Food Photography & Styling 2020


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Michael Piazza will lead a workshop blending the skills of food photography and styling. Learn how to tune your eye to light, shadows and composition. Think more creatively about prop selection and food styling. See first-hand the successful dynamic between the two disciplines. Michael will discuss and demonstrate his approach as a working professional and collaborator with food stylists on both magazine work and cookbooks. On the first evening Suzanne Lenzer will join us. Suzanne is a professional food stylist and food writer. 

During the second day of the workshop Michael and Suzanne will give several demonstrations providing insight into workflow and how they problem solve together. Attendees will get hands-on help as they work through different scenarios with the goal of helping everyone to find their own style and visual voice.

Michael will concentrate on cameras, light and composition. Suzanne will work with food, props and surfaces, although there’s plenty of overlap of course. Other topics include how to assemble a small food styling kit, how to utilize your time and keep food “alive”, how to balance food and props and how to find and choose props and surfaces.

This workshop is perfect anyone interested in food photography, food styling or blogging.

All photos by Michael Piazza


Michael Piazza is recognized as one of the best food photographers in Boston working for publications such as Edible Boston (where he is also Creative Director), Martha Stewart Living, Food & Wine, Boston Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and a number of cookbooks. Originally from California, Michael studied art history and film before settling into still photography. Somewhere along the line he merged his love of cooking and food with his love of making pictures and so it has been for over twenty years. See a recent portfolio here.

This workshop is suited to all levels, particularly those with basic to intermediate experience of photography who now wish to develop their skills further in food photography and styling. Equipment to bring includes a camera ( iPhones, DSLRs etc. – the main thing is to be comfortable with the equipment you are using), memory cards and a tripod. It is suggested that attendees bring a computer to be able to edit and share photographs taken while at the workshop. Michael will make every effort to provide a short, constructive critique of each person’s work during the workshop. If you plan to shoot film you will also gain a lot from this workshop and Michael has offered a critique on a short edit of workshop images via email.

Workshop with Michael Piazza, professional food photographer and Suzanne Lenzer, professional food stylist and writer.

This workshop is limited to ten attendees.

Location: Little Ghent Farm, 282 Snyder Road, Ghent, NY, 12075.

The farm is home to Made In Ghent, a family business focused on simple, delicious food. It is in the heart of the beautiful Hudson Valley two and a half hours by car or train from New York City and three hours drive from Boston. Richard and Mimi at Made In Ghent can help with any directions, travel plans and local accommodation if needed.

Tickets cost $750 including the full two-day workshop, farm breakfast and lunch each day plus refreshments and snacks throughout the day. On the evening of the first day we will share dinner together at the farm (included). Workshop cost does not include accommodation. Please note a booking fee applies to Paypal or credit card payments, not for checks.

Contact Richard at Made In Ghent to book a workshop place: 518 392 0804 or email