Gran Canaria Photography Workshop October 2019

Gran Canaria Photography Workshop

Hosted by Rachel Kate at Picturesque Photography Holidays

With Maurisa Coleman & Francesca Colombo & Lydia Gough

Tutored by Felix Peter

With hair and makeup by Maria Samuel

Designs by Diana Elizabeth & Anna Kiss

14th - 19th October 2019


Gran Canaria Photography Workshop

Rachel Kate, founder and director of picturesque Holidays is very proud to introduce this fantastic photography workshop vacation. 

Our next adventure is taking us to the majestic island of Gran Canaria; where we have booked an impressive venue set in 1300m2 of beautiful lush gardens with phenomenal views across Maspalomas.

We have a magnificent, skilled creative team participating.  

Lydia, Francesca and Maurisa all have many years of experience modeling and acting professionally and will work tirelessly to ensure that you go home with valuable additions to your portfolio. 

Maria Samuels is an acclaimed hair stylist and makeup artist and will be on set during our photoshoots to ensure that the models look fantastic.

Félix Peter is a renowned photographer with many years of experience and will be your tutor throughout the workshop.

This is a unique opportunity to be taught the fundamentals and more advanced photography techniques whilst shooting 3 international top models in this amazing location in Gran Canaria, Spain.

This workshop will give Felix the chance to help all photographers on an individual basis to suit your level of experience. 

You will be able to master some flash techniques with equipment that we use on location as well as balancing the artificial with natural light. 

Mastering natural light in all it’s forms will, of course be a part of the learning experience.

Beginners will be welcomed as much as advanced photographers.

Your own creative ideas will also be encouraged as We want all photographers to go away knowing that they can shoot on their own in the future with greater knowledge and confidence.…..


3 Day Photography Workshop Tutorial

Luxury Venue

3 Photo Models

Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist

2 Fashion Designers

5 Nights Luxury Accommodation

Luxury Catamaran Charter

Private Airport Transfers

Meals by private Chefs


9 Spaces Available


Please note that these are all a rough guide as to times of when we will be shooting and holding group meals.

Day 1 – 14th of October

🔹Arrival Day in Gran Canaria

You will be collected at Las Palmas airport by a private driver holding a board with your name on it and then you will be dropped off at the spectacular 6 Bedroom villa, which will be our venue and your accommodation for the week.

Each beautiful room at the villa is finished to a very high standard, 4 boasting ensuite bathrooms and is located just a short 20 minute car journey from Las Palmas airport.

That evening We will share a delicious, traditional Spanish meal at the villa as a group, which will be catered for us by professional chefs.

Day 2 – 15th of October

🔹Optional Day Outing (£125) OR Free Day

Whether you decide to enjoy a relaxing pool day at the venue or prefer to attend the optional outing; the first day is an opportunity to relax and enjoy some free time before we begin our workshops.

Breakfast will be catered for you by our chef for the week.

The optional Outing is an adventure around the islands hidden gems, taking you off the beaten track,away from the tourist traps to show you some of Gran Canarias most picturesque locations.

Led by local tour guide, Jose, who was born and raised on the island, you will spend the full day exploring different locations; returning to the villa at roughly 17:00, giving you a chance to freshen up and relax/nap before dinner.

Around 19:00 We will share pre-dinner drinks together at the villas unique Wet bar and then we will be served a delicious banquet which we will enjoy together as a group.

Day 3 – 16th of October

🔹Workshop Day 1:

Breakfast will be served by the chefs in the morning before we begin shooting for the day.

We will spend the first day shooting from the venue and utilising the interior of the villa as well as the huge grounds in which it sits.

We will of course work with natural light but spend time focusing on working with artificial lighting and how to utilise them in harsher natural lights.

We will stop for a long lunch, which will be catered by our private chefs, and then we will resume shooting again for another hour or so before we retire for showers/siestas☺️

For our evening meal, we will travel to a lovely local Spanish restaurant, where the staff will arrange and cook for us a delicious feast consisting of traditional local cuisine and wines.

Day 4 – 17th of October

🔹Workshop Day 2:

On the second day of the workshop, we will begin a little bit later so giving you abit of a chance for a lie in bed.

We will have a cooked breakfast provided for us by our chefs between 9am-11am and a leisurely morning before we set of to Marina Es Deportivo in Puerto Rico for lunchtime.

Once we arrive we will be greeted by Jose; our Captain of the huge private luxury catamaran that we will be chartering for the day😀

We will then set sail on the open water; headed to the gorgeous beach of Amadores where we will drop anchor.

During our trip to Amadores, we will utilise the huge catamaran for our photo shoots, as well as the ocean once we drop anchor and there will also be options for swimming/snorkelling too if you would like to.

We will then set sail for approximately 1 hour to the breathtaking arguineguín Marina where we will drop anchor for some lunch on the boat.

After a leisurely Canarian style lunch, we will set sail again along the coast, passing the stunning Anfi Del Mar and Taurito as we continue our photoshooting.

As we sail along, we will pass Picturesque Vista Points, enhancing the whole experience and inviting opportunities for some incredible photographic captures.

As we pass some of the islands most incredible beaches and coves, we will drop anchor as we spot Picturesque beaches and coves to utilize for our photoshoots.

As the day draws to a close, We will then set sail back to the marina in Puerto Mogán and then back to the villa for our evening meal.

Our wonderful chefs at the venue will prepare us another delicious feast, to finish of another fabulous day.

Day 5 – 18th of October

🔹Workshop Day 3:

We will be rising early to arrive at our first location for the sunrise at Gran Canaria’s famous Maspalomas Sand Dunes.

This picturesque location stretches over 1000 acres and is known for for being one of the most majestic spaces on this beautiful island.

We will take amazing images in this magical place as the sun rises before moving onto our second location; GUI GUI beach.

GUI GUI is one of those special secluded beaches that once discovered, is never forgotten.

Gui Gui is a remote terrain that can only be accessed by either a 4 hour hike or by water taxi- the latter being our mode of transport to this secluded hidden gem.

We will board our transport at Marina Es Deportivo and set sail for 45 minutes to our destination.

This remarkable beach is surrounded by stunning high cliffs, rocky ravines and clear aquamarine and azure-blue waters.

From the treacherous rock formations to the shore which hides when the tide is high, the atmosphere in Gui Gui is breathtaking.

In the distance, Teide volcano from the neighboring island of Tenerife seems to wave and congratulate those who succeeded in finding this hidden treasure.

This will set the scene for our second shoot of the day.

We will finish our days shooting just after lunchtime and will find ourselves a lovely spot on the beach to roll out our blankets, chairs and parasols and enjoy a luxury picnic basket that will be prepared ahead by our wonderful chefs, along with our cool box containing cold refreshments to enjoy a luxury picnic lunch on the beach.

After lunch we will head back to the villa, where you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the pool or if you prefer then you can venture out and spend the afternoon exploring more of this beautiful island.

At 18:00 / 19:00 we will congregate in the villas gardens for a BBQ, Drinks and music and enjoy our last evening together as a group.

Day 6 – 19th of October


You will be dropped back at Las Palmas airport ready for your flight back home.

The Villa

This breathtaking villa is located on the beautiful island of Gran Canaria; just a short twenty minute car journey from Las Palmas airport. 

The villa is set in 1300m2 of Picturesque grounds in a tranquil setting with spectacular views of Maspalomas past the the large private swimming pool and lush gardens.  

The villa has air conditioning throughout as well as wireless internet and satellite TV. 

The main house comprises of several spacious living areas as well as large terraces where you can enjoy outdoor dining/drinks or a BBQ in the sun as well as in the night breeze. 

The villa features 4 large double bedrooms, as well as 2 spacious twin bedrooms, 5 of which boast their own private ensuite bathroom. 

All bedrooms are spacious and finished to a high standard.  

The grand outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by comfortable sun loungers for unwinding by the pool, numerous outdoor seating areas, a BBQ area, dining area for Alfresco feasts on balmy evenings and even a wet bar for pre-dinner cocktails. 

As well as full use of the beautiful villa, grounds and facilities you will also have full service of the villas staff; the housekeeping, the chefs and the gardener are all at hand to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. 

Enjoy the complete privacy and tranquility in paradise.


🔹outdoor swimming pool

🔹BBQ/outdoor dining area


🔹tennis court

🔹massage room

🔹table tennis

🔹air conditioning

🔹wireless internet

🔹9 bedrooms

🔹8 bathrooms

🔹fully equipped kitchen

🔹indoor dining area

🔹2X living spaces

🔹satellite TV and Netflix 

🔹towels/beach towels/beach blankets 

🔹bed linen

🔹beach umbrella

🔹snorkelling equipment




During your stay at the villa your breakfast, lunch and evening meals will be provided by independent professional private chefs.

All meals will be prepared each day using fresh local ingredients; fragrant Spanish spices, assortments of fresh fruits, salads and meat and vegetable dishes all cooked in a traditional Mediterranean style. 


We have six bedrooms available at the venue; including four double suites with en suite bathroom, plus 4 twin shared rooms with a large shared bathroom.

All bedrooms are spacious and are finished to a high standard. 

Prices include accommodation, the photography workshop, airport transfers and meals for one person for five nights.

Double Suite en Suite Bathroom: 
(4 available)

Twin Shared Suite with Shared Bathroom:
(4 available)

Félix Peter

Felix Peter, born and raised in Berne, the beautiful capitol city of Switzerland has been revolving around photography his whole life. 

As a self-taught photographer he was always attracted to people, beauty and emotions. The theme that combines all of the three is WEDDING-Photography and although he does that now for more than 15 years, the fire is still burning. 

Along with weddings he also developed a unique way of lighting the shooting set, making his models always look great; a skill he has learnt to master in his 16 years of working in a night-club operating the show-lights for hundreds of concerts and acts.

His technical background as a Telematic Engineer helps him also to solve almost any problem that comes along on a shoot.

In Berne Felix is well known for his Masterclass Workshops of Studio/Fashion/Boudoir/NudeArt photography. His way of teaching makes complex things look easy and make them repeatable for anyone. 

Have a look at his Fashiongallery:

or connect on Insta: @felixpeterphotography

Lydia Gough - Model

 LYDIA GOUGH is a London based international photo model with over six years of experience modelling professionally, beginning her career at just 14 years old when she was scouted by Elite Model Management. 

Lydia has spent her career working primarily as a commercial model although she is also accomplished in various genres of modelling from fashion to lingerie and beauty.

During the course of her career Lydia has been fortunate enough to work with some wonderful brands, magazines, photographers and fabulous creative individuals.

Lydia’s expansive portfolio is a true testament to her many years of experience within the industry.

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Francesca Colombo - Model

Francesca was born in Genoa, Italy, on January 10, 1989.

At the age of just thirteen she began her craft as an actress and just four short years later at the age of seventeen she moved to Rome and began her modelling career.

During the course of these years she has worked in some of the biggest Italian theaters as a performer and she has acted for television shows as well as movies that have been nominated and won prestigious prizes at major world film festivals.

Francesca is a hard working, determined lady and is the protagonist of large advertising campaigns both in Italy and internationally. 

Whatever the project she is working on Francesca brings the benefits of her many years of experience and passion for her trade.

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Maurisa Coleman - Model

Maurisa S Coleman is a British-Trinidadian Entrepreneur, International Model and Actress.

Maurisa is an acclaimed icon in the British fashion industry. Over the past decade she has built a reputation as one of the most popular models at London Fashion Week and International shows through her dynamic, strong and fierce personality on the runway.

A regular recognised guest model at Budapest and Trinidad fashion weeks, Maurisa is always one of the first VIP names on the guest list at many high-profile fashion events.

A role model in the fashion industry Maurisa has always been on hand to help guide and shape the careers of younger aspiring models to follow in her footsteps.

However, her career has not just been limited to the runway, Maurisa is also a published international model gracing the cover of many an international publication, and being the subject of a multitude of articles. 

Watch this space for more from Maurisa as she continues to receive accolade for her continued success in her young but still blossoming career.

    Follow MAURISA on: 





Anna Kiss - Designer

Anna Kiss 


Born and raised in Budapest, Hungry; Anna Kiss is a London based, self taught fashion designer with over a decade of experience within the fashion industry.

Anna began her career as a photo model when she was just a teenager which introduced her to the world of fashion and took her traveling across the world.

Anna’s initial inspiration for “By Anna Kiss” began several years ago after attending the annual “Burning Man” event and in 2014 she began designing her own pieces.

Anna began designing luxury headdresses for herself and her friends and By Anna Kiss grew from there.

Her business has now expanded, as has Anna’s range of garments and still continues to go from strength to strength.

For Anna, Building this business has been a beautiful journey, teaching her what is required to constantly transform and evolve herself, as well as her products.

By Anna Kiss’ mission is to offer woman a touch of magic; to feel beautiful when they wear her wonderful creations.

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Diana Elizabeth - Designer

Diana Elizabeth has been designing and making beautiful and elegant Bridal and Evening dresses for 18 years. 

During this time, she has worked alongside leading designers and this has given her a wealth of knowledge and experience which has led her to develop her unique style.

Every element of a Diana Elizabeth dress is of the highest quality and hand crafted in London. 

Using specialized undergarments and corsetry techniques to build the structure of the dress, Diana creates exquisite gowns, which reveal and emphasise feminine beauty. 



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Maria Samuel - Stylist

Maria is a UK based, internationally published makeup artist and hair stylist with over eight years of experience within the industry.  

During the course of her career Maria’s work has been featured in various books and magazines and has recently had the accolade of having her work featured front page of a prestigious photography magazine.

Some of Maria’s clients include The Telegraph, Pandora, Fabulous magazine, Peacocks, Hasselblad as well as other celebrity clients.

Maria has extensive experience in various styles of hair and makeup from bridal to editorial; Having worked on sets of various music videos, fashion shows, and photo shoots she is confident that she will always produce the highest standards of work to ensure that you achieve the best possible results from your photo shooting. 

Follow Maria on:



Instagram: @memesamuel

Bring a guest:

If you would like to bring along a friend or loved one to enjoy your free vacation time with
then we welcome you to bring along a guest. 

£650 per guest  


5 night stay in villa suite/villa standard room (shared with lead passenger) 

Breakfast and Evening Meals

Airport Transfers

Does NOT include the photography workshop


Picturesque's Mission

Need assistance with anything? Nothing is to much trouble.

If you’d like to extend your trip after the workshop and would like help looking for reasonably priced accommodation? I’m happy to assist! 

Looking for the best deal on flights and would like help searching? Feel free to ask me and I’m more than happy to help.

Advice on the area? 

Or if you would like to bring along a friend or loved one to enjoy the experience with you then please ask as this can be arranged also.

From the time of booking until the end of your stay in Gran Canaria I am on hand to assist you in anyway that I can and ensure that your experience is a wonderful one