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Join photographer Beth Kirby of Local Milk for a workshop-retreat in the southern Mediterranean region of Italy - Puglia. On this 5 night/4 day experience Beth will teach hands on photography & styling instruction that will engage allow you to think about sense perception, food, & visual story telling in a new way.  She will also touch on sartorial photography and offer general styling tips that will change the way you see light and composition.

This Ace Camp is structured for culinary professionals & amateur food lovers, food bloggers, cookbook authors and aspiring food photographers + stylists.

This experience will give insight to the real Puglian people and their culture, history, food, and archeological and artistic treasures and celebrates their traditional way of life as well as the true meaning of the art of travel photography. Beth will provide insights as well as advanced artists and will be available to consult and answer your questions on an individual basis.


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Supplies ~

Travel lightly - no more than one camera body and two lenses.
Please bring a laptop and your external drive for editing and review. If you are coming from overseas, bring a converter. 
A small notebook or recorder. 


Who will benefit from this Ace Camp ~

The workshop is set at the pace of a functioning amateur who knows how to work their camera. You do not need to have excellent post Production skills, but it is important that you can work your camera. Everyone comes with different cameras, which is why it is important that you can operate your camera.


This Ace Camp includes:

  • 3 day workshop with Beth Kirby
  • Airport pickup + return
  • 5 nights accommodation (*see options below)
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners including final night dinner

Pick up and return transportation to and from Brindisi airport only.

*Room options + pricing for this Ace Camp are as follows:

Single room: $3069.00 (2 rooms available)- SOLD OUT

Double room:  $2769.00 (2 double rooms available) - 1 spot available

Triple room:  $2669.00 (2 triple rooms available) 

Airfare is not included.  

Deposit:  $2000.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed.

Final Payment due April 5, 2015

Payments are collected in USD.


My work is largely inspired by the notion of nesting wherever you go and traveling even when you’re at home, and when I’m not behind the stove, lens, or keyboard I can usually be found combing farmers markets & flea markets in search of inspiration. That’s why you’ll find everything here: seasonal cooking, simple gatherings, workshops with the friends & makers in my community, and vignettes of both a quiet life lived in Tennessee  & my travels and wanderings. For me, eating locally is just part of the larger picture of living mindfully, of being present. We are here, and it is now. Slow food & a slow life make moments more prismatic; tomatoes are more salt & earth, and days more farm stand than fluorescent.

I want to meticulously decorate a cake, cook an entire pig, and sous vide an egg. I like sharp knives. I like technique. I like ratios. I like simplicity. I like rustic. I like refined. I like candy. I like food.

Working as a freelance stylist, photographer, recipe developer, and writer, making the business of everyday living not just beautiful but interesting is my raison d’être. I’m not in it for the simply pretty. I’m in it for contrast and mess, the counter-intuitive, the curious, and the dark. I’m a mystic with the moon forever in the corner of my eye.

You can find her on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Check out this lovely video where Beth demonstrates how to make Peach, Basil, and Lavender Galette - for Free People.



The palazzo, renovated by architect Federico Pace, is an amazing property and is situated in a small village called Muro Leccese.  There is a swimming pool, terraces, patio, bicycles, fully equipped kitchen and indoor and outdoor eating areas.

Muro Leccese is one of the finest towns south of Lecce. The sea of Otranto, just 10 minutes, is one of the finest in Italy. In Otranto 
there is a private beach with shade area and a small restaurant which we will visit. 

The house is in a beautiful square and in the vicinity you will find excellent sweets, cakes, locally sourced and finer restaurants.



  • A 3-day photography learning experience with BETH KIRBY
  • Sartorial photography, learning to style a table and photograph smaller plates
  • How light and composition will make a difference to your photography
  • How to choose your background
  • Finding the right locations during different times of the day for outside photo shoots
  • Picking different angles
  • Photo processing tips
  • A day trip to Otranto located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula
  • A "free day" to visit Leccewith laid back cafes and Baroque churches


images:  Beth Kirby

images:  Beth Kirby


ACE CAMPS administration will email you when it is time to make your travel arrangements.

Plan to arrive in Brindisi, Italy. There are internal flights to Rome, Naples, Milan, Bologna and Pisa. The airport is served by Alitalia, AirOne, and Myair, and there are direct flights from London (Stansted) with Ryanair, from Brussels with Jetairfly, from Vienna with Austrian Airlines, and from Zurich with Helvetic.

You will be picked up from the airport in the afternoon.


The month of May is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 22°C to 27°C.

May is probably along with October are months most difficult to predict. The temperatures will vary and if sunny weather could get quite hot, however,  if it's raining it will be quite cool especially in the evenings.  Layering clothing and a light rain jacket may be necessary.

Spring has sprung, wild flowers fill the fields - expect blossoms and more cherry-packed products than you thought possible.



Puglia and the Salento peninsula have all that is best about Mediterranean cuisine including fresh produce, olives, tomatoes, chickpeas, some of Italy's best cheeses and a range of fruits. Friselle - crunchy bread rings are snacks found everywhere. Orecchiette or 'little ears'. Seafood such as mussels, sea urchins and anchovies have a solid place in the regional tradition. The antipasti plates are usually full of delicious vegetables and cheeses - think Boscaiola del Gargano, Burrata, Mozzarella Pugliese and more. Puglia is Italy's largest producer of olive oil.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Arrival to Muro Leccese, Puglia, Italy

Transfer from Brindisi (Salento Airport) and settle into accommodation.  

Meet + Greet and dinner.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A quick review of the basics  -  a chance to ask questions regarding your own individual photography needs . Briefly discussed is setting, light, composition.  Finding the look: color and texture.

After lunch ~

Flat Lay Composition Session (this can either be food or lifestyle)

Discussions regarding business aspects and marketing of photography.

Dinner at a café (not covered by Ace Camp fees)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A morning visit to the market followed by discussions, demonstrations and camera work ~ Food & Prop Styling at the house to follow. session:  

Visual Storytelling: Travel & sartorial photography - discussing seeing moments, composition. 

On location in the village followed by lunch at a restaurant.

Dinner al fresco at the house. (weather permitting, of course)


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Photography angles  - Angles, placement and composition

Following lunch ~ 

Tips regarding post-processing your images.

Continue to work on your project.

Meet with Beth. (individual meetings)

Dinner at your leisure – either at the house where the group will prepare a meal together or you may choose to head into the village or return to the house after your day sight seeing and shopping.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Morning wrap up session with Beth Kirby.

Afternoon free ~ Participants may chose to work on their photography in groups.  

You may choose to spend the afternoon by the ocean in Otranto, visit into Lecce or wander the village of Maglie.

Final dinner.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Travel Day.

Transportation will be arranged for your departure to the airport.

Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.