Sensual Havana: Glamour & Artistic Nudes

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Havana, Cuba, North America

Join renowned travel photographer and Cuba expert Christopher P. Baker on this one-of-a-kind photo tour and shoot Cuba’s top models and ballerinas in Havana’s incomparably beautiful, sensuous, and time-worn settings. No wonder Cuba is a top destination of choice for such publications as ElleVogue, and Vanity Fair. This unique nude photo tour makes the most of Havana’s fantastic settings and beautiful, self-assured women. Our respectful and elegant treatment of the subject pays tribute to all that is positive about the Cuban Revolution and its advancement of women’s rights and self-determination, while also honoring their own unashamedly and affirmatively self-confident pride in expressing their sensuality.

When: December 14-21, 2022

Who: Open to all skill levels. This tour is designed for photographers of all standards–beginner, intermediate or professional–and especially for those who may not have previously worked with models. Non-photographer spouses and significant others are welcome.

Group size: Minimum 4 people, maximum 6 people.

Where: This photo tour begins and ends in Havana, Cuba.

Itinerary detail (subject to change): This suggested itinerary will be determined by availability of venues and specific models at the time.

Day 1: Wednesday (D) We’ll meet this evening at our upscale casa particular (private B&B) in Habana Vieja. We’ll then take convertible classic American cars to dinner at La Guarida–Cuba’s most sensational dining experience!

Day 2: Thursday (BD) This morning up early for a sunrise shoot on the Prado, the arcade of the Hotel Plaza, and around Parque Central with one or two models… perhaps even roller-skating or dancing ballet in minimalist attire! Later, we’ll explore Habana Vieja’s cobbled colonial plazas and back streets, perhaps including Plaza del Ángel and Cinco Esquinas—famously used in many a fashion shoot—plus Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, and sensational locations such as striking staircases on Calle Empedrado and in solares (tenements). We may also make good use of bicitaxis and classic cars as props, as well as a fabulous derelict space with rooftop and to which we have exclusive access. This evening we’ll dine at another of Chris’ favorite paladares (private restaurants) in Habana Vieja.

Day 3: Friday (BD) Today we may shoot in little-touristed southern Habana Vieja, a section teeming with earthy street life and character as we head to Gimnasio Rafael Freyre to photograph sensual female boxers. We hope, too, to stage a model as Ochún, the Afro-Cuban goddess of beauty, love, fertility, and sensuality, as she bathes in honeyed-water, This afternoon, Centro Habana offers endless possibilities, including iconic staircases, the ruined Teatro Campoamor, and the much-photographed tenement building that houses La Guarida restaurant. This evening we’ll dine at another of Chris’ favorite paladares in Habana Vieja.

Day 4: Saturday (B) This morning we’ll mix it up by focusing on the early- and mid-20th-century Vedado district, where our venues may include the Edificio Girón and a spectacular circa 1913 mansion that looks just as it did when the Revolution triumphed in 1959–a perfect venue for intimate boudoir photography. Here Annie Leibowitz famously photographed Rhianna nude. Let’s see if we can be just as creative! After lunch nearby, we’ll walk just a few blocks to the mechanic’s workshop of Chris’ closest friend in Havana, where we’ll shoot one or two models among his collection of antique Harley-Davidsons. Tonight is free for you to dine at leisure.

Day 5: Sunday (BD) This morning we’ll shoot ballerinas in such fabulous venues as the Cementerio Cristóbal Colón and inside one of Havana’s most photogenic centenary mansion with multiple rooms furnished in classic Cuban period style. Our afternoon venue will be decided at the time.

Day 6: Monday (BD) Today we’ll hop in convertible classic cars with our models and head to the Bosque de la Habana for a sensual photo shoot. Time permitting, we’ll also shoot at another choice venue; perhaps a derelict high-rise oceanside complex in Miramar that offers a sensational setting and is well-established as a shoot locale for sensual photography. Of course, we’ll use the cars to good effect as props. The afternoon venue will be decided at the time and may include a sunset shoot at El Morro castle. Tonight, we’ll dine early at yet another of Chris’ top-choice paladares before heading to the Tropicana cabaret nightclub… perhaps with a chance to photograph the dancers in their changing rooms before taking our seats to enjoy and photograph the sensual show!

Day 7: Tuesday (BD) What would a sensual Cuba photo shoot be without beaches? Today we hope to shoot at the funky fishing cooperative of Cojímar, then the palm-shaded sands of Playas del Este (alternately we may head west to Jaimanitas and Santa Fe).  The afternoon is free for last-minute cigar or souvenir shopping, or perhaps a visit to a must-see museum. Tonight we’ll enjoy a slideshow of everyone’s favorite images before a farewell dinner with our models and other Cuban fashionistas hosted at a superb period mansion in Vedado. Day 8: Wednesday (B) This morning we’ll transfer participants to the airport to connect with their flights home. Or feel free to stay on in Cuba on your own time, pre-approved under the “Support for the Cuban People” license.

What will I learn?:

This tour is designed for photographers of all standards–beginner, intermediate or professional–and especially for those who may not have previously worked with models.

Our focus will be on shooting street photography and natural settings that require minimum equipment, using natural light spontaneously (plus occasional fill-flash and portable LED lighting). We’ll span opportunities for all aspects of sensual portrait and street photography.

We will endeavor to create space for you to pursue your personal interests with our models, be it fashion, dance, street photography, portraits, or boudoir and erotic fine art. The goal? Editorial worthy images to be proud of!.

Workshop Type: Travel and portraiture
Date: 14/12/2022 – 21/12/2022
Duration: 8 days
Group Size: Minimum 4, maximum 6
Skill Level: Open to all levels
Accommodation included?: Yes
Price: $4,950
Instructor(s): Christopher P. Baker
Fitness level: Relaxed. All activity is on the flat, with the exception of some staircases
Additional info:

U.S. legal: Despite President Trump’s restrictions on travel to Cuba effective September 24, 2020, and still in effect, every U.S. citizen can still legally travel to Cuba, pre-approved and at any time, under the “support for the Cuban people” license. This program is designed in accordance with U.S. regulations intended to maximize “support for the Cuban people” through stays at private B&Bs, meals at private restaurants, and interactions with independent models, photographers, artists, owners of classic convertible taxis, etc. Your models: We’ll select our models from many of Chris’ personal friends, including renowned actresses, singers, aspiring and professional models, plus Tropicana showgirl dancers and top ballerinas from the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. In all cases, this will depend on their availability, of course! We aim to provide a minimum of two models daily, and sometimes three to ensure that only two or three participants are working with any one model at any time.

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