This premiere olive-centric workshop includes elements of the classic workshop we have offered over the years, but with a unique twist: it's all about olives! The workshop takes place during the olive harvest season in Tuscany. AJ style team photographer, Emily Followill, will be back again as your photography instructor. Emily will teach you the basics of your camera and for more advanced photographers, you can dig into technical one-on-ones with Emily.

Annette will be teaching styling in the kitchen and in the studio with special guest, acclaimed chef Alisa Barry of Bella Cucina who will be in the kitchen teaching Italian cooking lessons. If you have a passion for all things Italian, including Italian food, this workshop is for you. Annette and Alisa are a match made in olive oil heaven. If you're obsessed with olives and olive oil, this is your time to make the commitment and come cook, style, and photograph with this amazing and complex local product. All recipes will use local olives or local organic olive oil, and both sweet and savory recipes will be on the menu.

Here's what you'll be doing for 4 days of olive oil fun: you will partake in foodie excursions. We will visit an organic olive grove and harvest olives. The group will observe/participate and photograph while the olives are harvested and then pressed (you can even participate in harvesting the olives if you please). We will all enjoy a picnic in the olive groves after a morning of harvesting.  Fall is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the seasonal bounty like olives, truffles, persimmons, and even wine tasting. Of course you will be enjoying wine from our very own vineyard at all meals.

You'll have a free day to explore even more of Italy which includes your choice of fall festival excursions. We have everything laid out for you on our Free-Day Activity Page.

Post-production lessons on work flow will be offered in the onsite photo studio for those who are interested. 

$2,850.00 for shared rooms, $3,275.00 for single rooms.  (Class is limited to 8 students.)

2 shared rooms and 4 singles are available, so book early.

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Fee includes breakfast, most lunches (excluding your free day), some dinners, all instruction, and group excursions. Accommodations are also included. Airfare is not included and is the responsibility of the student. Students fly to Pisa airport, you are responsible for transportation to the B&B.

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, Italy you are responsible for transportation to the workshop.

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. Anastasia is known around the world as one of the best of the best. She and her crew are amazing at collaborating with students to create the most memorable and stunning imagery. 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 the workshop.

 

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 the workshop.

 

 

 

 

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 the workshop.

image: The Happy Bloom

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 the workshop.