Dubai 2014: Food Styling and Photography Workshop


It's happening again! The Dubai food photography and styling workshop has become an annual highlight and I am very thrilled to present this year's workshop with a few new features and elements to shake things up.
Diarize the dates: 11th - 12th October 2014 for a two day food styling and photography workshop in Dubai, UAE.


Dubai always thrills me as not only do I get to see my parents and family, but also over the years Dubai has evolved and boomed into such an enormous food hub that there are always exciting and innovative things to acquaint the tastebuds with

These creative ideas and novel ventures are always very important for me to integrate into the workshops I have given in Dubai over the past 3 years.


Dima sharif logo_jpeg_thumb[1] This year we've shaken a few things up. After our collaboration with the past 2 workshops and shooting her cookbook together last year, the vibrant Dima Sharif takes over as co-organizer and host for the Dubai workshop. Dima is focused, organized and full of amazing energy. We are in tune with each other's ideas and minds, complementing each other perfectly. Dima will not only be creating a spectacular 3-course meal for the delegates of the workshops, but she will be giving a hands-on cooking demo and together we will be integrating this into a challenging photography and styling session. Furthermore, we will be integrating an all new session where Dima will show the delegates the key elements to conveying food, from a food perspective, in photography. It will challenge the delegates to view food differently and take their concepts out of the box.

PrintAnother new highlight this year is taking the workshop up a notch and placing it in totally new surroundings. This year we are going to be working together at The School of Culinary and Finishing Arts - SCAFA situated at the Jumeirah Lake Towers. We will have exclusive access of the professionally equipped kitchens where there will not only be the several cooking demos but also SCAFA's labs provide the ideal space for our photography and styling sessions with lots of natural light, individual workstations and presentation room. We will also enjoy relaxed meals and chill-out at their own restaurant Scafé.



The Dubai workshop would just not be complete without the awesome collaboration and support of Lafayette Gourmet and the marvelous Russell Impiazzi, who have been grand supporters since the very first workshop in April 2012. Lafayette Gourmet will be generously supplying all the food and ingredients for the cooking, styling and shooting sessions over the course of the 2 days. Russell will create his signature Finale Surprise Dinner for our delegates.


Last year she took us on a memorable North African food tour away from the glamor and sparkle of new Dubai where we got to experience traditional and authentic food from Egypt to Morocco.

This year Arva is back on board and with her Frying Pan Adventures we will be heading to Meena Bazaar - Dubai's unassuming Little India in true adventurous spirit for a big taste of Indian street food.

With this team behind the event the Dubai 2014 Workshop promises to be exciting, invigorating and full of inspiration.


Most importantly however the workshop is aimed to help you as participants to draw from your creativity and inspire you to find and strengthen your personal style. We have put together, what we hope will be a creative, challenging but a fun workshop for the delegates. We invite you to join us for an intensive 2 days of food photography and styling sessions in the booming metropolitan Dubai.


There will be ample space for creative reflection and lots of intensive work, where participants will learn all the fundamental elements needed to hone their skills in food photography. Guided sessions will also show participants how to find their way through the jungle of food styling to create the perfect set-up.


Focused and comprehensive sessions will give participants insight on camera techniques, mastering light and lighting to capture the perfect image, getting down and dirty with aperture, shutter speed, white balance and ISO, finding and selecting props for your set-up, composing the perfect shot, the rules of placement and angles. We will discuss the importance of a workflow and post-processing.

There will be many practical assignments, a lot of theory, hands-on group work and plenty of creative feedback from the instructors to help equip yourself with the know-how to create beautiful food and tabletop images.


As always we will be a small intimate group limited to 10 participants, which allows for one-to-one coaching, valuable individual feedback and focused group communication and teamwork. This workshop is ideal for amateur and also more experienced photographers not only from the food branch but also aspiring photographers to change or broaden their field and build their portfolio. It is also aimed for food stylists, professionals, specialists working in the hospitality industry and bloggers with interests and passions in food photography and styling.


Together we will work intensively on honing your skills and channelling your creativity, which I will guide and aid you to develop. We will spoil you with tantalizing and divine meals and excite you with a memorable street-food tour of Old Dubai.

Hope I could tempt you to join us! Here are the details ...

Day one - Saturday 11th October 2014

  • Brunch
    Meet and Greet Brunch to and Introduction

  • Photography Fundamentals & Techniques by Meeta Wolff
    Capturing the perfect shot: Mastering the camera, harnessing and understanding natural light, finding your focus, the angles etc. 

  • Styling Techniques by Meeta Wolff
    How to style your shot: composition and placement, creating a mood/atmosphere, the importance of props, color, texture etc.

  • Styling demo & the secrets of a food stylist by Meeta Wolff

  • Free-Style Photography Exercises - Group Work

  • The Eye Eats First by Dima Sharif
    The key elements to conveying food in photography (from a food perspective). Change the way you view food and take your concepts out of the box; the only way to be outstanding.

  • Indian Street Food & Dinner by Frying Pan Adventures
    Discovering the Indian in you!
    A delicious and unique food tour through the backstreets of Old Dubai. 

Day two - Sunday 12th October 2014

  • One-on-one time and Q&A

  • Enhancing your Images with Lightroom by Meeta Wolff

  • Cooking demo and cooking techniques by Dima Sharif

  • Modern Arabic Bistro Lunch by Dima Sharif

  • Intensive work on assignment - Group work

  • Evaluation, discussion & critique on assignment
    Constructive feedback, discussion and critique on exercises

  • Finale Dinner prepared by Russell Impiazzi

Further details for the announcement:

Event Cost: Euro 520 / AED 2650


  • 2 day food styling, photography and cooking demo sessions with Meeta & Dima

  • Friday: Meet & Greet Brunch and Street Food Tour & Dinner;
    Saturday: Modern Arabic Bistro Lunch & Cooking Demo, and Finale Dinner

  • Snacks and beverages during the workshop

  • Transport to and from the off-site assignment

  • All material/equipment is provided for the shooting /styling sessions

Does NOT include:

  • Travel to Dubai and venue, travel insurance

  • Accommodation (this can be arranged at a special rate upon request)

Workshop venue: SCAFA School of Culinary and Finishing Arts, Jumeirah Lakes Tower, Dubai, UAE

Limited to 10 participants

Register here!

Payment: Full payment upon registration, no refunds

Please Note: The organizers reserve the rights to modify the programme should the need arise.
Presentations and main workshop language will be in English (instructors speak German, Arabic and Hindi and is aimed towards beginners, novice and advanced level participants).


After the Superlative Workshop at Atlantis, The Palm and then a State of the Art at the Miele Gallery and last year's From Glitzy Glamor to Humble Origins I look forward to meeting some fabulous people and working together with awesome professionals.

During the visit last year my lovely friend Sally Prosser shared that she wanted to focus on family and main career, which meant giving up the other activities she was involved in one of them being the workshop organizing. What I have always admired about Sally however is that she is steadfast and loyal in all her dealings. She will be missed. However I look forward to a few great lunches and meet-ups with her.

Our generous supporters and partners for the Dubai Workshop 2014 

SCAFA, Dubai’s School of Culinary and Finishing Arts (2012), is an innovative vocational institute focusing on guiding professionals and enthusiasts in learning culinary techniques and kitchen skills. Accredited by KHDA, SCAFA runs professional culinary programs that certify graduates as qualified chefs. The school also runs many enthusiast programs such as team building with cooking, children’s cooking classes, pastry and baking sessions, cake decorating, fundamentals of cuisine, etc.  In addition to offering a range of culinary programs, SCAFA has a student training restaurant Scafé attached to the school. At SCAFA, we don’t just practice recipes, we teach techniques!

Students that enroll in SCAFA’s programs have varied reasons for joining the program. Many want a professional hospitality career, to become a restaurateur, a patissierre. We also enroll students with wonderful creativity who interests lie in food styling and photography. We want our students to understand and appreciate the wider opportunities that lie in wait for them and SCAFA is the perfect setting for running a photography workshop. Working with renowned food photographer Meeta Wolff and celebrity chef Dima Sharif is a wonderful opportunity and experience for the our students and we are thrilled to be the host of the 2014 Food Photography Workshop.


Lafayette Gourmet, temple to gastronomy and gourmandize, offers a whole range of flavors from all over the world.. Guaranteed to find all what it takes to fulfill your taste buds.Experience the diversity from 8 kitchens in one location: Indulge in Italian specialties and wood fired pizzas, great salads from The Mediterranean, Asian favorites, Indian tandoor and curries, primes steaks from the Grill, Foie gras and Caviar from the Luxury section, authentic Tapas and Paella from Tapeo to Just Falafel.

Lafayette Gourmet have partnered with Meeta Wolff's workshop again in 2014 supplying fresh ingredients and luxury ingredients for the multiple styling and photography sessions. Furthermore, Russell Impiazzi, Director of Lafayette Gourmet, will personally create a extravagant and special menu as a special finale dinner on Sunday and provide a luxurious welcome brunch for participants on Saturday.


Little India Tour by Frying Pan Adventures

We step off the beaten path to explore Meena Bazaar - Dubai's unassuming Little India. Amidst this bustling market of Bollywood style glamorous outfits, street hawkers and cheap electronics are family-run kitchens that effortlessly break stereotypical notions of what Indian food is meant to be. We'll show you how to eat the messiest of Indian street snacks, where to buy the freshest Indian bread and even how to drink frothy & freshly filtered South Indian coffee!


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  1. I love following your escapades during your workshops. Each one seems to be created with care and so well thought through! I was waiting this year for your Dubai workshop and now am getting all jittery. I live in the Dubai Marina area so this is a sign ... I will be there!

  2. I have been wanting to be a part of your workshops here for a very long time Meeta! This looks like an amazing programme!

  3. Yep - definitely looking forward to lunch :) Another great programme in store.

  4. Meeta, Will there be demonstration with Nikon Camera at all?

  5. Meeta, I am actually in Dubai this time! What a great coincidence, will do my best to attend. Hope you will have time to enjoy the beaches, malls and Dubai clubs!

  6. Stupendous Styling and Great Food photography. It was pleasure looking at your food shots and the content.
    Wish our photography team can replicate a bit of the kind of work you are doing.

  7. I can get lost in your images….I love the way your style and shoot…it’s only the millionth time am telling you this :)

  8. Hello. What hotels are near by the venue. I am thinking about signing up for this workshop, if I can make some schedule changes.


    Carrie Ann


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