March 24 - 28, 2018

March 23 - 27, 2019

Fashion, Beauty, Dancers, People and Portrait Photography


  1. -5 Days

  2. -7-8 Photo Shoots

  3. -Cuban Models

  4. -Cuban Stylists & MUA

  5. -Photographer | Guide

  6. -Cuban Guide & Driver

  7. -People-to-People

  8. -Small Group Size

  9. -4 or 5-Star Hotel

  10. -Breakfasts

  11. -2 Dinners

  12. -Local Transportation

  13. -Visa (U.S. Citizens)

  14. -OFAC Approved



Havana Fashion

Old Havana, Havana, Vedado, Miramar and Santa Maria


Photograph beautiful Cuban models throughout the elegance of historic Havana.

Havana Fashion Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Our 5-day Havana Fashion Photo Adventure includes 7 to 8 photography sessions taking place in Old Havana, Central Havana, Vedado and Miramar, as well as a half day excursion to the beautiful beaches of Santa Maria, complete with models and you traveling in beautifully restored Classic American Cars.

We will shoot with a combination of natural light and fill-flash, as well as other creative means of achieving beautiful light. We look to harness the uniqueness of Cuba by shooting in locations that are unmistakably Cuba.

Cuba is a tropical paradise with a storied past. This offers us a unique view into a world that few have been able to see until now. Photographing Cuba offers us the rare opportunity to capture it’s warm people alongside it’s natural beauty and stunning architecture.

Like all our adventures, we take you behind the scenes of Cuba’s tourist veil and expose you to the inner city culture that is the real Cuba. By working with locals, we are able to achieve this on an unprecedented level. Besides fashion photography, we will be speaking with Cubans about daily life on the island, learning about the country’s unique political and economic system and working side-by-side with Cuban models, MUA’s, stylists and photographers.

OUR CUBAN RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: It’s been said that we really know how to do Cuba. First, we start with a small group of 6-10 guests. We stay in internationally recognized 5-star hotels and beautiful and authentic Casa Particulars (Cuban bed & breakfasts). We travel by air conditioned buses and beautifully restored vintage American automobiles. We dine in world renowned restaurants and hidden gem paladars. And lastly, we expose you to not only a truly amazing and authentic Cuba, but the most photogenic Cuba.

This fashion adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene and ultimately capturing the beauty of the model and the setting. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. You will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. Cuba offers more photographic opportunities than any other adventure we offer.


Photo Workshop Adventures provides 100% legal Cuba trip under US Treasury Department’s OFAC People-to-People Travel Program. CT-2016-327909 / C.F.R. 515.567. This allows individuals to travel to Cuba for educational and cultural purposes.


Group Size

6-8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro and pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless or medium format cameras

Busy schedule

Travel by vintage American cars, bicycle taxis and air-conditioned mini-bus

Minimal elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)

Photographer | Guides

Michael Chinnici  |  March 24-28, 2018

Michael Chinnici  |  March 23-27, 2019

Weather | Sun

March - Temps 79/63 F  26/17 C  Sunrise 7:10 | Sunset 6:17 (18:17)


Fashion, beauty, dance, people and portrait photography

Meet with Cuban models, photographers, artists and more

Professional photographer | guide

7-8 Photo shoots

Cuban models

Professional MUA an stylists

Small group (6-8 guests)

4 or 5-star hotel

Breakfasts plus 2 meals

Local transportation

People-to-People activities

Visa (U.S. Citizens)

OFAC travel documents

What To Expect

Cuba is not just unique, but one of the most rewarding photographic and cultural experiences you will ever encounter. Because Cuba is so different it requires a open-minded and rewarding sense of adventure. As is often said in Cuba, “It’s not what you want, it’s what we have”. Prepare yourself to be completely wowed. 


Parque Central Hotel, Hotel National, Hotel Capri or similar - Havana

Travel Information

Book your commercial flights to the corresponding airports noted below.

Arrival Airport: Havana José Martí International Airport (HAV) - Transfer time 45min or more.

Departure Airport: Havana José Martí International Airport (HAV) - Transfer time 45min or more.

Our adventure begins on the first day at 2 PM at our hotel and ends in the morning on the last day.

Cuban Visa: U.S. Travelers will be provided with a special People-to-People visa. International Travelers may require a visa depending on your nationality. It is your responsibility to secure this visa. Go to VisaMapper for more information.


We will provide U.S. Citizens with a Cuban visa and the required OFAC People-to-People documents. International travelers who require a Cuban visa can get their visa through the Cuban Embassy or Consulate in their respective countries.



Photo Adventure Vacation | March 24-28, 2018:  $8,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 23-27, 2019:  $8,895

Single Supplement:  $800

Deposit:  $1000

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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. In Cuba we typically stay in 5-star hotels in Havana and the best available 4-star hotels in other major cities. In smaller cities and more remote locations, we stay in Casa Particulars (Cuban Bed & Breakfasts). Cuba is unique and requires a open-minded sense of adventure.


Saturday (1)  Havana

We meet at our hotel in Havana on Saturday afternoon where we will begin our amazing CLASSIC CUBA Photo Adventure. We will first visit the famous Hotel Nacional. The amazing setting will bring many back to the 1950s, when the mafia held its annual meetings at this historic hotel and walk the streets of Central Havana. After we will visit the famous Hotel Nacional. In the late afternoon we begin with our first model shoot along Havana’s famous Malecón seawall. We will shoot until sunset, followed by dinner and a stop at one of Havana’s trendiest nightclubs. (L)

Sunday (2)  Old Havana - Vedado - Havana

On day two we enjoy an early morning photo shoot on the historic streets of Old Havana. Sunday morning is a peaceful and perfect time to do this. Our goal will be to capture the brilliance of the early morning light while the streets are still empty and before the city awakens. After breakfast we will discuss our morning shoot and then visit the Museum of the Revolution. After lunch we will travel to a wonderful old mansion in Vedado where we will photograph models in the decaying remains of the once elegant and grand home. From Vedado we move on to a historic Spanish church where we will photograph a mock setup shot of a bride and groom during sunset and blue hour. In the evening we enjoy dinner at El Cocinero. This lovely restaurant is housed in a former Power Plant and Factory. Home to Havana’s hip, you might think you are in Soho or Madrid. Following dinner we walk next door for live music, art and photography at La Fabrica de Arte Cubana. Rock star X Alfonso has turned this into a meeting place for young and eclectic Cubans and foreigners. (B)

Monday (3)  Central Havana

On Monday after breakfast we visit the home of a Cuban family where we will shoot portraits of elderly family members as well as the family’s younger generations. This may not be fashion photography, but a nice opportunity to come away from Cuba with a variety of people images. After lunch we will spend the afternoon photographing Cuban ballerinas in an abandoned building or theatre. Our focus will be on creating fine-art ballet photography, with both individual dancers and groups of dancers. In the early evening we are treated to a musical performance with Frank Delgado, renowned singer and songwriter, for a discussion about the nueva trova movement in Cuba, followed by a musical performance. Frank is often referred to as the Billy Joel of Cuba. Dinner at one of Havana’s nicest rooftop restaurants. (B)

Tuesday (4)  Santa Maria Beach - Havana

On day four we are picked up by beautifully restored Classic American Automobiles from the 1950’s for a day of photography with Cuban models and the rest of our team. We will arrive first at the beautiful beaches of Santa Maria, east of Havana for an early morning shoot on the beach. From here we will explore different locations to photograph our models, and enjoy lunch with our models and the team before heading back to Havana. Of course we will make good use of the classic cars and our models. In the afternoon we will review images and discuss post-processing. In the evening we visit an artist family in Havana. The husband and wife are well known and successful artists and their young son, an accomplished fine art photographer. After we will enjoy a wonderful “Farewell Dinner” at the world famous La Guarida Paladar, the set to the movie “Strawberry and Chocolate,” and known for it’s spectacular ambiance and delicious desserts. (B, D)

Wednesday (5)  Old Havana

On Wednesday morning we take a break from fashion photography and enjoy an early morning Bicycle Taxi Photo Tour through Old and Central Havana. providing us with many photographic opportunities. We will explore Havana’s Old City a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through the Plaza Vieja, the oldest plaza in Havana, dating from the 16th century. See the Plaza de San Francisco, a cobbled plaza surrounded by buildings dating from the 18th century, dominated by the baroque Iglesia and Convento de San Francisco dating from 1719. Visit Plaza de la Cathedral and the Cathedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana. Visit the Plaza de Armas, a scenic tree-lined plaza formerly at the center of influence in Cuba. It is surrounded by many of the most historic structures in Havana as well as important monuments. We will end our ride at one of the most photogenic produce markets in Havana. After we return to the hotel to check-out and bid you farewell. (B)

Photo Workshop Adventures provides 100% legal Cuba trip under US Treasury Department’s OFAC People-to-People Travel Program. CT-2016-327909 / C.F.R. 515.567. This allows individuals to travel to Cuba for educational and cultural purposes.

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Options and Benefits

Private Guided Tours & Adventures

We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here for more information. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

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Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email us for more information.

Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials

We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.

Combination Tours

You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Click here to explore our wonderful selection of Combination Packages.

Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.

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Loyalty Club**

All registered guests for 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.

**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  

NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.


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