Styling & Photography workshop for creatives

The Academy is first and foremost a haven for like minded creatives to learn together. It's a place to gather inspiration, collaborate with others, and develop your aesthetic eye as you learn the art and craft of styling and photography. You'll learn expert methods and techniques to help you tell compelling stories and convey nuanced moods through beautiful imagery, all while surrounded by ancient history, beautiful landscapes, and French culture.

Heather Bullard will be your mentor for the week. Her successful professional career as an editorial prop stylist and creative director enables her to provide the direction and skills needed to help you expand your talents. Whether you have years of practice, or are just beginning in your field, her vast experience in the industry, along with her supportive encouragement, will guide you in refining and improving your creative work. 

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One Week • Fairy-Tale Château • Endless Inspiration

Our home for the week will be a private 13th century château reserved exclusively for our group. The serene pastoral location allows us to experience French culture in an authentic way, not only through the unique charms of the property itself - which has original wood floors, richly textured stone walls, and sprawling grounds and gardens - but also through the care and daily lives of the château’s owners: a lovely French couple who are the château's only permanent inhabitants. The château isn't just a place to sleep - it's an entire cultural experience in itself. 

Lectures, hands-on sessions, and styling assignments are complimented by an array of unforgettable experiences: gathering props and antiques at an annual French brocante, admiring the beauty of an 11th century UNESCO World Heritage village, wandering through an authentic open-air food market, and enjoying incredible meals prepared by our own private chef - Paris trained culinary instructor and cookbook author, Marisa Curatolo. In celebration of our love affair with all things French, Heather also plans an unforgettable Dîner en Blanc Fête!

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Who is the Academy for?
The Academy is designed for those seeking to explore and refine their creative skills and aesthetic eye. From aspiring and professional stylists, photographers, and digital content creators, to business owners, event planners, and interior designers - this event will be an amazing learning experience for you. That being said - you do not have to be a working professional in a creative field to attend.

Although many French cultural experiences and activities are planned during the week, this isn't a sightseeing excursion or tour group - we come together with the aim of having an authentic, open, creative and collaborative experience that's unlike any other. The focus is on learning and developing your skills while having a relaxing and inspiring experience.
 
 
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Who is the Academy for?
The Academy is designed for those seeking to explore and refine their creative skills and aesthetic eye. From aspiring and professional stylists, photographers, and digital content creators, to business owners, event planners, and interior designers - this event will be an amazing learning experience for you. That being said - you do not have to be a working professional in a creative field to attend.

Although many French cultural experiences and activities are planned during the week, this isn't a sightseeing excursion or tour group - we come together with the aim of having an authentic, open, creative and collaborative experience that's unlike any other. The focus is on learning and developing your skills while having a relaxing and inspiring experience.
 

Academy Highlights

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Our Accommodations

We will be staying in a private 13th century château located in a small village, surrounded by rolling vineyards and idyllic French countryside.

Accommodations will include two attendees per room with individual beds. There are a limited number of single, private rooms available for an additional fee on a first come basis. Bathrooms are shared with neighboring rooms. We do our very best to accommodate roommate requests. For those with shared rooms, final assignments will be confirmed once attendance is full.

The château has modern conveniences and amenities including a heated pool, tennis court, and wireless internet. The chateau address and additional lodging information will be sent to each attendee once they have registered.

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LEctures & Sessions

Heather will guide you through the steps needed to create stunning images. You'll learn the best practices used by professionals, what to avoid when styling, and the essential elements of a achieving the perfect shot.

During our hands-on styling practice you'll put your newfound skills to use while working on assignments in small group collaborations.

Our lifestyle session will show you how adding a human element in your visuals helps to convey meaning and emotion to your body of work.

During our group mentoring session, Heather will provide guidance and supportive feedback. You'll learn ways to fine tune your work to better represent your overall vision or brand.

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Excursions & Activities

We plan to fully immerse ourselves in French culture through a myriad of activities and excursions.

Our week begins with a day wandering an authentic brocante that only happens once a year. We'll hunt for props for our styling sessions and treasures to bring home.

We'll have the opportunity to explore the beauty of an 11th century UNESCO World Heritage village and enjoy delicious picnic fare prepared by our own private chef.

We'll spend a morning at an authentic open air French market as we draw inspiration from the seasonal bounty of fresh produce, decadent pâtisserie, and lush floral displays.


An Overview of the Week

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SATURDAY | JUNE 8
Arrival at Château
Welcome Reception
Introductions
Overview of the Week
SUNDAY | JUNE 9
French Breakfast
Brocante Day Excursion
Packed Lunch
Prop Collection Finds
Dinner at Château
MONDAY | JUNE 10
French Breakfast
Photo Styling Lecture
Lunch on Estate Grounds
Styling Practice Session
Dinner at La Ferme
TUESDAY | JUNE 11
French Breakfast
Lifestyle & Food Styling Session:
Preserves & Jam Making
Lunch on Estate Grounds
Afternoon Free
Dinner at Local Bistro
WEDNESDAY | JUNE 12
French Breakfast
Market Day Excursion
Lunch on Your Own
Student Work Mentoring
Dîner en Blanc Fête
THURSDAY | JUNE 13
French Breakfast
Visit Saint-Émilion
Picnic Lunch
Afternoon Free
Farewell Dinner at La Ferme
FRIDAY | JUNE 14
French Breakfast
Farewells
Packed Lunches
Departures
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SATURDAY | JUNE 8
Arrival at Château
Welcome Reception
Introductions
Overview of the Week
SUNDAY | JUNE 9
French Breakfast
Brocante Day Excursion
Packed Lunch
Prop Collection Finds
Dinner at Château
MONDAY | JUNE 10
French Breakfast
Photo Styling Lecture
Lunch on Estate Grounds
Styling Practice Session
Dinner at La Ferme
TUESDAY | JUNE 11
French Breakfast
Lifestyle & Food Styling Session:
Preserves & Jam Making
Lunch on Estate Grounds
Afternoon Free
Dinner at Local Bistro
WEDNESDAY | JUNE 12
French Breakfast
Market Day Excursion
Lunch on Your Own
Student Work Mentoring
Dîner en Blanc Fête
THURSDAY | JUNE 13
French Breakfast
Visit Saint-Émilion
Picnic Lunch
Afternoon Free
Farewell Dinner at La Ferme
FRIDAY | JUNE 14
French Breakfast
Farewells
Packed Lunches
Departures
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Essential Information

Investment

Attendance Fee: 
$4,295 - Limited space available.

The Academy  | June 8-14, 2019 Includes: 

7 days and 6 nights accommodation in a private 13th century château.

All meals, beverages, and transportation during event, excluding one lunch.

Lectures, hands-on styling sessions, photography practice, group mentoring session, and all related materials.

Excursions to historic French villages, antique brocante, an afternoon picnic, open air French market, and a celebratory Dîner en Blanc Fête.

A collection of special gifts and other lavish surprises from Heather.


Payment Options

$1,995 deposit is required to reserve your place, with the remaining balance due on or before March 1, 2019.
You also welcome to pay in full at the time of your reservation. Just add the Deposit and Final Balance payments to your cart.

 

Flights & Transportation

Attendees are responsible for booking and paying for their own flights.

Our group will meet at the Bordeaux airport on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 1 pm. We will depart the château on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 9 am. Travel time to/from the Bordeaux airport is approximately 45-60 minutes.

You will be provided with transportation to and from the Bordeaux airport, as well as all excursions to the antique brocante, market, and villages.

We recommend attendees purchase travel insurance at their own expense and peace of mind. 

Room Occupancy

Accommodations include two attendees per room with individual beds.
If you prefer to upgrade to a private room, the additional fee is $300. There are only a handful of single rooms available, so book quickly!

The Fine Print

All deposits and payments are non-refundable due to the logistics and up front costs involved. A courtesy one time transfer may be made to a person of your choosing prior to February 1, 2019 and only if the reservation has been paid in full.

Please read our FAQs prior to purchasing.


 

Reserve your space

If you'd like to pay in-part now and the balance before March 1st, 2019, add the Deposit to your cart.
If you prefer to pay in-full now, add both the Deposit and Final Balance to your cart. 

 
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Words from past guests

Trip of a lifetime! The hands-on photography and styling tips were things that I’ve been dying to get some expert advice on. I would go again in a heartbeat!
— Denise
I gained so much knowledge
and I’m slowly putting Heather’s teaching into practice. All the advice she gave us I’ve taken like gems. It was truly a wonderful experience!
— Jamie
Best. Trip. Ever.
It was a magical experience. The accommodations are practically out of a fairy tale and I have never been so inspired in my life.
— Stephanie
You’re in this beautiful setting, it’s like a fairytale. To learn from Heather and all her experience; every aspect of it was perfect.
I couldn’t have planned a
better trip!
— Christi
Definitely the most amazing workshop and trip that I have ever been invovled with. I will always be thankful for Heather’s generosity and thoughtfulness.
— Lori
I learned so many things at The Academy. Heather was an amazing teacher. The most important lesson for me was discovering how to develop my own unique style.
— Marisa
 

Learn More

Below are a collection of posts with more photos and accounts of past experiences at The Academy.