Discovering Valencia

with your film family


It’s finally here! A “Carmencita meets” in Valencia, our home and our headquarters. After moving from L’Alcúdia to the city and handling the overwhelming work we were so lucky to have this summer, we feel it’s time to hold a “Meets” in this little corner in the Mediterranean. The Meets are something different (#thisisnotaworkshop), think of it as a gathering of photographers who love to share experiences and grow together.

Only through sharing it’s possible to take European Film Photography further, plus we can’t wait to show you the little wonders of our city!

by Hanke Arkenbout                                               by Hanke Arkenbout

The Plan

Experience the City as a Local

Like the lab, most of us have been born and raised in here, it isn’t a large city and we love it. We know by heart it’s tips and tricks, the best spots and the stories behind it. One of the best things, pretty much anytime you come there is sun 100% guaranteed. We hope you feel part of the city by the time to say goodbye.

We won’t gather in one location, cause there are several locations we need to show you if you make it down here. We will move around the city as if it was second nature. In Valencia pretty much everything is within walking distance, full of narrow streets, impossible corners, buildings from the XIV century and all surrounded by the vivid color of our folklore.

And not only the city, we will take you to the wonders of nature that surround us too!

by Hanke Arkenbout             by Hanke Arkenbout

Learn together

A huge part of learning and growing as a professional relies on sharing, at least that’s what we firmly believe. We love workshops for that, but as much as we love the knowledge we love the feeling of getting back home with a bunch of new friends that share the same crazy passion about film photography as we do and the fact that we had the chance to talk about our passions over long lunches, warm dinners and cold evening drinks.

And that’s what we aim to do! Rather than telling you how to shoot we would love to exchange experiences and share what we know and how we work while surrounded by the wonders of Valencia. Connecting photographers is something that’s written in the very DNA of Carmencita and we can’t get enough of it.

by Wesley Nulens            by Wesley Nulens

And Beautifully Styled

Perhaps you already knew about the work of our Portugese friends (check them out!) but BrancoPrata is more than just photography. A big part of it relies on the styling and floral design, and we feel it’s a fantastic opportunity to see how they work and combine those skills with photography.

As photographers it can be difficult to see all the hard work behind the styling & decor. We want to use this chance to get you to work side by side with an stylist and get the best out of every shoot. Sofia will be working with us and explaining step by step the process of creating in order to help you work with stylists or even plan something of your own when you don’t have and extra pair of stylist eyes with you.


Bending the “Workshop” concept

Being able to learn the tips ‘n tricks of big photography names is indeed a really good way of learning but we’ve seen a huge rise of the film photography in Europe and we are thrilled to see how everyone is reaching a point where learning how to expose is not a challenge anymore.

Seeing how the community is evolving we feel there is a lack of an event where you can learn how to further develop your business further, how to approach your type of clients or even how to book the jobs you love and market yourself; while you can enjoy a relax atmosphere and you can actively participate giving your personal experiences and sharing your concerns among others.

A lot has changed since we opened back in 2013 and we believe workshops are something meant to be updated too!

You are also a speaker!

Here is where we believe something can be made different, being cozier than conferences and without the hierarchy of a classic workshop. That’s why we want to meet with you!

We want to hear your voice and create an environment where we all share our thoughts and the only silly question is the one not asked. We will change the lectures for round tables. And yes, tables with ‘s’ cause there is so many things to talk about and remember the city is our playground, this will enable us to move around within the city finding the best spots to gather, discuss and learn.

Everything is within walking distance in Valencia… and we know that if it usually takes 10 min to get anywhere, with photographers it takes 30 min between “Oh wait stand there for second!” and “Man I need to take your portrait with this light!”.

by Andre Teixeira by Andre Teixeira

Knowing all the details

What is included?

  • Accommodation for 5 nights
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Roundtables with open topics about professional photography
  • Guidance in the city by the Carmencita team
  • Welcoming dinner on Tuesday
  • Lab guided tour

Day 1

  • Presentation
  • Why film?
  • Personal Work
  • Historic center walk
  • Lunch
  • Dealing with real clients
  • Detour till the oldest city gate
  • Dinner in the Historic Center
  • Drinks & Live Music

Day 2

  • Trip to L’Albufera
  • Round table at a “Barraca”
  • The importance of teamwork before & during the shoot
  • Traditional Paella Lunch
  • Understanding the story behind the shoot
  • Styled shoot in l’Albufera
  • Dinner at a Tapas Tavern

Day 3

  • Lab tour
  • Develop & Scan your own film
  • The myth behind the Labs
  • 100% film? Is this real life?
  • Pricing in Europe
  • Lunch
  • How to reach out to people, connect
  • Shooting around the city, experimenting
  • See you soon Dinner

Hanke Arkenbout / Isabelle Hesselbergby Hanke Arkenbout / Isabelle Hesselberg


*21% VAT from Spanish taxes need to be added, if you live inside the EU and you have a VAT number please send it to us and you will be exempt of Spanish taxes. If you live outside the EU no taxes will be applied.


Meant to learn not to earn

Know the costs

Since we started this adventure something was crystal clear for us: we are here because we want to help photographers to shoot film and not die trying. First it was scanning and developing, it advanced a bit more with our little film shop and it stablished with spreading the knowledge through workshops.

We couldn’t be happier for all the experiences we had but from what we’ve seen nowadays it appears that we have an scenario flooded with workshops, and that’s great… when you feel you get what your money is worth.

That’s why we will open our books for those who wish to know where all the budget goes to. If you’ve got questions we will be pleased to answer them! And if at the end of the workshop there is an extra profit we will decide together what to do with it, drinks, film, Carmencita coupons… you name it! Also understand that organization time will be paid in hours to the respective people involved.

This is not a regular workshop, neither it’s meant to be like one. We deeply believe things can be done differently for the best!

Grand Finale

Carmencita Opening Party (again)

Everyone’s invited!

As you may know already, Carmencita is 3 years old but we never did an opening party when we initially opened (due to unexplainable reasons), so when we moved to the city we said “Now is the time!” It turned out better than we could have ever imagined, having 15 people from all over Europe flying for that weekend and mixing up with 200 people from Valencia, discovering the lab’s new facility and celebrating film (and free beer indeed).

We are not sure if you can actually celebrate a party anniversary but we plan on doing it anyhow =) We couldn’t think of a better ending to a “Carmencita meets”, a huge party to celebrate our first year in the city.

It’s an open event, happening one day after the ending of the “Meets” so feel free to stay some extra days and join us! The “Opening Party Anniversary” will take place April 2nd and further details will be published on our Facebook real soon!

Hasta Pronto!

Still got questions? Email us!


by Isabelle Hesselberg by Isabelle Hesselberg