TESTIMONIALS

here are a handful of testimonials from last year's trips; if you'd like to read more, just let me know

"Every aspect of the workshop exceeded my expectations. Carmen was always easy to contact and extremely helpful with questions before the workshop. The workshop itself was scheduled perfectly - we started the week with some epic hiking locations and finished with one of the most helpful discussions about editing that I've ever experienced. Ryan (Carmen's assistant) was also equally as knowledgeable and radiated such a positive energy. Both Carmen and Ryan were a joy to be around and such an inspiration. If you are on the fence about signing up for a workshop - DO IT! - you won't regret it." [Emma, USA]

"I cannot understate the value of Carmen’s workshops. From professional camera settings, intimate knowledge of some of this planets most stunning peaks, engaged deep discussions about wide-ranging health, travel, snacks and culture topics and a profound in-depth demonstration of her photography editing processes - just to name a few aspects of the great value it is to jump on an opportunity to learn from her (and her assistant, too!) I had the chance to gain all of this knowledge and so much more when we scaled the Dolomites, slept in cozy mountain huts and beheld the most incredible sunrises and sunsets I’ve ever witnessed. All thanks to Carmen. These are some of the learnings and memories that have changed my outlook on life, for the better. I’m so very grateful!!" [Jessica, USA]

"To say the workshop was a once in a lifetime experience would assume I won't be able to join Carmen for another trip in the future, and I'm simply not willing to risk making that assumption. Instead, I'll just strongly advise anyone who enjoys photography, the outdoors, or both, to apply to join future workshops. Unless you're allergic to jaw dropping landscapes, world class (and super patient) instructors, delicious food, and wonderful new friends. Then you should definitely pass." [Brandon, USA]

"This trip was nothing but incredible! The locations during this workshop were breathtaking, but it was not just about location or the gear. It's a combination of that and starting each day with the intention to learn, to be open, to envision the image we want to capture and make the best out of each condition and scenario. All of us learnt something different and something new each day and from each other. Both you and Ryan looked out for the team and motivated us to step outside our comfort zone. Before this trip, I was having a creative block. I did not expect to gain so much by the end of the trip and it's motivated me to explore photography more and for that, I thank you. Honestly, I have no negative feedback. The accommodations were great, food was delicious, you chose a great mix of people and we got along really well. You looked out for me and all of us." [Maisarah, Malaysia/UK]
"If you're questioning whether or not to take this trip, DO IT! It's an absolute must - it will change your life. By no means am I a planner. Traveling has always been stressful for me because I want to make the best of every moment possible and see ALL of the things. Traveling through Austria & Italy with Carmen & Ryan was better than any travel experience I could have ever imagined. Carmen grew up in Austria and will take you to ALL of the travel spots. I mean, computer background, office art, and Instagram worthy destinations. Carmen does an amazing job of making the whole crew welcomed and tight-knit. This is is super important considering how much time you'll be spending together. There's a lot of stress that can come when traveling to a new country, and one of my favorite parts of this trip, was how stressfree I was. Traveling to a new city almost every day, we NEVER had to worry about where the next stop was, or what time check-in/out is, etc. I was at ease knowing everything was taken care of. I felt like the theme of the trip was to seize the moment - we shot all sunrises and all but one sunset for the entire trip, and pulled off the road plenty of times for "the shot". Carmen & Ryan alike, have a pep in their step, positive vibe, and will constantly leave you with a smile on your face. Prior to this trip, I knew little to none about photography, Carmen & Ryan were so accommodating when it came to all of my beginner questions. Helping me find the right composition, choosing the right settings, I was even shooting in Manual before the end of the first day. Carmen & Ryan are both so welcoming, open-minded, nonjudgemental creative people, I really enjoyed the time spent with them, growing my photography skills. I have never cried more happy tears than I did on this trip. I still find myself looking back on videos and pictures in Euphoria wondering how I was so lucky to go on a trip of a lifetime with a group of people I will never forget." [Tara, USA]
"It has been over a month since I went on this magical workshop with Carmen and Ryan. Admittedly this was the first time I'd ever done anything like this but I knew right off the bat that this was no ordinary workshop. That first hour, we spent sharing a little piece of ourselves - not our skills or equipment list, just us as we were in that moment. You'll realise when you look at the application form that the questions are about YOU with just a couple about your equipment etc. 
Carmen and Ryan were all too ready to share their experiences and knowledge with us. They taught us both on and off the field. The sights were definitely awe-inspiring. We stayed in very comfortable lodgings, including the mountain huts (be sure to dress warm for the night if you're always cold like me!). The thing I liked most of all was that at the end of that week, we became a family. 
I could honestly go on for pages but I think the best thing would be to recommend you find out for yourselves!" [Smyrna, Ireland]
"I applied for Carmen’s Italian Dolomites workshop unsure that my hobbyist level skills were enough to qualify me for this trip. Carmen responded to my concerns quickly and suggested that my less than expert level of knowledge would be ideal for a trip like this because you get one-on-one attention and are picking up skills/tips/tricks from everyone else on the trip as well. My goal going into it was that I just wanted to improve, connect with others who shared my interests, and get to hike and soak in the beauty of Austria and Italy along the way. Well, I got that and so much more! 
Not only were Carmen and Ryan incredibly skilled and creative, but also contagiously enthusiastic about the process and beauty of the places we were capturing. Each of us got an opportunity to step in front of the camera too, which really helps me behind the camera more than I ever knew it would! We had plenty of time to learn and immediately put our new knowledge into practice, were given ideas about composition but the freedom to wander and create our own, and had relatively stress-free travel because of their planning efforts (no small feat!). The restaurants we stopped at were superb local spots, and we had the advantage of an interpreter for menus! 
Carmen and Ryan went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a good experience and got the opportunity to try a lot of techniques and equipment. Even when weather did not cooperate, we kept moving and even made the fog work to our advantage. I’ll also mention that Carmen managed to arrange one of the best massages of my life for the end of the trip when my muscles ached from all the hiking (well worth every bit)! Talk about ABOVE AND BEYOND!
One of my favorite moments, though it’s hard to pick, was when we got to go Mountaineering in Italy! We were in the dark with a local guide, strapped to the side of this mountain in a harness, navigating rocky terrain and climbing for what seemed like forever. But when we reached the top, it was the biggest feeling of accomplishment in my life - like I could conquer anything. I still carry that with me months after this adventure.
There’s also something to be said about the special people that Carmen brought together to attend the workshop. It was evident that she carefully selected people who had the right heart about it and genuinely wanted to learn, respect each other, and work together. My first meeting with the group was so welcoming, and throughout the trip I continued to find authentic personal encouragement from each and every person in our group. The group was diverse across countries and ages, but we all wanted to learn and understand one another and to just enjoy each other. We laughed all day every day! These people will see you at your worst - up before sunrise, runny nose from cold weather, sore and tired from all the adventuring - but it definitely moved us past pleasantries quickly to be able to get to know each person in the group in a real way. We are still connected and check in on each other because we genuinely like each other, and I continue to be inspired by them.
There were countless picturesque places we stayed or passed through that it’s impossible to pick a favorite. The entirety of the trip was just beautiful and felt like an absolute dream. I just consider myself blessed to have been able to share it all with such amazing people.

In short, what I expected:

  • Cool Photos
  • New Skills
  • Hiking Experience

What I got:

  • All of the above, plus
  • Unforgettable experiences and wonderful stories
  • Genuine connections that last long after the trip
  • Confidence in my abilities to try new things and conquer what seems impossible (beyond photography)
  • So much contagious enthusiasm to share with others.
Thank you Carmen and Ryan for all that you did and continue to do to support, inspire, and encourage us! Thanks to everyone in my tour group for teaching me so much and caring for me so well! Worth every penny!!! Don’t let fear stop you from signing up for this adventure!" [Ashlee, USA]
"Dearest Carmen, On lots of reflection following our alps workshop. Words truely can’t describe the experience I had. I’m still pinching myself as I slowly make my way through some of the moments I captured.  To experience the amazing places you chose were one thing, but sharing it with such beautiful down to earth like minded humans was truely life changing for me. Not every day you meet people who share the same passion for creativity, adventure and life. And wow to have all of this in one experience blew my mind. Carmen your skills and knowledge both in front and behind the camera have taught me so much to take away and grow with. Carmen, you are one amazing woman!! I have followed your creative journey for a while now and to be able to join you on this trip was one of my biggest highlights. You really are that beautiful person you express and more! Ryan- Wow, I know why Carmen chose you to join her. Not only were you a beautiful compliment. Your knowledge and ability to teach was so valuable. I walked away feeling like I made a group of friends for life. I really hope we cross paths again. :) I may have came home in the search for my next workshop too. Thank you thank you thank you! I wish you both so much love for the future where ever it takes you." [Nicole, Australia]
"I expected so much from this tour: Advanced knowledge in photography, new ideas for photo compositions and new techniques for editing my photos. All this was fulfilled, but much more. During this week I made new friends from all over the world who are as crazy about photography as I am, want to get up at 04:30 to climb a mountain peak at sunrise, run laughing into ice-cold mountain lakes, dance to classical music on pass roads, discover a beautiful photo motif behind every normal corner and devour delicious Italian food and unhealthy snacks all day long. I couldn't be more grateful to Carmen and Ryan for sharing with us not only their knowledge but also their passion for photography and for allowing us to be part of their wonderful journey for a week. I really hope our paths we'll cross again." [Johanna, Germany]