Join experienced hosts Cole Roberts and Anna Ascari for an immersive two-part wedding photography workshop in the heart of Lisbon and the breathtaking landscapes of São Miguel, the ‘Hawaii of the Atlantic.’ Dive into this enriching experience starting on January 21st in Lisbon and continuing from January 23rd to 24th in São Miguel.
Designed for photographers seeking to elevate their destination portfolios, this intimate workshop, limited to eight participants, offers a unique opportunity to capture the essence of two distinct locations. Explore the vibrant energy of Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, before immersing yourself in the natural wonders of São Miguel.
Embark on this adventure to enhance your wedding photography skills against the backdrop of Portugal’s charming urban landscapes and the unparalleled beauty of the Azores.
Choose the workshop experience that suits you best in Portugal:
- Lisbon Day Workshop: Join us for a full day in Lisbon at €450 + VAT.
- São Miguel Two-Day Workshop: Dive deep into a two-day workshop in São Miguel at €950 + VAT.
- Exclusive Combo Package: Get the best of both worlds with workshops in both Lisbon and São Miguel for €1,250 + VAT.
When & where
Here’s a breakdown of the workshop dates in Portugal:
- Lisbon Workshop: Join us for a single-day workshop on January 21st. Please plan to arrive no later than January 20th, as the day starts early before sunrise and ends late after sunset.
- Travel Day: January 22nd is a travel day as we move to São Miguel. Plan your arrival no later than January 22nd.
- São Miguel Workshop: The workshop in São Miguel spans two days, January 23rd and 24th. Similar to the Lisbon workshop, our days on São Miguel will start before sunrise and end after sunset.
Format & Size
Lisbon | January 21st
Morning – Sunrise Session: Our day begins before dawn at the iconic Belém Tower, where the morning light casts a magical glow on the historic architecture. Capture our first couple against the backdrop of this UNESCO World Heritage site, framed by the tranquil waters of the Tagus River. From Belém, we’ll move to the enchanting Jerónimos Monastery, a masterpiece of Manueline architecture, for more intimate shots.
Midday: After the sunrise session, we’ll gather for a relaxing brunch at a local café, giving you the opportunity to mingle with fellow participants and discuss the morning’s photography experiences. During this time, we encourage open discussions and sharing of photography techniques.
Afternoon – Exploration and Preparation: Following brunch, we’ll embark on a guided walking tour through Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood. This exploration will offer opportunities for candid street photography and a chance to immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant culture. Along the way, we’ll scout locations for the sunset session.
Evening – Sunset Session: Our day culminates with a captivating sunset session at the historic Castelo de São Jorge. As the sun sets over the city, our second couple, elegantly dressed, will be captured against the panoramic views of Lisbon. The golden hour provides the perfect light for creating romantic and timeless images.
Join us for this immersive photography experience in Lisbon, where you’ll capture the essence of this historic city with two enchanting couples.
During our two-day workshop in São Miguel, you’ll photograph two couples in wedding attire, one each day, within a small, intimate group of 8 participants.
Day One: Begin at the iconic Sete Cidades, where the couples will be framed against the backdrop of the legendary twin lakes and lush greenery. We’ll continue along the coastline, stopping at the picturesque Mosteiros beach for intimate shots. In the afternoon, explore the enchanting Terra Nostra Park, famous for its botanical beauty and natural hot springs. Our day concludes at the historic Furnas Lake, a serene spot perfect for capturing the essence of São Miguel’s natural beauty.
Day Two: Start in the charming village of Nordeste, offering stunning views of the coastline and vibrant gardens. Next, visit the mystical Gorreana Tea Plantation, capturing the couples amid the lush green tea fields. We’ll then explore the dramatic landscapes of Ribeira do Despe-te Que Suas, known for its cascading waterfalls and rocky cliffs. Our journey concludes at the majestic Lagoa do Fogo, where you’ll capture the couples near the island’s most beautiful crater lake.
Cole Roberts grew up in Canada and became nomadic at an early age due to hockey. Hockey took him around North America, where he eventually settled in Vancouver.
Ten years of working in restaurants followed by a masters degree in marketing et voila – a career in photography. Photography led him to starting Nordica in 2009, Way Up North in 2015, becoming a Fujifilm X-Photographer in 2016, and co-founding Kolla in 2018.
Cole now lives in Gävle, Sweden with his wife and three kids.
Anna Ascari is the co-founder of Hakuna Matata Weddings, a distinguished team of wedding photographers and videographers operating in Europe since 2016, managing nearly 90 weddings annually. Based in Modena, Italy, she captures moments in Tuscany, Como Lake, Dolomites, and Positano, serving couples from across the globe.
Anna received the WUN award for ‘Best European Wedding Photographer Under 25’ in 2021 and was crowned ‘Wedding Photographer of the Year‘ in 2022. Since 2020, she has been instrumental in planning and hosting Roadie workshops, enhancing the experiences of fellow photographers.
Included / Not-included
Travel, food, and beverages are not included in the workshop fee. In São Miguel, 3 nights accommodations are included. In Lisbon, accommodations are not included.
Upon booking, we will provide recommendations for comfortable hotel options in Lisbon, where the workshop activities will take place. As the workshop date approaches, we’ll facilitate connections among participants through a private Slack channel, allowing you to explore shared accommodation options.
Please note that flights to Lisbon and São Miguel are not included in the workshop fee, and attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. However, once you arrive, we’ve got your local transportation covered throughout the workshop from January 21st to 24th, 2023.
Want to Model?
We are looking for couples to photograph during the workshops. If you are a photographer interested in this, contact us.