Q: Why should I attend an Annette Joseph Style Workshop or Retreat?
A: Perhaps you want to take your professional skills to the next level, take on new career challenges, improve your blog, connect with other creatives, expand your mind, or just try something new? Our workshops and retreats are a great way to jump-start your goals. You will be creatively challenged and inspired in new and interesting ways.
Q: Who attends Annette Joseph Style + Photo Workshops?
A: A wide variety of people attend. We have stylists who want to photograph, and photographers who want to style. Small business owners who want to photograph products, artisan food producers, textile designers, writers, bloggers, interior designers, jewelry designers, chefs, floral designers, and magazine editors. Anyone wanting to be a better visual storyteller and hone their photographic eye. Our photography instructors, trained professionals working in the editorial industry, will teach you valuable lessons on workflow and editing with the latest software.
Q: Do you offer a discount for professional photographers or stylists?
A: There are no discounts for professional photographers or stylists.
Q: What is typically included in the fees for each workshop?
A: All inclusive fees typically include:
Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages for all workshop days; some but not all dinners
Guided trips to markets and shopping areas
Arrival cocktail, meet-and-greet reception, and farewell dinner
Professional photography and editorial food, prop, and lifestyle styling instruction from world-class experts
Food & all props for styling
Q: Where is La Fortezza located?
A: We are located in the Lunigiana, a beautiful area in the Italian countryside in northern Tuscany.
Q: Do I need to book my own airfare?
A: YES! For all workshops, you are responsible for your own airfare. Airfare is not included in the price of any workshop.
Pisa - 1 hour and 15 minutes from La Fortezza's front door in Lunigiana.
As there are no local taxi services in the countryside, we recommend guests arrive by rental car as it gives the maximum amount of freedom.
You may choose to arrive by train, the nearest station is Fivizzano/Rometta/Soliera we are happy to arrange pick up from the station.
Note: Once you are registered for a workshop, you will be able to reach out to fellow attendees to arrange ride-sharing. Please contact Annette with any additional questions.
Q: Should I purchase travel insurance?
A: We highly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance to cover any unforeseen travel complications including but not limited to cancellations, flight delays, or natural disasters.
Q: What should I pack for an Annette Joseph Style Workshop or Retreat?
A: Comfy shoes and clothes for working and touring all day, and nice attire for evenings in town and any cocktail parties that arise. Annette Joseph Style website's blog has great examples. Simply search "What I pack" on the blog.
Q: What camera equipment will I need for a photo+style workshop?
A: Plan to pack your camera and a tripod. We will supply all lighting equipment, however if you have portable lights, bring them if you like. A full camera equipment list will be supplied prior to leaving.
Q: Will I have a roommate for overnight workshops?
A: We have 2 rooms that that you are able to share, private rooms are first come first serve, but if you must have a private room we have 4 so please specify and we can accommodate you no problem. Check out the "register here" page, for more details. Just know we are always want to make sure attendees are comfortable. The cost is the same for shared rooms understand that shared rooms are more spacious.
Q: Can I bring my partner or spouse?
A: Absolutely, we welcome them, a charge of an extra 500.00 dollars for a shared room and this includes meals and lodging. They can also join us on our excursion day if they wish to.
Q: Is the sample schedule I see on each workshop page set in stone?
A: The instructors reserve the right to modify the program should the need arise, but for the most part this is the schedule.
Q: How do I secure my place in a workshop/retreat?
A: To secure your spot in a workshop, we request that a deposit payment be made upon registration. Note: Workshops fill-up quickly, and your space will only be yours with your deposit. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of registration containing further details and instructions.
Q: What if I register to attend, but won't be able to make it? Can I get a refund?
A: Make sure you want to attend as there are no refunds.