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8-Day Photography Workshop and Culinary Tour of Italy, May 2017

5.00 out of 5

$ 3,999.00

*2017 Tour is SOLD OUT!  Email info@merakoh.com to be notified of 2018 Workshop Tours & Destinations!

Spend 8-Days with Me Ra and Brian for a dream Photography Workshop and Culinary Tour of Italy that takes you through hidden, picturesque destinations in Florence, getting lost in Venice and quaint towns medieval towns that are off-the-beaten path!  Sleep in castles and villas, enjoy 4-course Dinners with amazing wine and tons of laughter!  For more information, click the JOIN US button to open the website to our Partner Tour Company, Encounters Travel, arranging all logistics for the Workshop and Tour. Join us May 2017.

 

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Join celebrity photographer, Me Ra Koh, and her husband, Brian Tausend (award winning photographer and cinematographer) for an 8-Day Photography Workshop and Culinary Tour of Italy!

*2017 Tour is SOLD OUT!  Email info@merakoh.com to be notified of 2018 Workshop Tours & Destinations!

This an EPIC, dream, bucket list photography workshop and culinary tour of Italy!  Me Ra and Brian will bring hands-on instruction and teach you how to see the light (and the light is most beautiful in Italy). Italy and all its beauty, history and scenery will romance your senses, while Me Ra and Brian empower you to capture your journey. The group will experience ancient Rome, the lush, rolling hills of Tuscany, cathedrals and world famous art galleries of Florence while finishing the tour with a day to get lost in the romantic, winding roads of Venice. You will sleep in castles, villas and rustic farm settings. You will not be able to put your camera down. All levels of photography are welcome. Limited space.  This 8-Day Photography Workshop Tour of Italy is a dream for both Me Ra and Brian.  They LOVE Italy and can’t wait for you to fall in love with Italy too!

This photography workshop and culinary tour of Italy is designed for all levels of photography. Me Ra and Brian have been teaching photography workshops and traveling abroad for over seven years. Me Ra is also one of the select Sony Artisans of Imagery, inspiring both beginners and pros. Whether you are a newbie who simply loves taking photos or a pro wanting to be creatively refreshed, they will take you to new levels with your camera proficiency and creativity while exploring the most gorgeous areas of northern Italy. If your spouse, relative or friend is not a photographer but wants to experience Italy, they are more than welcome to join us! In fact, we have special plans for them too!  It’s a photography workshop and culinary tour of Italy that you will never forget!

Now booking for May 2017!

*2017’s trip is a year out and already over half full!  Get your spot reserved ASAP!

5.00 out of 5

16 reviews for 8-Day Photography Workshop and Culinary Tour of Italy, May 2017

  1. Teresa Rish
    5 out of 5

    Portrait of Italy was a life changing experience. Being a wife and a mom of 2 small kids, I have little time for myself. I signed up for the trip almost immediately after MeRa posted it and sent it out in her newsletter. I called my sister-in-law and said, “WE HAVE TO DO THIS!” Her and I took MeRa’s confidence workshop a few years back and fell in love with her and Brian. I knew this experience would be as good if not better than the workshop. My instincts were correct! As soon as we arrived in Rome, (and had an amazing cappuccinos), we connected as a group and the laughter began. The schedule was perfectly balanced for me. The amount of photo opportunities, sight seeing, cities visited and learning were all the perfect balance. Did I mention the FOOD!!! Incredible. What I was not expecting was the laughter and the fun! MeRa and Brian were the most spectacular hosts and we giggled our faces off. One of our more funny jokes was looking for opportunities to make MeRa look like a GIANT and take her picture! The overall trip was SO organized yet organic at the same time. We hit the big ones as far as must see places, but also went off the beaten path and had the most fun ever! My photography definitely went up a notch after this trip and my heart became so much fuller. This was an experience I will treasure forever and I would do it all over again. Out of 5 stars I would give it 100!
    -Teresa, California

  2. Jennifer Dudek
    5 out of 5

    The Portrait of Italy tour was everything I had hoped for and more; great food, great company and great pictures! I had briefly met Me Ra and Brian at a prior workshop that had various speakers/photography instructors so I knew to expect quality photography lessons and tips, but as a woman setting off to travel on my own, I was a bit apprehensive about being comfortable in a foreign country with a group of people I didn’t really know. Any nerves that I had were soon dashed when I met up with everyone at the airport in Rome, using the detailed instructions provided by Uncover the World.

    From the start, everyone in the group was giddy with excitement, not only because of the amazement that this trip was finally coming to fruition after several months following our sign up, but we were in ITALY and would be taking endless amounts of pictures for eight straight days! At dinner the first night, we were all laughing with tears rolling down our faces like we had been friends for decades that had just reconnected again.

    While technically I was a single traveler, at no point did I feel lost or out of place. I was part of a group that learned from one another and supported each other. Thanks to Me Ra and Brian, I still periodically look back through my photos from Rome, Florence, Tuscany, and Venice in amazement of my growth in photography while I was there. The beauty of my growth is that it didn’t come from watching a video on the computer or sitting in a classroom, it came from on-the-fly experiences and sharing with each other in an open field of rolling hills or ancient villages. It doesn’t get much better than that.

    I was impressed with Uncover the World and the organization of the flight, hotels, transportation and meals. Their partnering with Me Ra and Brian seemed like a perfect match. I look forward to future photography excursions.
    -Jennifer, Nevada

  3. Me Ra Koh
    5 out of 5

    Just reading your wonderful Reviews takes me back ladies!!! Thank sooooo much for all your feedback! It was a DREAM TRIP in every way!!! Reunion trip!!! Brian and I love you guys. And we thank you for trusting us with such a special trip. We are both beyond thrilled to know that it met your every expectation and more. YAY!!! PREGO LADIES!!! PREGO!!!! 🙂
    Big hugs,
    Me Ra

  4. Becky Rish
    5 out of 5

    I joined the 2015 Portrait of Italy group somewhat reluctantly at first. My sister-in-law and I had attended one of Me Ra’s confidence workshops a few years prior and thought we had died and gone to heaven! But when she said to me “hey let’s do Me Ra’s Italy workshop”, I thought NO WAY!! I’ve never traveled off the North American Continent and I couldn’t imagine taking that sort of first time trip without my husband. After a little persuasion I dropped the bomb to my husband and he was completely supportive. Then there was no looking back.

    I was as excited for the trip as I was afraid to go to a non-English speaking country across the ocean!! The trip by far exceeded all my expectations. Me Ra & Brian and their travel planners took all the worry out of logistics, not only getting us there but WHILE we were there. All we had to do was show up at the designated meeting spot (breakfast) every day and the rest was taken care of. We learned new techniques, new ways to look at light, and new ways to look at the world. I loved the wide variety of scenery from urban to country to small village, with so much history in every single stop. Daily sharing of others’ photos brought new inspiration to all of us. We all laughed til it hurt every day and made memories and friends for life with one another. How can you not love being with a group of people who want talk about the thing that makes your non-photographer friends’ eyes glaze over!! If you can’t already tell, I highly recommend ANY photography workshop tour with Me Ra & Brian.
    -Becky, Washington

  5. Deanne
    5 out of 5

    Me Ra, you have an amazing energy and passion. You attract people who want to grow. Your openness and love for photography and love of life brings the best out of people. It has been a gift to spend a week with you and Brian. I never knew how to really turn on my camera. I have learned so much and took such great photos, capturing an amazing trip to Italy!
    Favorite Moment: EVERYTHING!
    -Deanne, Florida

  6. Kelli
    5 out of 5

    Authentic, fun experience! If you want to go from an iphone camera to shooting in manual in 8 days, this is the trip for YOU! I gained confidence and explored my edge in a fun, creative, safe place for trying new things. Me Ra and Brian’s expertise and their accessible, supportive hearts will teach you to take pictures you never dreamed you could take. A five star experience!
    Favorite Moment: Taking sunburst pictures and our lunch in Florence when we met the owner of an amazing leather shop who is also a historian on Florence!
    -Kelli, California

  7. Karen
    5 out of 5

    This was the perfect mix of structured tour and self-exploration. The agenda was perfectly paced with adventure and relaxation. Me Ra and Brian were so well organized and led a stress-free itinerary. I loved how they were so spontaneous to pull over the bus if they saw perfect light on a hillside in Tuscany. I can’t believe I shot the ENTIRE TRIP in manual mode! I never would have imagined I could take such beautiful photos. I can’t wait for their next tour!
    Favorite Moment: To many to count! So many gasps, oooohs and ahhhhs. Beautiful towns, hilarious dinners, personal stories and our cooking class, and Florence was amazing!
    -Karen, Washington

  8. Dennis
    5 out of 5

    Just the repetition of ISO, f-stops and shutter speed. The volume of ideas to shoot, the view points of other photographers, the friendships created among strangers. Great food, incredible scenery…this journey satisfied not only a life long dream to visit Italy but increased my knowledge, proficiency and confidence with photography!
    Favorite Moment: Walking out of the subway in Rome and seeing the Colosseum. It took my breath away.
    -Dennis, Texas

  9. Mary
    5 out of 5

    This experience is for you if you want to learn photography from the best!
    Favorite Moment: ANY moments with Brian!!! He had me laughing at all times! Capturing the sun flare at the Colosseum…to many to write!
    -Mary, Minnesota

  10. Carol
    5 out of 5

    This trip has been more than I ever expected it to be. The places you selected to take us couldn’t have been more beautiful. You and Brian have a unique way of teaching us how to improve our photography skills without being intimidating.
    Favorite Moment: Exploring the beautiful town of Montepulciano
    -Carol, Wisconsin

  11. Rachel
    5 out of 5

    The life changing experiences that I have had on this trip are once in a lifetime. The personal experiences with both Brian and Me Ra have meant so much, and I feel that they both care about not only my photography skills but also where I am in my life. This trip has been the funnest and most educating vacation that I have taken! If you want to see the world, meet new people, take your photography skills to the next level, then you need to do this for yourself!
    Favorite Moment: Learning all the photography techniques along the way from night photography with Brian to shooting star burst photos with bright sun to completely shooting in manual mode! Not to mention all the laughter that was had!
    -Rachel, Washington

  12. Lucy
    5 out of 5

    I appreciated you challenging and teaching us how to shoot entirely in Manual mode. I also appreciated the incredible variety of places we made it to and the variety of light. You did a nice job with accommodations!
    Favorite Moment: I loved the town on the hill where we photographed at night with Brian and then had dinner. Charming. Flowers everywhere. Great restaurant. I also loved the castle and the cooking class. It was wonderful that the castle’s count was so available to us, loved eating outside, and found the whole tour fascinating. I loved all the old towns we toured, and I’m so glad we stopped at the poppy field.
    -Lucy, Minnesota

  13. Traci-Ann
    5 out of 5

    It’s more than photography. It’s exploration of places and yourself. The conversations and experiences will make you emotional (in a good way) and introspective. It’s about laughter, camaraderie, and building new friendships.
    Favorite Moment: Doing the night star photo shoot with Brian at the castle.
    -Traci-Ann, Pennsylvania

  14. Cori
    5 out of 5

    This trip really helped me learn about my camera and what camera settings to use. A nice way to meet people and also get to know Me Ra and Brian.
    Favorite Moment: Calcata was amazing and shooting the poppy fields!
    -Cori, Illinois

  15. Kathy
    5 out of 5

    This was a great way to see Italy! It was safe, friendly and funny!
    Favorite Moment: Cooking class at the castle, our Florence experience and shooting night time photography with Brian
    -Kathy, North Carolina

  16. Teresa
    5 out of 5

    This is an excellent tour for the photo enthusiast who has never been to Italy or wants to see Italy with new eyes. Me Ra and Brian are the very best tour guides and photography instructors you could ask for! The scenery, food, and experiences were unforgettable.
    Favorite Moment: “The Angry Dessert”–too funny! And I don’t remember the exact moment but sometime on Day 5 I found myself dialing in my camera settings and getting decent photos without having to ask “What are the camera settings?” This was very satisfying.
    -Teresa, Wisconsin

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