Aspire – Tuscany


Tuscany Wedding Workshop

Ever dreamed of booking that destination wedding client? Curious what a destination wedding in Italy actually looks like? Peek behind the veil alongside a small group of professionals. Working with local vendors, we will set up the dream multi day wedding.

We invite you this spring to a lux experience in the hills of Tuscany. Join us as we document every part of a curated Italian destination wedding. Hosted at Villa Lena Estates, prepare for a dynamic workshop at a luxury art residency.

This all-inclusive workshop will prepare you for the reality of destination weddings. At the same time, will send you away with a portfolio to book your future dream clients.

This will be an unforgettable experience and career shaping opportunity. Join us in the Tuscan hills this April.

“Show what you want to shoot”

You’ve heard this before right?

Alright, how might that actually look?

Aspire – Tuscany

Think, multi-day destination wedding where the photographers are the guests. As a team we will create realistic and aspirational content, from the guise of guests.

Aspire is creating an authentic Italian Agriturismo experience. Along the way, guests leave with a portfolio from Tuscany. Your new wedding portfolio will include an engagement session, a full destination wedding story, an elopement, and a fashion editorial

Learn from two seasoned destination wedding photographers guiding you while shooting. While working in teams, our collaboration will give us all new perspective aspiring new ideas.

Are You Ready?


Villa Lena, a hidden villa in the Tuscan countryside. Chic stays with cypress views. On top of a hill, once under a sea. A bar, a farm, a restaurant and a creative family to welcome you.

“Villa Lena is a dream destination for anyone in search of laid-back and thoughtful barefoot luxury” – VOGUE


The total price is €2500 + VAT. €500 deposit secures your seat.

The balance is due one month before the gathering.

If you prefer to pay the full amount up front or in payments, please email us and we’ll set it up.


April 3rd to 6th, 2023.

Guests arrive for a welcome drink and photoshoot on the afternoon of the 3rd.

The creativity flows on the 4th and 5th.

The workshop concludes after lunch on the 6th.


Enjoy An All-Inclusive Experience


Three-nights accommodation with full board, from April 3rd (check-in) to April 6th (check-out).

All rooms are double-occupancy in the FATTORIA suites at Villa Lena.

The suites are recently renovated with a luxurious touch and feel.

Each room features vaulted ceilings, marble bathrooms and wooden floors.


Farm-to-table Italian cuisine from Villa Lena’s organic ‘orto’. A celebrated two hectares organic vegetable and fruit garden on the villa grounds.

Each morning you’ll enjoy a delectable spread of spoils. Fresh fruits, baked pastries, tarts (sweet and savoury), cured meats, cheeses, eggs, juices, coffee, and tea.

Fresh focaccia sandwich lunches in the afternoon while we work. Evenings we dine together under the Tuscan skies, savouring a three-course plated dinner from the resident chef.

Meet Your Hosts

Dan Sauer

Dan is a career destination wedding photographer originally from Los Angeles, and in 2018 made the move to Italy documenting couples from around the world. He lives with his wife and son in Milan. And spends his free time hiking the lower alps around Lake Como.

Anna Ascari

Anna Ascari is an Italian wedding photographer and founder of Hakuna Matata. Hakuna Matata to a studio with 16 photographers, who average 80 wedding each year. When not running the studio, Anna is an adventure seeker. She’s known to trapeze between terrifying mountains on rickety rope bridges.

Cole Roberts

Cole is the co-founder of Way Up NorthKolla, Nordica and has been a Fujifilm X-Photographer since 2016. Cole lives in Gävle, Sweden with his wife and three kids. He wishes he spent more time at his cabin chopping wood and lighting fires while listening to country music.

Key Workshop Takeaways


Italian Destination; Engagement + Full wedding day + Elopement + Fashion Editorial


Approach to destination wedding day, direction, lighting, pre and post process, photo critique.


Hosted at Villa Lena estate, an all-inclusive experience for a 4 day workshop at a luxury art residency.

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