An Autumn Food Photography, Foraging & Dinner Workshop

Since wrapping up my spring food photography workshop last May, I’ve been thinking of holding this workshop ~ a food photography/foraging/dinner workshop.  If you are familiar with me, my work, my 513{eats} magazines, etc., then you know that it’s the story that drives me and that I ‘m constantly looking for imagery to tell it.
Most of the time, we food photographers & food bloggers set up our own sets/shots (or shots for our clients) in a somewhat controlled environment. Instead, how about telling a visual story while outdoors where the story unfolds in front of you, naturally. Learn what to look for, how to choose what elements you need to tell your story. Learn to document the day in both an editorial/photojournalist manner as well as when to introduce more controlled/styled shots.
Come join us and learn about ‘field photography and visual story telling’ from me, learn about foraging from Abby Artemesia (did you know that edible wild foods grow all around us most seasons of the year), watch your dinner being prepared by Chef Ryan Santos in an outdoor kitchen, then, sit down to a three course meal on a gorgeous Autumn afternoon.  And, in the end, have beautiful imagery that you captured to tell your story of the entire day.


The details:

When:   Saturday, November 9th from 9am-5pm.
Where:  Richard Stewart’s beautiful Carriage House Farm in North Bend, OH.
Who:     I will start the morning off teaching/talking about using photography to tell well rounded and cohesive stories in the field from the start of our day to the ‘finished dish.’ We will use elements learned in the {basics} food photography class, with some adjustments and considerations for shooting out in the field. We will learn to look for the very best lighting situations, angles, and compositions for documenting and using natural elements to help style various shots and add interest overall. We will discuss shot lists as well as allowing for the unexpected.
After an outdoor lunch, Botanist/Herbalist/Educator Abby Artemisia will be taking us on a guided tour on the property, teaching us about foraging, herbs, edibles (as you photograph nature, natural elements and edible plants)…while collecting some of what will be the ingredients for…
Ryan Santos, owner and chef of please, who will be using some of those foraged finds to prepare (and for you to photograph) a three course artisan meal for us to enjoy at the end of our day.

*More details at the end of the post.

I have had the pleasure of photographing both Abby for City Beat’s Green Issue, and Ryan for the 513{eats} Winter Issue. Here are some of those images as well as two VIDEO’S by our contributing media designer Eric Hintz showing each of them in their respective elements doing what they do best and giving you a peek into what you can expect to experience and capture for your own visual stories.

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Eric Hintz just happened to tag along on one of Abby’s Walk’s in the Forest. This is what he saw….{just click on the image below}

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Chef Ryan Santos’ story from our 513{eats} 2012 Winter issue out at Carriage House Farm.

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And here is Eric’s video beautifully recounting this event.  {Just click on the image}

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*A few more details:
All attendees must have basic knowledge of their camera and equipment. This is NOT a basic photography 101 workshop, but a hands on field trip experience revolving around food, environment and visual story telling. I will be guiding you on storytelling using your camera. This is for anyone who loves food, food photography, nature, and sharing your adventures via your own blogs or albums. You will need to bring your camera (digital and/or film) it’s manual, extra charged batteries (just in case), additional lenses (if any), a tripod (if desired). This is an environmental workshop, so we will be hiking. You will be carrying everything you bring equipment-wise with you. A backpack would work well. You do not need to bring every lens you own. Consider a 24mm or 35mm for wide shots, a 50mm, and a macro if you’d like to get some extreme close ups shots. If you have a 24-70mm or the like, that works too. We will be using natural light, so no need for flashes or the like. I will bring a reflector/diffusion disk to share, please bring your own as well. We will be relying on styling simply, with natural elements that we find on our way and some seasonal table decor. Dress for the season and location. Bring an umbrella and waterproof jacket in case of **light rain. If you have field guides, Abby suggests bringing them as she will be sharing a lot of interesting information. Abby will also be providing bags for each of you to bring back some of your foraged finds home with you. There will be a light breakfast/coffee/waters upon arrival. Please pack a picnic style lunch for an early afternoon meal we will have before we forage with Abby for a couple of hours. Ryan will prepare dinner at Carriage House’s outdoor kitchen. We will continue our story with imagery of ingredients, prepping, and harvesting any additional greens from the garden. As with all please dinners, Ryan will provide water, so feel free to bring your own spirits/wine/beer or other beverages with you. (Please remember you are driving back home!) If there are any food allergies or specific dietary restrictions, please let me know as soon as possible. Lastly, gratuity to our servers for the evening is encouraged.

Workshop fee: $395 and will be limited in size. Full workshop fee is due at time of booking and reserves your spot.
Please know the workshop fee is non-refundable.** If something comes up and you can not attend, you will be responsible for finding someone to replace your seat. Should there be a wait list, I will also help with finding a replacement.
**If the forecast calls for heavy rain, the workshop will be cancelled in advance, and a full refund will be given.

Registration opens this Friday, October 18th, at 9:00am. The paypal link will show on this blog, below.
An announcement with this link will also be posted on my, Richard’s, Abby’s and Ryan’s facebook page.

Our host, Richard Stewart runs Carriage House Farm which grows produce, harvests and mills small grains, produces honey and forages wild edibles.  The farm sells their products to a host of the finest dining establishments in the Cincinnati area as well as several local retailers. You can shop from Carriage House Farm at Wyoming Farmers’ Market, Hyde Park Farmers’ Market, and Northside Farmers’ Market.
Abby runs public and private group foraging trips and walking tours through her own company. You can get more information on her facebook business page.
Ryan hosts his pop up dinners through his company please. You can get more information on his website.

Please email me directly at with any questions.

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