Food Photography Workshop!

Ever wanted to learn how to create beautiful food photography? Join us for a workshop where we cover everything from the basics of light and shadows, composition, and more. We’ll also talk about what it takes to become a professional photographer.

The “story on a plate: food photography & styling” is a workshop that teaches the basics of food photography and styling. The workshop is led by an award-winning photographer and writer.

Friends! I’m ecstatic to announce that I’ll be teaching a 4-day food photography class in Ann Arbor, Michigan this summer. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years, and I’ve put up a truly awesome workshop for you guys with the aid of my new (and absolutely badass) assistant.

Join me in downtown Ann Arbor from July 13th to 16th, 2017 as we design, plate, and photograph anything from multi-layer carrot cakes to locally sourced veggies. We’ll spend our days in the most beautiful carriage house in town, supplementing our education with activities such as a trip to the local farmer’s market, a cocktail class, tapas on the patio of one of the best restaurants in town, and a private multi-course dinner prepared by an award-winning local chef, among others.


All of our meals will be prepared by Sherrie Castellano of With Food + Love, who is very skilled. Sherrie has been working in the culinary business since she was 15, and together we’ve devised an absolutely incredible workshop menu that we’ll all style, photograph, and consume.

Ann Arbor is a foodie’s dream come true. Summer brings a plethora of festivals, art fairs, and patios to the streets. You’ll have free time to stroll along Main Street, have a drink at Bill’s Beer Garden, or take a stroll around the beautiful Nichols Arboretum. I went to college in Ann Arbor, so it’s a location close to my heart, and one I’m sure you’ll like.


This session is for aspiring food photographers who have a basic understanding of food photography and want to enhance their skill set. Prior understanding with DSLR camera settings and editing is recommended. We’ll have open talks and chats during the workshop, where we’ll share our professional aspirations and build a strong and accepting community of aspiring food photographers. I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone who will be attending this class. Please do not hesitate to contact me through email if you have any queries. The following are the main themes that will be discussed:

The Principles of Photography Our course will begin with a quick introduction of photography. Then we’ll learn about our cameras and their settings, including ISO, shutter speed, and depth of focus.

Composition How do you arrange a well-balanced food photograph? We’ll go through the rule of thirds, balance, and geometry, as well as some food photography tips and tactics.

Movement We’ll look at movement and motion in our food shots, from drippy caramel to a beautiful powdered sugar coating. Also covered will be suggested movement and how to use it into still-life photography.


Props + Styling What are the ‘correct’ props? What is the difference between styling a flat item and a circular object? And how do you arrange the linen in such a way that it seems dreamy and natural? Thanks to some fantastic sponsors, we’ll have a plethora of props at our disposal, as well as many hours to experiment with various backdrops, decors, and food.

Photographing a Restaurant We’re partnering up with some of my favorite spots to study and practice restaurant photography in Ann Arbor, where I worked for four years in the restaurant sector. We’ll gain hands-on experience shooting in a variety of venues, expanding our food photography horizons beyond the conventional studio environment.

Editing Learning to take pictures is just half of the equation when it comes to mastering food photography. We’ll go through Lightroom in detail and learn how to use different editing methods to make your food stand out.

Client Work + Marketing I’ve turned my blog into a viable company in only two years. I’m going to provide some of my most valuable strategies for promoting yourself and consistently signing customers. We’ll talk about how to market yourself, how to create your own voice, and how to get customers and be paid to shoot food.

4pm Thursday, July 13th, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ann Arbor, MI, Sunday, July 16, 2017


Included A 5-minute walk from the residence is a high-end hotel. Workshops and teaching sessions Each participant will get a welcome box loaded with local treats. Thursday dinner, all meals Friday and Saturday mornings, as well as breakfast Sunday Sarah Welch, an award-winning local chef, will host a welcome supper. A trip to the farmers market to buy fresh fruit from the area Lunch and a styling session at Fred’s Private on-site cocktail workshop Aventura hosts a styling session and a goodbye feast.

The closest airport is The Detroit Metropolitan Airport is located in Detroit, Michigan.

This item is not included. Airfare and ground transportation to Ann Arbor (contact me for further information; an average Uber ride from the airport is $30)

What to bring (the following items are required to attend the workshop): Adobe Lightroom on a laptop with a DSLR camera (download a free 30-day trial here)


We are now SOLD OUT as of 5/8/17! If you would like to be added to our waitlist or be notified about future workshops, please contact me at [email protected]

There are just so many seats available! We are limiting the number of registrants to 13 due to the intimate nature of this program. We’ve already received a lot of interest and anticipate that tickets will sell out quickly. Make your reservation as soon as possible.

We’re looking forward to seeing you!


Thank you very much to Farmhouse Pottery and Vermont Creamery for contributing props and food for our shoot. They’re two of the fantastic sponsors we’ve lined up for this event!

The “food styling activity” is a workshop that will teach you how to take the perfect food photography. You will learn how to use natural light, angles, and props to create stunning shots.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best food photography course?

A: The best food photography course would be the best for you to learn about photographing food. If your interests are in commercial photography, a good place to start is with Food Photography 101 on Udemy.

Are photography workshops worth it?

How can I learn food photography?

A: Food photography is a relatively new discipline and you will have to learn how to shoot food on your own. There are many articles that can help you get started, such as this one by the BBC.

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