Alassio, Italy

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Alassio, Italy

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Join us for five days and four nights for this once in a lifetime creative retreat on the Italian Riviera. This photographic retreat will immerse you in the Riviera lifestyle. Join Annette and acclaimed lifestyle and interiors photographer, Emily Followill, as they guide you through styling and photography. Stroll the palm-lined boardwalk of the seaside town of Alassio and taste the ocean bounty and handmade pasta. Enjoy the retro-vibe of this little Italian beach town while capturing your best images along the way. Mingle with other creatives in this charming setting and relax and learn about photo styling and photography all at the same time. The workshop is for all levels, but keep in mind you should have basic knowledge of how to operate your camera and place it on a manual setting. Come along on an Italian experience full of fun, food, and photography. 

The Instructors:

Annette Joseph, acclaimed food and prop stylist, along with Emily Followill food, interiors, and lifestyle photographer, will be teaching basics intermediate and advanced styling and photography techniques while Anne Sage, Social Media Marketing expert and Editor and Chief behind the genius blog City Sage will be giving social media and blogging tips and tricks.

The Setting –  The B&B Borgata Cantone

Borgata Cantone, only holds 7 students, and we usually have 10-12 attendees, you will be placed in a nearby B&B that is the same caliber as Borgata Cantone, within walking distance. Breakfast will be served everyday at Borgata Cantone. NOTE: accommodations are first come, first serve.

This charming Ligurian B&B is tucked away into the mountains of Garlenda, Italy near the seaside town of Alassio, Italy. Ten minutes from the sea, it’s the perfect scenic photo location. Our hosts Vittoria and Emanuel are lovely. Vittoria works in fashion and owns one of the amazing fashion accessory shops in town, Terra, and Emanuel runs the B&B and is a chef. They are the perfect hosts for this workshop, as they are friendly, talented and accommodating.

Read about Anne Sage’s experience here.


Wednesday morning of June 8th
10:00 - 11:30 Nice Airport pick up - Terminal 2 at Baggage Claim we will be waiting outside in the waiting area. 
1:00 pm - Arrive at the B&B - Light lunch
2:30- 6:30 pm - Relax, Nap, Unpack
6:30 pm - Meet and Greet Aperitivo on the grounds- cocktails and nibbles
8:30 pm - Welcome dinner on the grounds to follow 

Thursday, June 9th
8:30- 9:00 am - Breakfast
9:00 am – Board Bus to town to walking Photo Tour of Alassio, shooting, shopping
12:30 pm - Meet back at the Muretto to board Bus to Basil Farm, tour with photo ops and lunch on the grounds.
3:30 pm – Board bus back to the B&B
4:00 pm – 6:30 free time
6:30 pm -  Aperitivo on the grounds
7:30 pm  - Free night in Alassio, dinner can be arranged through Emanuel, we will have suggestions. Bus to town at 7:30pm pick up at 10:30 pm at the Muretto.

Friday, June 10th
8:30 - 9:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 am - Lectures and PowerPoint presentation from Annette and Emily
11:00 am - Anne Sage presents her lecture on Social Media and Blogging for Success
12:00 – 1:00 pm -Lunch on the grounds
1:00 - 3:30 pm - Hands on Photography, you will photograph, still lives and food with one on one instruction from Annette and Emily. Annette will set up 4 vignettes for you to photograph with Emily
3:30 - 6:00 pm - Coffee, cookies, and free time
6:00 pm - Board the bus to Alassio, for Aperitivo by the sea, and Pizza on the Beach Party

Saturday, June 11th
8:30 - 9:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 pm – Photograph Chef Giulia doing a cooking demo
10:00- 12:00pm - We will style and photograph vignettes set up by you. You will have one on one instruction by both Annette about styling principles, and photography tips with Emily Props and food stuffs will be set up for you to choose and use.
12:00- 1:30 pm – Lunch on location. 
1:30pm- 3:30 pm – Your Choice of one of the following:

  • Post production session (Editing and organizing your images) with Emily (we will have more information for you about what to download on your computer see equipment list from Emily)

  • Those that do not want to participate, will be styling and shooting with Annette one on one.

3:30- 7:00pm – Coffee, cookies, and free time. Time to pack and edit your images and pull 5 of your favorites for review at breakfast the following morning.
7:00 - 8:00pm – Free night for dinner

Sunday, June 12th
8:30 am - Breakfast - Photo review for those that want to share.
Free day - To book an activity please contact Borgata Cantone directly. You can email Emanuel at
Free Day Activities include:

  • Hiking - there are many hiking trails just off of the property at Borgata Cantone

  • Beach Day - Varagottie Beach or Beach in Alassio

  • Shopping - walk through town to shop and photograph with lunch by the seaside

  • Horseback riding

  • Cooking Course - Learn from Tuscan chef, Giulia Scarpaleggia of Juls Kitchen.* 50 Euro paid directly to Giulia. Please contact Annette if you would like to take the course. 

*Be back by to 6:30 board the bus for - Farewell Dinner at Villa Della Pergola

Monday, June 13th
Breakfast and Departures
9:30 am- Board the bus for the Nice, France Airport.
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