Rome 2016 | Food Photography and Styling Retreat in the Rome countryside

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Sabina in the Rome Countryside; a beautiful quiet and untouched area of Italy, just a stone's throw from the ancient city of Rome. Sabina's landscape is a tapestry of olive groves, vineyards and ancient hilltop villages, rich in medieval architecture and tradition. This promises to be just the ideal setting for a sensational Food Photography and Styling retreat in 2016.

The location will help to feed your inspiration and expand the horizons as we retreat for an intensive 2-day session in a wonderful venue nestled on the hilltops of Sabina.

I am teaming up again with my partner Jeanne Horak-Druiff, who will co-instruct with me. Joining us as co-host is the talented Cordon Bleu Chef Rissa Miller. With over 20 years professional experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Paris she spent the last 4 years cooking throughout Italy. We are thrilled to be teaming together to share our knowledge and passion with our participants. The three of us are putting together a very impressive programme for our participants.

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Our exclusive Rome Retreat villa offers stunning views over its own olive orchard and small vineyard, an outdoor dining terrace, swimming pool, and a modern interior with a simple, clean and uncluttered décor.

Casperia at sunset | Image by Rissa Miller

This tranquil, unique and homey venue will provide us with a fabulous source of inspiration and offer us plenty of room, outdoors and indoors, for our hands-on exercises and photo assignments. We will access your untapped creativity using the olive groves and rolling hills as a backdrop. We will focus on photo and styling processes, from basics natural light manipulations to more advanced ones. Jeanne and I will guide you to create succulent stories with your photos, create the right atmosphere and share current food styling and prop trends. We will discuss many important topics revolving around photographing food: picking ingredients, cooking/photo time management, post-processing, finding the perfect composition and discovering an artistic style. We will discuss props, how to find them, how to make them and how to budget with them. There will also be a full session on mobile photography: working with various apps, creating appealing images with a smartphone and finding your mobile mojo!

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Our field trip will take us to a world renowned olive oil expert Johnny Madge, where we will not only be given an exclusive tour of the olive groves and olive oil tasting but we will spend the afternoon at his bar/restaurant Osteria Vigna, situated on a beautiful square in the village of Casperia. Here Johnny specializes in pairing good local products to demonstrate how deliciously high quality oil can be paired with simple foods.

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With this unbelievable food adventure we hope to offer a unique experience for the people who attend this workshop. Broken down it’s a food styling/photography workshop, where you will learn all the elements you need to hone your skills in food photography and find your way through the jungle of food styling to create the perfect set-up. We will guide you throughout the entire course of the workshop, teaching you to look for the perfect light to create the perfect image. Most of all we want this to be a fun-filled 2 days for our participants, with good food, drink and an exchange of experience so that when you go back home you are not only equipped with the know-how to create beautiful images for your blog posts, articles or your own personal masterpiece, but also look back at the 2 days as a memorable event.

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Registration has been running for my mailing list subscribers for the past week and a couple of tickets have already been secured. Do not miss your opportunity to join us in Bella Italia this Spring! From past experience this makes an awesome Christmas gift. I have designed special Gift Vouchers for this purpose. Once you have secured the ticket please drop me an email and I will personalize the voucher for you. Here are all the details!

Day one - Friday 6 May 2016

  • Meet & Greet Brunch
    Introductions with a delightful rustic Italian brunch
  • Photography Fundamentals
    Mastering the camera & learning the basics (shutter speed, aperture, ISO etc.)
  • Photography Techniques
    using natural light to create the right atmosphere; building a narrative, using color and texture
  • Styling Fundamentals
    Composition and placement, finding the right angle, using the perfect props, finding an artistic style
  • Styling demos
  • Free-style Photography/Styling Exercises
    Short exercises to warm you up
  • Smarter photos with the smartphone
    finding your mobile mojo, discussing trends and apps, tips and tricks
  • 3- Course Dinner
    Divine rustic Italian meal with wine pairing

Day Two - Saturday 7 May 2016

  • Breakfast at the Villa
    Question and Answers; one on one discussion with instructors
  • Enlightening yourself with Lightroom
    Workflow, post-processing, watermarking, tagging
  • Olive Oil Field trip
    Lunch & assignment photo shoot
  • Intensive group work on main photography assignment
    Evaluation, discussion & critique on assignment
  • Constructive feedback, discussion and critique on exercises
  • Finale Aperitifs & Farewell

Event Includes:
Includes: 2 day food styling and photography sessions with experienced tutors Meeta and Jeanne;
1 night accommodation
Friday: Snacks, Beverages, Brunch, Dinner
Saturday: Olive oil tour, lunch, aperitifs & canapés
Snacks and beverages during the workshop
Workshop material
NOT included: Travel costs to venue, travel insurance
Limited to max 10 participants.
There will be no refunds for this workshop.

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  1. I have been waiting for the new schedule! I need to check the dates but they look really good and I have waited a long time to visit one of your workshops. Rome is such a perfect place. Very excited.

  2. This sounds like my dream vacation come true! Bella Italia and Roma here I come I am registering for 2 tickets and will bring my sister-in-law along - it's her Christmas present. I cannot tell you how excited I am Meeta!

  3. I've always wanted to visit Rome! And this would be a perfect combination - Rome, food, photography.... Love it!

  4. I love Rome... this sounds fantastic as usual

  5. I love italian food! It is really delicious and beautiful


Thank you for visiting What's For Lunch, Honey? and taking time to browse through my recipes, listen to my ramblings and enjoy my photographs. I appreciate all your comments, feedback and input. I will answer your questions to my best knowledge and respond to your comments as soon as possible.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy your stay here and that I was able to make this an experience for your senses.