I can still vividly remember the very first international workshop I attended in 2011, not even that long ago. Sure I had gone to other workshops before, as I like to talk to like minded people and I feel I always come back from those workshops with new energy and bursting with ideas. People tend to ask me why I go so often. Being a photographer doesn’t mean that you’re done learning. You’ll always learn something new, however small it may be, and you meet all those wonderful new people!
Without those workshops I wouldn’t have met a ton of wonderful foodbloggers in person. Some of them have become really good friends, so that alone was worth the investment. And today, finally after a long time, I have some really exciting news to share with you …
For a while now we have been working behind the scenes on putting together an awesome workshop close to Amsterdam. As you might know I have been giving one day workshops on foodphotography and styling for a while now once a month with the fabulous Alex, but this time we wanted it to be a bit more international and a bit more extensive. Finding the venue location was almost a coincidence than anything else and it is the location that inspired us to do the workshop here in the first place!
Ever since Meeta and I first met at the Plate to Page workshop in Weimar a few years back, I’ve been wanting the opportunity to work together. Meeta is an amazing photographer, a fantastic stylist and lovely person too. Her blog ‘What’s for Lunch Honey” is world famous and has won many prices already. Meeta lives with her husband and son in Weimar, Germany, and we have since met a couple of times. I’m really excited that we will be – finally – working together for this workshop.
Our second instructor is Sandy Neuman for the blog Confiture de Vivre. Sandy also lives in Germany but her blog is all about her passion for France. I had the pleasure of meeting Sandy last year in Germany during another workshop and she is going to show her expertise in designing a beautiful table setting as well as being our kitchen manager for the two days.
It’s a half hour drive away from Amsterdam in a hidden green spot in my hometown, Almere. It’s so secret that I didn’t even know it was there until a few months ago. Our venue is appropriately called ‘The Green Secret” and has some beautifully newly build lodges to accommodate our group.
Below you can find the program of the workshop and details on how to sign up. The workshop is limited to 12 participants only so don’t wait too long!
Day one – Friday 27th September 2013
Meet and Greet Brunch with mouthwatering Dutch delicacies in a relaxed atmosphere
Photography Fundamentals by Meeta Wolff & Simone van den Berg
Mastering the camera, natural light techniques, focusing, learning the techniques etc.
Styling Fundamentals by Meeta Wolff
Composition and placement, creating a mood/atmosphere, the right props, color, texture etc.
Styling/Shooting Demo by Meeta Wolff & Simone van den Berg
Styling / Photography session – Group work
Enhancing your Images and Workflow management with Lightroom by Simone van den Berg
Welcome to the table by Sandy Neumann
Learn how to lay, set and create an elegant table using everyday material
Dinner: Amsterdam Calling
We’ll treat you to a potpourri of Dutch specialties, taking you through some traditional dishes and crossing-over to more modern interpreted dishes.
Day two – Saturday 28th September 2013
Trip to Organic farm
We will visit an organic farm & a market for an on-location shoot and to shop for lunch
Farm to Table – Lunch & Group work
Shooting a themed assignment followed by a light lunch of tarts, salads, sandwiches
Intensive work on assignment – Group work
Evaluation, discussion & critique on assignment
Constructive feedback, discussion and critique on exercises
Finale Wine and Cheese
Ticket price: Euro 660
2 day food styling, photography and designing sessions with Simone, Sandy and Meeta
1 night accommodation at the Groene Geheim Lodges
Friday: Meet & Greet Brunch and Dutch Speciality Dinner; Saturday: Farm to Table Lunch and Wine and Cheese
Snacks and beverages (includes alcoholic beverages) during the workshop
All material/equipment is provided for the shooting /styling sessions
Limited to max 12 participants
Payment: Full payment upon registration, no refunds
Please Note: The instructors reserve the rights to modify the programme should the need arise.
And finally let me introduce my fellow teachers in a bit more detail, in case you don’t know them yet
Freelance food photographer, stylist and writer, Meeta K. Wolff’s blog. What’s For Lunch, Honey? has been nominated for several awards, including finalist in the Weblog Awards 2010 and 2011 for Best European Weblog and can also be found on the Times Online’s Top 50 Food Blogs. Her photography is represented by Wonderful Machine and has been featured and recognized in magazines and websites around the world. Her photography portfolio Meeta K. Wolff Photography (www.meetakwolff.com) offers an insight into her work.
Meeta is also one of the four creators and instructors of From Plate to Page, a series of hands-on and intensive workshops uniquely designed for bloggers and professionals to improve their food photography, styling and writing skills (www.platetopage.com).
Sandy is a food blogger and food photographer, who lives in Jena, Germany. Her heart, however still resides in her „second home“ – South of France. She runs the blog Confiture de Vivre where she shares her passion for French inspired recipes, stories of extraordinary people and her approach to life. When she is not baking macarons or trying out new tart recipes you will find her meeting other creative people like her friends the butcher and the baker to create new sausages or bread.Sandy has a passion for decoration, loves crafting and has an entire room for foodstyling-props.She is currently working on the first issue of her e-magazine, called „Fruits Sauvages“, where she will reveal her secrets of hunting artisan treasures.*
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