About The Photo Weekender

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Join a small group led by a pro photographer for a weekend of street photography assignments and city exploration!

As seen in digtial photographer pmagazin

Led by Fujifilm Ambassador Polly Rusyn


That sums us up, and if that’s you too - whether you are an absolute beginner, more advanced, or a pro photographer in any field - let us show you and your camera our favourite cities. Not only do we provide an assignment based workshop, The Photo Weekender saves you hours of research by expertly planning photography orientated itineraries complete with awesome food stops - all booked in advance (unless we hit a food market) for sociable group meals in tried and tested eateries!


Led by Polly Rusyn, a professional photographer, Official Fujifilm X-Photographer, and former adventure travel tour leader - our photo adventures take place within 48 hours over three days (an afternoon, a full day and a morning) in a European city. Unless it's a Long Weekender, which is three full days and a morning with a bit more free time thrown in. Just book your own flights and accommodation to suit your budget, pack anything that can capture an image and join a bunch of like-minded friendly photographers who love to travel, and we’ll sort out the rest. Join us for a weekend of street photography, city exploration, new friends, bad jokes, good laughs and the chance to learn something too. Make a Weekender part of a longer holiday or just come away with us for a quick escape...


Through a series of briefings and photography assignments we show you how to shoot strangers Ninja-style so you can become confident making candid photos on the street; introduce you to the building blocks of what makes a great photo in terms of light, composition and storytelling, so you can be as creative as you want - no postcard shots here! We will wow you with elements of colour theory and Gestalt principles of visual perception, and promise never to stand you in a spot and tell you what to shoot - instead we give you the tools to see photo opportunities, capture your own unique moments and observations, and develop your own style. But most importantly you’ll return home with super memories, great pictures and improved skills as a candid photographer. Sounds awesome right?!


Need To Know

(Short Attention Span Version)



  • Experienced tour leader and professional photographer rolled into one

  • Perfectly planned itinerary to maximise discovering the best of a city over 48 hours (unless it's a Half Weekender or a 1-1)

  • Creative photography assignments to inspire and improve your photography

  • Group bookings (where applicable) in hand-picked eateries for sociable lunches and dinners

  • Feedback on a set of ten self-critiqued images post tour (five for a Half Weekender)



  • Flights and accommodation: you can book your own to suit your budget

  • Food and drink: only pay for what you consume

  • Public transport: sometimes we make side trips or jump on buses or metros (Long Weekenders may have additional inclusions)

  • Any entrance fees: mostly we go shooting in free public spaces but sometimes we can’t resist a local attraction (Long Weekenders may have additional inclusions)


  • Your passport, travel insurance and some dosh

  • Anything that can capture an image plus plenty of batteries and memory cards

  • Comfortable shoes, as there is always a lot of walking

  • A sense of humour and a sense of adventure


It was an awesome weekend, and I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone, regardless of their level of photography skills, as Polly skilfully develops the 'inner photographer' in us all. Thank you Polly for being the 'hostess with the mostess': everything was brilliantly organised and I had a great time, as indeed I did on the two previous trips. I look forward to the next one.

Theresa B.


Upcoming Weekenders

Up Your Street Photography Game While Discovering A Cool City Through Your Lens.


Istanbul, Turkey

Sat 10 Jul - Mon 12 Jul 2021

The historic Sultanahmet Quarter, Taksim Square with its vintage trams and vibrant street life, a photo walk along Istiklal Street to Galata Bridge and buzzing Eminönü - home to the labyrinthine covered Grand Bazaar, and the colourful district of Balat.

5-7 people

£245 per person


Private Groups

Flexible Dates / Destinations

If you are an existing gang of friends or family, a camera club, a small business, a squad or group of any kind then gather yourselves together! Choose from 2021 destinations plus Cadiz, Gdansk, Lisbon, Porto, Prague or Seville.

[Price is per group regardless of size]

2-7 people

£2,450 per group


1-1 Online Sessions

Flexible Dates / Times

If you are looking for a little quality time one to one to talk about anything you want - it could be a portfolio review or a technical check-up, or time to look at editing and post-processing, or just a general Q&A if you have any burning questions! We would meet on Zoom.

1 person / 45 minutes

£40 per person

NEW 2021 Weekenders coming soon!
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Gift Vouchers Are Cool!

Ever been stuck for a gift idea? Be stuck no more! Get hold of a Weekender Gift Voucher and treat someone who loves photography (and banter) to an unforgettable experience with an awesome group of people (we seem to attract the good ones!). Choose from £25, £50 and £100 vouchers.

Our Manifesto

Affordable. Inspirational. Sociable.


We believe photography is for everyone and photography experiences should be affordable

We want you to travel with us again and again exploring inspiring cities with your camera, so we believe in offering a high quality experience that is also awesome value