A 3-Day Photographic Workshop with Damien Lovegrove
7th – 11th September 2018
This intensive yet fun portraiture workshop is perfect for passionate photographers wanting to further their understanding of light, composition and directing. We will be shooting portraits of our professional model in an abandoned villa, a rustic farm, the streets of Volterra and our sumptuous villa. We will occasionally use off camera flash to supplement the natural light as and when required and all lighting equipment will be provided. Guests will enjoy our exclusive private Villa and the wonderful home cooking. Non shooting partners are welcome to join us on location each day or to relax at our villa by the pool.
The pictures above were taken on the 2017 workshop and are an example of the shots likely to be captured in 2018 on this feature packed workshop.
Dates: 7th – 11th September 2018
Tutor: Damien Lovegrove
Group size: 6 (excluding non-shooting partners)
Price: £2495 / pp
Deposit: £500 / pp (final balance due 30 June 2018)
Want to bring your partner?
Our non-shooter rate is £800/pp based on shared accommodation.
How do I book?
Pay by Paypal below, or contact us to pay by bank transfer. You can also send us the deposit using a money exchange company which may offer cheaper transfer fees: https://transferwise.com
Tuscany Workshop Overview
On this 3 day, 4 night trip you’ll be photographing a mixture of portraits, fashion, boudoir, figure-in-the-landscape as well as traditional landscape work. You will be photographing a professional model throughout the trip. There will be three full workshop (teaching) days with arrival and departure days either side. We’ll be staying as a group in a beautifully traditional Italian villa with breakfast, lunch and evening meals included.
We recommend hiring a car if possible as we plan to travel in groups in these cars to our photoshoot locations. Once delegates have all booked we will create a private Facebook group so that people can get to know each other and co-ordinate car share where possible.
The nearest airports to the villa where we’ll be staying are Pisa and Florence, both about 1hr 20m drive away.
Lots of careful planning has gone into this trip to make it as relaxing, inspirational, educational and as fun-filled as possible. There will be great food, good company and excellent photo making opportunities.
- Accommodation at the Villa
- All breakfasts (x4), lunches (x3) and evening meals (x4)
- Refreshments (during workshop days)
What’s Not Included
- Flights (or other means of travel) to the villa (approx 80 mins drive from Pisa or Florence airports)
- Travel insurance
- Evening drinks
Arrival – Friday 7th September
- Check-in at the villa from 4pm
- Welcome drinks on the terrace as the sun goes down
Workshop Day 1 – Saturday 8th September
- Shoot at a hidden abandoned villa
- Lunch back at our villa
- Shoot at an abandoned farm and outbuildings
- Dinner on our villa terrace under the stars
Workshop Day 2 – Sunday 9th September
- Morning light shoot in the grounds of the villa
- Lifestyle boudoir shoot
- Interior fashion shoot
- Afternoon light shoot in the olive groves
Workshop Day 3 – Monday 10th September
- Street shoot in Volterra
- Leisurely lunch in town
- Figure in the landscape shoot
- Farewell dinner
Departure Day – Tuesday 11th September
- Breakfast at the villa
- Check-out by 11am
We suggest extending your tour with a visit to San Gimignano (40 mins drive) or a trip down to Sienna, (70 mins by car).
*Exact details subject to change. Workshop days may be moved around if the weather requires us to do so.
“In my opinion Damien put together a highly professional, enjoyable and educative few days that met my very demanding “comfortable ambience” requirements just as much as my photographic ones. I found the trip to be very civilised in terms of food, accommodation and general atmosphere. The whole group can share some of the credit for the latter. We are a disparate bunch comprising of few natural “followers” but under Damien’s leadership we gelled together very quickly and I genuinely enjoyed the company and respected the input of each and every one of you.”
“Despite my prior experience, I learned from Damien methods to see and manage light that I was simply not aware of previously. I thought he was a nutter when he told us to capture non-lit ambient images in the middle of a dark tunnel; the results were stunningly dramatic! Damien clearly has an in-depth understanding of light and a uniquely effective way of conveying this to others. His location-research images, all shot on the day after our workshop, are testament to the fact that he can do far more than just talk about photography! Thank you Damien.” – Duncan
“I had such a good time and was so happy to meet everyone. Thank you all for the memories and company, and thank you Damien for being a fantastic instructor and a ton of fun to hang out with, and to Mischkah for being incredibly professional and good at what you do, as well as such a sweet and fun person to spend time with. Cheers!” – Tim
“It was worth every step of the journey!!! I had such an amazing time… and I learnt a lot!” – Nikki
“A great experience. Your knowledge about lighting techniques are outstanding. Your easygoing way of teaching made it a joy to learn and explore.” – Fabien
“I did this workshop with Damien Lovegrove last year, loved every minute of it!” – Lisa White
“I just wanted to say a very big thank you to everyone involved in the Tuscany workshop. It was really a great time, lots of fun & laughs, the locations were brilliant. Please pass on my appreciation to everyone involved, you all did a fantastic job.” – David Mussett
“Your experience , knowledge and enthusiasm was extremely motivational and I am certainly energised and wanting to raise the bar on my own expectations for developing a quality business. Damien has helped me immensely and [my training] was undoubtedly one of the best training experiences that I have ever had. “
Our Private Villa Retreat
This beautifully appointed 9 bedroom villa is exclusively ours for the duration of the workshop. Each room has air conditioning, there is good wifi throughout the villa and there is 4g phone coverage too.
Considered by many to be one of the worlds most influential contemporary photographers, he is best known for creating portraits that make women look fabulous. Joining the BBC at the age of 19, Damien worked as a cameraman and trained as a Lighting Director before leaving in 1998 to become a full time photographer. Now a Fujifilm X Photographer and Fujifilm UK Ambassador, he has travelled the world as a commercial photographer, a wedding and portrait photographer and now a teacher, motivator, writer and columnist.
Should you cancel this tour for any reason, no refund will be available unless your place is resold. If you would like to cancel your place on this event please contact us by phone or email as soon as possible.
As our costs for each training event remain the same regardless of how many delegates attend, like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights etc, we are unable to give a full refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstances.
The exception to this is if we have prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold. In this event we will of course make a full refund or credit to you. We also reserve the right to cancel any workshop if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income. Please therefore do not leave it until the last few weeks if you are interested in a particular date, as you may find that it has been removed! Please note that we cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by yourself, so please check with us before booking any non-refundable accommodation or transport.
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