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All level of photographers are welcome! Whether you're an amateur or professional food blogger, pro photographer looking to break into the commercial industry, a wedding photographer looking to up their food game, or even someone who just loves posting images of gorgeous food that they eat, this course will take your food photography to the next level. Come and join us for an incredibly fun, informative and delicious weekend!

Come and learn the how-to's of professional food photography: working food with light and angles, understanding contrast, depth of field and composition as it applies to food, as well as the key equipment involved in food photography. We'll also discover the way in which your choice of props, surfaces, and other styling aspects change the look and feel of your shot. Props and styling aids will be supplied.


Payments payable in 3 instalments between booking and final payment October 24, 2018



Thursday, October 25

Join us for a Meet & Greet wine and cheese at the beautiful Bullock Lake Barn. Meet the team and find out what the weekend holds in store! Enjoy the incredible atmosphere and soak up the late evening sun while you sip on local ciders and wines and nibble on Chef's delicious treats. 


Friday, October 26

We'll start the day with an introduction from the Bullock Lake Farm team - they'll give us some insight into their farming methods and philosophies behind the foods that they grow. 


WORKING WITH LIGHT DEMO - watch Danielle and Aurelia create a simple yet beautifully lit image featuring some of the farm's most gorgeous produce. Participants will then be given their choice of products to shoot to create their own light-scape photograph.


Fresh From the Farm food created for the group by Farm-To-Table Chef Angela Hartley


STYLING AND PROPPING - stylist Aurelia Louvet will demonstrate how propping and styling food can influence the 'mood' of your imagery. Participants will then be given art direction and the opportunity to create their own images using all of the props and sets provided.


PIZZA! What can be better than creating a photo food story than DIY pizzas and an outdoor wood-burning oven? Participants will be able to create their own pizzas, photographing the process as they go - shoot the fire, oven, chef loading wood in, ingredients, dough, and finished pizza.


Chef will prepare salads and dessert to accompany the delicious pizzas created during our shoot

Saturday, October 27

Today is all about visual storytelling so hold onto your hats as it's going to be EPIC!


  • MORNING MARKET: This morning we'll meet for coffee down at the legendary Salt Spring Saturday Market. After a quick discussion on the how to's of journalistic food story telling, we'll spend about an hour walking the market, tasting the treats, enjoying the sights, and meeting the local vendors. Particpants will be encouraged to connect with a local vendor to create a story ending in a product shot.


  • CLIENT BASED PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY: Back at the Farm, we'll demonstrate a product 'beauty' shot for a client with creative art direction and input. Participants will then break out to photograph their own market products and complete their chosen stories.

LUNCH:  more Farm-to-Table perfection from Chef Angela Hartley


  • AN ORGANIC FARM: Time to take in the farm! Come along as owner Zack Hemstreet gives us a private tour of the beautiful farm. We'll get the chance to see the farm from the inside out and create journalistic images as we go. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the lake for a late afternoon cool down - a definite treat on the island!


  • FARM-TO-TABLE STYLED SHOOT: Farm owner Molly Wilson has a special treat in store for us! Gather in the barns as she walks us through setting up a styled 'barn' dinner; from flower selections to table adorning features, no detail will be overlooked! We'll photograph the details and over all table before becoming guests at the feast.

DINNER: BE OUR GUEST at this exclusive Farm-To-Table dinner created specifically for our group. Enjoy the entertainment and refreshments along with an incredible meal - the stuff memories are made of!



Sunday, October 28

Start the day with a round table discussion on the state of the industry and the art of breaking into the business.


  • THE ART OF BLOGGING: working in partners we'll split out and work through a few recipes from Chef - shoot the ingredients, prep, and final product in blogging style.

LUNCH:  enjoy the fruits of our labour as Chef Angela Hartley finishes off and serves up our delicious farm fresh lunch.

EDIT BREAK: Take a few moments to quick edit your top 5 favourite images from the weekend to be shown in our review

REVIEW AND CRITIQUE: The team will weigh in and offer constructive criticism and praise for your top 3-5 images.

DEPARTURE: Until we meet again.


Danielle (DL) Acken is a Canadian born professional food photographer currently based out of Ludlow, England and Salt Spring Island, BC. Danielle has worked with a variety of commercial food clients and has several cookbooks under her belt. She is currently working on a book for Fordhall Farm in the north of Shropshire. 

Aurelia Louvet is a food stylist and cookbook author based on Salt Spring Island. Having lived and eaten around the world, Aurelia’s work delivers a unique combination of modern North American sensibility and classic European beauty. 

Angela Hartley is a Canadian trained chef with 20+ years experience bringing people together around a table and creating delicious and nourishing food. She has had the pleasure of cooking for a wide range of elite clients from top Canadian athletes to exclusive heli-ski resorts, boutique restaurants to a who's who of Vancouver celebrity personalities. Her philosophy for delicious food is keeping it simple, fresh, and as locally sourced as possible.

ABOUT BULLOCK LAKE FARM Set on 25 rolling acres on beautiful Salt Spring Island, Bullock Lake Farm produces organic vegetables, berries, and specialty cut flowers. First generation farmers Zack Hemstreet and Molly Wilson established the farm in 2012 with core values of community, ecological farm stewardship, culture, education and fun—the farm has become a hub for community activity, including dinners, concerts, and workshops. One of the oldest agricultural properties on Salt Spring, the farm is a mix of rolling pastures, mixed intensive gardens, wetland, orchard, and forest, all overlooking Bullock Lake. 

Want to know what the workshops are like? Check out these reviews from past participants:

Melissa Love (designer & photographer)

Jodi Redhouse (photographer)

Early Bird until Sept 15: $995 CDN

Regular after Sept 15: $1045 CDN

Payments payable in 3 instalments between booking and final payment October 15, 2018

Included:  Thursday evening wine & cheese meet and greet at Bullock / 3 days instruction / lunch and snacks Friday-Sunday / dinner Friday and Saturday / all shoot materials and props supplied 

Not included: initial transportation to location / accommodations / all personal retail purchases / camera equipment