Monte Istra Workshop


Join us on the top of the Mediterranean for a unique experience that will leave you inspired! 

Groznjan, Croatia
April 2019* 

*Exact dates coming in January


This 2-day workshop is for you – a photographer or videographer, who is seeking your true purpose and want to discover your unique style. Hosted in a beautiful villa, we will sit together and talk about our story, how we started and what were the key elements that brought us and our businesses to where we are today. You can expect a lot of honesty, new tricks and lots of tips on how to improve your business, editing or shooting techniques.

This is not one of those workshops, where you end up sitting on the other side of the room, listening and writing things down. We want you to step out of your comfort zone, set goals and strategies, that will help your business grow. Join us if you are dedicated to be focused, full of energy and ready to do some hard work.



  • How to find your own voice & stay inspired
  • Storytelling and why is it important
  • Attract your (perfect) clients
  • Editing process & full workflow
  • Branding and why your portfolio matters
  • Communicating with bride & groom
  • Marketing, Social Media & Networking
  • All about destination weddings
  • Styled photoshoot with a real couple
  • and much much more…


  • Filming techniques & strategies
  • Making Audio a part of your story
  • How to take advantage of the natural light
  • About team work
  • Full editing workflow & grading
  • Career pitfalls & growth
  • Branding
  • All about gear
  • Styled videoshoot with a real couple
  • and much much more…



We want to share as much information as possible relevant to your business. That is why we will host 2 separate classes for photographers and videographers, at the same time (each in one house). We will enjoy the lunch brakes and the welcome party together, so you can meet and connect with even more people.



“I came from Australia just to attend Katja & Simon’s workshop. AMAZING does not even begin to describe how incredible my experience was. Katja & Simon were so generous with their time and did not hold anything back, I could not have asked for a better workshop with more fantastic people. Not only did i leave their workshop with a great deal of knowledge on new ways to improve my photography business but i left knowing i had made friendships for life. I cant recommend enough to anyone even considering doing a workshop with Katja & Simon to just do it. I have no doubt it will change your life just like it did mine.”

Kirk from Australia

to the top of the Mediterranean




April, 2o19


Our workshop will be held in a unique old villa near Groznjan, in Croatia. We will be surrounded by olive trees, soaking the sun at the pool and gaze at the amazing views across Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. We promise, you will love this one-of-a-kind place!

The charming city Groznjan – the city of artists is just 3 km away from the location of the workshop. This cute tiny town is famous for it’s stone streets, cozy cafes and art galleries.

 Find your accommodation in Groznjan here.


*Transportation from Grožnjan to the villa can be provided upon request.


Grožnjan can be easily reached with a rental car from these airports:
CROATIA (Zagreb, Rijeka or Pula)   –   ITALY (Trieste, Venice)  –  SLOVENIA (Ljubljana)

You can also use GoOpti shuttle service to Umag, where we can pick you up. Contact us if you need more help on booking your trip.






Monte Istra Workshop

Katja & Simon Avbar – KATJASIMON

We are a husband and wife, who love to travel, laugh and goof around. We fell into the wedding photography business by accident, thanks to Simon’s cousin, who got married 5 years ago. Today we are happy to travel around Europe and beyond, while doing something we truly love.

We organised the first one in May 2018 and the second one in October 2018, with the intention to share our knowledge, tips and tricks we use in our business, while staying at a beautiful place with amazing vibes. The response from the attendees was phenomenal, that is why we are hosting a third workshop at the same spot.

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Daniel Alonso runs his brand People Truelove Tellers with his wife Gloria. Their style is quite unique – they focus on people’s emotions and document weddings in a pure, honest way. They love experimenting and finding new ways to present their photography work, including sound and music. People Truelove Tellers was named one of the 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography in 2016!

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Alena is the genius cinematographer behind the brand Fragments Collection. Her work is easily recognised as a blend of documentary and cinematographic style. Her films are intimate, very personal and honest, showcasing real tears, loud laughs and genuine emotions. She loves to search for natural light and use it to tell the couples’ stories, whether it’s the harsh light at midday, or a dreamy sunset setting down over the horizon.

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workshop – 2 days
classes with Katja & Simon & Daniel
photoshoot with a real couple
food & drinks
welcome drinks by the pool
private Facebook group




workshop – 2 days
classes with Alena
videoshoot with a real couple
food & drinks
welcome drinks by the pool
private Facebook group




selected workshop
2 nights at the villa
one year of mentoring –
3 x 2 hours of Skype call
PDF Knowledge Base




Promo codes from our sponsors
Sharing & Caring through our Social Media Community

And a lot more surprises …



Coming to this workshop was the right choice!

“We want to thank you for sharing all the knowledge. Our heads are full of new knowledge, ideas and inspiration… We can’t find the right words to describe how excited and happy we are. You guys are unbelievable! We feel honoured to have the opportunity to learn from such amazing photographers as you – Katja, Simon & Daniel are. We came back home, full of motivation and clearly set goals for our future.”

Katarina  from Slovenia

” There are no words to describe what this workshop meant to me. Essentially, it’s been one of the most enriching experiences in my life and I got back home as a better photographer and as a better person. I’m quite insecure and I sometimes feel inadequate in certain situations, especially when relating with colleagues so at first I was quite afraid to start this workshop but it took me less than one hour to realize there was nothing to worry about. Spending two days with Katja & Simon was truly inspiring and motivating. I’ve rarely seen professionals being so humble, completely honest and giving as they were with us. This worskshop really gives you all the tools to express your full professional potential and become the best version of yourself. All my expectations have been exceeded. “

Giulia from Italy

“Katja & Simon shared their journey, experience and knowledge selflessly and openly. And it was more than just that, they included some personal exercises to help us understand what each and every one us of needs and how to make our business a personal brand. You always hear that your brand need to represent you, but that is easier said than done. Katja & Simon’s simple yet effective excercises really helped shine a light as in how to take a step into a more personalised direction. Their workshop is a great way to learn regardless of where you are in your career or how long you have been in business.
The guest lecture from Daniel Alonso was just an added value to an already amazing array of information shared.
To top it all, the location is absolutely amazing. Staying in the house with everyone creates true connections and a sense of community. You learn and share with and from everyone. It was truly an awarding workshop created to help photographers find their voice and ecell at their business.”

Nina from Croatia

“Soooo many thoughts, emotions and positive impressions still going through our minds that are hard to put into words. But one thing is sure – we left Monte Istra workshop as better photographers than when we came.
Katja & Simon are two beautiful and talented souls. We cannot say enough how grateful we are for sharing their journey with us and especially for being so open and honest about everything. In this highly competitive business it’s just such a privilege to hang out and learn from people who honestly want to help you to improve and grow.
We came home full of new knowledge and inspiration and the photos we were able to take in the practical part of the workshop were just icing on the cake.
Katja & Simon, you are an inspiration in so many ways, love you guys so much!

Urša from Slovenia



You can book your seat by completing the form below.

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