Behind the Scenes of Your Italian Fix: Day 3

by Bianca Gignac


>> This is day 3 of a 7 day party delivering a sneak-peek at how getting your Italian Fix is the best thing you can do with your precious vacation time.<<


Meeting Leela Cyd could change your life.

Because learning photography is a skill with big possibilities.

And learning photography with someone like Leela is an opportunity that rarely happens.

Her style is pitch perfect. Fresh. Magnetic. Optimistic.

Which is why she’s so damn busy on shoots for high level clients around the globe.

But you’ve got her. For a week. In Italy.

She’ll help you create magazine worthy images.

She’ll encourage you with her enthusiasm.

She’ll support you with her kindness.

She’ll guide you into doing more of your great work.

Because you don’t achieve big things alone. You have to constantly learn, push, expand and connect.

You need to hang out with people like you. You gotta surround yourself with people you admire; people who lift you up and help you be more. But being with people who help you reach the next level, whatever that is, is your choice.

But we’re giving you a choice that’s pretty easy to make. A week of time for yourself. In Florence. In Italy. With mega-watt fun. We think it’s a no brainer.

Because truthfully — we all have a desire to be better. Smarter. Faster. Slower. More inspired. More skilled. More connected.

The big question is: What can you create alone?

And what can we create together?

Answering that question is precisely WHY we’ve created YOUR special week of learning and opportunity.

And it’s gonna be epic. And it’s available to just twelve people.

Join us for the most creative week of your life.

See the full trip details now.

Enjoy these photographs from Leela Cyd — your secret weapon for upping your photo mojo.

Choose to make 2013 a great year.


Choose to invest in you.

Check out the full itinerary here.


The party is on & that means free stuff.


Cause we’re celebrating the release of the 2013 trips.

And we’re giving away a fab 12 x 16 photo print by Leela Cyd. It’s a $250 value.

To enter today’s giveaway please comment below.

We ask you this:


What could a week in Italy do for you? What are you struggling with in your creativity or your life right now? How could Leela support you?

To be eligible for the draw please leave a comment below before November 7, 2012. Luck + Love. xx Bianca

{Update: The give-away winner is Christy. Thanks to everyone who left a comment. Love you all.}

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

tim the girl November 3, 2012 at 6:44 AM

I love this. I love Leela and I love Italian Fix. ALL OF IT!


Bianca Gignac November 4, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Well.. this is a freakin’ love fest cause I love you too woman!


Bernadette November 3, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Wow…her pics are amazing!!! If I can learn to take pictures like this…I’m in!!!


leela November 4, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Bernadette, I’d love to see you again for this adventure!


Bianca Gignac November 4, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Ciao miss Bernadette!

Since you came on last years trip you know how much fun we have.

We are so excited to visit Florence this year to make space in our life for the creativity that we share.

Anyways — get Lisa, get your cameras, get it on!

xx Bianca


christy November 3, 2012 at 9:13 AM

wow, i NEED to hang with this genius!

what I am struggling with creatively right now…..getting TIME, correction MAKING TIME to be creative!…I just need to DO IT, it is what my soul NEEDS!


leela November 4, 2012 at 6:40 PM


You and me both sister — nothing like replenishing the well of creativity with other like minded souls! Especially when fueled by Italian pasta and wine :)


christy November 6, 2012 at 6:08 PM

yes leela,
this would be a dream trip!
let’s keep dreaming!!


Bianca Gignac November 4, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Can I hear a hallelujah!?

Thanks for sharing Christy. Making the time is key. The years just go by otherwise.

xx Bianca


Gina Garrison November 3, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I would love to get my mom and sister to Florence! What an inspiring trip!


leela November 4, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Gina, we’d love to have the whole sister/mom gang! the more the merrier. Email me directly if you have any more questions.


Donna Konsoradoa November 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I’d like to be inspired by the food and fashion of the people in Italy. What an experience this would be.
Leela’s photos tell an amazing rich story.


leela November 4, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Donna, thank you so much! We all have a lot to be inspired by and discuss in Italia . . . really, being in Italy is like being in a fabulous film 24/7, it’s the best place to learn photography!


Bianca Gignac November 4, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Ciao bella Donna,

I know you have an eye for beautiful things. I’ve admired your style since I was 8 years old. Thanks for being here. Love you. Bianca


Nancy Venhola November 3, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Having survived breast cancer this past year ALL I want to do is Live fully and appreciate everything. Her photos express the poignant vulnerability of the Now.


leela November 4, 2012 at 6:42 PM


so glad you are okay and living life to the fullest — your compliment on my work and its nowness has made my WEEK! grazie mille.


Bianca Gignac November 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Wow Nancy. The difficulty of this past year for you is something that most of us won’t know. But the message is clear: The world needs YOU. That’s why you are here.

xx Thanks for sharing. Big hugs. Bianca


lisa | renovating italy November 3, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Photography has been such a big part of my life, it’s how I met my husband (both studying…him commercial and me fine art) I have used it to capture the happiest and saddest times in my life.

Taking time to explore my creativity is always tricky, two young children, multiple renovations, the blog, writing, and moving country could stop me but I refuse to let them.

I think the biggest struggle is believing in myself and what I am capable of creating. I’m sure many have struggled with this and Leela would be a great source of encouragement and inspiration.
ciao for now
Lisa x


leela November 4, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Lisa, we have a lot to discuss and confidence in photography is key . . .It took me time to get there, but now it’s such a fun part of the job. I believe in each person reaching their photo goals and empowering themselves through creativity. Email me directly if you have any further questions. baci! Leela


Bianca Gignac November 4, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for taking the time out of your schedule to stop on over here.

You hit the nail on the head: believing in your capacity. It’s huge and most don’t even consider it. Just acknowledging you have a choice to expand your capacity to create and succeed in your biggest desires is a complete paradigm shift.

Take care Lisa. You aren’t alone in your thoughts.

A presto, Bianca


Marie Dahlgrin November 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Photography tells a story, and I think it is safe to say that we all want the story that our lives tell to be one that captures our most authentic moments, when we are the selves that laugh without hesitancy, smile without selfawareness, and dream without limits. If we all could have just one photograph that tells the story of how we loved, and why, this would create a buoying sense of completeness to our individual legacies. It sounds like this photographer has the eye and the talent to make this possible. What a wonderful gift that she will be on this trip!


Bianca Gignac November 4, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Damn girl — I want you to come!
xx Bianca


Fira Pierce November 3, 2012 at 10:10 PM

I just want that striped dress!


Bianca Gignac November 4, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Me too. Kinda want the glasses too even if I don’t need them!
xx Bianca


Sharon Stares November 4, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Looks just like sooo much fun!! Her pictures are fabulous, I love the way they are not centered and her quirky colors but I think the big thing is the fun!!


Bianca Gignac November 4, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Miss Sharon,

Fun IS the goal. Or else — is it even worth it?
xx Bianca


Marina November 5, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I’ve allowed my creative self to get lost a bit lately, so this would be wonderful way to get that girl back!


leela November 6, 2012 at 9:10 AM


We’d love to have you join us! So important to make time and space for creativity.


leela November 6, 2012 at 9:10 AM

And FUN, the most important of all!


Sara Kate November 5, 2012 at 6:07 PM

A week in Italy would make me smile more, ask questions, and loosen my belt a notch.

In my creative life I’m struggling with how to find the time and space to let myself really really stretch.

Leela could support me by moving to NYC and being my neighbor and taking walks with me and coffee breaks.


leela November 6, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Ms. Sara Kate,

You make me smile — I do hope you come to Italy with us, why the hell not?! To be your neighbor would be a delight. Come back to the West Coast where we could eat oranges from the trees and take the little one to the beach.

big hugs,



Heather November 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Uoaaaah. The fish wallpaper, gush gush.


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