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4th January, 2019

Photography Workshop Tuscany 2020

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP TUSCANY: Overview

Dates: 7th – 12th September 2020
Tutor: Damien Lovegrove
Genre: Lovegrove Nudes and Portraits
Group size: 6
Models: TBC
Price: £3594 inc vat pp
Deposit: £500 pp
Join me on this photography workshop in Tuscany and I will lead you on a journey of discovery. We will photograph exquisite beauty in wonderful lost locations. Experience the breathtaking landscapes in the Val d’Orcia. Dine on the freshest, authentic Italian cuisine and have fun as the sun sets. Damien Lovegrove
On this 5-night photography workshop in Tuscany, we’ll be shooting in arguably one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. We will photograph a mixture of portraits, fashion, boudoir, figure-in-the-landscape, and the occasional exquisite landscape. We will work with three wonderful Italian models and there will be four workshop (teaching) days with arrival and departure days either side.
For the duration of this photography workshop in Tuscany, we will stay at our exclusive luxury villa near Seggiano. We will venture out to shoot in selected local abandoned farmhouses and villas that dot the countryside. We will also shoot boudoir 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.
There will not be many miles for us to cover on this trip. The emphasis will be on taking photographs under my guidance rather than traveling. Nearer the time we will create a private Facebook group so that you can get to know each other, ask questions about the lenses and equipment required and arrange car shares to and from the airport.
A lot of careful planning has gone into this photography workshop in Tuscany to make it as relaxing, inspirational, educational and as fun-filled as possible. There will be great food, good company and excellent photo-making opportunities.

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP TUSCANY B.T.S.

Here is a behind the scenes video I shot on the first two days of my photography workshop in Tuscany 2019. It gives you an idea of the relaxed nature of the shooting experience on a Lovegrove adventure.
Here is a typical selection of black and white shots taken by Damien Lovegrove on recent photography workshops in Tuscany.

a set of monochrome portraits taken on a photography workshop in Tuscany

Beauty

Reviews by 2019 Tuscany adventure clients

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 Broncolor lighting workshop. I was shooting with the same lights, 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!

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.

Our villa: had a wonderful flair and I loved it there. It reminded me of the casa in Valencia. Having a real ‘Italian Mama’ cooking all those rustic meals for us was a heartwarming treat.

The models: were all amazing in their own right. In particular Tereza impressed me with her stamina, poise and positive attitude. The fact that we had three models was essential for portfolio building; having two Italian models added authenticity.

DAMIEN: 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!

So, where next?

Kind regards,

Heidi

TUSCANY ADVENTURE 2020: ITINERARY

Arrival Day  – Monday 7th September
Check-in at our villa from 4pm
Welcome drinks on the terrace as the sun goes down
Dinner
Workshop Day 1 – Tuesday 8th September
Model 1: tbc
Breakfast at the villa
Abandoned farmhouse shoot
Lunch at our villa
Shoot in the grounds or the bedrooms of our villa
Dinner at our villa
Workshop Day 2 – Wednesday 9th September
Model 1: tbc
Breakfast at our villa
Abandoned villa shoot
Lunch at our villa
Shoot in the countryside near our villa
Dinner at our villa
Workshop Day 3 – Thursday 10th September

Model 2: Martina Bellacima
Breakfast at our villa
Shoot at abandoned farmhouses
Lunch at our villa
Pool shoot and formal gardens art nude shoot
Dinner at our villa
Workshop Day 4 – Friday 11th September
Early drive to Pienza (44 minutes)
Morning landscapes at D’Orcia valley
Breakfast in San Quirico
Model 3: tbc
Abandoned villa shoot
Lunch in Pienza
Abandoned farmhouse shoot & chapel shoot
Drive back to our villa (40 minutes)
Farewell dinner at the villa
Departure Day – Saturday 12th September
Breakfast at the villa
Check out and depart
Exact details are subject to change including models. Workshop days may be moved around if the weather requires us to do so.

Here is a small selection of my colour photographs of our model Martina taken on previous photography workshops in Tuscany.

a set of portraits of a beautiful girl taken on a photography workshop in Tuscany

I love working with a minimal colour palette. The earth colours and fabulous textures in Tuscany give the photographs a beautiful look.

The countryside around Pienza.

Places we will visit on our excursion to Pienza

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP TUSCANY: ACCOMMODATION

We will be staying in this luxury 9 bedroom private villa near the hilltop village of Seggiano. We will each have our own en-suite bedroom and because we have the villa exclusively we can shoot anywhere and everywhere on site.

collection of images of stunning villa accommodation for photography workshop in tuscany

Our home for this workshop is Podere Bugnanese or now better know as Hotulanus

The view from our villa

I took these photographs in the grounds of our villa when I went to recce this workshop in October 2019. You can read about my recce adventure here.

On my recce in the Seggiano area I found these secret waterfalls. There was no one around and the magic was made all the more special by the sound of the water crashing through the ravine. We will visit these locations for sure. They are within 10 minutes drive from the villa.

OUR MODELS

We will have three fabulous models to photograph in Tuscany this year. I am test shooting with the candidates in Italy in October. Martina Bellacima has already been confirmed as I have shot with her on many occasions and she is fabulous.
Model 1: Tatiana Farnese (workshop days 1 and 2)
Model 2: Martina Bellacima (workshop day 3)
Model 3: TBC (workshop day 4)

What you can expect from me

This photography workshop in Tuscany has evolved to incorporate the best of our experiences over the past four years. You will love it. I have an honest approach to sharing my knowledge and skills gleaned over 35 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 to show you how to build rapport and communicate with our three models to make structured poses look quite relaxed and natural. Nothing is left to chance. Everything has a purpose and I’ll share with you how I style 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 Lupo Superpanel we will be recreating a natural lighting style. This attention to detail will ensure you capture portfolio grade images from day one and feel empowered to capture fabulous photographs on your own after the workshop too.
My workshops are not just about learning, they are fun, creative adventures. I am supported by a great team back at the studio who manage the event planning and preparation. That leaves me to concentrate on delivering your learning experience.  You will leave this workshop a more confident photographer with images to be proud of and memories to last a lifetime.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Private villa accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & evening meals
  • Refreshments – water (teas & coffee too where available)
  • Three professional models with shoots on all four days

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Car hire & fuel
  • Travel insurance
  • Evening drinks

Some reviews from Google

Dave Hill Avatar

I love Damien's work so to get the opportunity to spend a day in Bristol passing on his knowledge was a dream. A brilliant day, took me out of my comfort zone and came away with new ideas for urban photography. Would definitely recommend a day with Damien and would do it again if the opportunity arises. Definitely 5*

Dave Hill 04/10/2019
Dr. Abdulaziz Almutawa Avatar

I learned about Damien Lovegrove when I was searching the internet for Classic Hollywood look.
After looking into his work to create magical classic Hollywood looks straight out of the camera without much editing using continuous lights, I was very much in love with his photography techniques and lighting skills.
During our 1:1 Training, Damien explained his lighting techniques which are sometimes very subtle yet...
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Dr. Abdulaziz Almutawa 09/08/2019

CANCELLATION POLICY

Should you cancel this tour for any reason, no refund will be available unless your place is resold. If you would like to cancel your place on this event please contact us by phone or email as soon as possible.
As our costs for each training event remain the same regardless of how many clients attend, like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights, etc, we are unable to give a full refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstances. The exception to this is if we have prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold. In this event, we will, of course, make a full refund or credit to you.
We also reserve the right to cancel any workshop if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income. Please, therefore, do not leave it until the last few weeks if you are interested in a particular date, as you may find that it has been removed! Please note that we cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by yourself, so please check with us before booking any non-refundable accommodation or transport.
Please take a look here for our full terms and conditions.
Do you have any questions? Give us a call: +44(0)1275 853204 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm GMT) or email us.

  • 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

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