What started as a vague conversation over the most delicious Korean fried chicken, ended as a great day spent with a group of lovely and creative people. I still remember the afternoon when Jo and I were licking our greasy fingers and discussing the possibility of doing a photography workshop together. Only about a week later the planning process had started. We teamed up with super sweet and talented food stylist & writer Olia Hercules (she's just published her first cookbook Mamushka) for our intimate one-day hands on food photography & styling workshop. Being on the same page from the very beginning, we had envisioned a creative and inspiring day for a small group of food and photography enthusiasts.
Fast forward a few months, on the last Sunday in May, we were unpacking boxes of food and props at Lyle's in Shoreditch (the light in there leaves me in awe every time I visit), waiting for our workshop participants to arrive. To start the day off we covered some basics of composition, lighting, colour theory, working with props, mobile photography and food styling before it was time for our attendees to have a go and put theory into practice during three practice sessions.
Salad photos by Joanna Yee
Photo by Joanna Yee
Photo by Charlotte Hu
Big thanks go out to our generous sponsors, specifically Natoora for the most beautiful produce that we all swooned over and West Elm London for gorgeous props. We all stayed well hydrated during the day thanks to Good Beans cold brew coffee, Innocent Coconut Water and Joe's Tea. A small healthy bites were supplied by 100% Natural Foods brownies and Cereal Lovers granola. And as we all know, wine makes every event better, so even this workshop wouldn't be the same without good bubbles and wine from Campo Viejo.
Olia and Jo checking the #sjphotoworskhop hashtag on Instagram. :)
Here's what our workshop attendee's say about their experience.
Natural Kitchen Adventures
Skillet & Shutterbug
The Little Plantation
Oh and Jo created a short video, have a look!
Food Lifestyle Photography workshop from Joanna Yee on Vimeo.