This Workshop is the classic workshop we have offered over the years.  Annette will be teaching styling lessons while showing you how to style for the camera and then photograph your images with your camera or iPhone.

There will be excursions to the farmers markets, along with a free day which includes your choice of excursions. You will receive lessons in work flow, the business of styling and how to give your brand a presence on social media. There will be an opportunity to delve into your own business and plenty of one on one with Annette. All lessons will be conducted on the grounds and in the gorgeous photo studio situated in the stone barn. You will spend time using the vast prop collection in the studio, as well as shop for your own collection at Annette's favorite haunts and flea markets. This is an opportunity to work with a stylist and producer with 25 + years of experience in the highly competitive world of editorial styling. This workshop is great for aspiring stylists and photographers, professional bloggers, and artisan makers and manufacturers, cookbook authors. Improve your style and your brand amid the gorgeous landscape of Italy. Join us. This workshop is limited to 6 students; most rooms are shared rooms.

$2,800.00 shared rooms (nonrefundable initial deposit: $1,400 + remaining deposit due one month prior)

Fee includes breakfast, all lunches (excluding free day), some dinners, all instruction, and excursions. accommodations included.

Note: Airfare is not included. Students fly into nearest airport which is Pisa, Italyyou are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop to La Fortezza.

This workshop is a little different from what we have offered in the past.  Our photography instructor, Harriet Leibowitz, is a fine art photographer and is widely respected for her work with the human figure. She’s been shooting for over 30 years. Her work is part of many major collections around the world and is featured in many important galleries. She is a true talent and an inspiration.

This photographic experience with Harriet is more than a retreat. It is the opportunity to work side by side with one of the most important figurative photographers in the world. You will experience the personal communication and artistic vision of an accomplished artist one on one. You will be pushed to be your best possible self and create your best work ever. Not only will you create beautiful images, but Harriet will guide you through the technical and creative processes step by step.

Set in the Italian region of Lunigiana (Northern Tuscany), in the mountains. The location where you will be working and staying is an 11th century fortress. The location has been appointed specifically for photoshoots as we have the most amazing backdrops all over the 8500 square foot campus. There are 27 acres, including a vineyard, at your disposal. Ancient stone buildings and beautiful foliage serve as the perfect environment to create beautiful imagery all day long.

We have the most incredible models joining us. You will be studying both the female and male figure.

Learn to improve your lighting, your imagines and your editing skills. You will leave with beautiful and masterfully created images. We promise a fulfilling experience with great memories and wonderful new friendships. This creative retreat will take your photographs to the next level.

Our classes are limited to 6 students, so you will get individual attention and instruction.

$3,000.00 shared rooms. (nonrefundable initial deposit of $1,500 + remaining deposit due one month prior)

Fee includes breakfast, all lunches, all dinners, all instruction, and all excursions. accommodations included.

Note: Airfare is not included. Students fly into nearest airport which is Pisa, Italy. you are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop to La Fortezza.

 

This workshop has been requested by many of you. Annette will be offering 2 one on one sessions in 2018. Both workshops will be 3 days of intensive styling lessons with Annette. She will be teaching the basics of styling and composition for those of you interested in pursuing a career as a stylist.

These one on one lessons can be customized for you and can cover lifestyle, interiors, still life, and food styling, or you can choose an area of concentration.

For 3 days, you will discuss the business aspect of styling with tips on billing, fees, production and work flow. There will be a lesson on “how to produce a photo shoot” from start to finish along with valuable lessons applicable to your everyday styling/production business. Plus, you'll have experience with hands-on styling all while capturing your images. This is strictly styling, so styling, propping and production will be the focus of this workshop. 

There will be excursions to markets and local antiques markets where you will prop shop with Annette. All lessons will be conducted on the grounds and in the gorgeous photo studio situated in the stone barn. You will stay on the compound in a private room. All excursions will be covered, and fees include day trips and all meals.

This one on one experience will leave you with valuable lessons and insight into a career in styling as well as the skills to feel confident on a photoshoot. Whether you’re a professional blogger,  a stylist looking for new inspiration, a food-stylist ready to hone your skills, a chef seeking to move into styling, a prop stylist looking to improve work flow, or are someone simply interested in the business of styling, this workshop is for you. Tour Italy with Annette and make the best business decision of your life.

3 days - $2,500.00(nonrefundable initial deposit: $1,250 + remaining deposit due one month prior)

Fee includes breakfast, all lunches, all dinners, all instruction, and all excursions. accommodations included.

Note: Airfare is not included. Students fly into nearest airport which is Pisa, Italy you are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop to La Fortezza.

 

 

 

 

Savannah, Georgia super wedding team Kim Cheney and Donna Von Bruening will be our exclusive instructors for our first ever Tuscan Wedding Style +Photography Workshop in Italy. Their vast experience in the wedding industry makes this workshop extra special. Spend five inspiration-filled days in Tuscany at La Fortezza learning and receiving hands-on practice in the art of styling and photographing weddings. Donna, a fine art documentary photographer, and Kim, an event designer and master florist, bring together over three decades of luxury wedding experience to share with you the art of visual storytelling. You will learn visual language and how to hone your artistic voice to tell stories that arouse emotion and create a luxurious portfolio…all while surrounded by the gorgeous beauty of La Fortezza in the Lunigiana region of Italy in northern Tuscany.

This workshop is for wedding professionals with a desire to hone their skills, wedding planners looking for new inspiration, and new wedding planners looking to learn from two of the best wedding photographers and master florists in the business. This workshop is for photographers and non-photographers alike. For those not photographing, we will photograph your set-ups for you. We will also help you with iPhone photography, so everyone is included in the photography experience.

This is a hands-on experience, but there will also be lectures and one on one instruction throughout the week. In addition to instruction, you will also scour super- secret Italian flea markets for special props, enjoy dinners on the expansive terrace at night, and mingle with other industry professionals all while enjoying great food and beautiful views. It’s truly a creative retreat - a picturesque place to recharge and refresh.

La Fortezza is an exceptional backdrop to learn and experience the perfect styled wedding photoshoot.

$3,500.00 shared rooms ( nonrefundable initial deposit of $1,750 for double rooms+ remaining deposit due one month prior)

Note: Fee includes breakfast, most lunches (excluding your free day), some dinners, all instruction, and group excursions. Accommodations are also included. Note: Airfare is not included. Students fly into nearest airport which is Pisa, Italy you are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop to La Fortezza.

 

Join Paris-trained cook, cookbook author, and food stylist Marisa Curatolo next fall for a 5-day cooking, wine tasting, and styling workshop. During the workshop you will explore the region of Lunigiana in Northern Tuscany by visiting with local artisans and wine makers. You will shop for fresh produce from the local market and gather organic vegetables from an estate garden. Hands- on cooking classes are held in a charming farmhouse kitchen. Mornings begin with breakfast and strong Italian coffee served in the stone barn studio. You will dine on the outdoor terrace overlooking the vineyard with a breathtaking view of the Apennine Mountains.

This workshop is for anyone who loves to cook and wants to learn more about rustic Italian cuisine: pasta making, vegetable dishes, and desserts will be covered. It is also for those who wan to learn more about styling a pretty dish and setting a gorgeous table. You will taste regional wines and frequent flea markets and antique shops. All of the best things Italy has to offer. 

$3,400 shared rooms (nonrefundable initial deposit: $1,700 + remaining deposit due one month prior)

Fee includes transfers to and from Aulla train station, breakfast, all lunches, some dinners, all instruction, vineyard and winery tours with accompanied wine tastings, guided tour excursions with artisan cheese makers, bakers, and producers of olive oil, hands-on cooking demonstrations, and accommodations.

Note: Airfare is not included. Students fly into nearest airport which is Pisa, Italy. you are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop to La Fortezza.

Acclaimed Italian cookbook author, Domenica Marchetti, will be the instructor for our first ever workshop on canning and preserving in the Italian tradition. Italians are masters at the art of preserving the bounty of the seasons - summer's tomatoes and zucchini; September's peppers and figs; winter's citrus. Domenica has meticulously documented the recipes and techniques of Italian food artisans in her book, Preserving Italy: Canning, Curing, Infusing, and Bottling Italian Flavors and Traditions. In this one-of-a-kind workshop, we will spend five days in the glorious Tuscan countryside harvesting fruit and vegetables from La Fortezza's own organic garden and transforming them into jams, pickles, and other preserved foods. We will also hit the road and visit Parma for more culinary inspiration and ingredients (think Parmigiano-Reggiano and balsamic
vinegar. And we’ll meet a local food artisan who makes chestnut honey.

This workshop is for experienced cooks and preserving aficionados looking to expand their knowledge. It is also for those looking to delve into the wonderful world of preserves with one of the most accomplished recipe developers and experts on Italian cooking. 

This is a hands-on experience. You will learn to choose, prep, and process a variety of seasonal vegetables and fruits the Italian way. You will also learn how to make and store fresh pasta, and how to make and bottle sauce. There will also be an informative lesson on the many ways that Italians transform their food for safe keeping to enjoy later ~ from using ingredients such as salt, sugar, vinegar, and oil as preservatives to methods such as water-bath canning, pressure canning, and drying. Best of all, you will get to eat what you make, and bring it home, too. Be sure to leave room in your suitcase for your goods. We will also incorporate our preserves into our meals at La Fortezza ~ a stunning backdrop and the perfect place to learn this vital culinary art.

$3,400 shared rooms (nonrefundable initial deposit: $1,700 + remaining deposit due one month prior)

Fee includes breakfast, all lunches (excluding free day), some dinners, all instruction, and excursions. accommodations included preserving supplies will be provided. You will be taking your jars home so leave a little room in your suitcase, we will provide the packing materials for you.

Note: Airfare is not included. Students fly into nearest airport which is Pisa, Italy. you are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop to La Fortezza.

Lead by Steve McKenzie, a nationally known abstract painter, this workshop will teach you techniques to intuitively paint abstraction, discover your inner creative voice and transfer that energy to the canvas. 

This creative retreat includes a multitude of excursions to local museums to study art and discuss how classic renaissance art can inform your abstractions. Steve will be teaching in the visual splendor of The Fortress's expansive studio located on the grounds in an old stone barn, and the surrounding Tuscan landscape. Steve will guide your painting experience to reflect the juxtaposition of the beauty you observe with an abstract interpretation. In addition, the class will discuss the principles of painting and how to use them in your work. Time will also be spent merging your artwork and your social media. You will expand your artistic horizons in one of the most inspiring places in the world, Italy.

This workshop is perfect for aspiring artists as well as experienced artists wanting to find a breakthrough in their work.  Are you a creative (maker, designer, author, graphic designer, etc.) looking for new inspiration and artistic purpose? Then this workshop is made for you; find a new way to look at your work through abstract expressionism.  Steve is an amazing instructor you won't want to miss this creative experience, it will change your point of view, recharge your creative batteries, and alter your own artistic expression forever. This workshop is limited to 6 students; most rooms are shared rooms.

$3,400 shared rooms (nonrefundable initial deposit: $1,700 + remaining deposit due one month prior)

Fee includes breakfast, all lunches (excluding free day), some dinners, all instruction, and excursions. accommodations included some art supplies will be provided all canvases paper will be provided. Leave some room in your suitcase as you will be bringing your artwork home with you.

Note: Airfare is not included. Students fly into nearest airport which is Pisa, Italy you are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop to La Fortezza.

This workshop has been requested by many of you. Annette will be offering 2 one on one sessions in 2018. Both workshops will be 3 days of intensive styling lessons with Annette. She will be teaching the basics of styling and composition for those of you interested in pursuing a career as a stylist.

These one on one lessons can be customized for you and can cover lifestyle, interiors, still life, and food styling, or you can choose an area of concentration.

For 3 days, you will discuss the business aspect of styling with tips on billing, fees, production and work flow. There will be a lesson on “how to produce a photo shoot” from start to finish along with valuable lessons applicable to your everyday styling/production business. Plus, you'll have experience with hands-on styling all while capturing your images. This is strictly styling, so styling, propping and production will be the focus of this workshop. 

There will be excursions to markets and local antiques markets where you will prop shop with Annette. All lessons will be conducted on the grounds and in the gorgeous photo studio situated in the stone barn. You will stay on the compound in a private room. All excursions will be covered, and fees include day trips and all meals.

This one on one experience will leave you with valuable lessons and insight into a career in styling as well as the skills to feel confident on a photoshoot. Whether you’re a professional blogger,  a stylist looking for new inspiration, a food-stylist ready to hone your skills, a chef seeking to move into styling, a prop stylist looking to improve work flow, or are someone simply interested in the business of styling, this workshop is for you. Tour Italy with Annette and make the best business decision of your life.

3 days - $2,500.00(nonrefundable initial deposit: $1,250 + remaining deposit due one month prior)

Fee includes breakfast, all lunches, all dinners, all instruction, and all excursions. accommodations included.

Note: Airfare is not included. Students fly into nearest airport which is Pisa, Italy you are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop to La Fortezza.