Advanced Food Styling and Photography Workshop

Food styling and photography workshop in Nashville, TN.

Thank you for your interest in the Advanced Food Styling and Photography Workshop! Choosing to invest in your creative business by improving your food prep, composition, and light manipulation will be beneficial skills that last a lifetime. By attending a behind the scenes, hands on workshop you will leave  with a new outlook on creating food imagery, confidence to execute a photo shoot from start to finish, and tools to bring your vision to life!!

What is Food Styling?

Food styling is an artistic technique to prepare food to be photographed.

Being a Food Stylist Includes:

  • proper food selection, from choosing ingredients to creating a finished product
  • cooking or baking food to reflect the recipe (sometimes undercooked or par-baked)
  • prepping food by cooling or heating to make it enticing to viewer
  • creating shine, texture, melted features, frozen features
  • adding supporting elements to tell the story
  • building the dish and scene with tools to enhance the hero food (toothpicks, sponges, boards, wax, etc.)

Food styling and composition workshop.

What is Food Composition?

Food Composition is the placement of hero food, ingredients, props, backdrops, and surfaces to create a cohesive and visually pleasing photograph.

Composing a Food Scene for Photography Includes:

  • Creating a mood based on type of food, food story, and audience.
  • Choosing a color story by selecting supporting props, backdrops, other elements.
  • Adding texture, layering, and height elements.
  • Choosing between minimal, detailed, and negative space orientation.
  • Placing elements in a scene to create movement, balance, and direction for the viewers eye.
  • Implementing compositional rules such as triangles, golden ration, s-curve, and more.
  • Adjusting scene for angle of photo such as top down, straight on, or at an angle.

How to style food for food photography.

What is Light Manipulation?

Light Manipulation in a photo shoot is creating the mood or feel of scene by enhancing brightness, shadows, or direction of light.

Ways to Manipulate Natural Light for Food Photography Includes:

  • Placement of scene in reference to light source. (height of scene and distance from light)
  • Diffusing strong light.
  • Reflecting light onto a scene.
  • Blocking light to create mood and shadows.
  • Filling in bright areas to create more shadow.
  • Directing angle and fall off of light onto scene.

how to manipulate light for food photography.


What can you expect from this Food Styling and Photography Workshop?

  1. Behind the scenes, hands on experience into enhancing food for a photo shoot.
  2. How to place food and prop elements to connect with a viewer. (aka..Composition!!)
  3. Ways to tell a food story.
  4. How to utilize light to showcase a desired mood.
  5. Feedback during hands on food shoots.
  6. *Workshop Limited to 6 Students for an intimate hands on experience!



9am- Attendees arrive at location

9-10am -Introduction and Discussion

10am-12pm – Behind the Scenes Food Styling and Scene Creation Group Demo

12-1pm – Lunch

1-5pm – Hands on Food Styling and Photo Shoots



9am- Attendees arrive at location

9-10am -Advance Composition Discussion and Editing Demo

10am-12pm – Behind the Scenes Composition and Scene Creation Group Demo

12-1pm – Lunch and Discussion

1-4pm – Hands on Scene Composing and Photo Shoots

4-5pm – Group Q and A, Takeaways





  • DSLR Camera, SD Cards
  • Option to bring tripod


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*No refunds available after booking unless you can find someone to fill your space. Purchasing travel insurance is recommended in case something comes up and you’re unable to attend.**


  • Reply
    July 12, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Oh how I wish I could fly to Nashville from Toronto to attend this! Have always wanted to go there. Maybe next time.

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      July 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      Come on down!! Its not a bad flight 🙂 Would love to have you!

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    August 12, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Is this workshop appropriate for a novice food photographer? I know it says advanced in the description. I’m still getting a handle on how to use my manual settings, but this workshop looks awesome!

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      August 13, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      hi Allison! The styling and composition are more advanced techniques than basic propping. You would learn a ton! Happy to help you with manual settings during workshop!

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    October 27, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    This is an area of photography I would love to explore. I hope you do future workshops! I would definitely be interested!

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