5th January, 2019

Portraits in Venice

Join me on this wonderful three-day street portraits workshop in Venice, arguably the most beautiful city in the world. Immerse yourself in this creative holiday capturing portfolio grade photographs. Make new friends and enjoy some post-shoot conversations over dinner.


Location: Cá d’Oro, Venice
Dates: Thursday 8th / Saturday 10th Oct 2020
Tutors: Damien Lovegrove
Genre: Street Portraits Workshop in Venice City
Group Size: 6
Model:  Jolien Van Den Noortgate
Price: £1,880 inc VAT per person
Deposit: £500 per person
A deposit of £500 is required to secure your place. The remaining balance of £1,380 is then due by 31st March 2020. If you love what you see here and you don’t want to risk losing out, reserve your place now. Please read through all the information on this page to ensure that Venice is the right street portraits workshop for you.
I’ve been wowed by Venice every time I’ve visited the city. I love to visit before the tourist season starts or when it is over because it is cooler and everything is easier and far more relaxed. The textures, tones, and colours of Venice are unique and coupled with the charm of the canals, make it the perfect location for a street portraits workshop. Venice is a city that should be on every photographer’s bucket list.
a collection of images taken on a street portraits workshop in venice

Venice is the perfect backdrop for fashion styled portraits with its graceful architecture and faded elegance.

I made a trip to Venice in June to check out our locations for this street portraits workshop. I have shot in Venice before and I’ve co-hosted a workshop there at carnival time so I had a pretty good idea about where to shoot. I put pins in my map and went all over the city to establish the best locations to use. I updated our map and drew up a plan. As you can see from the map we will be shooting mainly in the central area of the old city. Castello, San Marco, Cannaregio, and the Dorsoduro districts. We will set up in the back streets and the piazzas where there is space to set up a lighting stand and to shoot. On day three of this wonderful street portraits workshop, we have scheduled a boat trip to the island of Burano, famous for its colourful houses.

a collection of images taken on a street portraits workshop in venice

There is a calmness about Venice in the afternoon, out of high season that is a delight to capture.


Arrival Day – Wednesday 7th Oct 2020
Welcome meet/greet and introduction by Damien at the Pesaro Palace Hotel at 18:00 hrs.
Workshop Day 1 – Thursday 8th Oct 2020
6 to 7 hours of shooting including a 3 hour early morning shoot and a 4 hour dusk shoot. For the rest of the day, you are free to explore the city, capture your landscapes or recharge your batteries back at your hotel.
Workshop Day 2 – Friday 9th Oct 2020
6 to 7 hours of shooting including a 3 hour early morning shoot and a 4 hour dusk shoot. For the rest of the day, you are free to explore the city, capture your landscapes or recharge your batteries back at your hotel.
Workshop Day 3 – Saturday 10th Oct 2020 
6 to 7 hours of shooting including a trip to Burano and a 4 hour dusk shoot. 


Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to photograph street portraits in Venice. These workshops are fun, you’ll make new friends and you’ll have fabulous images to cherish forever.
Check the dates: 8th to 10th October and book your place.
Although I’ve tried to list here all the information you will need to know about this Style and the City event in Venice, if you still have questions for me, click on the button below and either Laura or Blaise will arrange a mutual time for me to call or Skype with you.

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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
7 images taken on a street portraits workshop in venice

The vibrance of the pigments in the walls of Venice comes alive with a splash of sunlight. Bottom right: The vivid colours in Burano need no help from the sun.


• Three days of expert tuition from Damien
• One professional model, makeup and styling

• All lighting equipment including a flash trigger for your camera
• A four day water taxi pass starting on the arrival day


• Flights to and from Venice
• Accommodation
• Meals and drinks

• Travel insurance
two pictures of a girl taken on a street portraits workshop in venice

We will be working with simple flash to create fabulous pictures whatever the weather. If we have sunlight we will make the most of that too.


• A digital camera, APS-C, full frame or medium format with full manual control
• A few lenses covering the equivalent of 20mm to 150mm on full frame
• A tripod for the night cityscapes and long exposure shots
• A 10 stop ND filter might be useful for long exposure cityscapes
All lighting equipment for the model shoots will be provided by me and shared among the participants. I will provide dedicated flash triggers for your camera system.
Nearer the time we will create a private Facebook group so that you can get to know each other, ask questions about kit, clothing, and share Instagram profiles if you like.



Accommodation and meals are not included in the price of this workshop so you are free to choose somewhere that meets your budget. It will also be easier for you to arrange extra nights after the workshop if you wish to extend your stay to give yourself more free time to explore this magical place.
Our workshop days will start and finish at the Cá d’Oro water bus stop on the Grand Canal. We will have early starts and a few late finishes so it is advised to stay within walking distance of Cá d’Oro. There are many local hotels that will be suitable and here are three of them that I can recommend from first-hand experience:

Pesaro Palace Hotel
Fondamenta Trapolin, 3935, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
+39 041 296 0748

Ca’ Gottardi
Cannaregio, 2283, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
+39 041 275 9333
Foscari Palace Hotel
Campo Santa Sofia, 4200/1/2, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
+39 041 529 7611
two pictures of canals taken on a street portraits workshop in venice

The quiet backwaters in Venice provide great places to watch the world go by. There is literally a photograph to be captured around every corner.

meet your tutor

Damien Lovegrove

I devised this Street Portraits workshop in Venice because I think 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 model 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 an understanding of light that I’m well known for and I’ll teach you how I see the light.

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.


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.
Have any questions? Give us a call: +44(0)1275 853204 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm UK time)

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John Stork Avatar

We had a four day 'Adventure' in Morocco - great locations proposed by the local Mr Photography, MK. Damien Lovegrove was really helpful,, directing a range of excellent scenes with a delightful UK model, changes of clothes and accessories. Damien also gave me some really useful tips about ways to merge ambient light and strobes. A big success. Thanks.

John Stork 30/04/2019
Terry Hanvey Avatar

Brilliant day produced by a profession enthusiastic and passionate photographer. Damien makes it so easy to get interested in the subject he is teaching. He is patient and helpful throughout the day and I have ended up with some great photos of the day. The small team of 5 was ideal for the shoot and it was great to associate with such a nice... read more

Terry Hanvey 17/05/2019

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