It was a small Kodak with 35mm film roll that was our Spanish photography tutor Alberto’s first camera when he was only 12-years-old.
“From then on I took photos of everything,” Alberto recalls.
Alberto’s passion for photography stayed with him throughout school where he learnt to develop his own photos – and beyond when he went on to work for his father’s restaurant company.
But it wasn’t until Alberto met his wife Sue – a photographer herself, that they decided to pursue their shared interest of photography and art and set up a design business in Sue’s homeland, Australia.
“We did really well, but for Sue design was always about meeting clients needs whereas photography is about your expression and connecting with the public that want that. So we decided to do what we both loved and turned full time to photography,” Alberto said.
With most Alberto’s family living in Spain and Sue’s family based in the UK, they decided to move to Spain to start up photography workshops.
The courses started off with locals but they soon expanded to people from all over the world coming to stay in the couple’s beautifully restored village house and learn the art of photography.
Alberto and Sue work as the perfect photography package; with Sue, who exhibits worldwide, focusing on the creative side of photography and Alberto specialising in the technical development of guests.
“We work really well together and we get such a mix of guests from total beginners to professional photographers so it’s always really fun.”
“We love sharing our passion for photography, but we also make sure people are getting a holiday too. So they experience the local food, the people, culture and the region. We don’t have a formal structure to the course, we really adapt it to each persons requirements and focus on what they want to be doing,” Alberto said.
The courses are always small groups so guests get a lot of one on one tuition and Sue and Alberto make sure guests escape the tourist trail and get out and see and photograph a whole new side to Spain.
“The thing I enjoy most about it is seeing people go away so enthused about photography,” Alberto said.