Photo Couture - Fashion Photography Bootcamp
Bandipur Bandipur Bandipur Bandipur

17 to 20 August 2017

Bookings Closed: Please note that bookings for this Tour have been closed. Please get in touch with us if you have questions.


  • A three-night/four-day field workshop on the nuances of glamour and fashion photography
  • Insight into basic and advanced techniques from an internationally renowned Skipper
  • Hands-on learning and exclusive shoots for each participant with two international fashion models in separate sessions
  • Professional makeup artists on sets to make your models sizzle in your images in photography-friendly locales and great ambiences
  • Unlimited knowledge sharing and interaction with the crew
  • A memorable time shooting and having fun in a luxury resort

AThis is a Toehold Special Tour picturesque resort is your classroom; delightful pathways are your playground, and ravishing models your subject of study as you rediscover the fun of learning.

How is it?

Spread over four days, this special camp is the perfect foundation in fashion photography. And delivered in beautiful locales and illustrated with professional models, a prospect desirable for plural reasons and nearly impossible to resist.

If the inspiration provided by the sizzle of your subjects is not enough, the beautifully natural ambience of the environment offers ample opportunity to let your hair down. Guided by ace professional fashion-and-glamour photographer, Darren Centofanti, who has pictured international celebrities for global magazines, you can make every photograph flower into a timeless showcase of beauty and glamour in its varied forms.

Two models and a make-up artist par excellence support the Workshop Mentor to help you, certain as the sun, enjoy a 'working vacation' that you won't forget!

Where is it?

Hosting our shoot with its picturesque campus and luxruious rooms is The Serai Bandipur Resort.

Finely furnished interiors nestle under endearing thatched roofs and merge seamlessly with the ambient wilds. A sparkling pool, pretty cottages, fine landscaping and numerous trees abound in the resort, offering fine shooting locales, where you can unleash your imagination and creativity to do justice to the beauty of your models and their clothing, with befittingly beautiful backdrops.

After dark a bonfire crackles in the centre of it all, beckoning you to huddle around and listen to Skipper Darren imparting invaluable photography nuggets, as you sit rapt and blanketed by a star-spangled sky, while a gentle breeze slithering through the wild grass and bamboo thickets brings the smell of night flowers from across the blue hills towering around.

And as for the staying experience, the hospitality is outstanding, and the ambience, aided by the company of many birds, swiftly addictive. The construction is eco-friendly and the units are designed to blend with the surrounding landscape, with an elegant and tasteful architectural style.

    Facilities include:

  • Air-conditioning with round-the-clock power backup and running hot and cold water
  • A 36-inch LCD television
  • An electronic in-room safe, a bedside telephone and a tea/coffee kettle
  • An in-house spa
  • A lovely swimming pool
Thus, the stage is set. Step up to play, learn, create and enjoy.



At Toehold, we are passionate about photography just as you are, which lets us understand your travails and needs perfectly. And we use this insight to specially design our Photography Tours so they give you a toehold to excel at the art and set you up for success.

The Toehold team at your disposal will keep you tuned and geared, so you come in empty-handed but go out with bagful of images and tales of an experience that is better lived than heard.

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Please note: The Bootcamp will commence at The Serai Resort, Bandipur at around lunchtime on 17 August, and conclude at the same place after breakfast on 20 August. Please talk to us for assistance with travel logistics.

  •   DAY 1   17 August 2017, Thursday:   Check-in and Initial Foray

    After the midday arrival at the resort, a lovely lunch and brief respose will be followed by a mutual introduction session by Darren and a brief of the shooting activities that lie ahead. Following this, Darren will lead a walk around the resort property with an aim to visualise shooting areas and ideas, making some images along the way to review as a group later in the evening as a subject of a discussion with the participants.

    In the evening, following dinner, Darren will discuss in detail the importance of hair and makeup, models, garments and backdrops that go into making timeless and eye-catching fashion imagery.

  •   DAY 2   18 August, Friday:   Conceptual Tasks

    Based on the first day's learning and visualisation, by now you should have chosen your desired shooting location and developed a fair understanding of how to execute your assignment.

    The agenda for this day will be a structured set of two conceptual shooting tasks for the participants to complete (one each in the morning and the afternoon). Darren will initially shoot something of both concepts to show the participants an approach, before they shoot their own versions of the same concept. These will be simplified tasks to focus on understanding the elements of lighting fashion garments, models' body language, and hair and makeup to suit. This will be a great introduction into creating beautiful and simple fashion imagery where the focus is on detail and attitude.

  •   DAY 3   19 August, Saturday:   Free Shooting

    This day Darren will throw open the drawing board for the participants to create images of their own using the ingredients in their own way. The idea behind this is to allow each participant to shoot a concept in an environment of their choice, and the model and styling of their choice, so they may fully unleash their creativity.

    Costumes will be provided for the participants to choose from to clothe their models with, but they can also use their own outfits and accessories, if they've brought any to try their ideas (please note that dress sizes for the models are six to eight). The result is a complete portfolio image, conceived by the participant, but executed under the guidance of Darren and our professional team.

  •   DAY 4   20 August, Sunday:   Final Discussion and Dispersal

    After breakfast we reflect on the work done and review the participants' images made during the previous two days. Darren and the professional team of makeup artist and models will critique the images and explain the positives and the areas of improvement for each image. A focus on post-production processing and how to give your images that extra 10% pop with Photoshop techniques and image grading will follow.

    And finally, a parting drink for the road will call time on the Bootcamp, as participants check out and depart Bandipur.

Indian Individuals
INR 65,625
5% GST Extra
Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
INR 1,29,200
5% GST Extra
Per Couple on Twin Share Accommodation
Toehold Patrons
INR 62,900
5% GST Extra
Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

  • Twin-sharing accommodation in luxurious rooms
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea) for camp duration
  • All photography-instruction and model shoots
  • All applicable taxes
  • All airfare and transfer expenses between your home and The Serai, Bandipur
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Anything that is not included in the inclusions list

Payment Terms
  • 100% advance for confirmation of participation for the Camp
Cancellation Fees
  • 10% on or before 5 July 2017
  • 25% between 6 and 12 July 2017
  • 50% between 13 and 19 July 2017
  • 75% between 20 and 26 July 2017
  • 100% on or after 27 July 2017

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history of blood pressure, heart-related problems or asthma are advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for this Tour.
  2. Fitness to complete the Tour is the only criterion for participation.
  3. Toehold Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveller in connection with terrorist activities, social or labour unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside the travel partner's control.
  4. All clients travelling with Toehold Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the "Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement" form.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should participate in this Bootcamp?

    This Bootcamp is perfect for anybody over the age of 18 with an interest in fashion or glamour photography, or human portraiture.
  • How many photographers will shoot a model at once?

    Fashion photography, unlike other genres of photography, requires only one camera to be pointing at a model at a time. Hence the schedule will be designed so as to ensure that every participant will get exclusive shooting time and space with the models.
  • Who retains the copyright to the photographs I shoot on this Tour?

    You will retain the copyright to the photos you take but no commercial exploitation of the photographs will be permissible due to issues such as model releases. Participants, therefore, sign an agreement to use the photographs shot on this Bootcamp only for non-commercial purposes or to promote their own photography. Toehold reserves the right to restrict usage of photographs shot on this Bootcamp as per this agreement.
  • What photography equipment do you suggest one should carry on this Tour?

    A good quality wide-angle lens and a telephoto zoom lens like the 70-200 are necessary. Classic portraiture lenses like the 85mm f/1.4 or 1.8 are ideal too. Strobes and other setup accessories are not required as they will be provided at the event but you may bring your external flash along if you have one. Additionally, if you have specific ideas, you may carry suitable equipment or props to execute them. If you do not have the requisite equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers a wide range of high-quality photography gear on rent, so you can always hire what you need. Click here to see what we offer for hire.
  • How many models will be on this Tour?

    Two models will be flown in to the location along with a world-class makeup artist. Every photographer gets Darren's attention and an opportunity to shoot both the models at different days and times. When the participants are not shooting, they are engaged in assisting activities which help the photographer in action.
  • How many participants will share a room?

    All participants are accommodated on twin-sharing unless single occupancy is opted for at an extra charge. Please contact us for a quote if you wish to stay alone.

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  • Date: 17 to 20 August 2017

  • Bootcamp Cost
    Indian Individuals:
    INR 65,625 + 5% GST
    Per person

    Indian Couples:
    INR 1,31,250 1,29,200
    + 5% GST
    Per couple

    Toehold Patrons:
    INR 62,900 + 5% GST
    Per person

    All fares excluding transport to and back from Bandipur.

  • Skipper: Darren Centofanti


Did you know? Photography enthusiasts joining this Tour and every other Toehold Photography Tour are eligible for a nett discount of 10% on all equipment rentals. Talk to us to avail of this offer!


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