NORD Photography

Workshop Details
Producer: Tatiana Yermolayeva - Facilitator: Elisabeth N. Aanes - Guest curator: Cig Harvey
St. Petersburg, Russia
Oct 2 - Oct 8, 2018
Full: NOK 25000,-
Deposit: NOK 6000,-
Convert to: USD, EUR
What to bring:

Participants should bring their regular photo equipment, a laptop, external hardive for back up, adapter for power, a monopod/ tripod, and all you need to create work. Photographers should bring with them clothes, fabric, costumes they would want the models to use. 

Need to Know Info:

You will need a visa to enter Russia. Check workshop description for more info. Obtaining a visa is each participants responsability. 


PORTFOLIO - guest curator Cig Harvey


Producer: Tatiana Yermolayeva - Facilitator: Elisabeth N. Aanes - Guest curator: Cig Harvey


Oct 2, 2018 - Oct 8, 2018


St. Petersburg, Russia

NORDphotography is happy to present our new offer PORTFOLIO, which is a opportunity for photographers to travel to exclusive locations around the world to create new work. Then have that work be critiqued and selected by a guest curator, and be part of a final PORTFOLIO, which will be published by NORDphotography. We will invite a well known photographer as our guest curator. This photographer will also join us on location, to create their own work, which also will be part of the final PORTFOLIO.


Our guest curator for 2018 is the British American photographer Cig Harvey. Our exclusive location for 2018 is St Petersburg - Russia.  


We will spend 5 days shooting in different location in St Petersburg selected for us by our long time colaborator and art historian Tanya Yermolayeva, who will be guiding the group giving us a glimpse into the world that used to inhabit the spaces we will visit. Our locations will be ranging from old mansions, to museums and historical buildings.


In the weeks after our St Petersburg journey you will send your best selection to Cig Harvey, who will do a private image critic with you via Skype. In this session Cig will suggest which images you should submit to the PORTFOLIO. 


There will also be a group critic session with Cig, via Skype, in the week after the photoshoot, so everyone from our journey can experience the other participants work. 


The final pick for the PORTFOLIO will be by Cig Harvey in collaboration with NORDphotography’s founder Elisabeth N Aanes. The goal of the PORTFOLIO, in addition to creating a beautiful presentation of Fine Art Photography, is to promote the artwork of the photographers included. Each participants will get 1 copy of the PORTFOLIO.  


Participants will get a deadline for when the selected images have to be submitted to be considered for the PORTFOLIO, so that you will have time to do your regular post production work on them. Each participant is guaranteed a minimum of 5 images in the PORTFOLIO. 


The PORTFOLIO will be produced, promoted and sold via NORDphotography. The proceeds will partly go to cover the cost for marketing the PORTFOLIO and distributing it and to present the PORTFOLIO in different photo ventures like festivals and the likes. 


We accept 9 participant in this class. This means that you will not be alone on the location, and has to share the space with your fellow participants. And you will have to share the models. We will have a minimum of 3 models each day for this class. If you prefer your own model, we can arrange for that, but you will have to cover the extra model fee (between 100-200 dollars pr model). We will spend from 4-6 hours on each location. In the evening we can gather in our classroom to share work and creative thought about todays session, before the group heads out for dinner. Our guide Tanya will be helpful in suggesting places for us to dine, exhibit to visit, and other cultural events to see while we are in St Petersburg. 


LIGHT AND EQUIPMENT: You will have to bring the equipment you need to shoot on location. And props and clothing for your model. We will have some light equipment with us on each location, but that would be more of a general light source. We can organise rental of light equipment for you. We would suggest keeping it simple and not overcomplicate your shoot with a lot of equipment. We are working in old mansions and historical buildings, and it might be cumbersome to carry around a lot of equipment on location. And being creative with available light, your camera flash, a torch might give you want you want, and keep the equipment stress to a minimum. We will be shooting in the daylight hours. We would suggest bringing a monopod or a tripod. 


ACCEPTANCE BY PORTFOLIO: we want to create a dynamic group of creative people that will inspire each other with their work, their talent and passion for photography. We also want to make sure that we have a diverse group of photographers, so our final product, the PORTFOLIO, can reach far and wide. When registration for this class please send ut a link to your website, or a place we can see your work. We would also love to hear why you want to be part of this class, and what you hope to accomplish in St Petersburg. We will confirm your seat within a couple of days.



Tuition 25 000 NOK 


This includes: 


In St Petersburg:

  • Welcome dinner 
  • 5 days photo shoot in exclusive locations in St Petersburg
  • A minimum of 3 models and hair/ make up team on each location. 
  • Transportation to/ from locations.
  • A classroom at our hotel to work in the evenings
  • Guidance and history lessons by Tanya Yermolayeva
  • Organising and fixing by NORDphotography


After St Petersburg:

  • A personal critic hour with Cig Harvey which also include Cig looking at your work before hand and selecting your best images. 
  • A group session with Cig Harvey together with you fellow participants. 
  • Your work presented in a designed fine art portfolio, which also will include work by Cig Harvey. 
  • A copy of the PORTFOLIO. 

The additional cost to the tuition will be your hotel in St Petersburg, your plane ticket, taxi to/from airport, your meals, and visa. 


Shortly after the confirmation you will receive an invoice via e-mail for the deposit (to be paid within two weeks). You will also receive an invoice for the rest of the tuition at the same time as the deposit. This invoice is to be paid no later then 60 days before the workshop starts. All fees are to be paid in Norwegian Kroner.


International students: You can pay us via PayPal or transfer your payment directly to our account. Please let us know when registration for PORTFOLIO your preferred method of payment. For PayPal payments there is a handling fee of 4% added to the price. For bank transfer there is usually a transaction fee. Check with your bank for the amount.



We will reserve hotel rooms for our participants at The Ambassador Hotel, which is situated close to the old part of St Petersburg. The hotel offer single and double room. Breakfast is included. Price, Standard Double Room or Superior Double Room, is between 120-150 dollars. The hotel has a swimming pool and a SPA/ Beauty department, as well as a restaurant and a cafe. Link to the hotel: 


WHEN TO ARRIVE/ WHEN TO DEPART: The PORTFOLIO starts on the 2ND of October at 7PM with a typical Russian welcome dinner at our hotell. We wraps in the evening of the 7TH of October. Participants should depart St Petersburg on the 8TH.



Participants have to apply for a visa to enter Russia. Most travel agency’s with Russian destinations will offer this service, or offer guidance in how to obtain a tourist visa. There is usual a fee required for visa service and visa applications. You can also go to the Russian Embassy webpage in your country to find information about how to apply for your VISA. NORDphotography will supply the documentation from the hotel necessary for obtaining a Visa. The visa process takes about 3 weeks, and the Russian Consulate charges a fee for a regular tourist visa. The fee varies from country to country (express visa has normally double the fee). You need travel insurance, a copy of your ticket, a passport, an invitation from the hotel, and the electronically visa form filled in and signed as part of the visa application. We ask that students wait to apply for a visa until their spot on PORTFOLIO is confirmed. If you have any questions about applying for a visa feel free to contact NORDphotography and we will help in anyway we can.


To run we need a minimum of 7 participants, unless otherwise noted in the description. If we for some reason are not able to reach our minimum number, the PORTFOLIO will be canceled and you will receive a full refund.

NORDphotography is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline / train tickets in the event of a program cancellation. Our line of liability is to return all monies paid to us. Please check the status on your workshop before making travel arrangements. There will be a maximum of 9 students in this class.

Enrolment is limited, so once you have registered for a class, and been accepted – we are counting on you to attend. The registration is binding. We do however understand that sometimes plans fall trough and offer the following cancellation policies: Withdraw more than 60 days before the start of class and we will refund all monies paid, minus an administration fee of NOK 1500,-. Withdraw 60 days or less before the start of class and we will charge you with the full tuition.

NORDphotography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Travel Information

  • We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed up.
  • Travel expenses are each participant's own responsibility.
  • We suggest that you always have traveler's insurance.