July 5-10, Italy


July 5-10, Italy


The total cost of this workshop is $3,275. A deposit of $1,500 is required to secure your registration. The remaining 50% is due May 31st. By purchasing this workshop, you agree to pay the remaining deposit when prompted to do so. No refunds are available after booking.

Registration closes May 31, 2017

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The workshop is the classic workshop we have offered over the years. There will be excursions to the farmers' market and Parma, along with a free day, which includes the choice of excursions to Lucca, Florence, or Pisa. Post-production lessons and work flow will be offered in the studio for those interested. 

Total cost: $3,275 (nonrefundable initial deposit - $1,500 + remaining deposit due one month prior)

The Instructors:

Annette Joseph, acclaimed food and prop stylist, along with Sarah Dorio food, interiors, and lifestyle photographer, will be teaching basics intermediate and advanced styling and photography techniques. 

The Setting - The Fortress

The Fortress, The Joseph's Tuscan summer home and workshop location is nestled in the heart of Northern Tuscany a region known as the Lunigiana. The medieval stone compound sits on 27 acres, on the grounds are Roman ruins, a river and the vineyard. The Fortress has a breathtaking view of the Apennine mountains & the marble-topped Apuane Alps and the valley below. The property is surrounded by olive groves, chestnut trees, and fruit orchards. The Fortress was a medieval defensive tower in a region that had over 120 castles and kingdoms to protect in the 15th century. On the property there are 3 outbuildings, a massive terrace, and a private living quarters. You can wander the grounds with camera in hand and capture the Italian country life during your stay.

Lodging: You will be staying at a nearby monastery that's been converted into a B&B. More information to follow.


Wednesday, July 5th
10:00 - 12:00 - Pisa Airport
1:30 pm - Arrive at The Fortress - Light lunch
2:30- 6:30 pm - Relax, Nap, Unpack
6:30 pm - Meet and Greet Aperitivo on the terrace - cocktails and nibbles
7:30 pm - Welcome dinner on the terrace to follow

Thursday, July 6th
9:00- 10:00 am - Breakfast
10:00 - noon - Lectures and PowerPoint presentation from Annette & Sarah
12:00 pm - Lunch on the grounds
1:00 - 4:00 pm - Hands-on photography, styling demonstration
4:00 - 6:30 - Free time
6:30 - Aperitivo on the terrace
7:30 - Dinner on your own

Friday, July 7th
9:00 - 10:00 am – Breakfast
10:00 - noon - Market excursion with Annette & Sarah
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Picnic on the grounds
1:00 - 4:00 pm - Hands-on photography and styling with Annette & Sarah
4:00 - 6:00 - Free time OR post production work flow lesson with Sarah
6:30 - Aperitivo on the terrace
7:30 - Group Dinner on the terrace

Saturday, July 8th
9:00 - 10:00 am – Breakfast
10:00- 4:30pm - All day photography excursion to Parma (including lunch) 
5:30 - 6:30 - Free time
6:30 - Dinner on your own

Sunday, July 9th
Free Day - To book an activity please contact Forrest Spears our AJ style team travel concierge directly (email: advice@youritalianconcierge.com). Note* if you're planning coming before or on staying on in Italy after the workshop Forrest can help make those arrangements.

Annette and Forrest are happy to offer suggestions and ideas on your free day for other excursions and activities. Here are some great options below.

Transportation will be provided to the train station in Aulla

  • Day trip to Lucca, there's a cute little train that takes you there.
  • Beach Day trains run to all beach towns, including Forte di Marmi
  • Market Day in Forte di Marni
  • Day trip to Florence - train
  • Day trip to Pisa- train
  • Pietrasanta- train
  • Cinque Terra- train and boat option
  • Antiquing with Annette

Be back by 6:30 pm for our farewell festivities at the Fortress. 

Monday, July 10th
Breakfast and Departures
9:30 am- Board the bus for the Pisa Airport
Hugs  & Goodbyes