As some of you may know, we bought a dreamy medieval fortress aptly named, La Fortezza in the countryside of northern Tuscany,  a region known as Lunigiana. For the past few years, we have worked tirelessly to restore the property and turn it into a home and creative space for visionaries from around the world.

Join us in Italy in 2019!

Why attend a workshop or retreat at La Fortezza with me? My family and I having been living in Liguria, and now the Lunigiana, for 20 years. In fact, I am writing a book about our adventures. We selected Lunigiana for an authentic Italian experience. We were sick of large crowds of tourists in our beach town, so we opted for the Italian countryside in northern Tuscany near the sea and the mountains. It’s the perfect escape; gorgeous and peaceful and in the ideal location to visit Florence, Parma or the Italian and Tuscan Riviera. If you’re looking for an unspoiled Italian adventure, join us for one of our many educational and creative experiences away from the maddening crowds.

Exciting New Opportunities:

The most exciting announcement this year is that we will be renting La Fortezza starting in 2019. If you have visions of your wedding, corporate or private retreat, workshop with friends, or catalog product shoot here, you will be able to use La Fortezza as your exclusive destination/location. Head the the Rent La Fortezza page for more information.

Announcing Our 2019 Workshops:

We have been holding our summer/fall workshops here, and they have been such fun. We've enjoyed meeting everyone and working with attendees from all over the world.

In 2019, we will offer food photography and food and prop styling workshops as well as our original workshop - strictly styling, one on ones, an artist in residence program, and fantastic workshops by guest instructors from around the world.

Of course, as always, there will be plenty of eating and wine drinking, especially since we are now the owners of our own vineyard. Drinking our own wine is really something special.

I am doing it again… a Strictly Styling One-on-One Workshop with me, Annette for aspiring stylists, new bloggers, experienced stylists, and experienced bloggers looking for some new inspiration. This workshop will consist of styling lessons, prop shopping with me at all of my favorite haunts, cooking with me,  and even discussions about styling and production, including the business side of things, and making your brand stand out and advice on how to market yourself and get work in the real world. So if you want to hang out with me and learn all of my styling secrets, plan to book this one of a kind experience. Please email me if you would like to book a private workshop by yourself or with a few friends, and you'd like to be able to your pick the date. Otherwise check the dates in 2019 posting soon.

During all workshops we go on many excursions to flea markets local farmers' markets to buy food products to use in our shoots and at our cooking lessons. You will meet the locals and experience Italy Italian style. We have so many amazing resources including our neighbors who run various food artisan businesses because live here so we are well connected. We have a wide array of resources for flea marketing, antiquing and prop hunting, too, so those excursions are always a part of our workshop experiences.

We will have a few surprise guest artisans/instructors cooking and styling and teaching art in 2019. Our goal is to network and create beauty with amazing talents from all over the world. We want La Fortezza to be worldwide creative haven where the best of the best teach and mentor other creatives from all over the world. A real creative cooperative where like-minded people can meet and create in the most gorgeous, untouched region in Italy. If you're interested in conducting a workshop please email me. We are welcoming all sorts of workshops and retreats next year.

We pride ourselves on providing one-on-one personalized instruction for everyone, therefore classes are limited to 6-8 students max. Our instructors have 10 + years of real life experience in the professional photography field, or field of study, working for real publications, and with commercial clients and in the fine arts. We are very selective about who we bring to teach in this very exclusive learning experience with seasoned professionals.

As always our workshops are open to all levels.

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NO NEED TO MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS because you stay on the compound.

You will stay on the Fortress compound with us surrounded by breathtaking views. We pride ourselves in offering everyone newly renovated and comfortable accommodations. Rooms are simply and authentic. We like to think of the design aesthetic as bohemian and monastic, a unique countryside take and pared down design. All rooms feature wifi and their own bathrooms. We have a private chef for all workshops include cooking lessons in our stunningly outfitted commercial kitchen.

We welcome private groups, too, so please feel free to email Annette to make arrangements:

We look forward to creating beauty with you, drinking our wine at aperitivo on the expansive terrace, and dining alfresco as the sun sets on the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.

Join us. What are you waiting for?

Learning my styling techniques and how to use them in every scenario will take you far; you can never unlearn them.
— Annette Joseph