Photography Holidays and Vacations

 

Welcome to our unforgettable photographic adventure in some of the most unique and beautiful locations you’ll ever turn your lens to. Here, your passion for photography blends seamlessly with the rich tapestry of the local culture. Our photography holidays go beyond just capturing stunning images—we create special experiences. 

Join us and you’ll see that our offering extends far beyond the lens. It’s not just a photography vacation—it’s a journey that takes you off the beaten track, to explore locations that are often off-limits to the public, savour regional cuisine, taste the local beverages, and make new friends.

It’s the best of all worlds—a place where your love of photography meets the beautiful outdoors, with a side of fun, social connection, and wonder. You won’t just take home a collection of photographs… You’ll have this extraordinary experience forever etched into your memory.

 

Our photography vacation offers:

  • An “action” environment to learn in… And a beautiful one at that! 
  • Photo composition practice on a range of unique, exciting subjects. 
  • Location shoots off the beaten track that are restricted from the public eye. 
  • A chance to enjoy local food and drink and make memories as well as taking photos!
  • Bespoke itineraries that change through the seasons.

Current Photography Holidays We Offer

Who We Are


A Lillian Spibey Photography Holiday, planned by Lillian Spibey and Charlie Mitford, is the experience of a lifetime. These two friends and colleagues have lived, photographed, and enjoyed the European lifestyle for many years and are eager to introduce you to the places they love – along with first-class Lillian Spibey Photography tuition.

Lillian Spibey Photography has offered photography holidays in Europe since 2015. Both Lillie and Charlie fully embrace the local cultures and have created an unforgettable experience for photography vacation guests. Charlie has lived, worked, explored, socialised, and brought up a family in Italy for 18 years. She’s enviably well-connected with address books crammed with the local movers and shakers – politicians, restaurateurs, hoteliers, aristocrats, and farmers! Lillie studied, lived and worked as a photographer in Cortona, Perugia and Rome, and now runs her successful photography business in Surrey, England.

Even locals are amazed at the access afforded to our photography holiday guests! For many years, Charlie and her husband, Paul, an estate agent, and Lillie and her husband, Daniel, a property investor, explored the Italian countryside in search of tumbled ruins for renovation. The two couples’ resultant knowledge of the area is exceptional; in fact, Charlie has an uncanny gift for finding and gaining access to locations that are so far off the tourist trail that for all intents and purposes they don’t exist!

Our Photography Holiday History


Lillie and Charlie have been offering bespoke photography holidays since 2015. They soon recognised that there’s many photography holidays using iconic ‘instagrammable’ locations but few going behind the scenes providing a learning vacation experience that is engaging, well off-the tourist trodden path and very importantly includes that crucial ‘fun’ element – in other words, learning photography in a social everyday real world!

So, they put their heads and their collective talents together and came up with the idea of combining teaching and travel into an unforgettable learning experience. Each Lillian Spibey photography vacation not only cements the fundamentals of photography in each participant’s mind, but allows everyone that chance to explore and photograph true hidden gems that only locals ever see and make lifelong friends in the process.

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Our Clients


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  • "Thank you for wonderful course in Italy. Charlie and you put together a great itinerary and group!"
    Malcolm
    Malcolm
  • "I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Cortona trip and to send you and Charlie a very big 'thank you'"
    Malcolm
    Malcolm
  • "The organisation was fantastic, the locations were superb and your photography tuition excellent. However, I know that I still have a long way to go before I see the compositional opportunities that you spot in a split second!"
    Simon
    Simon
  • "Thank you again for putting together such a fun packed and informative 5 days. I'll get back to sorting my shots out - there seem to be a huge number!"
    Ian
    Ian
  • "One of the reasons I enjoy the Cortona trips so much, is not just that its a beautiful town in a stunning setting but the variety of things that we get up to. Photographing water, vineyards (with associated tasting) olive oil tasting, tours round amazing houses, Cities like Arezzo, Perugia etc….Every day is different."
    Julian
    Julian
  • "I had a wonderful time in Cortona. This is a great course for all levels. It was relaxed and fun with plenty of lovely food and wine from the local area.  The group was a great mix of people from all walks of life. We had plenty of time to play around with different settings on our cameras as well as visiting some very interesting places in and around the local area, which has a very rich history."
    Christina
    Christina
  • "Personal attention throughout the day…whatever your ability Lillie was there to help…I found out about the Italian course next year just yesterday and booked it at once….This is not to be missed."
    John
    John
  • "Thank you so much for organising and running such a brilliant photography holiday in Tuscany last week. I had the most amazing time, thanks to the time and effort both you and Charlie put into the week.  I loved all the activities and the chance to try taking such a variety of photographs and it made such a difference having Charlie’s local knowledge and ability to speak fluent Italian.  I still can’t quite believe how much we packed into every day.  Getting back to work has been a real shock to the system!"
    Heather
    Heather
  • "Just a quick note to you and Charlie and Daniel to say thank you for a great few days. Even as a non-photographer, I had a great time! Arezzo, the island and then the ancient apartment were the highlights for me. But the whole trip was fab."
    Ann
    Ann
Malcolm
"Thank you for wonderful course in Italy. Charlie and you put together a great itinerary and group!"

Malcolm
Malcolm
"I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Cortona trip and to send you and Charlie a very big 'thank you'"

Malcolm
Simon
"The organisation was fantastic, the locations were superb and your photography tuition excellent. However, I know that I still have a long way to go before I see the compositional opportunities that you spot in a split second!"

Simon
Ian
"Thank you again for putting together such a fun packed and informative 5 days. I'll get back to sorting my shots out - there seem to be a huge number!"

Ian
Julian
"One of the reasons I enjoy the Cortona trips so much, is not just that its a beautiful town in a stunning setting but the variety of things that we get up to. Photographing water, vineyards (with associated tasting) olive oil tasting, tours round amazing houses, Cities like Arezzo, Perugia etc….Every day is different."

Julian
Christina
"I had a wonderful time in Cortona. This is a great course for all levels. It was relaxed and fun with plenty of lovely food and wine from the local area.  The group was a great mix of people from all walks of life. We had plenty of time to play around with different settings on our cameras as well as visiting some very interesting places in and around the local area, which has a very rich history."

Christina
John
"Personal attention throughout the day…whatever your ability Lillie was there to help…I found out about the Italian course next year just yesterday and booked it at once….This is not to be missed."

John
Heather
"Thank you so much for organising and running such a brilliant photography holiday in Tuscany last week. I had the most amazing time, thanks to the time and effort both you and Charlie put into the week.  I loved all the activities and the chance to try taking such a variety of photographs and it made such a difference having Charlie’s local knowledge and ability to speak fluent Italian.  I still can’t quite believe how much we packed into every day.  Getting back to work has been a real shock to the system!"

Heather
Ann
"Just a quick note to you and Charlie and Daniel to say thank you for a great few days. Even as a non-photographer, I had a great time! Arezzo, the island and then the ancient apartment were the highlights for me. But the whole trip was fab."

Ann
Adventures from our trips

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