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Join me (Eva Kosmas Flores) and Valentina Solfrini of Hortus Natural Cooking for a 4-day workshop in Gradara, a beautiful Italian town nestled at the edge of a cliff against the sea. Valentina is a pioneer in chiaroscuro-style food photography, creating incredibly beautiful photographs through manipulating natural light and styling exquisite scenes. She's also an incredibly talented chef, with a special talent for seasonal Italian cooking, and I couldn't be more excited about partnering with her for a workshop in her hometown of Gradara, Italy! We'll stay in Castello Di Granarola, a restored 10th century castle complete with modern amenities (this means swimming pool!), a rustic atmosphere, and a jaw-dropping view. During the course of the workshop, Valentina and I will take you to a local winery where the vineyards are perched right above a cliff overlooking the Adriatic sea. We'll taste local wines and learn about the native grapes and the rich Italian cultural heritage of winemaking. We'll also take a walk through the beautiful seaside gardens of Gradera, where we can soak up and photograph the incredible views. During the workshop we'll be eating the finest, freshest pasta and seasonal Italian cuisine traditional to the region of northeastern Italy. Valentina and I will be teaching photography, styling, working with natural light, and storytelling, and we'll also cover the business side of photography, branding, blogging, email list-building, and social media as well as post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.


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  • Workshop material covers: adjusting internal camera settings such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO and their effects on the image, lenses and their focal lengths, manipulation of natural lighting, food styling and storytelling, the business side of photography, branding, social media + email list-building, and post processing in Adobe Lightroom.
  • The nearest major airport is Bologna (BLQ), about a 2 hour train ride, 1 hour 20 minutes by car.
  • A mirrorless, DLSR, or iPhone camera is required.
  • All lodging and meals are included in the workshop's duration.
  • Prices listed are per person.
  • Space is limited to 10 attendees.
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  • Friday May 4th: Guests arrive by noon, photography lessons, hands on shooting & styling
  • Saturday May 5th: Styling lessons, hands on shooting & styling, Adobe Lightroom demonstration
  • Sunday May 6th: Social media + business roundtable, wine tasting at local seaside winery
  • Monday May 7th: Farewell breakfast at 9 am, guests depart by 11 am


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Sleeping Options



  • Shared Room SOLD OUT
  • Private Room SOLD OUT


A deposit of 50% is required to secure your registration. The remaining 50% is due April 4th, no refunds are available after booking unless you can find someone to fill your space.


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Let us teach + take care of you!


Just pack your bags, grab your digital camera or iphone, and show up. We’ve got the rest covered! All lodging, meals, and excursions are included in the workshop. Now you can focus on learning, shooting and soaking up the magic of Italy!


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"My expectations were totally exceeded"

There is something to say for when you get the opportunity to be in the midst of someone you admire in your field.  To spend a few days watching how they work, listening to their advice and soaking up as much information as you possibly can that leaves you feeling blessed.

I had the pleasure of attending my first FWE workshop with Eva two years ago, held in Iceland.  My expectations were totally exceeded and I was left wanting more.

Besides the wonderful food & beauty that surrounded me daily I was amongst some of the most amazing ladies.  The talent, joy, enthusiasm, passion, and drive that sat around the table daily was the biggest reward of this workshop.  Coming from all over the world, with different levels of experience, we came together and shared our passion for Photography."

Andrea Coan


"We were chatting & telling each other stories like we'd known each other forever"

The days I spent with Eva, Trisha, & company in Istria were truly glorious. I learned a lot about food photography and styling and feel confident now to get to the next level. I also got to know a bunch of fabulously interesting women from all over the world. We were chatting and telling each other stories like we'd known each other forever. This kind of connection feels very special to me. I went home with a head full of inspiration and ideas and a heart full of gratitude. Thank you Eva and team for creating a truly unique, creative and amazing experience.

Jozefien Ryckx

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"They are passionate about sharing their love and knowledge of the industry"

“I am so happy to have discovered the all encompassing food photography workshops called First We Eat Events. Every workshop is a unique opportunity to rub shoulders and learn from the best professionals in the industry. They are passionate about sharing their love and knowledge of the industry and have perfected the workshop adventure by finding fantastic villas or historic homes to occupy while they dive in and create an experience (and food) in amazing settings. Magic happens when you spend four concentrated days learning from them; two top notch professionals that graciously share their individual artistry through stylized meals in beautiful settings. I have made great strides in my own photography and I can honestly say that I owe my successes to my experiences with First We Eat!!”

Beryl Striewsky

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"It was the best days of my life!"

Those days were so relaxing and full of good memories, so warm (because of the people!), inspirational and, of course, sooo tasty! The food was really incredible!...To be honest, it was my very first trip outside of Russia, and it was the best days of my life! I got much more than I expected.

Dasha Ustinova
Easy Cooking Project