An Italian Experience with Damien Lovegrove

“Join me at this photography workshop in Tuscany and I will lead you on a journey of discovery. We will photograph exquisite beauty in a wonderful abandoned mansion, various lost locations, and our sumptuous villa. Dine on the freshest, authentic Italian cuisine and have fun as the sun sets.” Damien Lovegrove

I am delighted to say that Tuscany can’t keep me away and I’m back for one more workshop running an all-new itinerary from a new base, the fabulous Residence Borgo il Poggiaccio near Siena. This new venue provides easy access to our shoot locations and has a first-class restaurant on site. All the rooms have double beds and are ensuite. All meals and accommodation are included in the price of this workshop.

Tuscany 2024 is now open for bookings

A deposit payment of £1000 is required at the point of booking. You can either contact me to book a place and pay your deposit via bank transfer or you can check out here with a credit or debit card. If you choose to pay via bank transfer I will immediately amend the number of places available on our website to secure your spot. I will issue an invoice to you in either EUR, USD, or GBP with full payment instructions. You can then pay via bank transfer. I have bank accounts in New York, Brussels and London so we can avoid currency conversion and card transaction charges.

5 nights, 4 days of fabulous photography

The workshop price is $5660, €5300 or £4540.

Overview

Dates: Workshop 1 is the 1st to 6th September 2024,
Workshop 2 is the 8th – 13th September 2024
Tutor:  Damien Lovegrove
Genre: Portraiture
Group Size:  Maximum of 6 participants
Price:  $5660, or €5300 or £4540
Deposit:  $1245, or €1170 or £1000 (USD & EUR prices are calculated based on a GBP base price and vary with the exchange rate)
Balance payments: £3540 or equivalent is due by bank transfer W1, on Monday 1st July 2024, W2, on Monday 8th July 2024 (62 days before the workshop)
Optional non-shooting partner rate: $1240, €1160 or £995 (This includes accommodation on a shared basis, all meals and fine wine)

As you mull over your options. Why not have a chat with me to see if this workshop is right for you. No hard sell, I promise.

  • Four full days of photography in wonderful, rural Tuscany
  • Staying at a beautiful private villa with a pool and a fabulous restaurant
  • All meals and wine with the meal are included
  • Two top professional models each day, three models over the four days
  • Shooting portraits in beautiful abandoned buildings and the environs
  • Lunches out and about at local restaurants included

Tuscany workshop – 1st – 6th September 2024 – Last place

1 in stock

Tuscany workshop – 8th to 13th Sept 2024 – Now booking

2 in stock

Some of our wonderful shoot locations

Fresh off the press: I took these photographs of our locations during my recce in April this year. I can’t guarantee access to all of them but I have others in reserve if we need them. That is one of the key benefits of a recce.

Itinerary September 2024

Arrival Day ~ Sunday
Check-in at Borgo il Poggiaccio from 4 pm
Welcome drink by the pool as the sun goes down
Dinner 19:30

Monday
Models: Susanna & Mischkah
Breakfast at Borgo il Poggiaccio
Morning shoot at an abandoned farmhouse nearby
lunch at a local restaurant
Shoot among olive trees and rural Tuscany
Dinner at Borgo il Poggiaccio

Tuesday
Models: Susanna & Mischkah
Breakfast at Borgo il Poggiaccio
Shoot at our ‘Epic Location’
Lunch at a nearby restaurant
Shoot at our ‘Epic Location’ once again
Shoot romantic portraits at an old farmhouse
Dinner at Borgo il Poggiaccio

Wednesday
Model: Mischkah
Breakfast at Borgo il Poggiaccio
Boudoir and fashion shoots at the villa and environs
Lunch at the villa
Shoot at the marble factory cottage
Back to the villa for a post-production tutorial
Dinner at Borgo il Poggiaccio

Thursday
Models: Giorgia and Mischkah
Breakfast atBorgo il Poggiaccio
A shoot with both models at the chapel
lunch at a nearby restaurant
Shoot down at the river and the bridge of destiny
Dinner at Borgo il Poggiaccio

Friday
Check out and depart by 10am

The exact details and timings are subject to change including the models. Our workshop days may be moved around if the weather requires us to do so.

Accommodation – Historic Residence Borgo il Poggiaccio

Our home for this workshop will be a fabulous privately run luxury estate near Siena in Tuscany. Each photographer will have a well-appointed room with a double bed and private bathroom. Our villa is just one hour by car from Florence airport, 1 hour 40 from Pisa Airport, and 2 hours 50 minutes from Rome. I can arrange transport to and from Siena Train Station (34 minutes drive).

Borgo il Poggiaccio
Provincial road Maremmana, 541
53018 Sovicille (Siena) Tuscany – Italy

Our villa complete with a swimming pool has a well-renowned restaurant onsite.

Our Models

Susanna comes from Bergamo in the North of Italy and will be with us for the first two days of our workshop. Mischkah and Susanna’s looks and personal styles are unique and complement each other perfectly.

Giorgia, by contrast, is a striking commercial and fashion model and brings another level of elegance to our shoots. Giorgia also has perfect English and a wealth of internal energy for us to tap into.

Mischkah, who lives in Norway will stay with us throughout the workshop.

The pictures below of our three models were all taken by me in Tuscany in April 2024 at the locations we will be using in September. I used the same lighting that we will use for our workshop sessions although our photographs will be different for sure.

Susanna. I discovered Susanna online and I popped over to Italy early in 2023 to shoot with her. I then booked her for my workshop in Orvieto in September last year and I shot with her once again on the recce for this workshop. Here is a small selection of the pictures that we created together in this year’s locations.

Martina Belacima in Tuscany shot by Damien Lovegrove

Susanna is a fabulous model, kind, patient and thoroughly professional. From rags and shaggy hair to silk dresses and refined style Susanna can deliver superb looks with a deep intimate connection.

Here are a few frames of Susanna & Mischkah together. We had fun on the recce and I know we will all get on famously in September.

Mischkah. I met Mischkah for the first time in 2015 and we have shot together each year since. I’ve asked Mischkah to join us for the full workshop and she will be helping with the styling throughout our sessions.

Mischkah is a wonderful model who brings great ideas and professionalism to each of our shoots. An accomplished photographer in her own right, it’s great to have Mischkah on my team.

Giorgia. I met Giorgia for the first time in 2023. We have now had 5 days of shooting together in abandoned locations throughout Italy but wow! Giorgia is a very polished and accomplished model with great acting skills to bring to our narrative-driven shoots.

Giorgia delivers energy to the camera and has a beautifully refined look. She is a pleasure to shoot with, speaks excellent English and we will all get on really well for sure.

Other useful information

Genres
Although Mischkah and Susanna are comfortable shooting nude the emphasis will be on two principal genres: fantasy and fashion portraits. The fantasy shots will be in a classical style set by the grand master painters. The fashion portraits will be styled by Mischkah so expect lavish dresses and rags-to-riches styling. I love to put some lifestyle boudoir photography into the mix too. 

Partners
Non-shooting partners are welcome to join the group on a shared bedroom basis. They are welcome to join us on location and watch proceedings however there are no facilities at our shoot locations and the partner’s time will probably be better spent visiting the nearby towns of Siena, Volterra, and San Gimignano. Our villa has a pool and partners are welcome to use the pool and come and go as they wish. The partner rate is £995 for the duration of the workshop and includes breakfasts, lunches while with the group and evening meals at the villa restaurant with fine wine. All the rooms have double, queen or king-size beds and have private or en-suite bathrooms.

Transport
We will have several hire cars available to get between our villa, the shoot locations and lunchtime restaurants.

The shoot process
These workshops will be limited to six photographers as has become customary on my Italian trips. The system works well and gives everyone the chance to explore different angles of each scene. When or if we are shooting with flash we will work one at a time and I’ll be on hand at all times to help as required.

Zoom introductions
I will set up a Zoom meeting once this workshop is fully booked for us all to discuss logistics and any photography-related questions.

Get in touch
Drop me an email if you have any questions or you can WhatsApp me on this number: +44 (0)7775 601064

Camera kit suggestions

  • A Mirrorless or DSLR camera
  • Several lenses covering the equivelent of 24mm to 85mm on full frame
  • A monopod (optional)

I will use a monopod, not for camera shake reasons but to hold the weight of the kit as I shoot. If you are used to shooting hand held and your camera or lens has some form of image stabilisation then I suggest you stick to shooting hand held. You will find it faster and less frustrating than using a monopod. I used a monopod for almost every shot at over 400 weddings so I’m up to speed with it’s use.

Experience level

This workshop will suit intermediate to advanced photographers. If you know how to adjust manual settings on your camera you will be fine. No previous experience of working with off-camera flash is required. I’ll teach you everything you need to know. I’ll show you how to communicate with our models in a way that keeps the photographs looking relaxed and natural. You will become a more confident photographer over our four days of shooting in Tuscany. Especially when it comes to photographing people.

Lighting kit

I will supply all the lighting equipment needed for this workshop. In a lot of instances, we will be using a battery-powered Amaran 200 XS, 200w LED spotlight with barn doors and Scattergels too.

I will also bring a Godox AD200 Pro with me and I will supply flash triggers for each of the camera brands in our group.

Giorgia in one of our spetacular locations

I took this behind-the-scenes picture of Georgia being lit with the Amaran 200Xs in April this year. When working with continuous light we can see exactly what we are getting. We can set the colour of the light precisely and the mood and atmosphere on set matches the visuals in the image.

What you can expect from me – your tutor

This photography workshop in Italy has evolved to incorporate the best of my experiences over the past 10+ years. You will love it. I have an honest approach to sharing my knowledge and skills gleaned over the past 40 years. Be prepared to soak up invaluable tips and information because these skills will give you the confidence to take your photography to the next level.

I am kind, sharing and patient. I take care to communicate in a way that reaches every level. I won’t leave you struggling if you are lost in camera menus and I won’t ignore you if you are quietly getting great photographs. What I’ll do is show you how to build rapport and communicate with our three models to make structured poses look relaxed and natural. Nothing is left to chance. Everything has a purpose and I’ll share with you how I style and light each shot. I have a clear understanding of light and I’ll teach you how I find great light. Once you know what to look for, everything becomes easier. When we are using the Amaran continuous light we will be recreating a natural lighting style. At times we will make our own sunlight. This attention to detail will ensure you capture portfolio-grade images from day one and feel empowered to capture wonderful photographs on your own after the workshop too.

My workshops are not just about learning, they are fun, creative adventures. I am fastidious with event planning and preparation. Decent preparation allows me to concentrate on delivering a fabulous learning experience.  You will leave this workshop a more confident photographer with images to be proud of and memories to last a lifetime.

Damien Lovegrove in monochrome

Your tour leader: Damien Lovegrove

What’s included

  • Private en-suite accommodation at Borgo il Poggiaccio
  • Breakfasts, lunches & evening meals
  • Refreshments – water (teas & coffee where available)
  • Three professional models with photoshoots on all four days
  • Wine with lunch and dinner

After the workshop, I will offer you a complimentary 1:1 picture review session over Zoom at a time to suit you. I’ll be able to suggest different approaches to post production and give valuable feedback on your photographs. My clients have found this service to be of particular value as so much can be achieved after the shot has been taken.

What’s not included

  • Flights
  • Car hire or transfers to our villa.
  • Travel insurance

Secure your spot today

A deposit payment of £1000 is required at the point of booking. You can either contact me to book a place and pay your deposit via bank transfer or you can check out here with a credit or debit card. If you choose to pay via bank transfer I will immediately amend the number of places available on our website to secure your spot. I will issue an invoice to you in either EUR, USD, or GBP with full payment instructions. You can then pay via bank transfer. I have bank accounts in New York, Brussels and London so we can avoid currency conversion and card transaction charges.

Tuscany workshop – 1st – 6th September 2024 – Last place

1 in stock

Tuscany workshop – 8th to 13th Sept 2024 – Now booking

2 in stock

Reviews by previous workshop attendees

Here is what Peter Moller from Denmark had to say about the 2021 Tuscany workshop…

Thank so much for an absolutely amazing workshop. Thank you for your enthusiasm, your willingness to share ideas and your ability to create an atmosphere of humor and serious photographing. I often look at my pictures and they makes me happy reminding me of four very very inspiring days.

Peter Moller

Here is what Ivan Deleus from Mechelen, Belgium had to say about the 2019 Tuscany workshop…

 

“I had great expectations on the Lovegrove Adventures shooting trip in Tuscany. A few years ago I met Damien in Belgium on a Studio lighting workshop. I was shooting in the studio and wanted to see a pro at work. Since then I have followed Damien’s photography on the internet.

This year the Tuscany workshop came along at the right time for me. Although it was an expensive trip, it exceeded all my expectations. Epecially Damien’s didactic and technical skills, and the excellent models. The use of the ever changing natural light during the day was an eye opener for me.

We hunted for the light and sometimes the light hunted us. I have been able to take a lot of beautiful photos on this Tuscany adventure. Damien’s eye for detail and excellent organization, the locations and alternatives made this an unforgettable adventure.

Thanks Damien!

"Ivan had such a good time that he joined me again for the 2021 Tuscany workshop. These trips deliver the best life memories" Damien Lovegrove

Ivan Deleus

Here is what Marie Sauter from New York had to say about the 2021 Tuscany workshop…

"What happens when you combine your vacation with a Lovegrove Adventure? Perfection happens. In addition to: glorious accommodation, fabulous food, exquisite models posed in superb locations, you receive Damien's unsurpassed photographic expertise. His guidance has not only elevated my photography, it also created wonderful travel memories. I've been on five Lovegrove Adventures and will continue to enjoy them for as long as I am able.

Thank you, Damien."

Marie Sauter

Here is what Heidi Back from Vancouver, Canada had to say about the 2019 Tuscany workshop…

 

I am still in awe from my third travel adventure with Damien, another trip that has surpassed my expectations. With every workshop I feel my photography is elevated to new heights, but there is more to it. It is not just about creating beyond beautiful images but creating blissful memories that last forever.

Damien: went the extra mile to make sure we all ‘got our shots’. He managed the group, program and situations very well. He is not only a world-class photographer but an amazing instructor as well; and his enthusiasm is contagious.

What makes these workshops with Damien so special is the selection of shooting locations, the high quality of the models, the level of instruction, charming accommodations and last but not least the sense of adventure.

There is a lot of thought and planning that went into this trip on your end. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to join in. I had a fantastic time and thank you all very much!

Heidi Back

What you will have to take away from this trip to Tuscany

“I find the biggest problem my clients face, and especially when working with flash, is a tendency to overthink the situation.” Damien Lovegrove

You will come away from this workshop in Italy feeling immensely inspired and motivated to get out and practice what you’ve learned. My passion and enthusiasm for photography are infectious, confidence-boosting and I’ll guarantee you’ll capture images you can be proud of.

I will impart my knowledge and experience as I guide you through the creative process. Whilst learning how best to interact with your subject, you’ll master how to use professional lights and naturally available light for dramatic effect.

Each of these workshops is limited to just 6 participants so that everyone has plenty of time and personal guidance from Damien. Expect a high-energy ‘let’s make it happen’ attitude from me as well as my usual bucketful of enthusiasm. I guarantee you’ll come away from this trip recharged with motivation.

  • Feel empowered as a photographer
  • Have fun doing what you love
  • Become an expert
  • Ignite your passion
  • Build your confidence
  • Learn new skills
  • Invest in yourself
  • Get away on an adventure
  • Take fabulous photographs
  • Make new friends
  • Have the most amazing experience
  • Capture wonderful memories that will last a lifetime

Get in touch
Drop me an email if you have any questions or you can WhatsApp me on this number: +44 (0)7775 601064

Details

On this 5-night photography workshop in Tuscany, we’ll be shooting in arguably one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We will photograph a mixture of portraits, fashion, and boudoir genres. We will work with three wonderful models over four days with arrival and departure days on either side.

For the duration of this photography workshop in Tuscany, we will stay at our luxury accommodation near Siena. We will venture out to shoot in selected local abandoned buildings that dot the countryside. We will also shoot some boudoir and portraits in the bedrooms at our villa. We will shoot portraits by the pool and in the olive groves at sundown. These sessions will be relaxed and fun, instructional and inspirational.

Dates: 1st – 6th September 2024
Tutor:  Damien Lovegrove
Genre: Portraiture
Group Size:  Maximum of 6 participants
Price:  $5660, or €5300 or £4540
Deposit:  $1245, or €1170 or £1000 (USD & EUR prices are calculated based on a GBP base price and varies with the exchange rate)
Balance payments: £3540 or equivalent is due by bank transfer W1, on Monday 1st July 2024, W2, on Monday 8th July 2024 (62 days before the workshop)
Optional non-shooting partner rate: $1240, €1160 or £995 (This includes accommodation on a shared basis, all meals and fine wine)

Tuscany workshop – 1st – 6th September 2024 – Last place

1 in stock

Tuscany workshop – 8th to 13th Sept 2024 – Now booking

2 in stock

Although there are a few journeys to and from our shoot locations the emphasis will be on taking photographs under my guidance rather than travelling. Nearer the time we will have a Zoom session and I’ll go on to create a private WhatsApp group so you can get to know each other. You will be able to ask questions about the lenses and equipment required and arrange car shares to and from the airport/ train station in Siena.

A lot of careful planning has gone into this photography workshop in Tuscany to make it as inspirational, educational and as fun-filled as possible. There will be great food, good company and excellent photo-making opportunities.

A deposit payment of £1000 is required at the point of booking. You can either contact me to book a place and pay your deposit via bank transfer or you can check out here with a credit or debit card. If you choose to pay via bank transfer I will immediately amend the number of places available on our website to secure your spot. I will issue an invoice to you in either EUR, USD, or GBP with full payment instructions. You can then pay via bank transfer. I have bank accounts in New York, Brussels and London so we can avoid currency conversion and card transaction charges.

As you mull over your options. Why not have a chat with me to see if this workshop is right for you. No hard sell, I promise.

The small print/ cancellation policy

Should you cancel your place on this event for any reason, no refund will be available unless your place is resold. If you need to cancel your booking please contact me by phone, WhatsApp, or email as soon as possible. I will run a waiting list for this event so places are likely to resell but no guarantees can be given. If your place is resold, I will, of course, give you a full refund. I also reserve the right to cancel any workshop if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that my costs would be higher than my income. You will get a full refund of any monies paid in that circumstance.

Some costs for each training event remain the same regardless of how many attendees there are, just like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights, etc. I am therefore unable to give a full refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstance.

Please note that I cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by you, so please check with me before booking any non-refundable accommodation or transport.

Please take a look at my full terms and conditions.