PORTFOLIO ALGARVE Photography Holidays

Location Hire and Photography Holidays for Photographers & Models in the Algarve

What is Portfolio Algarve?


Location, Location...Locations!

Portfolio Algarve is based in a rustic house in the Algarve Hills in the village of Querenca near Loule.  

The Portfolio Algarve Villa is private and secluded, yet is very close to Faro Airport, the famous Algarve beaches and miles and miles of unspoiled countryside.  There's also an abundance of fascinating 

buildings to photograph. All can be photographed in the beautiful 'clean' light that the Algarve offers.



There are 3 guest bedrooms at the villa. Two double rooms and a twin. The layout of the house provides ideal accommodation for photographers and models.

There's a farm-house style kitchen and a large terrace with stunning views across olive orchards and hills as far as the eye can see.

The terrace dining area is where we enjoy stunning sunsets. 

At the villa we share 'country style living' - a hearty breakfast, simple lunches, and long barbecue evenings - or a short walk to the village square for a simple inexpensive restaurant meal.  


An Ideal Location for Model Photography

Your host is Michael White - a widely published photographer who specialises in model photography. 

Michael is available to act as a guide to the many locations he has found around the Algarve. 

Michael will also provide help and advice on various styles of model photography. He can give tips on how best to use the beautiful and ever changing light in the Algarve, can provide a huge choice of clothes and props for styling your model - and is happy to provide hints and tips on how to get your work published.

'Portfolio Builder' Short Breaks at Portfolio Algarve


For Photographers

A week or long weekend at PORTFOLIO ALGARVE makes an ideal break. It's also a great opportunity to build your portfolio with stunning new locations and ideas.

Photographers can bring their own models, or we can organise models from the UK and Europe. We also have have local models from Portugal. Please check for availability.

THE RECOMMENDED MODELS section features models that have worked at PORTFOLIO ALGARVE and who are highly recommended.


For Models

A trip to PORTFOLIO ALGARVE is a great way to build a MODEL PORTFOLIO that other photographers and clients will want to see!

The huge choice of locations here in the Algarve  gives models the chance to build a VARIED portfolio in some exotic and interesting locations. LIFESTYLE, FASHION, GLAMOUR - all of these styles can be shot in one trip- with make up artists and stylist available if required.

Bring a friend and make it an inexpensive but productive holiday!

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For Models and Photographers

PHOTOGRAPHERS - if you have a model that you would particularly love to shoot in exciting and varied locations, make the most of Aa stay at PORTFOLIO ALGARVE with a 10% DISCOUNT on bookings of MORE THAN 3 NIGHTS

MODELS -  if you have a particular photographer you love to work with - invite him or her on a trip to PORTFOLIO ALGARVE and get a 10% DISCOUNT on MORE THAN 3 NIGHTS STAY.



Alternative Accommodation Nearby.

Monte dos Avos Guest House


We highly recommend this Algarve Country Guest house. It's only 5 minutes drive away or a 15 minute walk. Monte dos Avos is at the other side of Querenca Village.

Daily collection and drop off at the Guest House can be arranged.

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The Village House (Apartments)


This village house right on Querenca Village Square is a 5 minute walk from the Portfolio Algarve House.

The local coffee shop and  Querenca Restaurant are right next door!

The rear of the house is divided into 2 apartments- each sleeping 2 adults.

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Le Jardim Hotel. Loule


The beautiful and historic market town of Loule is a 20 minute drive away.

For those wanting an inexpensive hotel stay in a pretty square in the heart of the town, we recommend Le Jardim Hotel. 

Daily collection and drop off at the Hotel can be arranged.

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Clothes, Prop's and Equipment

Model Clothes


At PORTFOLIO ALGARVE we have an extensive wardrobe - and literally trunks full of model clothes, shoes, wigs and jewellery. 

Guests are welcome to use our clothes and props to style any shoot.

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There's an array of props available - from old bicycles, a Harley Davidson, old furniture, great 'rustic' room sets, the famous ' old iron bed on the terrace with infinity views -  to 

a classic car.

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Equipment Hire


There are constant lights available on site, and a range of reflectors.

We work with a local photo equipment hire company offering a wide  range of professional equipment including CANON, PHASEONE, LEAF,  PROFOTO, MANFROTTO, and AVENGER equipment.

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Models & Photographers who like PORTFOLIO ALGARVE

Jack Russell

I  recently took a party of three models,myself, and a make-up artist and  hairstylist to stay with Michael at his beautiful villa in the hills of  the  Algarve.

The Villa was rustic, very spacious and  comfortable, nestling into the beautiful foothills, and was an ideal  place to shoot and relax.  The temptation of a cool beer or glass of  wine and a dip in the pool at the end of the day was very well received.

Even  with our large party Michael was very hospitable, a great  conversationalist, and worked tirelessly as a congenial host; this was  aided by his relaxed and very personable nature.   

The locations we shot at were  plentiful and Michael's local knowledge of the direction of light and  best times to shoot were of immense value.  

Michael is also a knowledgeable photographer and willingly shared the benefit of his experience quite freely.  

All  in all it was a successful trip, with too many incredible images to  mention.  

McArthur Photo

''I shot at Michael's venue last year with model I brought from the UK.

Michael  is a wonderful host as well as an exceptional photographer. He took us  to some great locations in addition to his own house and was on hand to  provide assistance and advice if required.

As well as  having a wonderful few days shooting in the amazing light of the Algarve  I also gained a friend and would recommend Portfolio locations to  anyone looking for a professional but relaxed venue to take models and  shoot in wonderful surroundings''.

Narcissus Photographic

Enjoyed  an amazing, memorable week at trips4togs. The charming rustic villa  offers a fantastic base, set amidst stunning mountainous scenery &  near to characterful villages & towns. Within close proximity are a  wealth of diverse dream locations to shoot at. Michael the host was  incredibly generous with his time, information & ideas - and an all  round fun, cool guy with a great artistic eye. His warm hospitality  really helped both my model & I relax & enjoy our time to the  max (the delicious tapas he prepared helped too!). Very highly  recommended for a superlative experience!

Bonnie Bellotti

I  had a truly wonderful stay at Michaels villa last week. Having met  Michael last year and working with him as part of another group, we kept  in touch and planned to shoot again this year. Organisation and pre  comms were faultless and everything ran smoothly.

Michael  is one of the most easy going people I know and I love his relaxed  approach in both shooting and in general. We work together really well  and produced some superb results. 

Furthermore, Michael is  the perfect host, making sure you are well looked after plus he spent an  awful lot of time ferrying me about (thank you so much!). Michael is  extremely knowledgeable about locations and surrounding areas so you will  never run out of ideas on places to shoot. The villa itself though is  excellent and has so much shooting potential you would never tire of  ideas. 

Without any hesitation, Portfolio - Algarve comes very highly recommended and if you haven't sampled it yet what are you waiting for!! 

I cannot thank Michael enough for the great time at Portfolio - Alagarve and really looking forward to the next time 

Stella Cox

Shot  at Michael's beautiful studio last week. What can I say that hasn't  been mentioned yet. This location is really adaptable to your individual  needs and we certainly did get amazing results. Every angle is a  different set, both inside and outside. Really happy with my stay.  Highly recommended to all photographers and models. Michael is fantastic  host too! Thank you. I look forward to coming back!

Hot Fridge Photos

Another  successful hire of Michael's lovely secluded villa in the Algarve,  southern Portugal.  A great host, lovely sun terrace to shoot on,  fantastic locations near by.  Chloe T and Lena 93, with 30 degree  sunshine....and Pixel, the new cat.  

How to Book

Our terms of business are 50% deposit with booking to reserve your dates. The balance is due at least 7 days before arrival. Please send your enquiry on the e-mail form below. *Model Fees and travel expenses are in addition to Portfolio Algarve fees.

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