I’ve always been told if your passionate about something than you need to explore, practice, and share it!
The Nashville Food Photography Workshop I hosted this June was a chance to share my photography techniques, food styling tips, and small business strategies with other food photo enthusiasts. If you’ve never met me in person, I should tell you I love to talk! I get super excited to meet new people and see them come alive with creativity.
The workshop took place in Music City, the home of country music, Nashville, TN. An eclectic city filled with passionate creatives and fabulous food. So many inspiring artists from musicians, to singers, artists, and chefs. Just the location for a group of spirited photographers to come together.
The Photography Studio
Cotton Mill Studio is located along the Cumberland River, right next to downtown Nashville. When choosing a location, I wanted a touch of Nashville, enough space to take natural light photos, and of course a kitchen for prepping all the fabulous food.
Food Photography Workshop Schedule
Each morning began with two lecture topics. The first day started with discussing camera equipment, manipulating natural light, food styling, and composition. Topics ranged from which equipment to use for certain setups, choosing props, creating a color story, plus how to prep food for a shoot and compose a scene.
Topics for day two’s lecture were editing in Adobe Lightroom and how to run a freelance food photography business. Students watched as I went through my editing process, how to make adjustments with each tool, along with how to name, export, and store files. Several students submitted personal images for a ‘critique’ that I explored with the group.
The final lecture topic on food photography as a business included creating portfolio websites, marketing, networking, pricing, and working with clients. I discussed a wide range of tips and strategies for those just starting their business, to photographers with a current client base.
A catered lunch was provided for the attendees with an amazing summer inspired spread by Sip N Bite chef Keshia. Served on beautiful pottery made by Rachel at RV Pottery.
Following lunch each day, I gave a styling and shooting demonstration. While shooting tethered, I was able to show students each shot as we talked through composition, lighting, and story telling with a scene.
Styling with Bread and Desserts
Gorgeous loaves of bread provided by artisan Brandon at Fire Flour Bakery.
Colorful Backdrops provided by Bessie Bakes Backdrops.
- Saturday’s first topic was incorporating people with food. Creating an authentic feel to an image and bringing it to life. Showing people holding props and food or just hands in a scene adds a human element that connects the viewer.
- The second group demo informed students on how to create movement and layers in a flat lay scene. Placement of props and additional supporting food elements to bring in texture and color.
- Sunday’s group demo involved creating mood and action into a shot using desserts!!
- After each demo, students divided into groups to explore their newly acquired styling and light manipulation techniques!!
- Each group had to choose their “hero” food, complimenting backdrop and props, create a mood, and capture the scene from different angles.
Check out the amazing images created by some of the food photography workshop attendees!!
Moody Bread Portrait by Tiffany Welsh
Cake Pour by Allie Beau
“I would go back to a workshop Jenn hosts in a heartbeat! She filled both days with thoughtful lectures and hands on practice– from the business of photography, to color theory and composition when shooting– I learned so much in just one weekend. I left the workshop better informed and super energized to get back to work!”
Fresh Bread by Dee Frances
“In just two days I was able to get a wide and clear picture of food photography, world while understanding all its aspects and guidance on my path. Jenn’s vast experience and passion are a gold mine resource for the aspiring food photographer.”
“What an amazing experience! All I’ve learned and all the lovely people I had a chance to meet. It was by far the best choice I could make for my food photography journey!” ~ Bianca Babia