Private workshops 2018
Join me for a private workshop at my very own photography studio in the historic neighborhood of Belhaven in Jackson, MS. Aside from having a fully stocked (and large and spacious) kitchen with every herb, spice, and unique ingredient that you could imagine, I also have an herb garden with dozens of delicious herbs and edible flowers for your cooking and food styling needs. My studio has multiple food photography backgrounds, vintage props, unique kitchen appliances, gorgeous ceramics, and plenty of natural light, as well as some artificial light, to utilize and shoot with. I also have a collection of over 100 gorgeous cook books which provide fantastic inspiration. It's basically a food photographer's dream come true. I have been slowly building my background/props/ceramic collection for over 3 years now and I am quite proud of it! If you are interested in focusing more on cooking and less on photography, or would like to focus more on nature photography than food photography, this can certainly be addressed! My goal is to customize the workshop to suit exactly what you want and what interests you the most. We can discuss all of this over the phone interview.
The private worksop is designed to provide each student the unique opportunity to see how I work behind the scenes in regards to cooking, styling, shooting, editing, working on my upcoming cookbook and posting content to my 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.
I feel as though the private workshop format is incredibly effective and if you do one with me, I think you'll agree.
What are the dates?
March 2018 - St. Patricks Day Weekend, Thursday - Sunday (15th - 18th)
April 2018 - Earth Day Weekend, Thursday - Sunday (19th - 22nd)
May 2018 - Memorial Day Weekend, Thursday - Sunday (24th - 27th)
June 2018 - Thursday - Sunday (7th - 10th)
Do note that these dates are flexible. My goal for next year is to only host one workshop for each of these listed months. If you have a certain date in mind, let me know in the final comment of the application below.
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.'
Thursday (4:00 pm - 8:30 pm)
Upon arrival to my studio, there will be a meet and greet, an orientation, and a tour of the studio, kitchen, and herb garden. Once that is complete, I will be taking you out for a vegan meal at a local restaurant here in Jackson. This will be an opportunity for you and I to get to know one another, discuss creative expression, branding, and your overall goals.
Friday (11:30 am - 8:30 pm)
This day will be very intensive and hands on. You and I will be cooking, styling, and shooting multiple dishes. During this process, I 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 while snacks and tea are enjoyed, followed by a short break. Following the break, Timothy and the student will repeat the same steps mentioned above for dinner. To help the schedule flow, I will have an assistant helping us clean the kitchen as we go. They also will be responsible for making us a light lunch and dinner that will not be styled or photographed.
Saturday (11:30 am - 8:30 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 while snacks and tea are enjoyed, followed by a short break. Following the break, we will begin repeating the same steps as mentioned above for dinner. To help the schedule flow, I will have an assistant helping us clean the kitchen as we go. They also will be responsible for making us a light lunch and dinner that will not be styled or photographed.
Sunday (12:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
This will conclude the final day of the workshop. I will make a delicious vegan brunch for us to enjoy and shoot. After brunch, I will take a complimentary headshot for you to use for your portfolio, website, etc. Once that is complete, we will have an editing session, going through all of the images you will take and I will show you how to edit in Photoshop. The goal of this session is for the student to leave with at least 15 beautifully edited images that make them proud and satisfied.
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)
Food Styling Lessons
Professional Headshot by Timothy (examples are below)
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). I also would recommend the Westin.
Pricing for the Workshop: $1750.00
Upon submitting the questionnaire below and after a phone interview with Timothy, a final approval for the workshop will be made and a deposit of $500 will be invoiced to reserve the date. The remainder of the payment will be invoiced at the beginning 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, 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.
If you are on the fence about participating in a workshop and you would like to have a conversation with me, feel free to reach out so that we may set up a phone call. This will give us the opportunity to have a conversation, discussing all of the details and to answer any questions that you may have.
I look forward to hearing from you!