more about our time in Italy

Aran Goyoaga and Nadia Dole 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.

Tuscany Workshop, May 5-9, 2013

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 maker

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.

link to aran's announcement here

link to nadia's announcement here