French Lightning

French Experience Photo Workshop with Chris Ord

The French Lightning Photo Workshop with Chris Ord.

This is a 7 days Photo Workshop in the South of France – 10th-17th June 2023 

  • We will photograph in some of the most stunning locations around the Domaine and the region
  •  This French region offers some of the most spectacular countryside and medieval villages
  •  Your tutor will be Chris Ord who not only is an expert on lighting but a positive business approach.

This is an opportunity not to be missed, in this beautiful part of the South of France and all its magic.

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A word, or two, from your host and mentor

During this workshop we will explore the opportunities that off camera flash can add to your portfolio.

By using techniques as simple as one light setups through to more complex lighting designs we will take a simple and thorough approach to creating beautifully lit portraits in a variety of settings and locations.

During the sessions we will work both in the studio (the beautiful Domaine des Jasses) and out on location in the surrounding countryside and charming French villages to show that inspiration for an image can be taken from anywhere with an emphasis on cutting the crap and simplifying the jargon.

I will help you to understand why use lighting but more importantly how to use lighting in your portrait images and other lighting setups which we will explore.

Chris Ord Training : Website  

The French Lightning Photo Workshop 2023

Dates for June and September to be announced 

  • 10th-17th June 2023
  • September 2023

Price: £1950 
Deposit: £695

Partner : £950 (non photographic)

What’s included?

There is a more detailed description of what is included however we would like to let you know that our prices are inclusive of accommodation, meals, drinks and transport – there are no add-ons.

Whatever your level of experience you will be guided through natural light shooting and using flash in indoor and outdoor sets. All lighting kit is provided.

Enjoy the Luxury of the Domaine des Jasses


The French Lightning workshop with Chris Ord

Learn to Light. Shooting will be in a range of styles with backgrounds from landscape, nature and local architecture and there is also an introduction to fashion with at least two English speaking models. Whatever your level of experience you will be guided through balanced light shooting, using flash indoors and outdoor. All lighting equipment is provided. Throughout the last 5 years Chris has taught hundreds of photographers around the world with great success and this is an opportunity to spend time collectively and 1 to 1 to get expert training and advice 

The workshop welcomes photographers of all levels and no specific level of expertise or previous experience is expected. The aim of the course is to provide you with a set of skills and techniques that you can use to improve your photography, with models and lighting no matter what type of equipment you use. You don’t need the latest expensive cameras – all levels are welcome.

There will be an emphasis on training the eye to see photographic opportunities, as well as ideas and techniques to enable you to make the most of the locations. The course will be a mix of lecture, practical work, in house competition and group discussion.

The workshop is about exploration and moving out of your comfort zone to take great pictures. In a friendly, open environment, we aim to inspire you to get more pleasure and fun from your photography for years to come.

Detailed Itinerary – as a guide – however days may change.

Saturday – Arrivals Day.

As members arrive they can have a laid back afternoon around the house and pool and get settled in. Every arrival is greeted by members already there. The evening will be one of sampling French cuisine and fine wine whilst getting to know each other and discussing the week ahead.


Chance to explore and shoot around the Domaine and get to know the property a little. Wilf will provide guidance in the locations within the Domain or close by in the wonderful rolling countryside. In the afternoon a variety of looks will be set up to allow you to get used to working with the models, lighting and props. With our model we will use period costumes to reflect the setting of the Domaine and the use of natural light and off camera flash.


Following on from Sunday the morning will allow the completion and honing of any shooting / lighting setups. After lunch we continue to explore the exquisite architecture, interior and exterior of the house and grounds. There are so many locations and hidden corners of this magical domaine you will never tire of backdrops for your shots. Evening shoot of the beautiful surrounding countryside as the sun sets (please note this maybe scheduled for different evenings depending on the light).


Personal Shooting for the Competition. We will head off to one of the many villages of Les Corbières. The village of Lagrasse is a favourite but there is such a varied choice.  Photographers can wander off on their own or split into small groups or be guided by Chris & Wilf. The goal here is to either shoot with our model with a view to nailing the images they want to present in the final competition or again explore and capture the beauty of the impressive French southern architecture. After lunch we will use the rugged backdrop of Les Corbières for a different style location shoot.


Members day! Time for a break. By mid-week you will now have an idea of how diverse our location is – we are secluded and surrounded by stunning countryside however we are in easy reach of small villages with that very lovely distinctive French flavour.  Your chance to explore the locality, shooting your own images of the landscape and Domaine. Transport will be available in the afternoon for anyone wanting to explore further a-field, or you might want to laze by the pool! At all times Chris & Wilf will be on hand to answer any questions and offer direction.


We will spend the day shooting a 12th century Château – Le Château Belflou – which has been lovingly and authentically restored. Again this will give everyone the opportunity to create photographic stories as you are surrounded by such amazing architecture and various rooms within the Château which will allow your creative juices to produce some great images.


A final opportunity to set up and capture a “themed look” with your model around the beautiful house and grounds of Le Domaine des Jasse.  We try to arrange for a vintage car to be available for the model shoot and this will be confirmed nearer to the workshop. After lunch critiques of images shot over the week and judging of the “fun” competition. Great prizes to be won. Evening Meal together and drinks.


Last lazy breakfast together and any last questions and finish up 10.00 before transportation to airport.

Included in the Price

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Inclusive of training
  • Location fees
  • Travel fees to locations
  • Transfer to and from Carcassonne Airport

Not included in the Price:

  • All flights / transport to and from your home country to Carcassonne Airport, France.
  • Transfer from Toulouse, Blagnac airport.
  • Meals, drinks when we are not at the Domaine.
  • Gratuities, additional beverages soft / alcohol.

How we can help

Our base will be Domaine des Jasse. Les Jasses is about escape. The current owner gave up being a lawyer and came here to become an artist. Three cars a day pass the end of the drive which leads to a landscape unchanged since Roman times. The rooms and bathrooms are large and the house is filled with antiques and art collected over a lifetime by the owner. The domaine sleeps 21 in comfort, grandeur and style; yet it was for centuries a place of contemplation and still feels like a haven from the world .

In the early 18th century Louis XIV granted Domaine des Jasses to the Ursuline nuns, provided they prayed daily for him and his family. These Letters Patent of King Louis are held by the Archive Departement de l’Aude a copy of which can be seen on the website: Domaine des Jasse.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask using the form to get in touch.

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