Story Telling through Food & Lifestyle Photography, Words, Art & Cooking
Since announcing the dates for our next two food photography and styling workshops for this year, I’ve been thinking, it might be helpful for those wondering whether or not to come along (and ps, you totally should!), if we provided some more details on what’s actually involved.
So here below are the schedules we’ll be working to for this August workshop. Please do email me with any questions at all. We are all so proud to be bringing these workshops to you and really believe they are quite unique. Hope to see you here in Rydal soon.
Saturday, August 15
9.30 – Introductions in the woolshed studio.
10am – Story telling through photography with Luisa Brimble
Luisa is one of the most generous, talented and enthusiastic photographers and teachers you’ll ever come across and she is a joy to be around. In this first session of our weekend together, she’ll go through photography basics, manual settings, lighting and composition. I’ll do some baking and we’ll set up a food scene to shoot together then she’ll walk us through the editing process and how to put images together into a story that flows. And in the middle of this, we’ll also sneak a few cups of tea and a slice or two of warm apple cake.
1pm – Lunch
Sophie (that’s me!) will make us a nourishing, warming lunch to share at the long kitchen table before heading back to the studio.
2pm – Story telling through words with Victoria Carey, Country Style magazine’s Editor-in-chief
Few people know more about story telling with words and weaving them through images than Victoria Carey. This afternoon she will share her own words of wisdom, answer questions about working with and for a major lifestyle magazine like our favourite, Country Style, and chat with Luisa about the art of bringing words and images together in a story that flows.
4.30pm – Time for cups of tea, more cake, chats by the fire, walks on the farm, idea swapping and brainstorming.Then onwards to dinner together in the farmhouse and more stories by the fire!
Sunday, August 16
9.30 – Story telling through art with Annie Herron
After a breakfast of porridge, stewed fruit, toast with homemade jam and that kind of thing, we’ll kick off our second day with a workshop session held by artist Annie Herron. Annie is a teacher and mixed-medium artist (she’s also my Mum) and will guide us through the art of composition then we’ll embark on some basic water colour and drawing together too (you’ll go home with some gorgeous original artwork to use in your blogs, websites, journals).
11 – Morning tea and time to read, chat and digest
11.30 – Story-telling through words with Megan Trousdale. Nundle-based Megain is a beautiful writer (and person) and has had a long career as a freelance journalist for some of Australia’s top publications. Here’s Megan’s bio in her own words; I’ve been writing about people in rural Australia for more than 25 years, including three years as Country Style magazine’s deputy editor and nearly 20 years as freelance writer for Country Style, the Sydney Morning Herald, House & Garden, Organic Gardener, Gardening Australia, Slow and BBC’s Gardens Illustrated. Together with my husband Duncan, we run a 120-year-old kitchen and garden wares shop Odgers and McClelland Exchange Stores at Nundle, a town of 300 people near Tamworth, and grow a lot of our family’s food on eight acres. I enjoy sharing stories about the shop, garden and small town life through Instagram and Facebook and my blog White Enamel Pie Dish.
1pm – Lunch
Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch together before our last session of the weekend.
2pm – Story-telling through food, words, art and photography with Sophie Hansen and Luisa Brimble
Our last session will be another collaborative affair. We will share our experiences in blogging and publishing and talk through how we use images, recipes and words to tell stories that resonate.
4pm – Hometime!
Who should come?
Anyone interested in story-telling; bloggers, business-owners wanting to really engage an audience with their authentic story and deliver better content to them, creatives, stylists and photographers wanting to brush up on skills and connect with others in their field, writers looking to collaborate and develop a freelance portfolio of work, both online and print. Anyone really who might be interested in a weekend of creative goodness in a beautiful country setting with lots of yummy food to share.
Cost is $900 for the two full workshop days, all meals and accommodation (alcohol not included, please BYO). To pay in two installments, please email me. To book, please click here.