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ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
Accommodation is in the villa next to Sarah's house, "Villa Sarah"(:-D), with heated swimming pool and gorgeous views of Lake Garda. It has one shower or bathroom per room, plus one extra downstairs. Location is in the hills overlooking Salò, Lake Garda.
The villa will be stocked with a full fridge on arrival; you are welcome to use the very well equipped kitchen and do your own shopping, however we will arrange a light lunch and dinners each day, to reduce stress to an absolute minimum. At least one evening will be spent at a local pizzeria or trattoria, as well (included).
Teaching/guidance is provided, but experienced photographers are welcome to do their own thing and participate as they wish. We'll be covering natural light, studio lighting, off-camera flash on location. However, as this is a week for intermediate/experienced/professional photographers, it will be assumed that you know the basics, are used to working in manual mode on your camera and understand how aperture and shutter speed work together with flash.
Day 0 (Saturday): Arrival day. People will be arriving at different times throughout the day and night at the two villas.
Day 1 (Sunday): This will be a day of relaxation and getting to know each other, as we will be working really hard for the next 6 days and many will have travelled from afar. You can relax and swim in the heated pool, sightsee, get over your jet lag and we can talk shop over some wonderful home-cooked Italian food. Let’s talk about our photography journey, our businesses and, why not, let’s set some concrete goals and intentions and lay out a plan of action for ourselves.
Day 2 (Monday): A driver and people carrier will take us all to Cross Studios in Milan, where we will have rented out an entire floor with two huge studios. In 2018 we had several models, including a men's fitness model, fashion model, mother and child models, 2 makeup artists, hairdresser and wardrobe stylist. We will have several hundred square metres of shooting space with different sets and wall textures.
A light lunch will be provided and snacks to keep you going from 9am to 6pm of solid shooting.
The studio has incredible natural light, as well as wind machines, profoto strobes, reflectors, flats, and all the modifiers you may need. Dinner will be provided on our return.
Day 3 (Tuesday): You are going to need this rest morning! Relax, sleep in, sightsee down at the lake, whatever you wish to do. After lunch, Sarah will be offering a retouching demo on the photographs taken the day before, and will guide you through her entire workflow. Then you can try out her techniques, with Sarah on hand to advise and assist as necessary. Dinner will be provided in the evening (but if you wish to dine out independently or have an early night just let us know. We won't be offended :-)
Day 5 (Thursday): Another well-earned rest in the morning. After lunch, Jo Littler will be doing an open Q&A on how she regularly sustained 8-12 shoots per week for 8 years with one of the highest national averages at her UK boudoir and portrait studio. Pick her brains, steal her marketing ideas and go home with all the information you need to fill your portrait sessions calendar.
Day 6 (Friday): Boudoir/Editorial lingerie day at an Art Nouveau luxury hotel on the lakefront, in the bridal suite.