Food Styling & Photography Workshop ~ Advanced



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Food Styling & Photography Workshop ~ Advanced

Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th June, 2017 (two-day workshop including a farm dinner on June 19th )

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Michael Piazza and Catrine Kelty will lead an advanced 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 and Catrine will discuss and demonstrate their approach as working professionals and collaborators on both magazine work and cookbooks.

They 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. Catrine will work with food, props and surfaces, although there’s plenty of overlap of course. These old friends and long-time collaborators often describe their time shooting together as being like a little old married couple. 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 and styling by Michael Piazza/Catrine Kelty












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.

Catrine Kelty was born in Paris, raised in Montreal and moved to Boston in the 1980s. Catrine has a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal and trained in the visual arts. Her culinary experience includes working with chefs in restaurants and catering kitchens but her pivotal influence is her father, a French trained butcher, who approached food as a craft. Catrine has an extensive collection of items allowing her to prop unique food shoots translating her clients’ vision. She has been styling for more than two decades and for the past three years has been giving lectures, demos and workshops focusing on creative vision, collaboration, enthusiasm, diligence and humour – the essential ingredients for a successful shoot. Examples of Catrine’s work can be seen here.

This workshop is suited to those with intermediate to advanced experience of photography who now wish to develop their skills further in food photography and styling. Equipment to bring includes a DSLR, 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 and Catrine 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/Catrine have offered a critique on a short edit of workshop images via email.

Workshop with Michael Piazza, professional food photographer and Catrine Kelty, professional food stylist.

This workshop is limited to nine 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

Cancellation Policy: We know sometimes unforeseen events happen which will mean you can’t attend so if you have to cancel on or before 4th June 2017 we will refund 80% of the workshop price. After that we are not able to offer refunds but you may transfer your place.