Meet The Hosts

Simona Land


photographer - Promised Land Arts

The Italian half of Bella Vita Retreats. Here are a few fun facts about my life:

• I have been strolling through the streets of Milan since I was a teen!

• I went to an art school in Italy for graphic design.

• I got married lake-side in an Italian villa in 2021! 

Abby Giles


photographer - Abby Giles Photography LLC

The other half of Bella Vita Retreats. Here are a few fun facts to get to know me:

• My favorite gelato flavor is mango and raspberry— two scoops of course.

• I did a cross-country road trip! We drove over 8,300 miles in a tiny car and even slept in a teepee!

• I went to the Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in Photography.

Our Mission

We're on a mission to rekindle the passion for photography. Our retreats are crafted to help photographers rediscover the beauty in their craft and the world around them. Join us for an immersive experience that combines expert guidance with soulful exploration. Together, let's capture moments that resonate forever.

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Testimonials

Attending Bella vita's content retreat in Italy was an absolute highlight of my career as a wedding photographer! The stunning locations in Milan and the villa near Lake Como provided the perfect backdrop, and the weather was simply divine. Every vendor involved was top-notch, contributing to a seamless and unforgettable experience. Grazie mille, Bella vita, for a truly amazing retreat!



Marius Migles
Photographer, @soulseaker.ro

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Testimonials

"Bella Vita retreats went far beyond my expectations. I can tell Abby and Simona put their heart and soul into this retreat because the amount of detail behind every shoot was astounding—From the postage stamps in the detail set up to handpicking the tulips for the Vespa elopement, everything was perfect. I also liked how each shoot felt unique from the last to ensure a wide variety of content. It’s not very often you get to document an intimate elopement and a luxury wedding in one day! The models were beautiful inside and out. The hair, makeup, jewelry, everything, came together perfectly, and it was so fun to spend a few days surrounded by like-minded creatives. Simona and Abby themselves were wonderful - amazing photographers, wonderful women, and clearly passionate about what they do. This was an investment that was 1000% worth it and I’m already looking at my budget to see how I can save up for the next Bella Vita retreat!



Nina Lange
Photographer, @dragonflyphotography
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