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Two of the world’s top ten wedding photographers – Gene Higa and Jose Villa – are hosting a wedding photography workshop in Tuscany, Italy. It will be a three day experience in the Chianti Hills on October 27-29, 2009. Models, make-up artists, floral arrangements, transportation from airport to the villa, breakfast, lunch and dinner during the workshop all provided. Basically, just show up and shoot. Good thing too! In the presence of their sheer awesomeness, I might not be able to do anything else but shoot…and maybe drool.

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Italy is a dream .. A perfect place to conduct a workshop, the lighting is so warm, the surroundings are stunning and the people are so genuine. It was one of my favorite places to shoot. So, we want to share that experience with you. -Gene Higa

You know what else will be warm? You. After a few glasses of Italian wine, you will be warm inside and warm towards your peers. 🙂 Good wine with good company only leads to lasting friendships.

These are some reasons why you should go:

  • I might be there hahahaha (depends on my schedule)
  • It’s taught by two of world’s top ten wedding photographers
  • Off the hook portfolio pictures
  • Techniques to their business success revealed
  • And lastly, I might be there… that’s right – so go!

On top of having portfolio pictures, you can optimize for Italy after having shot there via SEO (Search Engine Optimization). I am not even exaggerating, this weekend I got an inquiry for Tuscany Italy, yesterday I got inquiries for Jamaica and Houston (Texas), and today I got an inquiry for a cruise wedding to Hawaii. Therefore, imagine the possibilities when you combine SEO with stellar images from this workshop!

Gene Higa & Jose Villa Italy Workshop

Dates: October 27-29, 2009
Investment: $1,950 | Sign-up
Location: Cavrigila, Chanti – Tuscany, Italy

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Named two of the top ten wedding photographers in the world – Gene Higa and Jose Villa – will teach you two different shooting styles, different marketing approaches for two different ways to be successful. Three day workshop with everything virtually provided.


Monday – October 26, 2009

  • Meet and greet at La Selva Villa – dinner and drinks provided

Tuesday – October 27, 2009

  • Introductions – Jose Villa and Gene Higa
  • Slideshow presentations
  • Fine art weddings
  • Presentation techniques
  • Client meetings
  • Engagement shoots with live models (not mannequins) LOL I just had to sorry

Wednesday – October 28, 2009

  • Destination weddings
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Critique from engagement session shoot
  • Shoot with bride and groom for half of the day around the beautiful Tuscany

Thursday – October 29, 2009

  • Magazine submissions
  • Compositions – framing in camera
  • Finding a niche market in your area
  • Vendor relationships and submissions
  • Flash / natural light shooting


  • Keeping it simple with composition
  • Finding a style that works for you
  • Creating a niche market
  • Developing relationships with vendors so they do the talking for you
  • Using natural light to create fine art images
  • How to get the word out – marketing / advertising
  • The easy way to anti-pose a couple
  • Magazine submissions – what editors love to see
  • Destination weddings – how to book them
  • Client meetings
  • Presentation is key – how to present your images
  • Album design – keeping it simple and fresh
  • Film – the formula on how to expose, process and archive your images

Imagine where you want your business to be in 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years. I am pretty certain that this workshop might make it happen in a fraction of the time – depending on how devotion you have for your business.

I understand that there are not many seats left, so I urge those interested to consider soon. If you register, make sure to mention “Lawrence @tofurious” sent you and I will be sure to send you a copy of my new photo/video fusion slideshow program (not finished yet – street value: $300ish lol). I am running it by [B]ecker in a couple of weeks to beta test prior to launch.



P.S. I heart wine, grapes, crackers and cheese. And edamame beans, mochi ice cream, wonton noodles, cold tofu, braised tofu, fried tofu, spring rolls, seared rare tuna, chicken pot pie, iced tea and coca cola.

If you go to the workshop, tell me what you enjoy eating!

P.P.S. Gene Higa is such a fun guy! Let hilarity and good times ensue…

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P.P.P.S. UPDATE: @italyworkshop: Thinking of offering a workshop scholarship. Stay tuned for details.