This food photography and styling retreat is a 2-day experience, where together we will not only discover the surroundings, but our main aim will be to develop your skills in the techniques of photography and styling. We will help you out of your rut and bring out your creativity by working on many exercises and refining the style. This retreat will be a place for you to gain motivation and renew your creative ability. With ideas and discussions from other group members it will boost your knowledge and help you think out of the box.
Together we will cook, eat and drink delicious rustic Italian meals and wines, using exquisite seasonal ingredients, sourced locally and from the villa gardens and fruit trees.
We will take photos by the swimming pool, on the terrace and in the olive groves. We will visit a 2000 year old olive tree and have an an exclusive olive oil tasting experience. We will dine at a wonderful secluded little trattoria perched on top of a hill in Lazio, past poppy fields, where each dish is a symphony of flavors.
The focus for this food, styling and lifestyle retreat is to:
access your untapped creativity using the olive groves and rolling hills as a backdrop.
explore all the aspects to easily create beautiful pictures
focus on photo and styling processes, from basics natural light manipulations to more advanced ones.
create succulent stories with your photos, create the right atmosphere
share current food styling and prop trends
discuss many important topics revolving around photographing food: picking ingredients, cooking/photo time management, post-processing,
steps towards discovering your unique voice and artistic style
master the perfect composition
consider props, how to find them, how to make them and how to budget with them
This tranquil, unique and homey venue will provide us with a fabulous source of inspiration and offer us plenty of room, outdoors and indoors, for our hands-on exercises and photo assignments.
The Hosting Team
Rissa Miller is my biggest support during the organizing and planning of these retreats. With over 20 years professional experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Paris she spent the last 5 years cooking throughout Italy. I am very thrilled to be teaming up together with Rissa again to share our knowledge and passion with our participant
Johnny Madge is our dynamic Olive Oil Sommelier and tour guide for our olive oil excursion. Internationally acclaimed olive oil sommelier, expert forager, marble sculptor, and extraordinary host, Johnny has been living in Sabina for 35 years and offers infinite knowledge and frequent laughter to all our participants.
Who Should Join!
This photography and lifestyle experience is perfect for you if:
You are a photographer who wishes to discover all the exciting aspects of capturing beautiful food and lifestyle photos in a unique location
You are looking to take your food, travel and lifestyle photography skills to the next-level
You are a blogger, web designer, graphic designer, stylist, magazine editor, creative designer, foodie, writer (all were past participants of my workshops) or similar and you wish to capture beautiful images for your business or blog
You wish to improve your styling and find your way through the jungle of food styling to create the perfect set-up
You have a basic knowledge of using the DSLR and camera settings
anyone who is keen to spend a few wonderful days with like-minded people exploring and enjoying this incredible spectacular city