Wild Photography Holidays - Photographic Adventure Travel: North Wales, Portmeirion & Bodnant Garden – Creative Flower Photography

Bodnant Garden, Wales

North Wales, Portmeirion & Bodnant Garden – Creative Flower Photography

Highlights include…

  • Gorgeous flower locations
  • Luxury Hotel Portmeirion
  • Bodnant Laburnum Arch
  • Portmeirion secret gardens
  • Blue poppies
  • Wildflower meadows
  • Coastal landscapes & walks

Introduction

Flower photography is dear to many of us and our three night/four day workshop in Snowdonia is the perfect opportunity to really experiment and take your creativity to a new level. This workshop will be led by WPH directors Geraldine Westrupp and Martin Sammtleben

Geraldine lived in North Wales for around 16 years and in addition to being a creative flower photographer she is the location expert for this particular trip. Martin has many years experience as a creative landscape and architectural photographer and is well placed to help you get the best from your Bodnant Garden and Portmeirion Village experience.

During this workshop we will help participants to investigate new ways of approaching flower photography by demonstrating and encouraging participants to discover something unique in a flower, something hidden or not necessarily obvious at first sight. We will open new possibilities using techniques that you may have heard about but never had the opportunity to try out. We will practice the art of pre-visualising your creative flower image and encourage you to find your own unique way of expressing yourself with the camera.

There will be room for all sorts of approaches on this workshop – those who appreciate the natural beauty of plants and try to stay true to their original look will love our time in the gardens during outdoor sessions. Those who prefer not to limit their point of view to purely botanical aspects of flowers will be able to play with a wide range of creative in-camera techniques. We will investigate the importance of matching your main subject with its background. We will experiment with multiple exposures in-camera together with tips and tricks during post processing your flower images.

Changes Due to Covid Restrictions

Hotels in Wales should be opening the day before our workshop starts. Indoor elements of the workshop will be reduced to presentations and we will follow the current guidance of the Welsh authorities, Portmeirion & Bodnant regarding Covid rules such as wearing masks and social distancing. Our indoor meeting areas are spacious.

Our Locations

Bodnant Garden

Nestling in the foothills of Snowdonia North Wales, National Trust Property Bodnant Garden drop dramatically from manicured lawns and grand, flower-filled terraces, through buzzing wildflower meadows and shrub-filled glades, into awe-inspiring dells of water gardens and towering trees. Our workshop is timed to catch the fabulous and much visited laburnum arch.
Bodnant Garden website

Portmeirion Village

Located on a private peninsula overlooking stunning coastal scenery, the Italian Riviera meets rural Wales with a riot of colour and architectural styles at Portmeirion Village. The village is well known as the location for the 1960s cult TV series The Prisoner. It comprises a cluster of colour-washed buildings around a central piazza, scenic surroundings, superb flower gardens and extensive woodlands. Discover the exotic Japanese Garden with its pagoda and lily-covered lake. Uncover secret sites like the Dog Cemetery, tangle Wood, Ghost Garden and Shelter Valley. In the oriental garden, we find a classic temple overlooking the Chinese bridge and lake. Guests can take a small train and disembark at any point to explore one of the several paths that take them along coastal paths with stunning views. The white sandy beaches of the Dwyryd Estuary surrounding Portmeirion Village are incredibly photogenic with vistas all around including across the estuary towards the Snowdonia National Park.
Portmeirion Village website

Brief Itinerary

For full details please download the trip description PDF

Day 1: Arrival in Llandudno

Arrive at our Llandudno Hotel. We have chosen to base ourselves here for the first night as there is a good train service from many places in the UK. If you wish to use your own car then this is fine, there is car parking at both our venues. We can meet and drop off participants arriving by train. We will meet for the first time as a group at 18:00 in the hotel reception for introductions, a workshop briefing and dinner.
Landsdowne House Hotel (D)

Day 2: Bodnant Garden & Portmeirion Village

After a relaxing breakfast we will drive for fifteen minutes through the River Conwy Valley to our location for the day, Bodnant Garden. This is a stunning National Trust Garden. Late afternoon we will drive to Portmeirion and settle in to our historic hotel in the grounds of this famous ‘Italian’ style village set in creatively designed gardens boasting vistas over a tidal estuary.
Hotel Portmeirion Village (B,D)

Day 3: Portmeirion Village

A full day in Portmeirion. During the bright hours 10:00–13:30 there will be an indoor session. After lunch we will set off for more photographic explorations of this lovely village with its surrounding coastal and forest paths. Before we meet for dinner we will have time to work on some of our images for a presentation on the last morning.
Hotel Portmeirion Village (B,D)

Day 4: Portmeirion Village and Depart

Early morning light and a pre breakfast photography session in and around the village. After breakfast we will meet for an indoor session 10:00–12:00 followed by a presentation of the participants favourite images from the workshop. After lunch we will depart, transfers will be included to Llandudno. (B)

What’s Included

  • Transfer to and from Llandudno railway station
  • One night hotel Llandudno
  • Two nights hotel Portmeirion Village
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Transport during the workshop
  • Entrance fees to Bodnant and Portmeirion

What’s not Included

  • Lunches
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Transport to and from Llandudno
  • Anything not mentioned above

Accommodation

Our first night in Llandudno will be at good quality Landsdowne House Hotel. Our two nights in the Portmeirion village will be at the four star Castel Deudraeth Hotel located in the Portmeirion Village.

Travel to Llandudno

By Rail

Llandudno is well connected by Rail from various UK locations. We will transfer participants from Llandudno Station to the first night hotel during the afternoon of day one and back to Llandudno Station in the late afternoon on day four.

By Air

The closest airports to Llandudno are Manchester and Liverpool there are train connections from these airports to Llandudno Station. (also from London airports).

By Road

If you wish to travel to Llandudno in your own car this is fine. There is a private car park at our first night Llandudno Hotel and also at Portmeirion Village. Whilst at the Portmeirion village we will not be using cars as our photography will be in and around the village. It may be that guests wish to stay in Wales before or after the workshop so having a car could be rather useful.
You will need to arrive at the hotel by no later than 18:00 on the first day of this workshop/break.

Full Details

This page is only a brief summary. More details can be found in our trip description PDF. It is important that you read this full day-to-day description and further information for this holiday before making your booking.