What is included in the cost?
The total cost for the COSMOS Gathering is 2500€ per person and includes the following:
Five nights’ accommodation in private ensuite bedrooms
A welcome dinner on arrival to meet and chat with the other attendees and hosts
Breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout your stay
Regular coffee breaks!
Transportation to off-site shoot locations
Technical and business advice to enhance your photography skills and elevate your business
Assisted styled-shoots to learn from and build your portfolio
One-to-one reviews to evaluate your existing portfolio, your website and all images taken during the retreat
What's the itinerary?
Monday 5 November: Arrival from 6pm. Introduction and welcome dinner.
Tuesday 6 November: Full day of workshop seminars
Wednesday 7 November: Full day of styled shoots
Thursday 8 November: Full day of workshop seminars
Friday 9 November: Full day of styled shoots
Saturday 10 November: Departure
The detailed program will be decided 1 month before the event
How do I get there?
The closest airport to Giaole in Chianti is Florence Peretola (1h20 drive). Depending on where you’re coming from, Pisa or Rome may be more convenient. If you plan to travel onwards by train, the nearest station is Montevarchi and you can book your tickets in advance through TrenItalia. Taxis can be arranged from Montevarchi to the venue, and we’ll provide more details about this nearer the time in our private Facebook group.
How many other people will be attending?
COSMOS will be an intimate gathering with no more than 20 attendees in total. We want the retreat to be as enriching and engaging as possible so places will be limited and we know how difficult it is shooting in big groups.
Will everyone be shooting at the same time?
You’ll be divided into smaller groups for the styled-shoots, giving you all plenty of time to go at your own pace without fighting for the prime spot. You’ll each get the opportunity to engage and direct the models and put new learnings into practice. Our hosts will also be on hand through all the styled-shoots to guide you and offer any advice and assistance you might need.
Why is it only open to women?
As much as we value the opposite sex, we wanted to explore the feminine side of creativity and to see what happened when left to our own devices. The impact this had at Cosmos 2017 was overwhelming and something both our attendees and hosts were grateful for. Experimenting and exploring new ideas exposes an element of vulnerability which is always hard to embrace, but when you’re surrounded by women who can relate to your situation and anxieties, the journey becomes much easier and outcome is always astonishing.
What type of photographer is the retreat aimed at?
We welcome photographers from all levels and backgrounds although the focus will be on professional editorial and wedding photography. The only pre-requisite is that you are comfortable using a DSLR manually and understand the basic functions.
What language will be spoken?
All sessions will be conducted in English.
Can we shoot in film or digital?
One of the aims of the retreat is to help raise your level using the same tools that have defined your art, and all teachings will apply to both styles of photography. However, as we will be reviewing your images throughout the retreat, we do suggest sticking to digital for the large part so we can easily provide guidance.
What equipment do I need to bring?
Your regular photography equipment, laptop, chargers and an EU plug adapter (or two)!
Can I use the images in my portfolio and social media?
Absolutely! The COSMOS Gathering is designed to provide portfolio upgrades and new content to help you attract your ideal clients, so we encourage this wholeheartedly. Our only request is that you wait one month before sharing the images on your blog (sneak previews on social media are fine), that you credit all the suppliers involved and mention the photos were taken at the COSMOS Gathering. All details of contributors will be provided during the retreat.
Can I submit the images to blogs or magazines?
From our own experience, overexposure of the same shoots from different photographers can be confusing and counterproductive to your business, so we kindly ask you to refrain from submitting images of the assisted styled-shoots to magazines and blogs.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Double en-suite rooms are included in the cost of your stay.
Will my dietary restrictions be accommodated?
Yes, of course! Please let us know when you book and we’ll make sure everything is taken care of.
What will the weather be like?
The weather in November is still relatively mild but mornings and evenings can be very chilly, so please bring suitable attire.
Is there a payment plan?
Yes! Once you register, you’ll be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 1000€ to secure your place. The next instalment of 1500€ must be settled before the 1st September 2018 via Paypal and you can make the payment with the same form of the registration, from the website.
How do I sign up?
To book your place, follow this link
What happens after I book?
Once registered, we’ll invite you to join the COSMOS Gathering Facebook group where you’ll find ongoing support and friendship in both the run up to the retreat and beyond. We’ll also use this group to communicate updates, start conversations to get you thinking about your business and personal goals, as well as logistical advice and information.