2 whole days of intimate, hands on lessons and examining what exactly makes an intriguing, beautiful story.
In between the blue Adriatic sea and the hills studded with medieval castles and villages, sits Gradara, a beautiful, quaint bouquet of stone houses and a majestic castle with a romantic view of the bay. All around it, fruit and olive trees and vegetable gardens make for a refreshing, blissful Italian getaway.
In this sun-kissed setting, me, Zaira of The Freaky Table and Betty Liu will be joining our expertise for an intimate photography and styling workshop in my farmhouse. We’ll call Gradara home for a few nights, a perfect, charming place to nurture creativity and learn together.
Join us for a few days of photographing,compelling storytelling, and feasting on what this village has to offer. We’ll gaze out at the Adriatic sea along the secret beaches, visit markets, feast on all the local produce and seafood there is, and experience traditional, authentic central Italian cuisine from le Marche and Romagna.
The workshop will be VEGETARIAN + VEGAN FRIENDLY.
Workshop highlights include
Live Storytelling / We’ll put together beautifully styled food stories, led by the three of us, and show you how we choose a shoot space. We’ll talk through our thought process, including set up, examining natural light, crafting an environment, choosing props, managing time, and photographing from the ingredients to the process and finally, the finished plate.
Hands-on pasta making workshop / As a daughter and grand-daughter of a long line of skilled pasta makers, I will be guiding you through the process of authentic homemade pasta, made by the rolling pin method, and teach you the various ways to cut it. You will be able to get your hands dirty and create your favorite shapes. We’ll learn about the various shapes and the sauces that may pair well with them, then feast on our own pasta creations and dress it with fresh vegetables from the garden.
Lightroom demonstration & preset building / We’ll sit down to a collective lightroom editing session, where we’ll talk about post-processing and how to develop your own preset to get the look you want consistently.
Local Harvests & Market Feast / Our garden is bountiful in the summer: we will harvest fresh fruit and vegetables to style, shoot and cook with, but we willalso take some time to explore the local markets and create a photo story. We will also have a suggestive traditional Italian dinner, in the romantic summer garden of a restaurant built within the cloister of an ancient monastery in the heart of Gradara Castle.
For our last meal, my mother, an extremely talented chef, will welcome us to a traditional Italian dinner – a truly authentic, homestyle meal, characteristic of the wonderful hospitality of Italian culture.
Explore / Gradara is a beautiful medieval village in central Italy, where the Adriatic coast meets the hilly countryside, and where the landscape is covered in olive groves, wheat fields and wild flora of all kinds. I will lead you to secret, romantic beaches (and, why not, have a dip in the beautiful Adriatic sea – bring your bikinis!) and through the walls of what is recognized as one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Italy.
Business Talks / We’ll talk about blogging, blog sponsorship, and how to navigate the murky waters of social media to showcase yourself and your brand. We’ll talk about tips and tricks for consistent blogging and our own experiences.
Chill / Just as importantly, you will be able to just sit back and relax in the nature and on the beach, eat healthy but also indulge in some of the most delicious food you will ever try, and get to know one of the most beautiful parts of Italy you don’t know about.
all lessons and discussions
other drinks and bites during the workshop
transportation to and from Gradara
There are plenty of reasonable hotels within walking distance to the workshop location. Many of them are in Italian, so please, feel free to contact us if you need help booking. I’d recommend booking earlier rather than later, as this is a popular destination in the summertime!
I am also available to help with any transportation issue, and I will pick you up at the station. For more info or help about getting to the venue, feel free to contact me.