Photography

Workshop
  • Why this workshop?

    Food content creation and photography can be isolating and tough sometimes—we get it. This is why we created this photography workshop retreat! Come enjoy the company of 9 food creators in the beautiful mountains where we will work together to learn cutting-edge food photography and styling techniques, as well as mindset work, and a time to connect with fellow creators where you can unwind and share a rejuvenating weekend together.

    We are passionate about the power of food photography to reach a whole new audience for your business and can’t wait to share these strategies and tips with you!

    Who is it for?

    This is for beginner to intermediate photographers. However, it is for EVERYONE who wants to spend some time connecting, recharging, and learning. Because we believe there is always something to learn from each other.

    There are only 9 spots available! 

  • When and where is it?

    This is a 5 day in-person, hands-on workshop will take place November 9-13, 2022. This is an actual working event where you’ll accomplish big things! It’ll take place at the Lost River Barn in West Virginia. The venue is located at Lost River Barn 9580 Howards Lick Rd. Mathias, WV 26812.

    Who will be speaking?

    • Sam Adler, founder of Frosting and Fettuccine and Style Me Creatively. She is a classically French-trained pastry chef and a professional food photographer, with a background in color coordination in fashion. In 2018 she won a Saveur Blog Award under the category “Best Food Instagram”. She NEVER thought she would start teaching, but after some people asked her about it, she realized there were a ton of photography courses out there but none that were focused heavily on styling, creativity, and direct feedback. So, she put together a program to teach her signature methodology and uses her creativity every day.
    • Abbey Rodriguez, CEO and Founder of Tastemaker Conference. And owner and blogger at The Butter Half and cookbook author of Root and Nourish. Abbey will be hosting, introducing, and making sure all attendees are taken care of.
    • Chandice Probst, Director of Sponsorships of Tastemaker Conference. Chandice Probst is the bubbly personality behind This Vivacious Life. She is a food and entertaining blogger and the co-author of Gluten-Free on a Budget.

  • Value

    • 1:1 photography and styling training from expert Sam Adler
    • 2 days focused on composition and camera skills
    • 1 day focused on mindset and goal setting, lodging and meals included, hiking activities, and swag

    Valued at $4,000!!!

    All for only $1,599! 


    Notes

    Travel:

    • Flights are not included
    • It is easiest to fly into Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Virginia. Then plan to meet at our Tastemaker Conference Co-Working Space in Middleburg, VA by 4 pm ET on November 9, 2022. We will then transport everyone to the location! You can rent a car and meet us there, but a rideshare service won’t drive out to the location. It is a 2-hour drive.

    Sleeping arrangements: This is first come first serve the day of, however, we can try to accommodate those who have specific requests. Here is the gallery.

    • Upstairs bedroom 1 has 2 full beds
    • Upstairs loft room 1 has 2 full beds
    • Upstairs loft main room has 1 queen
    • Upstairs loft room 2 has 4 bunks (the 2 bottoms are full)

    ADA: This venue unfortunately is not completely ADA compliant and has stairs. However, we will try to accommodate transportation as much as necessary. Please contact us if you have questions.

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Check out the Schedule

November 9

4:00 PM ET

Arrive in Middleburg, VA

Meet in Middleburg by 4 PM ET at the Tastemaker Conference Co-Working Space. We will leave from here and drive to Lost River Barn together. We will provide that transportation to and from the venue. It is a 2-hour drive.

7:00 PM ET

Dinner

All meals will be catered by V Orban.  She is a local caterer and chef who works with Wardensville Garden Market to educate and provide sustainable food and practices for the community.

November 10

9 AM ET

Breakfast

10 AM ET

Camera Gear and Settings

In this session, we will dive deep into your camera’s settings and manual mode. You will learn all about things like focus, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. We’ll talk about the different gear you need and what you don’t need to shoot in natural light.

12 PM ET

Lunch Break

1 PM ET

Natural Light, Angles, Color & Mood

In this session, you will learn how to find the best natural light and manipulate it whether or not you want to shoot light and bright or dark and moody. You will also find out what the best angles are for certain foods, how to identify the mood you want, and how to effectively use color to set up your scene.

5 PM ET

Downtime

Downtime involves resting in rooms, or the beautiful loft space or sunroom, or walking around the property. This is dedicated time for rest and relaxation without the pressure of being anywhere. It’s time to just be present.

6:30 PM ET

Drinks & Dinner

Drinks at 6:30 PM and Dinner at 7:00 PM

November 11

9 AM ET

Breakfast

10 AM ET

Props and Composition

Learn how to build a prop collection, where and what to buy, and how to use props correctly in your scenes. We will go over tried and true compositional techniques that ensure you come out with a beautiful photo every time. If you ever had an image in your mind that you couldn’t get on the board, you will love this session!

12 PM ET

Lunch

1 PM ET

Styling and Shooting

Let’s get to shooting! You’ll take everything you have learned so far and implement it in our various scene setups, and create your own with hands-on help from Sam.

3 PM ET

Lightroom Editing Session

You will get an overview of how to edit in Adobe Lightroom so you can edit your new photos in real-time. Get personal help and feedback on your images from Sam.

5 PM ET

Downtime

Downtime involves resting in rooms, or the beautiful loft space or sunroom, or walking around the property. This is dedicated time for rest and relaxation without the pressure of being anywhere. It’s time to just be present.

6:30 PM ET

Drinks & Dinner

Drinks at 6:30 PM and Dinner at 7:00 PM

November 12

9 AM ET

Breakfast

10 AM ET

Hike

Big Schloss at the Wolf Gap Recreation Area – 4.5 mile hike (not mandatory activity)

There are multiple routes but we’ll be taking the route that takes us on Mill Gap Rd to Thorn Bottom to Trout Run Rd. It’s 28 miles from the barn, about 55 minutes.

1 PM ET

Lunch Break

1 PM ET

Mindset Group Work

  • Speaker: Abbey Rodriguez

  • Speaker: Chandice Probst

This session is community-generated, meaning we will work together as a group to learn! Bring one topic that you feel you excel in to share with the group. We will then go through some mindset exercises and journaling prompts with Abbey and Chandice to help you dig deep and access what it is you currently are in need of in your business and life.

5 PM ET

Downtime

Downtime involves resting in rooms, or the beautiful loft space or sunroom, or walking around the property. This is dedicated time for rest and relaxation without the pressure of being anywhere. It’s time to just be present.

6:30 PM ET

Drinks & Dinner

Drinks at 6:30 PM and Dinner at 7:00 PM

November 13

9 AM ET

Breakfast

10 AM ET

Farewell

Packed up and in cars headed back to Middleburg. Reminder, it is a 2-hour drive back to Middleburg and 30 minutes to the airport. You will want to plan a flight for no earlier than 2 PM ET.

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