The Tuscany Tour 2019
An Italian experience with Damien Lovegrove
9th – 15th September 2019
With rolling hills, rustic farmhouses and bountiful olive groves, Tuscany is the perfect place for photographers seeking inspiration and adventure.
Damien says, “On this luxurious 5 day photographic workshop we will capture the beauty of our three models in some of the most fabulous shoot locations I’ve ever experienced. We will relax in the evening at our villa, with dinner on the terrace or later in the trip, in one of the restaurants in the famous Piazza Del Campo in Siena”.
The trip starts with three nights at our exclusive luxury villa near Volterra. We will venture out to shoot in abandoned villas and the olive groves of our villa. We then move onto our hotel in Siena where we will be based for a further four nights. We will shoot portraits on the ancient streets in both the evening and morning light. The last part of our adventure takes us to the area around Pienza to shoot portraits in lost locations full of character and charm. The sessions are relaxed and fun, instructional and inspirational. Immerse yourself in this unique photography tour, fall in love with Tuscany and have an experience to remember.
Dates: 9th – 15th September 2019
Tutor: Damien Lovegrove
Group size: 6
Price: £3,720 inc. vat pp
Deposit: £500 pp
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- Accommodation – a private Villa near Volterra and a Hotel in Siena
- All breakfasts & lunches throughout the trip
- Evening meals at our Volterra Villa (3)
- Refreshments, – water (teas and coffee too where available)
- Three professional models with shoots on all five days
What’s Not Included
- Car hire & fuel
- Travel insurance
- Evening meals in Siena (3)
- Evening drinks
The Tuscany Tour Overview
On this 6 night trip you’ll be journeying through arguably one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe photographing a mixture of portraits, fashion, boudoir, figure-in-the-landscape, and the occasional exquisite landscape. You will be photographing several professional models throughout the trip. There will be five workshop (teaching) days with arrival and departure ‘road trip’ days either side. We’ll be staying as a group in beautiful exclusive Italian villa and a hotel based in Siena.
There will not be many miles to cover on this trip and the emphasis will be on taking photographs under the expert guidance of Damien Lovegrove rather than travelling. Once delegates have all booked we will create a private Facebook group so that people can get to know each other and ask questions about the lenses and equipment required.
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.
Model: Michaela will model for us in Siena. These images of Michaela were taken by Damien in Siena in 2018.
Tour Day 1 – Monday 9th September
- Check-in at the villa from 4pm
- Welcome drinks on the terrace as the sun goes down
Tour Day 2 – Tuesday 10th September
- Shoot at a hidden abandoned villa (model TBC)
- Lunch back at our villa
- Interior fashion shoot in our villa
- Afternoon light shoot in the olive groves
- Dinner on our villa terrace under the stars
Tour Day 3 – Wednesday 11th September
- Morning light shoot in the grounds of the villa (model TBC)
- Lifestyle boudoir shoot
- Venture out to shoot at a nearby abandoned farm and outbuildings
- Dinner on the terrace of our villa
Tour Day 4 – Thursday 12th September
- Check out of our first villa by 10am and drive to Siena (1½ hours)
- Lunch in Siena
- Afternoon photo shoot on the streets of Siena with our Italian model (Michaela Bartolini)
- Check into our Hotel
- Dinner in Piazza Del Campo, Siena
Tour Day 5 – Friday 13th September
- Morning shoot in Siena with an Italian model (Michaela Bartolini)
- Lunch near the Duomo in Siena
- Free time to capture Siena. Get lost in the myriad of beautiful back streets with your camera in hand
- Dinner in Piazza Del Campo, Siena
Tour Day 6 – Saturday 14th September
- Drive to Val d’Orcia, Pienza area (1 hour)
- Shoot at a lost location with Martina Bellacima, our Italian model (with interpreter)
- Figure in the landscape photo shoot
- Lunch in the heart of Pienza
- Lost location shoot at other abandoned villas near Pienza
- Drive back to Siena, stopping on the way to capture the evening light on Pienza and the rolling hills
- Dinner in Siena
Tour Day 7 – Sunday 15th September
- Final farewells over breakfast
- Checkout by 11am
- Travel home as needed / extend your stay in Pisa or Florence.
*Exact details subject to change including models. Workshop days may be moved around if the weather requires us to do so.
Model: Martina will model for us in the Pienza region. These pictures of Martina were taken by Damien there in 2018.
“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.”
“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. “
“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
“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 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
“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
“We had a fantastic time. A perfect mix of workshop and holiday. Damien is the master of light and a great instructor. Thank you and see you in 2018” – Alex
“It was worth every step of the journey!!! I had such an amazing time… and I learnt a lot!” – Nikki
Our luxury 9 bedroom private Villa near Volterra
Our 4 star tour hotel in Siena
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.
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