WHAT IS ALCHIMEIA THE “PORTFOLIO BUILDING RETREAT”?
It is an exclusive luxe bridal styled shoot designed to stimulate your senses.
With this shoot you will find your own way and style, with new visual stimulations designed to change your mind and open your heart. With new ideas you will get inspired and develop the new you as an artist. Turn your base to gold which is the essence of Alchimeia.
We have extended this all-inclusive experience to three days so you will be able to draw inspiration from the resort, rejuvenate, relax, enjoy and connect with like-minded creatives while shooting bridal editorials.
This Curated Destination Portfolio Building Retreat is designed for you to revive and enhance your brand as well as inspire your artistic approach. To refresh your mindset and get a different perception of wedding events and creative projects you will undertake in the future.
WHO’S COMING AND WHO IS THIS FOR?
This retreat is designed for photographers and cinematographers who love the world of weddings, romance, high-end fashion and bespoke Greece.
It is for you, if you want to elevate your portfolio and are ready to follow Anna’s heart and catch her vision to create magazine worthy Instagramable moments. You should join if you want to be surrounded by like-minded creatives who are eager to produce outstanding work and get inspired while relaxing in the serene nature by the beach!
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE I BOOK?
Before you decide to book, you should know that we will not teach you how to be a photographer/videographer. Nor do we want to change your shooting and editing process. We do however, want you to enhance your own style of photography/videography and elevate your portfolio with the gorgeous pictures you will have the chance to capture at this retreat.
You should also pay attention to the fact that the shoot starts on the first day of the retreat. This means that you should arrive to Dexamenes by 12 AM or 12:00 in order to not miss anything.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE GREECE AND THIS HOTEL?
Well simply put, because we love it!
We love the Hellenic vibe and culture, the history, myths, romance and the gorgeous unspoiled nature with the most beautiful beaches in Europe!
The other big reason is the fact that Greece is becoming one of the top wedding destinations in the world for couples to elope. We believe that having beautiful high-end wedding material in your portfolio can truly attract that perfect destination jet-setting couple you always wanted!
HOW DO I GET THERE?
The Nearest Airports are the Athens International Airport with a 3 hour drive to Dexamenes and Patras Araxos Airport with a 45 min drive to Dexamenes.
If you are coming by boat, the nearest ports to the hotel are Patras Port with 1 hour drive and Katakolo Port with a 20 min drive to the hotel.
Private or local transport can be arranged, but we recommend you rent a car if need, which will give you the opportunity to explore Greece and all the beautiful local sight-seeing archaeological and natural opportunities! Take this opportunity to capture even more gorgeous images or videos from your trip!
WILL I GET THE VIDEO IF I AM A PHOTOGRAPHER?
YES! And vice versa if your are a cinematographer!
We will have 2 talented photographers and award winning videographer on our team. They will capture the full story, as well as the beautiful and funny behind the scenes moments and we will share them with you if you wish! We will make sure to stay in touch if you have any questions that need answering.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
First and foremost, all your cameras, lenses and necessary gear!
You should bring all your equipment you usually bring to a wedding or a styled shoot. A reflector is maybe a good idea. If you shoot on film, bring enough spare film with you. There is no need for lighting, as we will work around the famous Greek natural light and pink golden tones of the most beautiful sunset you will ever see!
Regards to the clothing, bring what you are most comfortable in while working/shooting and some nice resort and casual dinner wear. Of course do not forget your favourite swimsuit and plenty of sunscreen!
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE THAT TIME OF YEAR?
Of course no one can truly predict that. However Greece is famous for the constant sunny warm weather. The average weather for the Peloponnese region in May is High 24°C and Low 12°C. Or High: 75.2°F and Low: 53.6°F
IS EVERYTHING INCLUDED?
Actually, not everything.
This is five star luxury retreat and although many things like Bath Amenities, Bathrobes and Slippers, Beach Towels, Hairdryer and Nespresso Coffee Facilities are included, some things are not:
Things like The Mini Bar, Room Service, extra orders and all the extra charges by the hotel are not included and you will have to settle your bill upon checkout.
Transportation to and from the resort as well as your flights are not included. If you need a transportation or to book the whole trip including flights, let us know and we will help you arrange it with our trusted bespoke travel agent.
Food and Drink:
Although many meals and drinks are included, Special Snacks and Extra Food and Drinks are not included. However, we believe that you will have enough fuel throughout the day, if you have special snacks or drinks, you should bring them along. If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, please let us know well in advance.
No photo or video equipment will be provided and you are responsible to bring and care for your own camera equipment. Rooms are equipped with a safe if you should feel the need to use one.
HOW DO I PAY?
Payment can be made by bank transfer or PayPal. Contact us to specify the preferred method. The price is without tax.
IS THERE A CANCELLATION POLICY?
There is no cancellation policy and we cannot give refunds. You can however find someone to take your spot. Make sure you can join us at this retreat, before you make your deposit. We recommend you take a look at the travel insurance in case of unforeseeable events.
The organizers, the team and the hotel are not responsible for any lost or damaged luggage, equipment, cell phones, money or any personal items. You are coming to this retreat on your own risk. We suggest you look into insurance for your expensive items if you feel the need to do so.
By booking this retreat you give us the permission to use your name and contact information and to share it with the team in case of emergency and for further notifications regarding the upcoming trip.
You also give your permission to Ellwed and Kiss from Fleur to use and share your work with appropriate credits.
In case of rain, the shoot setup will be arranged accordingly in the inside spaces of the hotel and some parts of the shoot might be cancelled, redesigned or postponed.
By joining this portfolio building retreat, does not guarantee you any submission to any blog. Although we will do our best to promote it in any way we can.