THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EVENT OF THE YEAR

Don’t miss this if you want to take your photography to a brand new level!

Our next event is going to be in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) from the 27th to the 31st of March 2019!

Scroll down for more details and how to register.

WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

 
 

The Creative Experience is either 3 or 5 days (you choose, we have two options for you!) with 5 professional coaches to explore creativity so you can get much more out of your photography, your lighting, your post-production and all the areas that are keeping you from creating more money, more fun and finding what works for you. Discover and develop what it is that makes you so unique that you could actually get more work, charge much more for your pictures and not have to compete with anyone ever again!

During The Creative Experience we will be playing with tons of Profoto equipment, Phase One cameras and Tether Tools both indoors and on location with a full team of models, hair and make-up artists, stylists and assistants. If you take part in the 5-day option you will have your own Phase One XF with lenses to create your own pictures!

Scroll down to find out more about who your coaches are, what we will be doing during The Creative Experience and how you can participate.



The Creative Experience started as a conversation of "What if?"

What if we could find a way to help every creative grow past our wildest expectations? What would that look like and how can we bring it to life? How can we take our 80 years of collective experience and share that with people in a way that will enable them to be their best selves?

We realized we had the ability to not only teach people everything we knew about photography, lighting, marketing, and business, but we wanted to change the way they thought about themselves, their goals, their personal hurdles, their creative blocks, and everything that is stopping them from getting to the next stage in business and in their creative life.

We want to bring together a group of passionate people who share the same goal of bettering themselves and who really want to push their abilities and potential in their work. Sometimes you don't know what is holding you back and you may not even see what talents you have yet to explore, and this experience is the catalyst for that change.

We all have a completely different background, styles of photography, and approaches to business and marketing, but our commonality is that we’ve all made careers out of what we love and we’ve been through a lot of issues to get there. We want to show people what’s possible.

Hence, The Creative Experience was born. What started out as a true intensive masterclass stemming from a huge array of talents, came together and became much more.

Take a look our first event and schedule below to get a small sense of how it went.

WHO WE ARE

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Bella Kotak is a fine art, fashion and portrait photographer based in Oxford and London, England.  An art lover from a young age she always knew that she would work within the creative industry.  Photography changed her life when she picked up a camera and began a 365 project on Flickr. From that moment she was hooked by this medium that translates thoughts and imagination into tangible form.  

Inspired by fairytales, nature and strong feminine characters Bella's pictures lift the veil of the overlooked and reminds us that there's magic in the most ordinary of spaces.  

Bella work closely with all her clients, bringing on board her creative vision, high quality execution, and a can do attitude!

Andrea Belluso is an award-winning international fashion photographer, creativity and empowerment coach.

He began his photographic career at the age of 16, working under renowned photographer, Bardo Fabiani. For the next 30 plus years, Belluso worked as a photographer and video producer, capturing iconic fashion names such as Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell.

Belluso later created his own modelling agency, fashion magazine, international model competition and a television program that was distributed in 54 countries. In the photographic community, he is known for his unique approach to lighting.

Through his work at House of Belluso Andrea currently facilitates seminars, lectures and workshops around the world, empowering individuals to a more powerful form of creativity and a more authentic sense of self.

Pratik Naik is a high end retoucher and owner of the Solstice Retouch, a retouching boutique agency. He is based out of the United States, specializing in commercial and editorial work.

His passion for retouching stems from a history in fine art and over 15 years of using Photoshop in manipulation and retouching. His belief in retouching is based on simplicity and efficiency with an aim to always stay in line with the vision of the photographer. Having a history as a photographer also allows him to understand the industry on both ends. 

His passion for retouching also stems into training and teaching the industry, as an instructor and writer! He loves being able to share what he loves to inspire others to grow their own passion and potential.

Amanda Anderson Belluso is the CEO, co-creator and co-owner of House of Belluso. With her experience in business and strategic planning her strength is to see the big picture and connect the dots that others might not see.

One of her favourite things to do is to ask questions, and not look for answers. She uses this in her coaching work to get her clients to know what they know and to find out what is actually true for them. She is always on the quest to create an even bigger life and she has the basic point of view that life should, and can, be fun all the time.

Viktor Anderson is the CFO, co-creator and co-owner of House of Belluso. With his entrepreneurial and management skills and experience, as well as being deeply involved in the video productions of the company, Viktor creates and contributes to all of the endless possibilities that House of Belluso has. When the team is out travelling he is often behind the camera and much more, he also finds himself enjoying being in front of the camera too.

Constantly searching and asking for more, Viktor’s main focus has always been having a good time. If it’s not fun, it’s a waste of time! This point of view has led him to a life filled with joy and adventures.

How do we all come together to bring you a unique experience? Read below and find out more about the event!

 
 

LOCATION AND DATES

Our next event is going to be in at Hot Cold Studios in DUBAI from the 27th to the 31st of March 2019.

Hot Cold Studios are the most prestigious rental photographic studios in Dubai, with tons of high-end equipment from Profoto and Phase One among other brands.

We will also be organising some location shooting in the desert for those of you that choose to be part of the full Exclusive Creative Experience!


THE SCHEDULE 


For this event we have two different types of tickets, Standard and Exclusive.

  • The Standard tickets are for days 1, 2 and 3 that are seminar style.

  • and the Exclusive tickets are for all 5 days that are workshop style.
    The Exclusive tickets are limited to 12 participants ONLY!


Day 1

Welcome to the first day of the experience!
After a brief introduction of ourselves we will begin with looking at the foundation of photography, light! In order to be truly creative, we need to know how to control light. It’s much easier than you think! Andrea Belluso will take pictures to show you the difference between hard and soft light and how to create it and he will answer any questions you might have on the different Softboxes and umbrellas as well as hard reflectors, including any other Light Shaping Tools.
Amanda Anderson Belluso will then look at the business aspect of photography and will share some tools on how to create your business in an easier way that can be much more fun for you.
Since this Masterclass is all about creativity, during the last part of the day your coaches Amanda and Andrea together with Viktor Anderson, will invite you to look at how to be more creative and what it implies. Some participants might be called on stage during the day, either to try out some lighting techniques with Andrea, or maybe even to be photographed by him.

Day 2

This day will start with the magical world of Bella Kotak, sharing with us her way of creating her beautiful and unique images, taking us through her workflow, what she looks at and how she orchestrates her images in the smallest details.
After lunch we will look at another way of creating photography, this time with Andrea Belluso, who will be sharing a few of his favorite lighting set-ups for fashion, beauty and portraits as he demonstrates them to you.
Andrea will also be discussing how to guide your models and some participants might be called on stage to participate.

Day 3

We’ll take what we learned and put it into post production. Join Pratik Naik as we sit and go through the images that Andrea and Bella have taken over the last few days, and go through the process of high-end retouching. We’ll go step by step into the workflow of taking your images and seeing them through to perfection. At the end, you’ll not only know what goes into a perfectly polished image, but you’ll see the process and understand each step of the way. Bring your own computer and a retouching tablet if you have one, in order to do the hands-on exercises.

Day 4

Let’s spend time together and get a hands on approach with photography! We break up into groups of 6 and start the day with Andrea and Bella as they both shoot with you, and help you craft and get your own shots. During lunch, we switch instructors and continue to shoot through the day. Along the way, you’ll have your own personal world-class instructor making sure you’re getting the shot you want. Also, the rest of the group will be assisting in getting the shot and it will be a collaborate effort in getting your dream images. Along the way the concepts and principles we learned in the previous days will come home and you’ll have your own unique set of images.

Day 5

Our 5th day is an interactive and intensive day where we look back on the last 4 days and address anything you’d like to explore further. We keep it open ended so you can get the most out of it. If you feel like spending individual time with each of us, or shooting to your hearts content, or clarifying any questions you’ve written down, we can do that. We can shoot, talk business, lighting, marketing, personal development, strategy, retouching, networking, something else, or all of the above! This is your day.




WHAT TO EXPECT

As The Creative Experience is a brand new experience of bringing together unique strengths in the field, we believe the common goal will be to push people past creative boundaries over the course of 3 to 5 days.

We will of course be talking about lighting, retouching, photography of different types, as well as using Phase One cameras and Profoto lighting, and all of that is only the very tip of the iceberg that we wish to discover with you, a mountain of creative possibilities that until now you have not even started to explore.

We want people to walk away inspired to see past their limitations, inspired to create. From what we’ve experienced in the past, we truly believe our main goal will be to change your life and empower you to make it as great as you truly desire. We want you to leave completely inspired from when you first came in. At the end, you’ll gain not only a newly found appreciation and understanding for all things photography, but a new set of friends and an outlook on life.

These are some of the things you will get from participating in the 5-day Creative Experience:

* Deeper knowledge and understanding of light and Light Shaping Tools.

* Retouching techniques with Pratik Naik for a whole day.

* Directing models

* Communicating with your team.

* Communicating with your clients.

* Hands-on workshops with Andrea Belluso, Bella Kotak and Pratik Naik.

* Photographic business coaching with Amanda A. Belluso

* Exclusive use of Phase One Camera and lenses.

* Tons of Profoto equipment.

* Models, styling, hair and make-up and photo assistants at your disposal.

* Seminars on empowering you to create a greater business and get more out of your photography.

* Marketing and promoting yourself.

* Seminars on being truly unique in your work and being seen.



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TESTIMONIALS

“I think the Creative Experience is one of the best investments you can make to level up your work as a photographer”

  • Ane Cathrine Buck, Norway


“Most importantly for me is that, besides from the technical things I learned, I really got an inspiring energy that I will bring home with me and in to my future work

  • Magnus Contzen, Germany


“I learned a lot of technical things, like how to use light, optimising my retouching workflow etc which has been great but what I have really enjoyed is being pushed over the edge personally as well as creatively”

  • Nanna Ferslev Andersen, Denmark


“My expectations of this class was strictly the technical aspects of shooting, editing, styling, posing, etc, which it had but it’s been so much more that I didn’t even think was possible”

  • Sarah Rocca Vento, USA

 

Our first experience was nothing short of amazing! Here are some photos of how it went. Be sure to also check out the video at the top of the page to see more of how it went!