THE CURATED TABLE
by

Catia Lemmi and Silvia Bifaro

Learn Styling, Visual Storytelling And Branding For Your Photography.

September 27th/29th 2019 - 3 Days / 2 Nights
Vagli Sotto, Tuscany, Italy.

French door in our Food Photography retreat venue
Garden Brunch in our Retreat Venue in Tuscany

If you are here maybe you wish your photography was better, you wish to understand how to master captivating compositions, and the use of light once for all. Maybe you struggle with staying consistent, and feel often unmotivated. Maybe you’d like to create a enticing story telling but is hard to know where to start and how to find your personal style. Or maybe you wish to create a portfolio or an Instagram feed that attracts your dream audience but right feels just so overwhelming.

If even only one of the above feels true to you, then THIS step-by-step creative program is right for you.

In this 3 days retreat you will decode photography and master styling, focus on your creative growth while being nourished by home made food and creative conversations around the table of our beautiful art studio!

I know that even if inside you, you feel to have the capacities to create the photography you want, right now is hard to believe that you will ever become as good. I genuinely understand you, because I’ve been there myself first hand. There’re moments when we can only envision who we want to become, we have no tagible proofs and is daunting to hustle alone.

But, truth to be told I firmly believe photography and styling are essentially a set of skills and you have the ability to aquire them, as I did!

And this retreat is here for you, packed with actionable notions and lots of hands on (as I like it to be!) to harness photography composition and visual storytelling once for all, learning how to find your unique style ( your brand) and what makes you stand out. Also is open to 6 students only to ensure we give each of you tailored guidance.

But is also an incredible opportunity to step away from the busyness of the daily life and get immersed into the quiet of this little Tuscan stone village and completely focus on YOUR growth.

We will work in Catia’s incredibly beautiful studio. I place that implement creativity and joy, and that I love dearly. Every corner of this space is inspiring, stylish and welcoming.

We will have the chance to connect with other inspiring creatives, and witha atrist, guest teacher. Connection, inspiration and creative freedom are at the core of this retreat.

And then, ther is our home made food! I’m a trained chef and Catia is a pasta expert. Together we aim to nourish your body as we will nourish your creativity. We want this weekend to be a wonderful treat for you!

Here what you will learn in the 3 days, so you can have an idea of how much creative and actionable content we’ll bring to you!!


  • Camera manual settings, learn once for all.
    Clear, actionable step-by-step techniques to create the natural, effortless looking stylings that you dream of.
    How to choose backdrops and props to make consistent and unique your style hands-on photography.
    Master how to manipulate natural light and camera settings to create compelling images
    Find how to create your UNIQUE style
    Learn Visual Branding and Photography Storytelling.
    Create a consistent cohesive portfolio/Instagram feed.
    See the strategies to organize and make the most of your shootings, and of your time.
    How to communicate your ideas, recipes or “brand” values through your photography.
    Learn the business side of photography, blogging, and how to develop social media strategies that pay off.
    Social media toolbox and basic technical knowledge.
    Practical step-by-step demostration for Editing in Lightroom CC Classic.
    And tailored guidance and spreadsheets made specifically for each student.

    Plus a guest teacher will teach us what’s behind the images structure, and take us on an other level of understanding photography.

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Informations

ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE

Arrivals time is set between 1.00 and 2.30 pm on Friday 20th 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 on Sunday 22nd September after lunch approximately at 2.00 pm.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Retreat covers 6 masterclasses.

Branding, social media strategies, food styling composition actionable techniques ( we also tap into camera settings), storytelling strategies and techniques, editing actionable techniques 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.

Accommodation and all meals (3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners, tea/coffee/ bites available throughout) are included in the retreat's duration.

We will also have 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 the location is not included. Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is the closest town should you decide to get there by train from Pisa Airport or Florence Airport. From Castelnuovo di Garfagnana you are advised to take a cab ( price £30). We will, however, look at everyone's arrival times and try to connect people so you can travel together.

WHAT SHALL I BRING?

Please bring your DSLR camera, lens (es), memory cards, batteries, and battery charger, your laptop or iPhone with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC installed to get the most out of our editing workshop. Plus a notebook, if you are still about paper like me.

ACCOMMODATION and STAY

While we will spend most of the time in Catia's home/studio, you will sleep in a charming Tuscan house. The rooms and terraces offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and you’ll be at 2 minutes walking distance from the retreat location.

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 only £1100 pp.

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

You can also pay in 2 instalments of 600£. Last instalment shall be paid by August 30th, 2019.

She designed and restored this family house intending to simplify her life and create an inspirational place that welcome and restore. The atmosphere is naturally relaxed and ideal for introspection and nurturing creativity.

She designed and restored this family house intending to simplify her life and create an inspirational place that welcome and restore. The atmosphere is naturally relaxed and ideal for introspection and nurturing creativity.

Catia's home/studio is a humble yet incredibly curated space located in a rural area of the Garfagnana area in Tuscany.

Catia's home/studio is a humble yet incredibly curated space located in a rural area of the Garfagnana area in Tuscany.

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THE CURATED TABLE - PROGRAMME

Want to come to an intimate retreat, where to focus on your growth away from the noise of everyday life? We also have excellent homemade Italian food, impressive views, and an awesome studio with terrace for our photographies.

Beginner photographers will understand practical techniques and the advanced students will learn how to upgrade from good to outstanding images.

With the choices of indoors and outdoors shooting spaces and the selection of rustic props to create the scenes, we will have plenty of inspiration thanks to the incredible light and stylish interiors of Catia's studio.

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OPEN TO 6 STUDENTS ONLY

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, your ideal client. (Individual and group work)

7.00 pm WELCOME SUPPER 

 

Saturday 28th September :

8.30 – 9.15 am BREAKFAST 

9.15- 10.00 am  PHOTOGRAPHY FUNDAMENTALS

10.00 -10.45 PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION Actionable techniques for learning to truly understand composition, find your voice and create your unique stylings

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 step by step LIGHTROOM DEMONSTRATION

3.45 – 5.00 pm SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLBOX

5.00 – 5.30 pm WORKFLOW with tailored guidance ( personal cheat sheets are given)

7.00 pm SUPPER with creative discussion

Sunday 29th September :

8.30 – 9.15 am BREAKFAST

9.15 am - 12.15 pm VISUAL STORYTELLING

12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH

2.00 FAREWELL.

tomato salad  in the venue for the september retreat
our venue in tuscany  for the september retreat

Join us on this inspirational and also actionable journey of photography, storytelling, and branding with social media strategies and techniques fully explained!

The retreat is open to 6 students only, with 3 teachers available.

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 £600. Last instalment shall be paid by August 30th, 2019.

Register here below to reserve your spot and feel free to ask me or email Catia 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 £600 by August 30th 2019. International bank transfer and Paypal are accepted.

September 20th/22th 2019 - 3 Days / 2 Nights
Vagli Sotto, Tuscany, Italy

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Silvia Bifaro is a former fashion designer and stylist, living in London. She worked also as an assistant for interior mags such as Marie Claire Maison, and her work has been published on magazines and books all over the world. With her Instagram still below 25k she was able to tight contracts with brands like Nikon, and she sold several workshops in London, collaborating with other succesful photographers and influencers.

Catia Lemmi is an interior designer, creative and stylist passionate about home made pasta. Her work has been immediately recognised by slow living and interior magazines. Catia is also a chartered clinical psychologist and she works as such in the heart of London City.