THE CURATED TABLE

 3 DAYS/ 2 NIGHTS VISUAL STORYTELLING AND BRANDING RETREAT IN THE HIDDEN BEAUTY OF TUSCANY

27th - 29th SEPTEMBER 2019

VAGLI SOTTO, TUSCANY, ITALY

by Catia Lemmi & Silvia Bifaro

Join us on this inspirational and creative journey for a 3-day photography, storytelling and branding retreat in my house in the beautiful historical village of Vagli Sotto in the Garfagnana region of Tuscany. CLICK HERE TO READ HOW THE RETREAT UNFOLDED

This retreat is designed to all level photographers with a genuine passion for food, creativity, styling and visual storytelling. It’s also ideal for bloggers, instagrammers and creative social media users who would like to take their career/business to the next level.

The natural light in the house is simply beautiful, soft and glowing. We’ll move around the house and shoot wherever the light is best to create compelling images

The natural light in the house is simply beautiful, soft and glowing. We’ll move around the house and shoot wherever the light is best to create compelling images

You’ll learn how to create beautifully styled food stories, choose a shooting space and select props to fit the scene.

You’ll learn how to create beautifully styled food stories, choose a shooting space and select props to fit the scene.

During the retreat you learn to:

  1. Put together beautifully styled food stories & give voice to your unique style

  2. Increase your skills in styling and visual storytelling

  3. Master styling techniques and learn what our eye is drawn towards when composing a scene

  4. Create an authentic mood which reflects your brand identity

  5. Master how to manipulate natural light and camera settings to create compelling images

  6. Create evocative atmosphere with backgrounds & props

  7. Learn the business side of photography, blogging, and how to develop social media strategies that pay off

  8. How to brand your photography on Instagram/Pinterest

  9. How to organise and make the most of your shootings

  10. Increase your skills in stylish editing in Lightroom

If at least one or two on the above objectives resonates, then THIS retreat is for YOU

We’ll create beauty and something about heart, growth and will come together around the table to nourish our creativity.

We’ll create beauty and something about heart, growth and will come together around the table to nourish our creativity.

Your professional growth and boosting your confidence is at the core of the retreat. Honest and constructive feedbacks will be given to support your creative process.

Foodwise, Silvia and I will be cooking delicious meals for you from scratch inspired by the bounty of late summer. Vegan and vegetarian treats will be also available throughout the retreat.

Please scroll down to read more about THE CURATED TABLE retreat and feel free to get in touch.

We’ll approach your images with a vision and the story you are trying to tell. I believe that when people feel something from your photography, they will not forget it!

We’ll approach your images with a vision and the story you are trying to tell. I believe that when people feel something from your photography, they will not forget it!

Silvia and I will source the freshest local ingredients and cook every meals for you from scratch. We’ll curate the menu and set the mood for unforgettable dinners table conversation.

Silvia and I will source the freshest local ingredients and cook every meals for you from scratch. We’ll curate the menu and set the mood for unforgettable dinners table conversation.

My house is a humble yet curated space located in a rural area of the Garfagnana area in Tuscany .I designed and restored it with the intention of simplifying my life and live simply. The atmosphere is naturally relaxed and ideal for nurturing creativity and take compelling editorial pictures.

My house is a humble yet curated space located in a rural area of the Garfagnana area in Tuscany .I designed and restored it with the intention of simplifying my life and live simply. The atmosphere is naturally relaxed and ideal for nurturing creativity and take compelling editorial pictures.

THE CURATED TABLE - PROGRAMME

Friday 27th September :

2.00- 2.30 pm ARRIVALS / WELCOME & Afternoon Tea

 2.30 – 3.30 pm INTRODUCTIONS

 3.30 – 5.00 pm BRANDING: the story of your brand, core values, finding your ideal client. (Individual and group work)

7.00 pm WELCOME SUPPER 

 

Saturday 29 September :

8.30 – 9.15 am BREAKFAST 

9.15- 10.00 am  PHOTOGRAPHY FUNDAMENTAL: how to make the most of your camera settings and working with natural light

10.00 -10.45 PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION: how artfully style compelling food images and give voice to your unique style

10-45-11.00 am Tea Break

11.00 – 12.30 pm STYLING & PROPS : how to create an authentic mood which reflects your brand identity

1.00 -2.00 pm LUNCH with creative discussion

2.00 – 3.30 pm LIGHTROOM DEMONSTRATION: how to develop your own preset to get the look/mood which reflects your identity

3.45 – 5.00 pm SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLBOX (e.g SEO fundamentals for IG and Blogging)

5.00 – 5.30 pm WORKFLOW ( Structured system from taking photos, backing up, and processing, to the blog post stage and social media)

7.00 pm SUPPER with creative discussion

Sunday 29th September :

8.30 – 9.15 am BREAKFAST

9.15 am - 12.15 pm VISUAL STORYTELLING : how to evoke moods and emotions that allow people to connect with what you create

12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH

2.00 FAREWELL

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WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Retreat covers 6 masterclass.

Adjusting internal camera settings ( e.g. shutter speed, aperture, and ISO and their effects on the image, lenses and their focal lengths), manipulation of natural lighting, branding, food styling composition, storytelling, the business side of photography, and post processing in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.

Resources in the form of cheat sheets and actionable strategies will be given and PDF document to help you create a solid foundation for your creative business.

Double room for each participants in a nearby charming house in the village of Vagli Sotto. The rooms and terraces offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Meals: (3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners, tea/coffee/ bites available throughout) are included in the retreat's duration.

Props, flowers, linens, ingredients. .

We will have also a guest teacher (to be disclosed in July) who will hold a session to deepen your learning and creative experience.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

Your travel and transportation (Flight/train/cab) to/from location is not included. Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is the closest town should you decide to get there by train from Pisa Airport or Firenze Airport. From Castelnuovo di Garfagnana you are advised to take a cab ( price £30). We will however look at everyones arrival times and try to connect people so you can travel together.

WHEN CAN I ARRIVE / DEPART?

Arrivals time is set between 1.00 and 2.30 pm on Friday 27th September 2019. However, you are welcome to arrive earlier depending on your travel schedule. We will launch the retreat at 2.30 pm. Farewell is scheduled on Sunday 29th September after lunch approximately at 2.00 pm.

WHERE WILL I STAY?

Whilst we will spend most of the time in my home/studio, you will sleep in a charming tuscan house located only 2 minutes walking distance from my place. Participants will have their own double bedroom with shared bathroom. All bed linen, towels and toiletries are provided.

My house is a humble yet curated space located in a rural area of the Garfagnana area in Tuscany .I designed and restored it with the intention of simplifying my life and live lightly. The atmosphere is naturally relaxed and ideal for introspection, nurturing creativity and take beautiful editorial pictures!

WHAT IS THE COST & HOW DO I RESERVE MY SPACE?

The cost of the whole 3 days retreat, all lessons, your accomodation and all the meals is £1100 pp.

There is an EARLY BIRD OFFER 15% OFF price £935 IF YOU BOOK BEFORE 20 of MAY 2019.

You can also pay in 2 instalments of £550. Last instalment shall be paid by August 30th, 2019.

Register here to reserve your spot and feel free to email me or Silvia if you have further questions or you would like to discuss any specific aspect of your creative needs.

A non refundable deposit of 50% is required to hold your place, then the remainder £550 by August 30th 2019. International bank transfer is accepted.

WHAT SHALL I BRING?

Please bring your DSLR camera, lens (es), memory cards, batteries and battery charger, your laptop or iPhone with Adobe Classicc Lightroom installed to get the most out of our editing workshop.. A notebook.

If you wish to bring your tripod then is ok, we will have two tripods available for everyone to use/experiment with

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I can’t wait to welcome you!

Catia xx

THE CURATED TABLE RETREAT - Tuscany