Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal

Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda VuckovicFood and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

Beth and I were online friends for some time, exchanged numerous mails and, when she arrived in Lisbon on the beginning of May, I felt I already knew her for a long time.
The first few days we spent planning, cooking and visiting local markets to procure all of our ingredients. And then it was time to head to our destination: Alentejo.

We arrived with the sun shining and the smell of pinecone in the air. We could feel that the ocean was near…

When our students arrived, on Wednesday afternoon, we greeted them with a few small plates and later we prepared the dinner, squid we purchased at Peixaria Centenária, that we all shared together that night. We mingled and got to know each other a bit more before the workshop began.

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A Beth e eu éramos amigas online há algum tempo, trocámos inúmeros mails e, quando ela chegou a Lisboa no início de Maio, senti que já a conhecia há muito tempo.
Passámos os primeiros dias a planear, cozinhar e a visitar os mercados locais para adquirir todos os nossos ingredientes. Depois chegou a hora de ir para o nosso destino: Alentejo.

Chegámos com o sol a brilhar e o cheiro de pinhas no ar. Podíamos sentir que o mar estava perto…

Quando as nossas alunas chegaram, na quarta-feira à tarde, foram saudadas com alguns pequenos pratos e depois preparámos o jantar, lulas que tínhamos comprado na Peixaria Centenária, que todas nós partilhámos juntas naquela noite. Convivemos e ficámos a conhecer-nos um pouco mais antes do início do workshop.

Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda VuckovicFood and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

The morning of our first day was all about learning camera basics, manipulating light and getting comfortable with styling.
We cooked and styled Broad bean, leek and courgette Soup + feta & herbs with crostini and Spring Risotto with Peas and Greens and, while the students and Beth spoke about post processing, I baked Strawberry & Lemon thyme Galettes for our afternoon session and snack. Everybody was so motivated and full of energy that we stood around coffee and galette until dinner time.

We finished the day with an amazing dinner at Uva do Monte, that Sr. Ventura made for us. Local cheese & charcuterie, olives, sea food, grilled sardines… such a feast!!

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A manhã do nosso primeiro dia foi apenas e só sobre a aprendizagem de conceitos básicos da camera, manipulação de luz e ficar à vontade com o styling.
Cozinhámos e preparámos Sopa de Favas, alho francês, e courgette + feta & ervas com crostini e Risotto Primavera com Ervilhas e Verdes e, enquanto a Beth e as estudantes falavam sobre pós-processamento, fiz Galette de Morango & Tomilho limão para a nossa sessão da tarde e lanche. Estávamos todas tão motivadas e cheias de energia que ficámos de volta do café e galette até à hora do jantar.

Terminámos o dia com um jantar incrível na Uva do Monte, que o Sr. Ventura fez para nós. Queijo local, chouriço, azeitonas, frutos do mar, sardinha assada… um festim!!

Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

The next morning we prepared food for the picnic:
Spinach & Cheese Burek
Rosemary foccaccia
Smoked Salmon & Rocket Baguettes with homemade aioli
Grapefruit, Fennel, & Olive Oil Cakes
Spring panzanella
Lavender lemon rosemary soda

and headed to the beach. Even being at noon with more than 30ºC, we styled and photographed the beach picnic.
It was the perfect example on how to work in extreme light conditions.
After all the work we enjoyed food, sun and the ocean.

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Na manhã seguinte, preparámos a seguinte comida para o piquenique:
Burek de Espinafre & Queijo
Foccaccia de Alecrim
Salmão fumado e Baguetes com aioli caseiro
Bolinhos de toranja, funcho & azeite
Panzanella Primavera
Refresco de limão alecrim refrigerante

e fomos para a praia. Mesmo sendo ao meio-dia com mais de 30ºC, fizemos o styling e fotografámos o piquenique na praia.
Foi o exemplo perfeito de como trabalhar com condições de luz extremas.
Depois de todo o trabalho, apreciámos a comida, sol e o oceano.

Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda VuckovicFood and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

The last day was reserved for lifestyle photography. We left Uva do Monte early in the morning and went to visit Aldeia da Santa Susana and Carrasqueira.

Aldeia da Santa Susana is a typical small Alentejo village, where all the houses keep the traditional look, white and blue, and inhabitants are mainly older people, proud of their village.

Carrasqueira is an absolutely magnificent old port, made of wood, constructed to ease the access of fishermen to their small boats.

We ended the day on the beach, with a relaxing picnic and bonfire, enjoying each other’s company, good food and the sound of the ocean.

Thank you to our students Olaiya, Lisa, Skye, Nathalie, Alice, Eve, Leslie and Sif. You were absolutely amazing!

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O último dia foi reservado para fotografia de lifestyle. Saímos da Uva do Monte no início da manhã e fomos visitar a Aldeia de Santa Susana e a Carrasqueira.

A Aldeia de Santa Susana é uma pequena e típica aldeia alentejana, onde todas as casas mantêm a aparência tradicional, branco e azul, e os habitantes são principalmente pessoas mais velhas, orgulhosas da sua aldeia.

A Carrasqueira é um porto velho absolutamente magnífico, feito de madeira, construído para facilitar o acesso dos pescadores aos seus pequenos barcos.

Terminámos o dia na praia, com um relaxante piquenique e fogueira, a apreciar a companhia uns dos outros, boa comida e o som do oceano.

Obrigado às nossas alunas Olaiya, Lisa, Skye, Nathalie, Alice, Eve, Leslie e Sif. Vocês foram absolutamente incríveis!

Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

Huge thank you to:

Uva do Monte : for opening your doors to us and being available and helpful all the time
Knock Knock Linens : for the beautiful aprons
Old Salt Merchants : for your amazing salt
Marble and Milkweed : for the beautiful tea
Anna Westerlund Ceramics and Banca & Cia : for your amazing pieces that served as our props
Elena Rodrigues : for preparing a great picnic for us

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Um enorme obrigado para:

Uva do Monte : por nos abrirem as portas e estarem disponíveis e atenciosos a toda a hora
Knock Knock Linens : pelos belos aventais
Old Salt Merchants : pelo vosso maravilhoso sal
Marble and Milkweed : pelo lindo chá
Anna Westerlund Ceramics e Banca & Cia : pelas vossas peças incríveis que nos serviram de adereços
Elena Rodrigues : por nos ter preparado um fantástico piquenique

24 Responses to Food and Lifestyle Photography and Styling Workshop Retreat Portugal
  1. Sara Cabido Reply

    Que registos maravilhosas! Fotografias que me parecem mágicas, que me levam a sonhar, a suspirar, a inspirar ser mais, ser melhor. Estão lindíssimas, muito bom trabalho!

    Sara Cabido | Little Tiny Pieces of Me

    • Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo Reply

      Obrigada Sara, fico contente que gostas e que achas inspiradoras!!

  2. ana morais Reply

    e cá fiquei eu a babar…e à espera que venha outro maravilhoso workshop!

    • Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo Reply

      Ana, esperamos que sim e que próxima vez consegues estar la 🙂

  3. Rincy Reply

    Absolutely lovely ! Cannot wait for the next to join in on all of it. A massive congratulations, love and light to you and everyone that joined in the workshop x

  4. Susana Gomes Reply

    Que mood maravilhoso! tudo lindo, Sanda, parabéns 🙂
    Um beijinho.

  5. olaiya Reply

    Sanda! Such gorgeous photos! I can’t even begin to thank you enough for the time we spent together in Portugal. I learned more than I could have imagined and fell in love with Portugal. Your effortless style, baking talent and wonderful eye for detail and light are an inspiration. I hope to see you when I’m in Portugal again next year!

    • Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo Reply

      Thanks a lot Olaiya, please let me know when you plan your trip to Portugal, we will have to meet!!!

  6. Emily Reply

    This looks so wonderful. I wish I could have been there!

  7. Maria João Reply

    que post mais lindo Sanda…
    devem ter sido uns dias mágicos e que me fazem sonhar que um dia também eu possa participar de um workshop teu!
    parabéns!

  8. Maria João Clavel Reply

    Estava ansiosa por ver este resumo. Obrigada pela partilha. Foi realmente mágico, mas contigo e com a Beth não poderia ser de outra forma. Um beijinho grande.

  9. Skye Reply

    Sanda, I feel so privileged to have been able to take part in this. I learned so much and it was a true joy to get to know you and the other beautiful ladies. It was a magical few days – and looking at these beautiful photos makes me long for that time again. Please host another workshop again soon! Xxx

  10. ENJOY! The Good Life Reply

    This workshop retreat looks great. I’m very interested in following it myself. I would like to have some information about it? Magnificent pictures and fabulous food.

    • Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo Reply

      I added you to the mailing list, you will be the first one to know about future events/workshops. Thanks!!!

  11. Layla says Reply

    Beautiful photos, and so cool to see burek on the menu. Hope to attend one of your workshops in the future!

  12. Leslie Reply

    Love your images Sanda, they are beautiful! It was a wonderful workshop and I want to plan another trip to Portugal! Please plan another workshop, I’ll be happy to join!!! xoxo

    • Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo Reply

      Thanks Lesli, it was great having you there. I think so much about these few days. Hope to meet you on the next one!!!

  13. Alexandra Sotto Maior Reply

    Olá, fiquei encantada e adoraria participar num próximo workshop!
    Como posso saber notícias vossas e como fazer para me inscrever?
    Obrigada!

    • Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo Reply

      Alexandra, adicionei o seu mail para o mailing list, assim vai receber noticias logo quando houver o novo workshop. Obrigada!!!

  14. Carmit Shine Reply

    Sanda, magical images! it looks like you had the best time there..

  15. Patricia Reply

    Que LINDO!
    Será que me pode adicionar à maling list para eu saber quando houver um próximo workshop?

    obrigada e parabéns, lindo!!
    Patricia

    • Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo Reply

      Claro Patricia, obrigada!!!

  16. Regina Reply

    Quem dera eu tivesse participado desse workshop… maybe in a future time another one is going to happen?!?!?!

  17. Beth Toledo Reply

    Amazing pictures, beautiful food! The warmth is felt. I’d love info on your workshops as well. I live in South Korea and miss the style & food that were captured in your pics…

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