I have a very special date for you to put in your calendar if you love photography, Italy, creativity, and have always wanted to attend one of our photography workshops in Puglia, Italy.
Registration will open on the 1st April 2019 to Belief, a very special portrait workshop. We are still putting the finishing touches, polishing the program, and making it the best possible creative experience we can for the participants (always our favourite thing).
I would love your opinion about what YOU would love to learn or experience and if you have time, you can fill out the short survey below:
One of the greatest joys that happened to me in 2018 was a week I spent with these beautiful souls at the stunning Masseria Potenti in Puglia.
This workshop was like no other photography workshop that we have created, as I wrapped two passions into one, coaching and photography.
Wow, even I was surprised!! Boy, did it unleash new-found confidence and joy in this talented collective of women and incredible insights into embracing a bigger creative dream.
Maria Grazia, Chiara, and the staff at Masseria Potenti nurtured and inspired us with an authentic Puglian experience in food, wine, design, and hospitality and when it came time to go home, none of us wanted to!!! Who would want to leave their hand-embroidered linen sheets behind…
Athalee Brown took care of every detail and photographer Loc Boyle shared his vast knowledge, kindness, and patience when it comes to all things photography.
So this post is to celebrate these women (and the ones that photography is missing here) to show you what happens when you dare to push open a door to creativity, yourself and do something you love.
How within each of us lies creativity and talent and even if it has been dormant for a lifetime, it’s waiting there for a breath of oxygen to ignite it, and when you ignite it and blow on it a little bit, sometimes it can become a raging fire of passion, as joyous and wonderful as falling in love.
Go check out their Instagram feeds and stunning work.
A huge thanks to these gals for one of the most beautiful weeks of my life, for allowing me to share their work and to the new friendships that will stay with us for a lifetime.
We have dreamed of converting it into many things. A beautiful home to welcome our family and friends where we would have an ecological vegetable garden, long table lunches under the olive trees and swing in hammocks at the end of the day.
Inspired by the beautiful Masserias such as Masseria Potenti and Masseria Ciminio, we dreamed of making this beauty come alive, keeping her beautiful organic shapes, adding a Mediterranean garden that wouldn’t need watering and giving her a lot of love and care.
My architect hubby who loves Mediterranean architecture spent many a long night planning her comeback and how it would be the kindest to the landscape around her as we wanted to respect her story and the surrounding lands. I fantasised about fairy lights in the olive trees, music and laughter and picking my own tomatoes.
But during the past 10 years, our lives have taken different directions. Hubby is now a naturopath as well as an architect and our travels take us all around the world. We have come to the realization that we need to pass on our dream to someone else who truly loves beautiful Puglia and wants to create something beautiful with this precious piece.
Left: Sophia Loren, photographed by Tazio Secchiaroli. Right: Fashion editorial by photographer Hudson Wright.
I have been wanting to create some of these photos forever. I have had them on my Pinterest boards for years, knowing that one day we would meet in a not so distant future and these would be the fuel for some magical days.
And as I am putting the finishing touches on the planning of the Puglia workshop the excitement has started to mount as the mood board came out.
Finally, I can roll all my Sante Fe, Puglia, Sicilian, Monica Bellucci, Sophia Loren et al. fantasies into this workshop and as a gal that is fully invested in this style in every way, let me tell you the decisions are difficult.
Will it be a Dolce Gabbana ad that will inspire us with a Monica Belluci look-a-like dancing? Or an old image of Sophia Loren taking a break between sets? Or maybe the cool Kelley Ash of AWildAtHeart with her modern take on Santa Fe/California and beautiful hats and long flowing gowns.
This is the bit I love, the creativity, the stuff that gets your blood flowing and hooks you up to the motherlode of energy. The stuff that has you poring over images for hours at the wonder and beauty. And the sheer excitement that shooting in a place you love can bring. The connection to something so powerful as pure joy for doing what you love.
I love passing it on almost as much as I love doing it myself.
If you would like to be inspired in a totally unique environment, take some amazing images you always dreamed of taking and see me frothing at the mouth in October with a passion for all of it, we’ve had a cancellation and we have one place left on the Heartland – People and Spaces Workshop.
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