I have a thing I like to say, a reminder to myself: to create good content, you have to live good content. And that concept is what I’m teaming up with Rebekka Seale of Camellia Fiber Co. and photographer Luisa Brimble to teach in Australia this coming September. Slow Living, A Practical Workshop: Creating Content through Food, Florals, Photography, & Textiles is designed to both enrich students through practical skills such as natural dying and baking while also strengthening photography and styling skills and giving you the information you need to both create and get your work out there. We will be holding them in both Sydney and Melbourne! The Sydney workshop will be held at The Lost + Found Department, and the Melbourne one will be at Butterland, and tickets are now available here!
If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know I’ve fallen down some rabbit hole and am basking in the first days of summer in the Hudson Valley with my dear friends and insanely talented styling & home design team Tara & Percy of the Jersey Ice Cream Co. The ones who happened to do my kitchen. You can keep up with their travels and projects here. I’ve had the immeasurable pleasure of photographing their latest project, the complete renovation of an upstate farmhouse house built in 1710. Life has come to a delicious grinding halt, and I feel so awfully easy of breathing here. I walked through the vegetable garden popping sugar snap peas and arugula flowers in my mouth, and then wandered off to gather a wild bouquet for the first table of summer. Slow living indeed.
space and props from Jersey Ice Cream Co.
space and props by Jersey Ice Cream Co.
Each workshop will be over the course of two days, and on day one Rebekka will guide students through the process of naturally dyed textiles using foraged plants & flowers. That will be followed by morning tea, a camera & composition basics session from Luisa and me as well as a talk on editorial briefs and planning photo shoots. We’ll share a lunch and then spend our afternoon doing photography & styling food and props—after Luisa and I demo the process students will then have a chance to create their own vignettes. And afternoon tea, of course.
above five photos by Rebekka Seale
The second day we’ll start our morning with a chat about building a portfolio, finding inspiration, and getting work as a photographer. We’ll then get hands on in a baking practicum during which we’ll cover getting process shots while cooking. We will, naturally, then enjoy the fruits of our labor with morning tea. Students will then be able to photograph the teams that will be making our lunch, The Lost + Found Department in Sydney and Fig + Salt in Melbourne. That last afternoon after lunch we’ll have a session on post-processing and creating a social media presence that resonates and then we’ll have another hands on shoot with florals & food.
above seven photos by Luisa Brimble
We’re working with a wonderful team of partners—The Lost + Found Department, Butterland, Fig + Salt, Katie Marx Flowers, Phil of A Floral Frenzy, and Stephanie Somebody—to bring you the whole package—both practical skills for daily life from baking to textiles to florals as well as the skills needed to document the moments around you as they unfurl and get them out there for your audience & clients. Rebekka is one of my dearest friends and Luisa I have long admired & loved from half way around the world; I couldn’t be more inspired to work with the both of them, and I can’t wait to learn from them as well. We do hope you’ll join us, and I look forward to meeting you all whoever you may be! Again, you can find tickets here…get them while they last!