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3. Annual Meetup 2023
Carmagnola (Turin), Piedmont, Italy - 23-25 MAY
It's time to announce our THIRD Annual 2023 MeetUp our Members' Club in Italian countryside in Piedmont.
We will spend 3 days together, in the middle of a private garden of an amazing historical villa. We will style and photograph together amazing Italian meals and talk about the business side of photography. Every participant willl have opportunity to consult their challenges with me in person, during private sessions.
How the Meet-Up will look like...
Consider this Meet Up as an opportunity to create your dream shots for your portfolio, work with other creatives together, style, photograph in a garden, get inspired and motivated. Just let me know before what subjects you wish to shoot and I will make everything ready for you.
During the Meet Up, you will have lots of opportunity to rest, shoot, enjoy the garden and talk to me and others. You will have the opportunity to create your scenes individually, or, just team up with another member and work on building a scene.
We will have 1 live masterclass where you will have the opportunity to see me creating a scene & photograph. You can decide to join that session, or, just use that time to shoot your dream shots in some other corner of the garden. Then, the rest of the time you can get inspired by some assignments, or, just tell me what subjects you want to shoot and you will have time to photograph by yourself.
I will be having 1-1 sessions (60 minutes) with every member, so during that time, you can work on anything you wish, create your missing portfolio shots, relax, think of your business & prepare some plan, and I will be there in case you need some help or advice.
This is how our days can look like. Times will slightly change during the Meet Up, but generally, we will respect this schedule:
Day 1 - Tuesday
Day 2 - Wednesday
Day 3 - Thursday
This is a private garden, where we will be the only guests during the Meet Up. That means, you can use the entire space for creating your scenes.
We ask you to cover the travel to Turin on your own, then, the transport to the location (mini-bus) will be arranged. The hour will depend on the latest person arriving to Turin.
We kindly ask you to be in Turin around 14-15:00. The pick up will be arranged at the time of the latest person arriving to Turin. In case all participant will be in Turin at 13:00, we will organise the pick up at that hour. I kindly ask all however to arrange lunch by themselves for Tuesday.
The nearest airport is Turin (check if you have some flights directly), or Milan (Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate, or Milan Bergamo). From there, you can take a bus to arrive to the Central Station of Milan (Milano Centrale), and from there, you can take a train to arrive to Turin (Torino Porta Nuova). Turin Airport has a shuttle too, arriving to Torino Porta Nuova (The main train station.). The cost of shuttles is about 7 € one way.
Please, reach out if you need any help in understanding how / purchasing tickets to get to Turin.
We have a private chef!! Woohoo! exciting :) the owner of the villa has made an exception for us, and we will have a person, cooking for us in his private kitchen. This way, we have saved lots of additional costs for catering!
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be always served in the garden (let's hope for the nice weather)
Menu will be traditional Italian - mostly vegetarian. Lot's of veggies, pasta, fruits, cheese. Please, let me know your diets, as we are building the menu these days.
If you decide for the last option and you will book hotel by yourself - please, write me first. I have already paid the deposit for the rooms, so we will need to organise with the hotel to return the deposit back to me.
Rooms are blocked in the hotel of the Agriturismo Margherita Girasoli Golf Club - located about 7 km from the garden. In 1 room, there is actually a space from 2 to 4 people. I can help you book the rooms, so you can save some money by sharing the room. Let me know if you need any help.
Prices for rooms:
There is so much to do during the Meet Up and you can be ready for various activities! The detailed schedule of the program is above, but because the location is simply stunning and large, we will be discovering every angle of the garden! For the workshop, you will need your camera, lenses, tripod if possible, your PC eventually. I will bring the artificial lighting (GODOX that I use), some extra backdrops, tripods, tables... I live about 30 km far from the garden, so I'll bring lots of other things too :)
As we will stay all the time outside, make sure to bring some warm & light clothes. The weather in May can be super nice and hot with sun, so some cap or a hat will be helpful! ... bring some jacket, light sweater, long & short trousers, sun cap, sun cream, etc...
Please, no shoes with heals, the garden has grass everywhere, so walking in high heals won't be very comfortable for you. Comfy sporty shoes, after all, you will be standing/walking/shooting all day.
Whether will be quite warm during the day, I expect about 25 degrees, night might be fresh, as most of the garden is covered by trees.
The fee and what's included...
The price is made exclusively for you as the Member of our Club, and it covers the entire photography workshop, all activities and expenses during the MeetUp - Pick up by Ernest (Turin, hotel in the mornings & evenings, Langhe trip by car), food, photography subjects, props, wine-tasting on Thursday night & pasta cooking class & 1-1 (60 minutes) coaching session with Lucia.
What is covered by yourself, not included in the fee: flights, or any other travel to arrive to Turin before & after the Meet Up, accommodation before, during, after the Meet Up, last dinner at the restaurant in the Langhe - everyone pays for what they order.
The fee covers the entire workshop food, garden, workshop costs but EXCLUDES the
accommodation (you will pay it extra by yourself) and a dinner on Thursday night at the restaurant.
The hotel (where we all are going to stay) is mentioned below. Before booking your hotel room directly, please, let me know first! I can help you reserve the room for you and for other participant, so you can save some money by sharing the room.
No other additional taxes are applied to this final price.
Please, write me an email as soon as you decide to join us; email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, confirming: