Dolomites Photography Workshop: VIP Scouting

There are few places in the world more photogenic than the north of Italy. Cinque Terre, Tuscany, The Amalfi Coast, Venice, and of course, The Dolomites.

It’s the craggy peaks, and stunning lakes of the Dolomites that are going to be the focus of this scouting adventure in Italy.

For 8 days, we’ll explore the mountains in the shoulder season of November when we’ll have most of the locations all to ourselves!

What’s a VIP Scouting Trip?

One of my favourite types of workshops to run are scouting trips. On these trips, the goal isn’t to follow a strict itinerary. The goal is to explore and seek out new and interesting places to photograph. We essentially treat the trip as if we were on assignment as travel photographers.

Moreover, these trips have smaller group sizes. This one is max 5.

Costs / Info / What’s Included

  • Dates: November 7-14, 2021
  • Start/End City: Venice, Italy
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • €3,650 (shared) or €4,150 (private)
  • Deposit = €800

What’s Included:

  • All Transport on tour dates
  • Airport pickups
  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation at hotels
  • Photo permits
  • Photography instruction by Brendan van Son
  • All park entry fees.

What’s Not Included:

  • Transport to/from Venice, Italy at the start/end of the trip.
  • Snacks
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Visas for travel (if needed)

Photography Instructor

This trip is being led by Brendan van Son.

Brendan has been a professional travel photographer for over 11 years. He’s travelled to over 100 countries and had his work featured by publications such as The Guardian, Toronto Star, and He’s also worked with major brands such as Volkswagen, Turkish Airlines, and many more.


Venice, Italy

Day 1: Arrival in Venice
Day 2: Full Day of Photography in Venice
Days 3 -7: Exploring the Dolomites. Likely locations: Cima Cadin, Lago Antorno, Lago Di Braies, Alpe Di Siusi, Lago di Carezza, Baita G. Segantini, and much more.
Day 8: Depart The Dolomites. Tour ends around noon in Venice.

Book Here:

If you’re ready to book, you can pay your deposit (€800) below. The deposit will hold your space on the workshop in Italy. The final payment will be requested around 60 days before the tour starts.


What makes it a scouting trip? The two big differences are the size and the style. On a scouting trip, we don’t sit on a fixed itinerary. We have our accommodation booked, sure. But, we make a photography plan each day based on the conditions and what the group wants to explore.

Is my deposit refundable? Yes. There is a 10% fee for cancellation. But, it has been waived on any deposits made before March 2021. So, any deposit made before then will receive a full refund. No questions asked.

What does a day a scouting trip look like? Most days on this Dolomites photography workshop will look a little like this:

  • 6am: Wake up and have coffee and a light snack
  • 6:30-8am: Sunrise photography session.
  • 8:30am: Breakfast.
  • 9am-11am: Rest time, editing, and one-on-one workshops.
  • 11am-2:30pm: Scouting and picnic lunch.
  • 2:30-5pm: Sunset photography session
  • 6:30pm: Dinner
  • 8pm: Optional astro photography or photo editing (conditions depending)
  • 10pm: Bedtime!

Will we Catch Fall Colours? There is a chance. However, peak fall is generally early October in the Dolomites. That being said, we should still catch the last bit of fall. We’ll also likely catch the first bit of winter. The goal of this trip is find the best in the shoulder season where locations are a lot less busy.

What does Shared vs. Private Accommodation Mean? Essentially, if you are travelling solo you have a choice. Shared means that you’ll be matched up with a fellow participant of the same gender. Private means you’ll have your own accommodation. If you book as a pair, or a couple, you’ll pay the shared rate – since you’re sharing with your partner. You don’t need to choose an option now, you’ll be asked about 4 months before the workshop start date.

Is there a pandemic policy? At the moment, we’re planning as if the pandemic will be over by the tour start date. A contingency plan will be put in place if needed.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email. You can get to me at brendanvanson (at) gmail (dot) com.

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