29th & 30th of June 2019: Rembrandt with a Camera: Styling Fauna & Fare / A Food Styling & Photography Workshop with @stemsandforks and @twiggstudios – London

Photo Credit from left to right : @stemsandforks / Bossaert / @twiggstudios

Rembrandt with a Camera: Styling Fauna & Fare In London 

Two Day Intense Master Class 

In the spirit of the Dutch Golden Age still life paintings, we will be creating beauty “Vanitas” style. The idea that life is transient. As fragile as a plucked apple with her skin peeled exposing her vulnerable flesh. As futile as a tulip, blooming to a magnificent bloom only to drop its petals and bear seeds showing a new phase of life that is equally beguiling. The certainty of death, the reality of life for fruit, flower or man is ephemeral. When observing these Dutch masters still life paintings, they’re saturated with opulence yet dotted with frailty and decay to remind us of our futility. An exotic insect, a willful jasmine strand or an imperfectly perfect cluster of decaying grapes. 

Of course there is much intention and order when arranging asymmetrical still life’s. Every flower, every fruit and goblet has its place. We will examine how to translate and capture untamed poignant beauty through still life photography and styling. 

Join us Aimee Twigger @TwiggStudios Twigg Studios, Elise Dumas @ThePineappleChef  The Pineapple Chef and Betty Binon @StemsAndForks Stems & Forks for 2 full intense but fun days of learning. Whether you’re a hobby photographer and need camera knowledge or an established influencer looking for motivation and inspiration. You’ll get tons of styling, photography advice and inspiration that will thrust you to the next level. We’ll have step-by-step demos, hands-on practice breakouts with the instructors guiding each participant individually. 

There will even be a session where participants make their own floral crown. This will segue us to discover the art of portrait photography and the Rembrandt triangle. And of course there will be cake and macarons, food props, boards, fresh botanicals and fruits to style and shoot.

All this followed up by an intense hands on lesson on how to edit your images on Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.

We’ll also have a session on how to navigate social media and treat your blog/social media like a business. So come armed with your questions. 

When: June 29 and June 30, 2019

Saturday June 29th 2019

9:30 AM to 5:00 PM 

Sunday June 30th 2019

9:30 AM to 5:00 PM followed by a toast to close the workshop

Where: Central London, England. Exact location TBA

What is this workshop about?

Spend 2 intense but fun days in a studio in the heart of London, with Aimee Twigger, Elise Dumas and Betty Binon to learn all their handy tips and expertise on capturing that picture-perfect shot.

Topics to be covered:

Camera Basics: 

-Shooting in manual with your DSLR camera

-The importance of ISO, aperture, shutter and shooting in RAW

Using Natural Lighting: 

-Using natural light to create light and airy or dark and moody shots

-how to manipulate a dark and moody scene

-how to remove shadows, add shadows etc.

Food Styling: 

-Exploring various types of props and how to use them to their fullest to elevate your story

-Telling a visual story…how to style your product/subject to reflect it’s fullest potential…composition, angles, lighting, tone, colour etc. in a photograph

-Styling and Capturing the essence of a Dutch Still life 

Flower Crown Tutorial:

-Fresh floral crown demo and DIY floral crown with your own fresh flowers

Portrait photography: 

-how to use lighting effectively, capturing the character/personality of your subject, tips on maintaining flattering positions of your subject, the Rembrandt triangle etc…

Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

-Adobe Lightroom editing skills – transform your image with Lightroom Classic CC including some tips and tricks

-Learn all the modules and sliders in Lightroom and what they do

Social Media and Making your Blog a Business:

-Navigating social media – and how to grow your followers and engagement

-Making your blog into a business

-how to make a media kit – price list

Who should attend?

This program is ideal for food bloggers, floral designers, social media influencers, food stylist and photographers and those interested in photography and/or styling your food, flowers or subject to tell a visual story. The workshop welcomes the beginner photographer and the refined photographer looking for inspiration and a different edge on styling. We recommend a DSLR camera, however, phone cameras/point and shoot cameras are welcome too.


The entire workshop will be taught in English (French available on request) 

Cost: £750 for both days

Single day: £440 (however we strongly recommend that both days be attended to fully appreciate and absorb the material/information)

(Not included: Travel and accommodations)

This cost will cover snacks, drinks (alcohol not included) and a light lunch, materials and flowers for the floral crown and styling for both days of the workshop.

Instructors: Betty Binon, Elise Dumas and Aimee Twigger

FOR ALL BOOKINGS please email: aimeetwigger@aol.com

For general inquiries, please email 

Betty Binon: contact@stemsandforks.com  

Elise Dumas: thepineapplechef@gmail.com

We will be limiting the number of participants to a small group of 15 to ensure maximal one-on-one time. Spaces are limited so booking early is highly recommended.

Bookings are non-refundable unless you are able to find someone to take your place.

See you there!

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