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Announcing a 4 day Food, Lifestyle, Styling & Cooking Workshop on Saint Simons Island, Georgia, November 4th-8th 2013!!

Workshop St Simons H&J

I am away in France at the moment for family reasons but in the whirlwind of the last 10 days, I need to focus on something positive and that allows me to share with you one of the things I love doing the most (beside my current job!) and that is to teach workshops whenever possible.

I am really excited to announce that I am teaming up with my dear friend John Ondo, Chef at Lana restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina for a 4 day workshop on the beautiful Saint Simons Island, near Savannah, Georgia, combining cooking classes and photo/styling….!

 I am seriously stoked about this one… 

I have known John for many years and have photographed him and his crew many times. His restaurant is like home to us. It’s also the one restaurant I always take workshops attendees when we teach them in Charleston. There have been many a wonderful meals there. 

One evening, we started brainstorming a workshop combining both our crafts and here we are! We will be tag teaming taking attendees through hands on cooking and photo classes.

In this workshop, I will share with the attendees my photo and styling processes. Anything from procuring ingredients, cooking for photo, styling, working with different light situations, composing a shot, and photographing it; all in various indoor and outdoor situations. Students will get to spend time with John work his craft in the kitchen through various small group cooking classes covering lots and lots of different ingredients and dishes.
Through both our personal guidance, attendees will develop their own creative process for styling, shooting and editing their own set ups.

Workshop St Simons John

We will take a day trip to Savannah Georgia,
just up the road (!) as we say here and set up a picnic in one of the city’s picturesque squares. We will take the group to one of my favorite spots there, the ever photogenic Back In The Day Bakery. I will also share with the attendees my favorite spots for prop and surface shopping and they will ample free time to shop at their heart’s content. We will conclude the day with dinner in town before heading back to Saint Simons Island. 

Throughout the workshop, I will take the group through studio/home as well as on location shoot, be it a bakery or a restaurant, a food focus event, etc…John and I will share with you the tips and hindsight we both gleaned from being the one in front or behind the camera and how to best approach light,time and space constraints. 

But the fun does not stop there! While the workshop will be spent primarily in natural light situations, I am fully aware that not all of us have the luxury to shoot natural light year-round, thus I will take attendees through a complete yet easy to understand strobe set up working with speedlights (off camera flashes) and easy to use strobes such as Alien Bees. I will give you my process and techniques to make every shot look as natural as if you were by your window in a nice cozy sunny day while using strobes as either supplemental light sources or primary ones. 

Nothing is off limits with questions, from how to pick ingredients and how to cook them, how to manage your cooking/photo time efficiently, knowing about photography for blogging, cooking for photography, photo as a hobby or even the business of photography. Both John and myself will be 100% available to all your questions.

While we are in the gorgeous setting of Saint Simons Island and Savannah, Georgia. 

Hope you will join us!

Workshop St Simon Helene

Here are the details: 

When: November 4th – 8th 2013 

Where: Beautiful house on Saint Simons Island, Ga (click on hot link for pics) (closest airports are Brunswick Golden Isle, Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport and Jacksonville International) 

How much: Fee is $1,850 and includes: 

4 nights accomodation (most rooms are shared)

3 days of technical and practical instruction with on-location shoots, natural and artificial light setups, cooking classes

1 full day of sightseeing, shooting, picnic, prop & surface shopping in Savannah, Ga. 

All meals, including a dinner out in Savannah. 

Reception cocktails and appetizers on the evening of the 4th. 

Snack, refreshments, happy hour, etc.. 

Transportation to our workshop activities (it does not include travel fares to and from the workshop) 

There will be no refunds for this workshop – please know you attend before registering. Full payment due at time of registration. 

The workshop is open to 12 people. 

Registration is NOW open!  To register please visit here.

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Sharon August 14, 2013 um 1:00 am

I have to come!! It would be so nice to see you as you need a HUGE Canadian hug!!

Don Zimmerman August 14, 2013 um 12:29 pm

As a devoted reader living in the South of France I often wonder where your home here was located.
Are you in Provence at the moment?
As a former Art Director I'm a great admirer of your work…it's superb…and tasty!
All the best!
Don Z …in the Luberon

Helene August 14, 2013 um 12:38 pm

Don: I have family everywhere in Provence, including the Luberon. I was raised in the mountains of Provence, in a small village called Calas-Cabries.

sandra August 14, 2013 um 1:51 pm

This sounds amazing. I wish I could go!

Marilyn August 14, 2013 um 4:50 pm

It sounds like a wonderful workshop, Helene. I so wish I could come.

terri August 14, 2013 um 10:20 pm

Sorry to hear you're going through some tough times right now–sending good thoughts and prayers your way.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures August 15, 2013 um 2:09 am

Sounds so awesome!

Christine Derrel September 1, 2013 um 2:37 pm

Sounds like a really cool workshop!!! I wish I could attend!!!

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