find us close to our van. The villages will be somewhat more challenging as sometimes we have to park outside and walk up to the villages.
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Provence, France Photo Tour Personal Items, Weather Conditions & Camera Equipment Special Notes. *
Temperature range for this time of year: 70º to 100º F.
Average monthly rainfall for this time of year: 1″. We have experienced some torrential afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
Please pack light, as we will not have room in the van for more than one piece of luggage plus a camera bag for each of us. Magrit & I both travel for 4-5 months with 25-26 inch Travel Pro Max Lite luggage. Most airlines are now charging for more than one piece of checked baggage. Keep in mind that laundry service is usually available.
Two pairs of shoes: One sturdy pair for in the field that you can get wet and muddy. One pair for evenings.
Small umbrella for rain and shade. I use an umbrella often to block the sun from hitting the front element of my lens. Black is best.
Sweater or light jacket for a possible chill on early morning shoots. A light layer underneath a rain jacket can be surprisingly warm.
Hat for sun and rain protection.
Long pants and long socks for the lavender fields. You will want your long socks with normal, sturdy shoes here(no sandals). A very lightweight pair of low gaiters can come in handy as well…perhaps like this, https://www.rei.com/product/123031/kahtoola-connect-gaiters-low. Have not used this product before but the idea is something light to keep rocks and plant material out of your shoes. Make sure the gaiters have a strap that goes under the sole of your shoes.
Sunscreen and insect repellent.
Bathing suit for the pools in Roussillon and Manosque.
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