We are extremely proud to announce our next workshop in Tuscany Italy! We are teaming up with Kaleb Norman James Design and Wedding Sparrow to bring to you an amazing opportunity to learn all about film photography in the wedding industry and to be a part of a community. We hope to inspire you as an artist while we are together and beyond the class. After hosting workshops and one-on-one sessions for the last three years we have learned that film photography is a journey that takes time, patience, and a lot of practice. No one is able to learn all there is to know about the subject in just a workshop. Questions come up a couple of days, weeks, and even months after. That is why all of our workshops go even beyond the classroom and will continue in a private group. With that said, we do pack the class with all of the essentials. We will learn what it takes to build a sustainable photography business, how to stand out from the masses, how to approach a wedding day from beginning to end, why use film, understanding the technical aspects of film, using your personal artistic voice, flat-lay styling, how can photographers and planners efficiently interact, social media, how to get published, and much more! It’s going to be our best workshop yet. We are putting our heart and soul into this workshop. Attendees feel refreshed and inspired after attending our workshops, and are better equipped to be successful in this industry. We can’t wait to share our passion with you too. We look forward to having you there!


      This wonderful villa is located in the beautiful village of San Casciano Val di Pesa, just minutes away from the historic district of the city of Florence. The villa traces back its origins to the early XVI century and is considered one of the finest examples of classical Renaissance architecture, attributed to the school of Michelangiolo. Previous residence of several important noble families, the villa sits on a hillside overlooking the striking Tuscan landscape, full of olive trees, vineyards, cypresses and pine trees. The villa is classified as a Historic Monument by the city’s “Fine Arts” administration because of its magnificent interior and exterior features. Its symmetrical plans and facades, as well as the fantastic layout of the interiors, reflect the Renaissance tradition at its very best. The villa spreads over more than 19,000 square feet of inner living space surrounded by 11 Acres of land (of which 2 acres decorate the garden surrounding the villa). An excellent extra virgin olive oil is produced every year from the 800 perfectly kept olive trees. This villa is beautiful inside and out and we not only get to photograph in it, but we get to stay there for the duration of the workshop! The village also offers many delicious restaurants, trattoria and pizzeria where all of the best traditional Florentine and Tuscan food can be tasted. There are several shops that sell local products such as; groceries, butchers, pastry shops, bakeries and a big supermarket called Coop. Services such as banks with ATMs, a post office, and pharmacies can also be found here.

      THE TEAM

      Carlos Hernandez

      “I am a Fine Art Film Wedding Photographer based out of Portland Oregon. I feel blessed to be a part of the most memorable moments in so many people’s lives. I am moved by sincerity, gestures of purity, and the disappearing value of the tangible. My desire as an artist is to create photos that are full of life and express beauty in an honest way.” The work of Carlos Hernandez has been recognized worldwide and has been featured in publications such as In Style, Oncewed, Magnolia Rouge, Hochzeitsguide, 100 Layer Cake, Wedding Sparrow, and many more. He has a passion for teaching others to achieve their maximum potential through their art. He has hosted 8 sold out workshop throughout the country, and continues to be engaged with all of his attendees even after.

      Kaleb Norman James

      Kaleb began his planning & design company with the intent of being his client’s greatest advocate, as well as their friend- this posture has allowed him to create truly beautiful events again and again, with an innate understanding of who his clients are and what is most important to them on their wedding day. Kaleb’s determination and and kind demeanor, paired with a passion for his career has opened some incredible doors since his company began in 2012. His work has been seen in the pages of Brides Magazine, Magnolia Rouge, Utterly Engaged, People Magazine & online publications including Martha Stewart, Style Me Pretty & Once Wed. He has worked as the florist for the Television Academy and the Prime Time Emmy’s, as a lead stylist for The Mrs. Box product campaigns and has even had the opportunity to travel internationally to design weddings in Italy, France & Mexico.

      Sara Russell

      Sara is the Editor & Founder of Wedding Sparrow blog. A wedding blog for the stylish bride, Wedding Sparrow is a multi award winning premier wedding resource and inspirational website for brides all over the world and we specialize in featuring film photography and fine art weddings. We champion high quality vendors and artisans and love being involved in the wedding community. We believe in the tangible, beautiful, authentic and the inspirational. Filling a gap in the wedding blog industry (Wedding Sparrow is the world’s only all film fine art wedding blog!) Sara knew that her passion for fine art and love for all things tangible and film should be out there via pretty pictures. In just 2 short years, Wedding Sparrow has grown from a tiny one-person blog to a multi-award winning international team of fine art lovers and she couldn’t be more proud. Sara loves how passionate readers and vendors are for quality products and services and hopes this shines through in the blog. Sara is the world’s biggest wedding obsessive and is usually knee deep in wedding pretty at Wedding Sparrow HQ. You’ll find Sara blogging away, attending events, and chatting to like-minded artisans at workshops!


      ① A time to get to know each other the night before the workshop. This will help break the ice and get to know the creative team and all of the attendees. ② Class time with Carlos Hernandez, where he will go over the following:

      • Building a sustainable photography business
      • Standing out from the masses and creating your own brand
      • How to approach a wedding day from beginning to end
      • Why use film
      • Understanding the technical aspects of film
      • Using your personal artistic voice

      ③ Class time with Kaleb Norman James, where he will go over the following:

      • Flat-lay Styling
      • How can photographers and planners interact efficiently

      ④ Class time with Sara Russell from Wedding Sparrow, where she will go over the following:

      • Branding
      • Social media
      • Getting published
      • Networking

      ⑤ Two editorial shoots with different lighting scenarios. We will make sure to have smaller shooting groups to maximize learning opportunities.

      • A complete bridal editorial shoot
      • A lifestyle editorial shoot

      ⑥ Access to a private Facebook group before and after the workshop, to continue to learn and grow. ⑦ Head shots by Carlos  Lodging March 13 – 16 (rooms fits two people and each have their own full bathroom)  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner March 14-15


      Do only film photographers attend this workshop? No, though the workshop will be geared towards film photography, we have had many digital photographers attend past workshops. They enjoyed learning about not only the film world but the wedding industry in general. You are free to bring your DSLR. What do I need to bring with me? We recommend that you bring your favorite medium for note taking, whether that be a laptop, tablet, or good old pen and paper. Bring your camera and lenses you plan on using and your favorite film for the editorial shoots. If you have questions on what film to use, we can talk about that in the private group. You might also want to bring light snacks to keep your energy going through the day. Will food be provided? We will have a chef on site preparing our meals! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for you both days of the workshop. Thursday March 14 and Friday March 15. We will be able to accommodate most food allegories. Please let us know if you have any questions. Will I be able to use the images I take for my website and social media, what about publications? Yes, and yes. We do not restrict the way you use your images.


      More coming soon…


      We want you to have the best experience as possible, and this is why we are limiting the workshop to 10 students. So reserve your spot now, these spots usually book fast.Registration is first come first serve.

      25% is due at the time of registration, the remainder will be due by February 13, 2019. If you have any question or need additional help with payment options, please let us know in the contact form bellow.



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