Culinary photography road trip in the English countryside
Culinary photography road trip in the English countryside
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A picnic in the hills of Shaftesbury, tasting the exquisite food of The Ethicurean, having breakfast in a church that has been transformed into a boutique hotel and restaurant. Holly Wulff Petersen from Rye London and I will take you on a culinary road trip through the English countryside and teach you all about food photography on location.
During this retreat, we will visit some of the most cutting-edge restaurants in rural England. Holly and I will demonstrate how to shoot unique and distinguishing photos of food, photograph beautiful interiors, and how to portray chefs. We are going to talk about visual storytelling and help you capture the regional atmosphere while driving from Soho Farmhouse in The Cotswolds to Bath and The Ethicurean south of Bristol, from At the Chapel in Bruton to Shaftesbury where revered food photographer and stylist Marte Marie Forsberg prepares an outside lunch for us, alongside the ocean back to London.
We will start our journey at Rye London where we will discuss the basics of food photography on location, after enjoying a warm welcome breakfast. In the afternoon we will start our road trip. During the week, we will discuss social media strategies, how to edit our photos and build a preset in Adobe Lightroom, and talk about creating compelling narratives. Holly and I will with you to answer any of your questions. And of course (very important), we also plan to have a lovely time together!
At the end of the road trip we will return to London for a city walk and finally head back to Rye, for once more gathering. We will then share our experiences with each other and learn from everyone's endeavors. Does this sound like something you're interested in? Scroll down for the details!
Monday June 26th: Welcome breakfast at Rye, photography class + start of road trip to Soho Farmhouse, B&B.
Tuesday June 27th: Daylesford Organic New Farm, Bath (free afternoon), The Marlborough Tavern, B&B/hotel.
Wednesday June 28th: The Bertinet Bakery, The Ethicurean, culinary stroll through Bristol, B&B/hotel.
Thursday June 29th: At the Chapel, Shaftesbury, picnic in the countryside with Marte Marie Forsberg, Town Hall (London).
Friday June 30th: Culinary walk through London with influencers, lunch and round table at Rye. Guests depart around 4 pm.
This workshop covers:
- Classes on camera settings, lenses, and in situ food photography.
- Roundtables about social media strategies, the business side of photography and post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.
- All lodging in boutique hotels or luxurious Airbnbs.
- Meals (free afternoon in Bath excluded).
- Transportation during the road trip is included in this workshop.
A mirrorless, DLSR, or iPhone camera is required.
Space is limited to 6 attendees!
What is not included?
- Transportation from and to London before and after the workshop.
- Extra alcohol.
The price of one ticket to this workshop is £1750. No refunds are available after booking unless you can find someone to fill your space. If you want to pay in two installments, send an email to email@example.com
One of the things we enjoy doing most, is taking photos of people eating food in beautiful places. In restaurants or cafes, one's own kitchen, during a dinner party, or at the farmers market. When we head out with our cameras, we carefully take notice of the culture, the local cuisine, the landscape, folks enjoying themselves - be it with friends or quietly by themselves - and try to incorporate these elements into our shots. Our best food photos tell a story. They are inherently emotional, yet minimal and pure.
In our photography, the art of in situ (on location) is very essential. We try to create compelling photos by adding context to the frame. Holly and I do this by sharing visual information about an establishment and/or the region we are visiting (i.e. buildings, nature, interior). We also prefer shots with locals, since they add so much color and liveliness to the photo. Holly and I would love to share how to apply these basic tools, so you will be able to create your own mind-blowing food stories.
We are convinced this kind of retreat is the best way to teach you our style of photography. Of course we can sit around all day, talking about ISO, shutter speed and aperture (and we will definitely do so a bit), but the only way to take interesting photos that will really stand out is by learning through trial and error. This isn't a traditional workshop where we practice our food photography and styling skills in one place, on a wooden table or a marble slab. This retreat will teach you how to incorporate emotion and local ambiance into your food photography, so that whenever you will go on a weekend trip, on holiday, or just out for a bite to eat, you will know exactly how to create a food story that is worth sharing on social media. Or heck, maybe you even end up printing your image! For professional photographers - this retreat will be an excellent opportunity to update your portfolio.
So why England? When we used to think of the English countryside, a vibrant food culture isn't always the first thing that comes to mind. A vision of pubs serving fish & chips or black pudding, and people gathering in the local tavern, enjoying a cold ale while watching the weekly football game is more likely. But in recent years, chefs have left London, in search for renewed creativity and perhaps also some peace and quiet. Their journey has been a successful one. More and more folks nowadays travel to the outskirts to find the connection between farm and table that has become increasingly popular over the last few years. The combination of a rich soil, the long growing season, old traditions and these pioneering chefs have turned the English countryside into a true foodie destination.