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Food Styling & Photography Workshop. Nottingham, 1.30pm Saturday February 29th 2020


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Food Styling & Photography Workshop

Nottingham, Saturday February 29th 2020. 1.30pm to 4.30pm

This afternoon workshop session is aimed at those who already have a basic understanding of food styling and photography and are looking to improve their skills, learn some new tricks or explore different ideas.  Perhaps you already run a blog or sell food related products but need a confidence boost or creative kick up the bum to increase your output by banishing those little niggles that make us all procrastinate.

Focusing on food styling two of your own dishes this session will reveal tricks of the trade, fool-proof compositions and little short cuts to help make your food look great, at just the right moment to shoot! On booking or at least 10 days before the workshop you will be required to send Sophie details of the savoury and sweet dishes you plan on bringing so we can bring relevant props and pull together specific info for you - so these should be your signature food or bakes, or something you would like to learn more about during this workshop.  Just be mindful that it needs to travel well and we will only be titivating during the workshop - there aren't cooking facilities at the venue.

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

You are welcome to book onto both workshop sessions 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.)

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!).  

Feeling like this would be too advanced for you? Want to spend an entire day learning about food styling and photography? Check out the morning Beginners Food Styling & Photography Workshop session here!

Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Modules 8 - 12 delivered by email 1 week prior 

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

Modules 13 - 17  demonstrated and practised during the workshop

  • Food styling kit essentials
  • Food styling - savoury
  • Food styling - sweet
  • Getting more from your set up
  • Fail-safe composition ideas to have up your sleeve


What’s provided –

  • A selection still life props such as ceramics, linen, glassware, seasonal flowers, cutlery and fresh produce for use on the day
  • 1 free A1 backdrop sheet for each attendee
  • 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)
  • your savoury and sweet dish (only 1 of each please due to space)
  • story telling props specific to your two dishes - ingredients, utensils etc
  • your note book 
  • you are welcome to use laptops and tether cables during this session (we have allowed for you to have more space by reducing the number of attendees on this session)

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.

Check out the morning Beginners Food Styling & Photography Workshop session here.

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