The first of our series of workshops for 2016 is going to be JUST FANTASTIC. So please excuse all the excited adjectives, punctuation and capitals but we have three really amazing hosts coming along for this one, two of them all the way from Berlin!
Join Marta Greber, (photographer, food stylist and blogger at ‘What should I eat for Breakfast today’), Simone Hawlisch, (freelance photographer, visual storyteller and gifted teacher), Sydney-based photographer and all-round beautiful human Luisa Brimble and myself, food writer and blogger Sophie Hansen, for 2 1/2 days learning, sharing and telling stories together at Kimbri farm (just 2 1/2 hours west of Sydney) – which, I have to say, is especially beautiful in early Autumn!
As Marta and Simone say, “food photography is all about delicious capture and chasing that perfect light to present it, you just need to discover what it is that you like and it will help you to create your own style. From there, it’s all a delicious game as we work on skills to present in your pictures what you want others to see telling your very own story.”
This workshop, and its four co-hosts will help you find your own style and voice and give you the advice, inspiration, tools and experience you’ll need to hone and share it. We will have plenty of seasonal Autumn produce to cook with, shoot and share and there will be many delicious opportunities to create unique and original content from the workshop.
What we’ll cover
- Photography basics (manual camera settings, how to approach lighting, compositions, angles and lenses).
- Producing fresh, original and exciting content; we’ll shoot loads of beautiful scenes (both in the studio and in the surrounding countryside as we forage for apples, figs, quinces and foliage and share meals in the paddocks and gardens). All facilitated by Luisa, Marta, Simone and Sophie. Then we’ll then divide into groups and photograph sets of food themselves with direction and assistance by all workshop facilitators.
- How to build a portfolio & your own personal brand; collaborating with other brands or creatives, using social media platforms such as Instagram to develop new relationships and opportunities.
- Sharing tips on editing and workflow management from preparation to post processing.
- Each participant will also have the opportunity to do one on one photography and styling sessions with Luisa, Marta and Simone.
AUD$1,500 includes 2-nights shared-room accommodation at Kimbri Farm, Rydal Blue Mountains • All meals (Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea & Dinner) • Pracshop tuition. BYO Alcohol. A $500 deposit will be required on booking to hold your place, the balance will be invoiced and required two months before the workshop. Please note we are unable to offer refunds or transfer workshop dates. Bookings are now open, please click here to secure your spot!
Photographer, food stylist and blogger of ‘What should I eat for breakfast today?’, Marta (below) celebrates mornings, light and believes that good breakfast may cause miracles. Since nine years she travels around the world and collects flavours, ideas for recipes and lifestyle photographs. On her professional way she has cooperated with titles like Food and Wine, Saveur, Die Zeit, Stern and Harper Bazaar.
Simone Hawlisch (below), works as a freelance photographer and visual story teller for food, lifestyle and travel based in Berlin (Germany). With her work, which also includes recipe development and styling, Simone focuses on details such as moods & atmospheres and capturing the light from a different angle. Working with natural light only she creates a warm and inviting atmosphere always linking stories back to her images. Simone’s freelance work includes assignments for online and print magazines such as Condé Nast Traveler, Life & Thyme, sisterMag, Luna magazine. She also has a strong background in adult education, workshop facilitation and coaching which is an ideal combination with her photography skills.
Luisa is a food and lifestyle photographer whose distinct photography style has been featured in a variety of print and online publications including Kinfolk Magazine, Frankie Magazine, Cereal Magazine, The Simple Things Magazine, Broadsheet Sydney and The Design Files. In the past couple of years Luisa has completed and/or contributed to several book titles including ‘Community’ Salad Recipes from Arthur Street Kitchen by Hetty McKinnon (Plum/Pan McMillan); ‘Amina’s Home Cooking’ by Amina Elshafei (Lantern/Penguin Books) and ‘Urban Oz Harvest’ by OzHarvest. When not photographing, she collaborates with other creatives to conduct food photography and styling workshops and also manages the production of Alphabet Family Journal – a magazine about people who make a home together.
Sophie is a freelance food writer, home cook, fledgling photographer, author and farmer from Orange, NSW (or wife of one!). Before moving to Orange ten years ago, Sophie worked in food and lifestyle magazines as a features editor then editor and from 2001-2003 lived in north-west Italy, working for the Slow Food movement’s editorial house. One of the main things she took away from her time with Slow Food was that a good way to change the way people source, share and consume their food (for the better) is by making it a pleasurable and user-friendly exercise and this is what she hopes to achieve through her Local is Lovely (the blog and book), the regular farm lunches and tours she co-hosts with Tim and calendar of workshops she collaborates on with creatives from around Australia and now the world!
2.00pm – 2.30pm Arrivals & Welcome
2.30pm – 3.30pm – Introductions in the studio and afternoon tea.
3.30pm – 5.30pm – Luisa, will kickstart the workshop with a session on photography basics covering camera gear, how to shoot in manual setting – discussing the relationship between the aperture, ISO and shutter speed to get the correct exposure. Luisa, Simone and Marta will also cover how to approach lighting, shooting on natural daylight and composition when shooting food and lifestyle. We’ll then put this in practice by shooting around the beautiful surrounds of Kimbri Farm.
5.30pm onwards – Time to settle in, get to know Kimbri farm, go for a walk, have a chat and maybe cold glass of white before a casual kitchen supper.
9.30am – 10.00am – Introduction in the world of Marta Greber & Simone Hawlisch, their inspirations, motivations, backgrounds and processes in producing fresh, original content
10.30am – 11.00am A hands on demo styling and photography demonstration with Marta, Simone and Luisa to style a table with food and props. Marta & Simone to photograph the table showing students how to use natural lighting, how to compose and work with the stylist where we’ll show us how they compose images, how they use props.
11.00am – 11.15am Morning tea
11.15am – 1.00pm Shooting Content. Students will divide into groups and photograph a series of scenes with direction and assistance by Marta, Simone & Luisa.
1.00pm – 2.30pm Lunch in the paddock – We will walk a little way into the farm to share an al fresco lunch together which will also a great opportunity to start shooting and practicing some of the theory we covered that morning.
2.30pm – 4.30pm Producing content + shooting styled scenes with Marta, Simone, Luisa & Sophie. During this session we will also talk about ‘creating your own brand’, helping everyone find their own unique voice and style through their images.
4.30pm – Time to wind down, go for a walk, have a chat, rest or lounge about processing the day before dinner!
7.30 -9am Breakfast in the garden
8.00am – 10.30am – Marta, Simone & Luisa will be conducting a 10-minute one-on-one session per student.
10.30am – 11.00am – Marta, Simone and Luisa sharing tips on editing and workflow after photoshoot and post processing (Lightroom Editing)
11.00am – 12.30pm – Shooting Styled Scenes
12.30pm – 1.30pm – Lunch in the courtyard
1.30pm – 3.00pm – Workshop session led by Marta, Simone, Luisa & Sophie covering the below;
How to find your own visual voice and style
Using apps such as Instagram and Stellar Stories to connect, build your profile and hone your original voice.
Finding inspiration and shooting what you love
Collaboration with brands or other creatives
What we do to find clients
Trends in food photography and styling
3.00pm – 3.30pm – Afternoon tea and a Q&A session to wrap up the day.
4.00pm – HOME TIME.
*Please note some timings may change but ultimately the content will stay the same.