Thursday, December 6

Food Culture Exploration through food & lifestyle photography in Tuscany, Italy

Aran Goyoaga and I will be teaming up for a workshop in Vinci, Tuscany where we will explore the local food culture and learn to tell a story through a camera. We will be staying at the Agriturismo Cantagrillo surrounded by the Chianti hills overlooking the Montalbano and Vinci, the town where Leonardo da Vinci was born.
In this 5-day workshop, we will visit local artisans and markets, learn food styling and photography basics, how to shoot on location, manipulating light, and telling a visual story of food and people.
To register simply go to our online shop Food & Lifestyle Photography at 9:00 am eastern time on the 20th of December, 2012 ( please feel free to get familiar with the shop now)
you can also join us on twitter

When: May 5-9,2013
Where: Vinci, Tuscany, Italy
How many students: limited to 8
How much: The workshop fee is $2,250 (double occupancy) and $2,350 (single occupancy) and includes:

  • 4 nights at Agriturismo Cantagrillo
  • 3 days of technical and practical instruction with on-location shoots
  • 1 full day of sightseeing and exploring the area
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • Transportation to our workshop activities (it does not include airfare).
  • Snacks and refreshments during workshop hours.
  • Deposit: $1125 – due once registration is confirmed. Final Payment of $1125 due March 15, 2013.
There will be no refunds for this workshop – please know you can make it before your registration.
Registration will open on December 20th, 2012 at 9:00am EST. Please go here to register.

Agriturismo Cantagrillo, Vinci, Tuscany

Day 1 (Sunday): Welcome at Agriturismo Cantagrillo

Dinner at Agriturismo

Day 2 (Monday): Day spent at agroturismo with technical lesson and demos


Morning workshop and cooking session at home. Discussion and introduction: Aran will discuss her philosophy on food styling and photography. The basics of food styling, composition, and photography. Understanding aperture, exposure, and shutter speed. Shooting RAW. Practice styling and shooting simple ingredients, selecting the best lenses to get the job done,understanding and manipulating light, choosing best angles, and selecting props.

Afternoon group cooking and photo shoot.​

Dinner at agriturismo il Vincio (5 min by foot from Cantagrillo)

Day 3 (Tuesday): Exploration of food and people: visual storytelling


Morning: Take a trip to a local pasta maker's shop and watch them how to make hand rolled pasta.

or a cheesemaker

Afternoon: Visit a farm or vineyard.

Dinner: cook dinner as a group at agroturismo

Day 4 (Wednesday): Market day and styling a farm to table lunch


Morning session:  
Trip to farmers' market. Pistoia.

Afternoon session:  Styling and photographing a summer country picnic. Storytelling through food and props. 

dinner TBD

Day 5 (Thursday): Sightseeing

Visit a olive oil mill Olio Montalbano

Visit a chocolate makerr 

Visit a wine producer
 Tenuta Di Capezzana

Visit a ceramic producer Montelupo
this itinerary is subject to change due to weather, added  or changed makers visits but experience will remain as wonderful.
* image one  & Last  are by the lovely Emanuela Roncari
image four is photographed by  the talented Tracy Ayton and styled by me,


Ana Cooks said...

wonderful usual.
i learn so much with you!

Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo said...

Hello my friend,do you need an assistant to carry things around, I am volunteering!!!

Mela e Cannella said...


Tracey Ayton Photography said...

Hey I like that picture of the stacked bowls and plates ......... ;-)

onesilentwinter said...

me too tracy! and the photographer too !