Thursday, November 10, 2011

a workshop in charleston, south carolina

You are going to be hearing a lot about the Cross Country Road trip Extravaganza that I mentioned a few posts back. I am in the process of adding locations and dates so I'll be back here often, updating my blog. Consider yourself warned.

So, along those lines, I am so, so, SO excited to announce a workshop that I am teaching next year alongside photographer extraordinaire, Helene Dujardin, of the well-known My Tartelette blog.

Since hiring Helene to food style the last two cookbooks I shot, she and I have become really good friends. Let it be known that Helene is a PHOTOGRAPHER, not a stylist. She just styles for ME, because I ask really, reeeeeaaaaallllly nicely. :)

Not only do Helene and I really like each other, we work incredibly well together. And, while we have a lot of similar approaches in our work, we also have many differences which is why we thought it would be fun to co-teach a class.

But this isn't any old workshop. Oh, no. Go ahead and read the description below and you'll see what I mean.

Oh! One more thing! We are thrilled to announce that Cucina Fresca jumped on the occasion to supply a hungry group of food photographers with the finest of their products, from homemade sauce and pasta to gluten free options ad delicious recipes!

If you are a company interested in sponsoring part of the event, please get in touch with either Clare at or Helene at

Join food photographers, Clare Barboza and Helene Dujardin for a 3-day/4-night photography retreat in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.

Imagine spending 4 nights in a gorgeous house located across the street from the beach in The Isle of Palms, enjoying great food and wine, learning all about food photography and styling from Clare and Helene, and taking lots and lots of photos. Over the course of the workshop, you will learn about exposure, utilizing natural light, composition, choosing props, styling, and how to tell a story through photographs.

When: Thursday, May 3 through Monday, May 7, 2012

Fee: $1250 (includes accommodations for 4 nights, all meals including dinner and drinks at an award-winning restaurant in Charleston, transportation to/from airport and on all field trips, and 3 days workshop instruction from Clare and Helene. Please note that bedrooms are SHARED.)

To Register: click HERE

Workshop Schedule (subject to change):

Thursday, May 3rd:

Meet and greet at 5pm with cocktails and nibbles.

Attendees will be treated to a homemade dinner prepared by Clare and Helene (contribution of their better halves at the grill not excluded!). Please list any food allergies or restrictions at time of registration.

Enjoy the evening walking on the beach, checking out the music scene a block down from the house or getting a good night of sleep in preparation for the coming days.


Friday, May 4th:

Enjoy breakfast on the back deck before gathering with Clare and Helene for your first session of the day!

Session #1, The Nitty Gritty of Food Photography (basic camera function, exposure, light, depth of field)

Photo shoot

Lunch prepared by your hosts

Session #2, The Nitty Gritty of Composition and Food Styling (learn simple yet essential art guidelines, camera angles, etc.)

Photo shoot

Session #3, How to tell a story with images ( in preparation for field trip the next day)

Dinner at the beach house, served family style


Saturday, May 5th:

A field trip to the Charleston farmers market, (bright and early!)

Photo shoot- photographing seasonal bounty and market finds, as well as cooking, styling, composing, shooting breakfast/ brunch


Session #4, Shooting on location

Dinner at Lana Restaurant in downtown Charleston


Sunday, May 6th:


Photo shoot- picnic on the beach (food preparation and styling, working outdoors, telling a story)

Downloading and choosing images

Critique and Review

Farewell dinner bash prepared family style


Monday, May 7th:


Clean up and departure

UPDATE  11/12/11: This workshop has officially SOLD OUT!


Shannon said...

One of the lucky few who snagged a spot, I am out of my mind excited! It's going to be a LONG winter here in the Northeast!

Unknown said...

Ohhhh. I am so sad. I was all ready to hit the register button. :( Will there be more dates announced for the year??

Clare said...

Tammy, Helene and I are going to be offering another one (or two) of these in the fall. We'll be announcing soon, so stay tuned! :)