Over the last 5 years of working as a food photographer, I cannot tell you how many people asked me about teaching food photography and inquired when will I be doing my own workshop. Well, that day has finally come.
Update: See the recap of the workshop – Edible Green Mountains Food Photography and Styling Workshop
I am beyond excited to announce my partnership with our local Edible Green Mountains Magazine and my dear friend Bea Lubas for a food photography and styling workshop here in Southern Vermont. The 3- day workshop will be held on June 1st through 4th in a beautiful inn in our small town Manchester.
Intrigued yet? Scroll down for all the who, where, and what.
Since you are already here, I am assuming you are familiar with my work. I have been actively working as a food photographer for almost 5 years now. Though I grew up playing with my father’s camera, photography never went beyond being a hobby for me until I moved to the British Virgin Islands and found myself in need of a new challenge. While we were still living on Virgin Gorda, I studied everything I can get my hands on and taught myself everything about food photography, styling, and editing.
I wholeheartedly believe that regardless of how old you are or where ever you are in your photography journey, if you are determined and willing to practice on a regular basis you can be an amazing photographer.
My partner in crime in this workshop is my dear friend Bea Lubas. Like many friendships of our time, Bea and I met through Instagram. We followed each other for a long time until one day we decided that it was time to meet on Skype. To be honest, going into it I had no expectations other than chatting with a fellow photographer. What I thought was going to be 10-15 minute call ended up being 2 hours. Since then our chats have been a part of my routine and I look forward to them every week.
So you can imagine my excitement when she agreed to travel from England to Vermont to teach this class with me. If you are not familiar with her work, please visit her beautiful website and her Instagram feed. I promise, it won’t disappoint.
In addition to teaching and talking about everything food photography, we wanted our workshop to be a true Vermont experience where you get to dine, sleep, and learn in VT style.
To do that our host and friend, Mary, the owner of The Edible Green Mountains magazine, has partnered up with several local purveyors to accommodate and treat our attendees.
The workshop will be held in Hill Farm Inn, a boutique hotel that was built 200 years ago. If you have ever been to Vermont, you are familiar with the beautiful New England style houses that have a lot of character. In my opinion, with its luxurious rooms, gorgeous gardens, wrap-around porch, and restaurant, Hill Farm Inn is the epitome of Vermont style accommodations.
We will be teaching our workshop in their barn overlooking the Battenkill River and will spend the rest of our time outdoors enjoying the picturesque beauty of what our small town offers.
Additionally, we will have other Vermont-based businesses ranging from dairy and cheese producers to maple farmers to restaurants to provide our guests with a true Vermont experience.
Before I list the details of what we will be covering, please know that we welcome you regardless of your level of knowledge of food photography and styling. With that being said, we recommend that you bring your DSLR camera with you and have a basic understanding and knowledge of how to use it.
THE WORKSHOP DETAILS:
The topics we cover in the workshop are:
- CAMERA KNOW-HOW – We will show you how to take control of your DSLR and manipulate it based on the lighting conditions you are in. We will cover the best lenses, tripods, and other accessories that we use for food photography.
- THE MAGIC OF NATURAL LIGHT – We believe that the magic really happens the moment you stop taking the pictures of your subject and start taking pictures of light. We will show you how to use this truly powerful and freely available tool in your photography to take your images to the next level.
- DEFINE YOUR UNIQUE CREATIVE STYLE – Your style is your currency. We will help you unleash your potential and get to know the tools to help you build a cohesive portfolio that will make your work recognizable and unique.
- EYE-CATCHING COMPOSITION, STYLING TIPS and PROP CHOOSING – We will walk you through how we compose and style food starting from the planning stages to prop choosing all the way to the execution. You will learn the edible techniques we use to make food look irresistible without making it looked “staged” or “fake”.
We will also go into the details of how to create your own “prop capsule” that corresponds with your style to create magical photos without the need of a lot of expensive props.
- STORYTELLING TIPS AND TRICKS – You will learn how to use light and styling techniques to tell your story while evoking emotions and creating a connection with your viewer. We will share how we incorporate our unique personalities into our images to create a relationship with our viewers.
- EDITING – We call editing “the cherry on top”. We will show you how we use Adobe Lightroom to enhance your raw images and make them truly magical with live tethered demonstrations.
- BUSINESS SIDE OF FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY – Whether you want to showcase your beautiful photos on your blog, social media channels, or in print, we want to make sure that your work gets the value it deserves. We will walk you through how to find work, build relationships, and negotiate as a freelance photographer and/or a stylist.
Shared Room $1700.00 (per person)
Single Room $1900.00
- All classes in a small intimate setting
- All accommodations
- Welcome gift.
- All food including 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches in (and around) our beautiful inn –
PS: There will be a lot of cheese ?
- Surprise Edible outings
- Morning hikes around the barn
- Hands on styling session with Aysegul and Bea by your side
- One-on-one time with the photographer of your choice.
If you are interested in joining us, you can visit Edible Retreats’ site (link removed as it is no longer valid) to book your spot. I cannot wait to meet you!
This is SO EXCITING! It sounds like so much fun, and I would love to learn about photography from you. So happy for you!
Oh this sounds absolutely wonderful! What a picturesque setting for your workshop! I am so excited for you and I know you will be such a guide to anyone lucky enough to attend. 🙂 Someday someday I will make it out to Vermont!