People & Spaces  – Photography Workshop Italy 2018



Mastering the art of environmental portraits means mastering you!


I am BEYOND excited to introduce this brand new environmental portrait workshop in the rustic heartland of one of the most beautiful places in Puglia Italy, drum rolllll….. the gorgeous Masseria Potenti.


In this very unique portrait workshop, I teach you the secrets I have learnt photographing portrait and lifestyle shoots for Harper’s Bazaar, bowling up to unsuspecting folks on a Greek Island to capture a portrait in a language I can’t speak or approaching people in unique circumstances whilst travelling.


I will teach you how to access something deeper within you that will allow you to go beyond those portrait moments when it feels like nothing is happening, to provoke your portrait subject to draw out something more than a pretty portrait and for you not to give up when you still don’t have the shot.


Yes, folks taking portraits is as much about you as it is about your portrait subject. To become skilled at (or even close) to taking the portraits you want often means getting comfortable with you and letting go of the feelings of shyness, embarrassment and taking up someone’s time. Connecting to yourself helps you to connect to others. So get ready to dance, laugh and get vulnerable!


It’s about having the courage to sit through the awkward moments till something happens instead of racing to get a picture done. It’s about opening YOUR HEART as much as trying to get your portrait subject to OPEN THEIRS.


Taking great portraits is about feeling a space, looking, observing, asking questions. It’s about loving spaces, knowing how to use the available light, learning how to shoot them and trusting your eye and style.


Being able to capture something only you see, tapping into something deeper within you and within the person in front of you to create an image that causes us to stop, reflect and ponder ‘who is this person, what’s their story’?


All of this will be taught in a place close to heaven, the beautiful Masseria Potenti. A  place that will nurture and inspire the soul and serve as the perfect backdrop to start mastering the use of space and light, learn how to shoot interiors, work with people in interiors and exteriors, made easier in a supportive environment where you can push and challenge yourself to take those photos you dream of taking.




Day 1 – Accessing your true creativity and trusting yourself to take more intimate images. Critiquing your work and the basics of portraiture


Day 2 – Getting to know, see and understand space. Learning how to take photographs of interiors and how to use light. Critiquing your work


Day 3 – Working with real people to create authentic portraits in environmental situations. Critiquing your work


Day 4 – Working with portrait subjects to create and stage portraits in an environmental setting. Critiquing your work


Day 5 – Lightroom, the art of post processing and putting a story together of people and spaces. The last day will be devoted to you creating your story and post processing it.



  • 5 days of tuition based at Masseria Potenti and visiting a town in the local area depending on the exercises
  • Working one-on-one with portrait subjects
  • 6 nights accommodation at beautiful Masseria Potenti
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your stay
  • A lovely spa massage
  • Complimentary yoga and group meditation most mornings
  • Photography booklet
  • Lightroom tutorials
  • And loads of creativity, dancing, friendship and fun!!



Wednesday 3rd October  2018 – 2pm Pick up Bari and and transfer to Masseria Potenti – 7pm Welcome dinner

4, 5,6,7,8,th October – Masseria Potenti

9th October 2018 – 9am Transfer from Masseria Potenti to Bari



  • For photographers who love people, beauty, photography and want to take their portrait photography to the next level in a dreamy inspiring location.
  • For people who want to travel with a group of like-minded souls and discover how good they really are at their creative art and want to learn from peeps who love it too!!
  • For those who aren’t scared to unravel a little more of their story and get more comfortable with who they are as a person.



Can use their camera on manual

Know the basics of ISO, shutter speed and apertures

Have an interest and passion in photography, people and spaces

Have a DSLR or mirrorless camera


My Wish For You:

My wish is that every participant gets to know themselves a little better therefore can create the portrait images they desire.

By connecting to themselves they can connect on a deeper level to their portrait client

Will have a portfolio of images of exquisite spaces and people

Will leave feeling nurtured, more confident within themselves and have new skills, techniques and a post processing protocol.

Will have had one of the best creative experiences of their lives and have a posse of new friends.


MAXIMUM: 12 Participants






Deposit: 1500 EURO  (non-refundable deposit) can be paid once you have registered below and a place has been confirmed.


Payment can be made by Paypal or Credit Card

With 2 additional payments due:

1500 EURO 31 May 2018

1850 EURO 15 August 2018

All enquiries to hello@carlacoulson.com









You can register to join us on the website  HERE


MAILING LIST : If you would like to be added to our list and make sure you’re the first to know about our workshops click HERE


We will get back to you as soon as possible to let you know if there is a place available. 

Many thanks and we look forward to being in touch.

If you have any questions we would love to hear from you workshops@carlacoulson.com