Amalfi Coast Photography Workshop with Robert Voltaire
"You may have the universe, if I may have Italy." - Guiseppe Verdi
Join photographer Robert Voltaire in one of Italy's most famed destinations, the Amalfi Coast.
Deemed by UNESCO, "an outstanding example of Mediterranean landscape," The Amalfi Coast is largely considered to be Italy's finest vacation destination.
Here, mountains rise from the sea with majesty and world travelers converge to enjoy life at it's finest.
"Its string of fabled towns read like a Hollywood cast list. There's jet-set favorite Positano, a pastel-colored cascade of chic boutiques, spritz-sipping pin-ups, and sun-kissed sunbathers. Further east, ancient Amalfi lures with its Arabic-Norman cathedral, while mountaintop Ravello stirs hearts with its cultured villas and Wagnerian connection. To the west lies Amalfi Coast gateway Sorrento, a handsome cliff-top resort that has miraculously survived the onslaught of package tourism.
Turquoise seas and postcard-perfect piazzas aside, the region is home to some of Italy's finest hotels and restaurants. It's also one of the country's top spots for hiking, with well-marked trails providing the chance to escape the star-struck coastal crowds." - Lonely Planet.
Day 1 - Amalfi
We meet in the a.m. in the historic city of Amalfi for a walking tour of the city. Prepare to add breathtaking landscape and architecture shots to your portfolio while we get acquainted with this charming town which will serve as our home base. After our exploration, we will discuss your photographic goals, experience and for those who choose I will personally review your portfolio and give feedback on your technique and style. From here we will venture to the sea and begin shooting swimwear with a model at a seaside beach club. Afterward, we will continue on to Atrani where we will shoot at another beach club and inside the picturesque city of Atrani, itself. During the evening we will share a "Welcome Dinner" at one of my favorite Amalfi Coast restaurants.
Day 2 - Positano
On day 2 we will travel to the gorgeous town of Positano, where we will spend our morning and afternoon. John Steinbeck famously wrote, "Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone."
Positano's main beach, Marina Grande, is one of the liveliest and most picturesque of the entire Amalfi Coast. Here we will take a romantic stroll through the city capturing breathtaking stills of this enchanting paradise. Next, we will continue to the beach and create more landscape, fashion and swimwear photographs.
Day 3 - Capri
On day 3 we will take a ferry to the island of Capri and there we will continue to explore the coast via a private boat. Capri's fabled beauty has charmed the world for thousands of years and is arguably the most picturesque island of Italy. Weather permitting, the cruise along the coast is an incredible photographic opportunity. Here we will capture landscape images of stunning yachts, craggy cliffs, and gorgeous beach clubs. Once ashore we will break for lunch and play "Bond" in a beach club that would make 007's heart skip a beat. Prepare to supercharge your portfolio with iconic images that you will remember for the rest of your life.
Day 4 - Valle delle Ferreire
This incredible hike will take us up above the city of Amalfi to the wooded hills of Italy. Here, the view is incomparable and the hike is an experience you will never forget. Together we will photograph local ruins, abandoned paper mills and lush scenery with a beautiful model.
The trekking route into the “Valle Delle Ferriere” is of minor difficulty with a duration of about three hours and a drop of 500 meters down and 250 m up. The ease of the trails does not require special equipment or facilities, but long trousers and a pair of comfortable shoes suitable for walking in the mountains are recommended. Be careful and do not forget the camera, water, sunscreen and a hat.
After our hike, we will descend to our hotel in Amalfi. There, I will share with you my personal post-production techniques. You will learn how to enhance and color your images and I will share with you how I create the "Voltaire look."
Day 5 - Maori/Ravello
The beautiful town of Maori is the site of the biggest beaches on the Amalfi Coast. With nearly a dozen beach clubs there is plenty of scenery to capture. Here the water is always clean and there will be plenty of time to shoot and swim.
After lunch we will head to Ravello where we will visit Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone to shoot fashion amongst it's dramatic architecture, breathtaking views and cliffside gardens. Sun and nature, tradition and prestige, the Amalfi coast and Ravello, frame Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone like a timeless treasure.
In the evening we will conclude our Italian vacation in Amalfi with a celebratory farewell dinner. Please let us know if you have any questions via the contact form on our website. I look forward to working with you and creating images in one of the most beautiful destinations our planet has to offer, The Amalfi Coast!