Cuba: Through the lens.

Travel photography IN Cuba with accomplished photographer Julia Cumes.

Date: March 24-30, 2019

Come improve your photography and be inspired by the island of Cuba. 

Cuba is a photography paradise from the colorful and crumbling houses of Havana with roads filled with antique cars to its lush natural beauty of Zapata National Park and the winding cobble stone streets of Trinidad.  There will be rare opportunities to shoot behind the scenes in dance studios and immerse yourself in local life while having in-the-field instruction with Julia Cumes.

Cuba is a photographers dream with vibrant colors, incredible old world architecture, friendly people and a thriving music and dance culture. It is a country rich with history and undefinable allure. 

If you're interested in starting your photography career, want to polish up your Instagram photos or are a more advanced photographer working on your portfolio this experience is for you. We will work on composition, lighting and technique honing in on your individual style. There will be one on one sessions with Julia along with group critiques. 

The cost includes all visa and entry requirements into Cuba, letter of authorization, safe private transportation and driver, airport transfers, bi-lingual local guide, lodging based on double occupancy and entrance fees to parks, most meals, photo instruction and one-on-one critiques. 

Trip Cost: $3875

MEET JULIA CUMES: 

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Julia Cumes is a  South African-born photographer based in Massachusetts. She's passionate about capturing authentic moments of interaction and sharing intimate stories and extraordinary moments that would otherwise be accessible to only a few. She's particularly invested in exploring stories about the struggles women and girls face as well as wildlife conservation and has spent much of her career working on these kinds of projects in Africa and East Asia.

She first fell in love with photography as a teenager in apartheid-era South Africa when she began shooting black and white film and printing her own work. Since then, she's completed a B.A. at Brandeis University, an M.F.A. in writing at Cornell University, a Masters in Photojournalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and has been working as a photographer ever since. 

Over the course of her career, she has photographed for a variety of newspapers, magazines, non-profit organizations, businesses, corporations and private clients. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, The London Times as well as local publications.

Her blog, Apertures and Anecdotes, features a wide range of photographs from around the world and the stories behind them. During the past four winters, she has spent time teaching photography to children in Rwanda as well as to tribal Samburu women at the On'gan Women's Cooperative in Kenya. She also teaches a variety of photography workshops and classes locally and has been exhibited widely on Cape Cod as well as elsewhere.

"I strive to create photographs one can't turn away from--photos that are powerful and capture in a unique way this extraordinary world we live in," she says. Please check out her beautiful work here: www.juliacumes.com

 



Highlights:

 Receive private photography instruction from Julia Cumes focusing on technique, composition, lighting and new suggestions on how to get the best images.

Receive private photography instruction from Julia Cumes focusing on technique, composition, lighting and new suggestions on how to get the best images.

 Explore the culture of Havana through opportunities to photograph people, dance, architecture and art.

Explore the culture of Havana through opportunities to photograph people, dance, architecture and art.

 Discover the incredibly colorful and photogenic town of Trinidad; a UNESCO world heritage site! 

Discover the incredibly colorful and photogenic town of Trinidad; a UNESCO world heritage site! 

Why this trip is unique: 

  • This itinerary was created for women by women. Every detail was selected to create an inspiring, meaningful, adventurous and real experience of Cuba.
  • This is not a cookie cutter tour.  This is a purposeful out-of-the box experience tailored for all ages.  
  • We have a trusted local guide, a safe driver and van with us at all times.
  • Private photography instruction by Julia who will also be lending her personal experience and advice throughout the trip. 
  • Private one-on-one critique sessions with Julia
  • One of the co-founders of Purposeful Nomad will also be there for you! Creating an inclusive, safe, dynamic and expertly coordinated experience.
  • Our trips are small in size, creating a more intimate experience and allows access to places untouched by tourism and wiggle room for spontaneous moments keeping the itinerary fresh and fun! 
  • We stay at small, family run Casas Particulares, with excellent comfort, service and style.   Click here to view itinerary.
  • We will eat at privately run restaurants through out the trip.