Food Styling Classes

by Matt on August 14, 2009


Ok, this is something I’m truly excited about and hope you will be too! I’ve teamed up with my dear friends Denise Vivaldo and Cindie Flannigan, Food Styling Veterans, and created our first Food Styling Class and Photography Workshop to be held at my photography studio in downtown Long Beach, California.

This weekend event, held November 7 & 8, 2009 is geared towards food writers and bloggers and is split between food styling techniques on day 1 and photography on the 2nd day.

This is from the release:

On Saturday we concentrate on using professional styling techniques to:

  • cook for the camera
  • plate food to show it at its best
  • garnish effectively
  • use only edible styling methods
  • hold and refresh food

On Sunday we focus on digital photography and how to improve your photos through:

  • camera angle and selective focus
  • shooting with available light
  • the use of fill cards and reflectors
  • when to supplement available light
  • the use of props

Many of you have taken Denise’s class in the past and it’s always such a great time. On occasion I’ll show up, speak a little bit about food photography and art direction and blogging, but for this I’ll be there the entire time as well as leading Sunday’s photo activities. I’m so very excited to meet everyone and discuss the art of food photography and styling.  It’s for all levels and for those that find themselves needing to not only write about food but how to photograph it as well. Plus it will be a heck of a lot of fun!

Head over to Denise’s blog to read more about it and click here to download more information about the class. If you have any questions please feel free to leave it in the comments section or send me an email!

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Dandy August 14, 2009 at 8:31 am

Wow! What a great idea! I hope you have classes like this in the future. I just bought a dSLR and have no idea how to use it yet, but someday I’ll feel confidant enough to do something like this!

Gaby August 14, 2009 at 10:58 am

so excited! I’ll be there!

Marjorie August 14, 2009 at 11:05 am

Matt, Any chance we can attend online? I’d love to attend, but I’m in France.

Debo Hobo August 14, 2009 at 11:29 am

That is exciting!

Debo Hobo August 15, 2009 at 1:02 am

That is exciting!
BTW I love your blog!

fiOrdivanilla August 15, 2009 at 6:12 am

uff.. a Milano no!? :(

fiOrdivanilla August 15, 2009 at 6:12 am

Uff… a Milano no?? :(

Michelle @ August 15, 2009 at 6:12 am

Great idea!

Will you all recommend hotels for out-of-towners? More importantly will you rccommend good eats in the area?!

Lynda August 15, 2009 at 8:37 am

What are the equipment requirements for this class?

Andrea August 16, 2009 at 10:04 am

Oh, if only I lived anywhere near CA I would be there in a heartbeat. I love your styling and photography and dream of having a fraction of your talent. Maybe it will be such a success you will take your show on the road!?!

Avesta August 16, 2009 at 12:45 pm

I am so gonna try to make this class! It’s exactly what I need right now!

Susie August 16, 2009 at 10:06 pm

I so love your food blog, it was definitely on the insipiration list for having a go at doing it for my company. We just started one up hopefully it will be inspirational like yours is one day!

Kiran August 17, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Any chance of your classes making it over to Florida?

Andrea Wong August 18, 2009 at 12:49 am

wow, that sounds like an amazing course. Shame that I don’t live in the US. Will you be putting some video tips online?

j.cro August 18, 2009 at 1:39 pm

If only Long Beach, CA were closer to NJ. How sad for me – I’d love to learn to take better food photos at home where I have crappy available light and never remember to use a bounce card or get creative in the reflector department (hello – aluminum foil!?! – I just thought of that this very moment – DUH!!).

Mrs. L August 18, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Go North young man! Seriously, you guys need to do a class like this in the San Francisco area!

Miri August 19, 2009 at 8:01 am

Soooo excited for this — just faxed in my reg form. What an honor and a privilege to meet and work alongside you, Denise, and Cindie. Can’t wait.

lisa (dandysugar) August 19, 2009 at 9:43 am

How exciting! I’ve been waiting for something like this. I hope to be able to take advantage of such an awesome opportunity.

Jackie August 20, 2009 at 7:10 am

Yes, come to NYC!!

Heather @ chik n' pastry August 20, 2009 at 11:33 am

Dude. bring that show to Chicago and I’m there.

180|360 August 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm

I would love, love, love to be there! I’ll see if I can swing it. Such a great idea, Matt. :)

Denise August 23, 2009 at 8:04 pm

I love your blog! Any chance of having a class like this in the Washington DC area?

Jessica@FoodMayhem August 27, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Yea, I second NYC!

Maria August 30, 2009 at 4:23 am

I would like to be there, but I’m from Spain!!! What do you think about coming to Europe?

Sarah September 7, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Hey Matt,
I’d like to know if you’ll be offering any food styling courses around next spring. I live in the Cairo so I might be going to NYC to take a couple of food styling courses and I think coming to LA for your course would be a great addition.


Sheila Hanson October 21, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I’m registered for the class and would like to know which lenses to bring to the class (not that I have all that many). I’m flying in from Portland, OR and would prefer to travel as light as possible.
Looking forward to the class, Sheila Hanson

Angela Bax January 14, 2010 at 7:55 am

Would love to attend one of your courses – but am from South Africa – so would have to plan my next USA trip around your schedule – any chance you can forward a list of future dates so that I (and many others from far afield) can incorporate this unique experience in a visit?

Matt January 25, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Hello Angela! I’ll definitely keep you updated!

Cristina @ TeenieCakes February 1, 2010 at 12:21 am

Hi Matt:

Any plans to hold the Food Styling Class and Photography Workshop in Long Beach again soon? I’d be very interested in attending the two-day workshop. Thanks


Digital Scales February 3, 2010 at 9:54 am

Any chance you’re gonna get on the road and come to Houston? It’d be well worth your while! We are big cookin’ folk down here..

Matt February 4, 2010 at 7:14 am

I’d love to make a stop in Houston, it’d be fantastic! I’m originally from Galveston so it’s always nice to visit :)

Sheila Hanson February 4, 2010 at 8:09 am

After taking the workshop with you, Denise and Cindy I’m going to do a “Cook for the Camera” class at the In Good Taste Cooking School in Portland, OR. March 6, 2010. Anyone near Portland might want to check out the website and sign up, it’s nearly sold out so hurry:

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