Join Timothy of Mississippi Vegan for a private workshop at his photography studio and kitchen in Jackson, MS. His studio is located directly across from Millsaps College in the historic neighborhood of Belhaven, home to the site of the Eudora Welty House and Garden. Aside from having a fully stocked kitchen with every herb, spice, and unique ingredient you could imagine, Timothy's studio is filled with over a dozen different backgrounds, vintage props, hundreds of cook books, unique kitchen appliances and gorgeous ceramics to use.
What's the goal?
The private worksop is designed to give each student the unique opportunity to see how Timothy works behind the scenes in regards to cooking, styling, shooting, editing, working on his upcoming cookbook and posting content to his blog and instagram. In comparison to group workshops, private workshops are the ideal learning environment as there is undivided attention and intensive hands on teaching.
What are the dates?
There will be two weekends available for reservations this year: Labor Day Weekend (August 31st -September 3rd) and Columbus Day Weekend (October 5th-8th). Do note that the exact dates of the workshops are flexible and will only be decided upon submission of an application. Potential future workshop dates (2018) may be discussed for the future, as well.
What's the schedule?
Although the exact schedule is open to change, here is an overview of what the general schedule would potentially look like for each student, as a well as a list of other things provided. The schedule revolves around a 'Long Weekend' as to accommodate someone working with a traditional work schedule.
Thursday (4:00 pm - 8:30 pm)
Upon arrival to Timothy's studio, there will be a meet and greet with Timothy, an orientation, and a tour of the studio, kitchen, and herb garden. Followed by this, Timothy and the student will embark on a vegan dinner date at a local Jackson restaurant. This will be an opportunity for Timothy and the student to get to know one another, discuss creative expression, branding, and the student's overall goals.
Friday (11:30 am - 8:30 pm)
This day will be very intensive and hands on. Timothy and the student will cook lunch together, style, shoot, edit and eat. During this process, Timothy will go over how to set up a shot in regards to picking the right lighting, choosing the best background, selecting the correct props, how to take the shot that best represents the food, how to edit the images in photoshop, prepping the image for posting on Instagram or blog, and going over all the details in between. After lunch, there will be an ongoing Q & A with Timothy while snacks and tea are enjoyed and a short break. Following the break, Timothy and the student will repeat the same steps mentioned above for dinner.
Saturday (11:00 am - 9:30 pm)
The second full day will also be very intensive and hands on. Timothy and the student will begin the day by shopping at the local Jackson Farmer's Market (if during winter, local grocery stores). Timothy will go over how to shop as a food stylist and the student will be able to decide what they would like to use in a recipe or photograph. After, Timothy and the student will cook lunch together, style, shoot, edit and eat. During this process, Timothy will go once gain over how to set up a shot in regards to picking the right lighting, choosing the best background, selecting the correct props, how to take the shot that best represents the food, and how to edit the images in photoshop, prepping the image for posting on Instagram or blog, and going over all the details in between. After lunch, there will be an ongoing Q & A with Timothy while snacks and tea are enjoyed and a short break. Following the break, Timothy and the student will begin repeating the same steps as mentioned above for dinner.
Sunday (12:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
This will conclude the final day of the workshop. Timothy will have a delicious vegan brunch prepared for the student. During brunch they will conclude any final Q & A's. After brunch, there will be a final critique and review for the student. For the final project, Timothy will take a portrait of the student for them to use as a headshot for their personal use.
What's included in the workshop:
Snacks, coffee/tea, and dinner date meal and drinks on Thursday
Lunch, snacks, dinner, coffee/tea, dessert, and wine for Friday and Saturday
Sunday Brunch with coffee/tea
Personal Consultation on branding and creative expression
Editing with Photoshop Lessons
Natural and Artificial Lighting Lessons
Work Flow Tutorial (preparing and posting to Instagram and Blog)
Behind the Scenes Cookbook Tutorial
Food Styling Lessons
Professional Headshot by Timothy (examples are below)
Farewell Kitchen Goodie Bag
What's not included:
Airfare, lodging, transportation to and from airport, transportation to and from studio, and all other meals that are not included for each day.
About Airfare and Transportation
For students living outside of the Jackson area, all flights should be booked through the Jackson–Evers International Airport. For transportation to and from the hotel, studio, and restaurant, Uber is commonly and highly used in the Jackson area and is the recommended form of transportation for each student to use. Renting a car is also an option as well.
As for Lodging, I recommend the bed and breakfast Fairview Inn. This is a lovely and comfortable place to stay that has all of the accommodations you could ever want as well as a complimentary breakfast. It is also walking distance from my studio (about 5-10 minutes). If you are looking for something less expensive you may also be interested in booking a room at the Downtown Jackson Holiday Inn or the Cabot Lodge. All three locations are very close to the studio, farmer's market, and local restaurants and grocery stores.
Total Workshop Price: $1750.00 USD
Upon submitting the questionnaire below and a phone interview with Timothy, a final approval for the workshop will be made and a deposit of $500 will be invoiced to reserve their spot. The remainder of the payment will be invoiced upon arrival of the workshop.
"Timothy's ability to connect with his students is like no other. He is a truly genuine person, and whoever has the opportunity to learn from him one-on-one will have a truly life-changing experience. He is a fountain of knowledge and creativity, and has a ton of experience, technique, and talent that he is willing to share. I have grown tremendously as a photographer and food stylist, and have gained the skills and confidence I need to move forward in my career thanks to Timothy.
"Words cannot express how much I loved witnessing Timothy's artistic expression in person. There were moments I had to pinch myself for watching him cook and play with each ingredient like it was a painting. At times I had to wipe a tear or two for how touched I was to feel artistically connected. His creativity resonates with me so much. The way he plays with light, the way he celebrates each ingredient. He reawakened my connection to photography. Imagine seeing beauty that is too hard to handle on your own and you get to capture it in photos and share it with the world. The workshop was hands on, practical and informative and I am so grateful to have made some beautiful friendships along the way. If you are reading this far then definitely sign up. Watching Timothy in action in his homeland will, I'm sure, be a memorable experience well worth every penny. And no I am not paid for this testimonial I just loved the course so much that I could do this all over again!"
"Wowie, my mind is absolutely blown away from everything I learned in this course. I legitimately did not know how to use a DSLR camera and left feeling confident in my camera abilities and super excited to start playing in my own kitchen. Timothy is a very hands on teacher ~ a culinary aesthetic genius and absolute pleasure to learn from! It's such a treat to have access to him and be able to watch him in action. I *highly* recommend this course, the experience with Timothy changed my life and it will change yours too!"
"Timothy's love of food is infectious. Not only did we enjoy photographing the food, but it also was a blast cooking it and nibbling every now and then. I was hugely impressed by his patient and nurturing teaching style. He gave our group his undivided attention and pushed each of us to stretch our photography skills. Through his fun and playful storytelling, honest critiques and discerning eye, we learned the art of capturing the authentic beauty and character of food, which can only come from working with a true artist. Timothy is an artist through and through, and so much more. Overall, it was a week where Timothy gave all of his time, energy and dedication teaching us how to combine our love of cooking and food with the skill and artistry of photography. I left the weekend feeling that I gained a mentor as well as a lifelong friend."
If you are interested in joining me for a private workshop this upcoming fall (September/October), I would love to hear from you. Please fill out the form below and I will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Future bookings (January/February) are also available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you.