Italy Workshop & Retreat

Italy Workshop & Retreat

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23rd -26th September 2019


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Odyssey - Puglia

Photography Retreat & Workshop - 23rd/ 26th September 2019


Join us this September for 4 days and 3 nights of once in a lifetime inspiration in inimitable Puglia, Italy’s best kept secret.

Imagine the scene, it’s late September, the Southern Italian sun is softly warming your skin as you drive down a majestic, tree lined drive to a beautiful palace in (very on trend!) pink. An ancient garden to your right, Roman and medieval statues surround you, traditional truli make up part of the pavilion and a 20 metre swimming pool is yours to enjoy when the weather gets too warm. This is Villa Meo Evoli and we are extremely proud to be hosting the next edition of The Odyssey’s saga at this pink palazzo in the heart of the Puglian countryside. Built in 1799 and steeped in history, this beautiful villa will be exclusively ours for the duration of the retreat.

So you know about the venue, what will be up to when we get there? The Odysseys are all about 3 things;

Portfolio Growth

Want that destination work but your portfolio isn’t quite there - fake it ‘til you make it baby! Styled shoots with a REAL couple + editorial/fashion shoots making the most of our surroundings. This time we’ll be covering photography & videography and you’ll come home with a variation images as well as your very own mini-vid.

Business Workshops

We’re talking dream clients, goals & planning. Step up your business ready for 2020. Guest speakers TBA.

Putting the R&R in Retreat

When you think of Italy what comes to mind? Good food and the best wine? We’ll be taking time out for some local wine tasting and sampling the best food Apulia has to offer. And a retreat wouldn’t be a retreat without some yoga on the lawn, am I right?

In order to deliver greatness, we need a worthy lineup, right? That’s why we have pulled together, quite possibly, the greatest team of wedding suppliers Italy and the UK has to offer.

Wedding Solution - Look at any decadent Italian wedding and it’s highly likely Andrea from Wedding Solution has been involved with the styling and the decor. Based in Naples and highly respected throughout Italy, we are very privileged to have this Italian powerhouse working with us again in Puglia. Quite simply, the créme de la créme.

Michele Zaurino - Michele has a reputation in Puglia for being the best florist in the region and we are delighted to be working with him again to create some floral magic. Having worked with Michele in 2017 he is so much more than a florist- he’s an artist with epic visions on a grand scale. He also makes the best pasta. Ever.

Lusso Events - Originally hailing from the UK, Tracey has resided in Venice for over 20 years. It’s safe to say whatever Tracey touches turns to gold, organising large scale destination weddings in Tuscany, Venice and Lake Como. Let’s just say, the last time we worked together on a shoot we shot on a speedboat, with a vintage Italian cars and in 5* hotels…

Tara Florence - You know me already, right? I’ll be guiding you through how I style and pose a shoot, working with the best light and locations and on hand for any questions you might have.


The gorgeous Villa Meo Evoli will be the hub for our next Odyssey adventure…


3 Nights Accommodation, Breakfast & Lunch in Villa Meo Evoli

Transfers from Monopoli to the Villa

Welcome Dinner on 23rd September

Workshop Entry Including Business Talks & Sessions

Fully Styled Photoshoots with exclusive couture designer gowns

Local Wine Tasting Experience

Yoga Session on the lawn

License (and encouragement!) to get your images from the 3 days published (non commercial release).

Transport to and from shoots/events during the workshop


(this is our preliminary agenda and may be subject to change)

Monday 23rd September

14:00 - 16:00 - Arrival & Check In

16:00 Welcome & Introduction

16:30 - 18:00 Business Workshop

19:30 Welcome Dinner at The Villa with our own private chef

Tuesday 24th September

09:00 - Continental Breakfast

09:45 Yoga on The Lawn

10:30 - Guest Speaker (tba)

12:30 - Lunch

13:30 - Shoot - Tablescapes & Details

14:30 -Shoot - Bridal Editorial Shoot around the villa

17:00 - Wine Tasting

19:30 - Dinner - restaurant (optional)

Wednesday 25th September

09:00 Continental Breakfast

10:00 Business Workshop

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Shoot - Styled Shoot with Real Couple

15:00 Editing Session

17:00 Shoot - Sunset Shoot with Real Couple on location

20:00 Dinner & Drinks (optional)

Thursday 26th September

09:00 Continental Breakfast

09:30-11:00 Group Editing Session

Contacts & Networking

Round-Up and Goodbyes

and so much more…

If you’re ready to level up your photography business, make new connections and fire up your photography business for 2019 and beyond, join us in September at this magical location and manifest the career of your dreams.

Feedback from Odyssey Marrakech…

What an amazing workshop... not only did I get some incredible shots but I also made some friends for life. A brilliant, brilliant experience! If you’re thinking of doing one of these workshops, DO IT, DO IT!
— Amy Woodham, Northamptonshire, UK
Tara! I cannot thank you enough! For a first retreat I’m afraid to go to another one for fear of being let down! You put together an unforgettable few days with a fantastic group of women. I will cherish this trip. I’ll have to plan a UK tour for a reunion with everyone...
— Erin Dahlin - Minnesota, USA

Puglia 2017 with Wedding Solution, Fairytale Weddings & Michele Zaurino, Lusso Events & Jo Tromans. Published in You & Your Wedding & Love my Dress

How to Get Here

The villa is relatively close to Bari (35km) and Brindisi (65km) airports and approx 1km from the coast. The best way to get from Bari Airport (BRI) to Monopoli is to train which takes 1h 15m and costs 8€ - 22€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 12€ - 14€. From Brindisi (BDS) airport get regional train from Brindisi central station to Monopoli. It takes about 45 minutes and costs 8,20 €.

Private taxis are roughly €80 and we recommend you book in advance.

Transfers will then be arranged from Monopoli to the Villa. We will have a Facebook group including all attendees so you can travel share if you wish.


Terms and Conditions

 Your place is secured once you have made a deposit payment (non refundable) or full balance online and received your order confirmation email (usually within 48 hours of booking).

The balance payment can be made at any time, including as one full payment at the time of booking, but must be made at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of the workshop.

Accommodation is based on the sharing of a twin/triple room between no more than 2 attendees or single occupancy of a double room. If you wish for a friend/partner to join you this is possible at an additional cost - please contact Tara for availability and pricing.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have all necessary travel documents, visas and full insurance (for both equipment as well as medical/travel issues) before the start of the workshop itself.

We reserve the right to cancel any workshop prior to the start date due to low customer bookings, personal injury/illness of the tutor or members of the leadership group or force majeure.

In the event of cancellation by us, the following options will be presented to you as our customer -  your choice of a full refund of workshop fees paid or transfer to alternative workshop. In the event of cancellation by you, if more than 8 weeks before the workshop you will receive the full balance less the non refundable deposit.

The itinerary is a guide and may be subject to change if necessary due to weather, transportation issues or other factors which can occur with little or no notice.

Workshop attendees have a non commercial, open license on the images they take during the workshop and are free to submit their images for publication.

Any further information needed please email