Sunday, 23 January 2011

Photographic Tour - Activity Holidays in France

This is a guest post by Joanne Mathews about photography courses and activity holidays in Languedoc Roussillon. Joanne works closely with David Lloyd a respected professional photographer who in addition to publishing his own work operates under a commission to the Royal Horticultural Society.

Courses can be arranged for guests staying or who would like to stay at Le Moulin on request.

Photography Courses in France

Activity holidays have become something of a 'cause célèbre' in the world of tourism. The increased interest in this specialist form of tourism has resulted in the formation of many new companies - some of them without any relevant experience or particular abilities. As an example, when on a photographic tour, are you to be taught how to take better photographs by a professional photographer or an amateur who may be talented, but who is an untested quantity? A professional photographer, especially one with good tutoring experience, is a God-send in these circumstances.

Escape2France provide photographic tours around the Aude and the UK, some specialising in exploring this, the largest vineyard in the world and taking in different sizes and types of wine producers and chateaux. Another tour takes you around the castles and historic sites of the area - the search for the Holy Grail, if you like, comprising an organised tour around the Da Vinci Code sites, as provided by Dan Brown or the Kate Mosse book, Labrynth. Another day-tour encompasses Carcassonne and Mirepoix, both of which are medieval and stunningly beautiful - and both frequently used as sets for TV series and movies. Famously, they were used extensively in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner. Carcassonne was also used in The Marvels of Joan of Arc and The Lion in Winter. Any of our tours would show a group of gifted amateur or interested photographers the best "shot" opportunities whilst advising on such subjects as lighting and the best use of your digital camera.

Do, however, establish the level of fitness required for your tour. For some photographic tours, you need to be fit enough to, say, walk over rough terrain whilst carrying all your photographic gear - it has been likened to marine-yomping in the Pyrenees! It takes a certain level of fitness to achieve this - so do establish the needs on each of the tours - we have adapted some to ensure people with less mobility can take part without problem.

David Lloyd, our professional photographer and tutor, has been developing these tours specifically with the Activity Holiday market in mind. David has been a professional photographer for more years than he cares to remember! His experience encompasses beautiful flower photography, commissioned especially by the Royal Horticultural Society, which commission has taken him all over the world. He has published books of his photographs, in Spirit of the Rose (much admired by Alan Titchmarsh, who said never had he seen roses so beautifully photographed); in Spirit of the Forest, which is a series of photographs taken over 25 years living in the Royal Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. A slightly more gritty series of photographs, Spirit of the Forest includes David's most widely sold and successful photograph, The Beech Tree; and now, David is embarking on Spirit of the Languedoc - a book of photographs displaying the stunning beauty of this region. David has also been responsible for the book covers of many books - please take a look at the following site if you want more information about David's professional career and his photography. David Lloyd Photography

Lastly, do check out our web site Escape2France for further information about workshops and tours in this region plus workshops and weekend breaks in the UK.

As experienced tour providers, Escape2France ensure enough information is provided in advance, confirming fitness levels and equipment required, neither of which can be ignored. For both the South of France and UK tours, we always speak to every participant to ensure they are able to cope BEFORE we take the booking, especially if the tour is likely to be strenuous. Do specify which day tour would interest you.
Escape2France have been providing tours, especially in the UK, for over 10 years. We have loads of experience and David Lloyd is a really good, professional photographic tutor with lecturing experience at an English university and a flair for communicating his subject to the tour members. We are well-organised and ensure good value for money.

We want everyone who comes on our tours to become another of our 3,000 existing, satisfied customers and we will do everything we can to ensure our customer base remains satisfied with our levels of service and abilities.

If you would like to be kept in touch with our tours, both in the South of France and the UK, please go onto our web site and register. It will only take a moment and you will receive a monthly newsletter, details of special offers and lots more.
The price is £455.00 per group of up to 10 people including tutoring, transport and lunch.


  1. Sounds like a great idea for a holiday.

  2. Hi Princessa, yes a lovely idea for a holiday and one close to my heart. Very nice to have the option to offer the courses, subject to availability of course, here at Le Moulin

  3. I have one of David's books "Spirit of the Rose" , it's packed with gorgeous photographs.

  4. Hi Wendy, he is a very talented photographer and is very happy to share his expertise on his courses.

  5. David Lloyd Photography link takes you to a site called
    David has a page on this site. I am the director of and it is proud to host many talented creative peoples' work for many years. Do take a look.
    Well done David great pics. Sue Dubois.


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