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Beginners Food Styling & Photography Workshop. Nottingham, 9.30am Saturday February 29th 2020


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Beginners Food Styling & Photography Workshop

Nottingham, Saturday February 29th 2020. 9.30am to 12.30pm

This morning workshop session is aimed at complete beginners and those who would like to build on their skills through learning the foundations of great styling from a professional stylist.

We will cover all the basics to get you started on your creative journey in food styling, recipe photography or content creation, with practical demonstrations and time to practise with help on hand to navigate each individuals challenges and sticking points.  Perfect for beginners but also if you would like to improve your overall styling skills and gain more confidence in producing photography content to promote your food craft, product or brand.

Be taught first hand by a professional stylist of 20+ years and have an inspiring morning learning with other creatives, marketers and business owners!

Each attendee will get a free A1 backdrop sheet to use during the session and take home to keep.  Just let me know which design you’d like in the ‘notes’ section at checkout.

These workshops follow my online styling course content (coming very soon!).  This beginners session includes the following modules and gets you from zero to styling balanced and captivating compositions for your food photography, confidently, from wherever you shoot!

Feeling like this would be too basic for you? Check out the afternoon Food Styling & Photography Workshop session here!

Modules 1 - 7 delivered by email 1 week prior

  • Defining a style
  • Creating your own styling rules & repetition
  • Curating props
  • Styling kit essentials                                                                                                              
  • Writing your creative brief/shot plan                                                                                  
  • Basic DSLR camera and phone camera functions                                                             
  • Editing for web/social in Instagram, Snapseed and Preview (Mac)

Modules 8 - 12 demonstrated and practised during the workshop

  • Camera tips and tricks for food photography                                                                              
  • Using natural light
  • Composition & Layering                                                                                                                                    
  • Story telling with food
  • Checking the details like a marketing pro


What’s provided –

  • A selection still life props such as ceramics, linen, glassware, seasonal flowers, cutlery and fresh produce for use on the day (you are welcome to bring your favourite props too!)
  • 1 free A1 backdrop sheet for each attendee
  • Some robust, seasonal food items/produce to practise with
  • refreshments
  • all learning materials will be provided on email
  • further information and informal chat on booking to ensure you get the most out of the day

What you will need to bring -

  • your camera or phone and chargers
  • a tripod if you want to use one (advised but not essential)
  • any props you love to use or are finding tricky and would like help with
  • your note book 
  • we ask that you don’t bring laptops and tether cables due to space but also to keep the focus on experimentation and practise rather than analysing too much


Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment!

There is also an afternoon session which focuses on food styling two of your own dishes; if you feel confident in the topics covered above take a look at the afternoon food styling workshop session.  You are welcome to book onto both to enjoy a full day of creative learning, taking you from the foundations of general styling through to photographing your food and making your dishes look delicious through the lens. (Please note there are less places available on the afternoon workshop due to space and allowing time for everyone to get 1-to-1 advice.)

About the venue

The Flour Mill studio provides a perfect setting for our photography workshop with tall Victorian windows running down either side of the space giving us lots of natural light and space to work.

This workshop will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm and there is ample parking in the public carpark opposite.  We are on the first floor of an old Victorian mill so there are stairs to get up and down at the beginning and end of the day.

Address - 2b Upper Floor, Derby Street, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2LG



Testimonials from tuition and workshop attendees

Such a great workshop would highly recommend, the tips and tricks will be very useful for our upcoming shoots.  William Parkinson, High Street TV

Absolutely buzzing after yesterday. Its given me an extra boost to get creative with making things. I honestly can't thank you enough! Heather Ward, Etsy crafter

I had a fantastic time, definitely learnt a lot and left feeling very inspired.  Your notes are fantastic and we will be presenting what we learnt to the team. Rachel Woods, High Street TV

Thanks so much, I really enjoyed yesterday. Despite exhaustion, in general, I was so inspired I actually spent all morning today making and shooting MORE salads! And I used the dropper to great effect. Which is good because this week coming is meant to be my week off, which I started with your workshop. And now I have loads of images so I really can ease up on Insta content for a bit, which is fabulous. Laura Hutton, content creative 

I highly recommend Sophie if you want to develop your styling skills and massively improve the quality and structure of your content. Spending a day 1-2-1 with Sophie has taught me how to approach the styling of my products and how to produce quality images for social media. I'm not a natural when it comes to styling but I now feel I have the confidence and ability to do really well at it by putting into practice all the things Sophie taught me. Ceri Gore, wedding cake designer 

I really enjoyed my day. It was great to have you there to advise and it was a massive learning curve on the photography side! It's a fabulous space and a pleasure to work in. Everyone was lovely and it was very interesting to see how many different food careers everyone was involved in.  Kirsty Wilson-Close, home baker

Really enjoyed the workshop, and learned a lot. It was so useful to have space and permission to create, not something I’ve had time or energy for lately.  Also just unpacked the goody bag, lots of useful things and the gift voucher is very tempting, thanks. Rachel Cohen, food / lifestyle blogger



Sophie has worked in styling and photography for over 20 years having moved through retail styling, product design, buying and marketing, always with a hand in photographic styling and then creative direction and content creation for national advertising campaigns, print catalogues and online/social media marketing. Her extensive background means she has a broad understanding of business and marketing as well as the creative talents to execute ideas beautifully and successfully.

Clients include Aldi, Harrods, Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, Asda, Filippo Berio, Waterford Crystal, Denby, ckbk, Gordon Ramsay, Ellen DeGenerese, Howdens Kitchens and many more.


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