September 2015: Food Photography and Styling Workshop in Sintra, Portugal


Sintra is like a page taken from a fairy-tale book with rippling mountains, misty forests, exotic gardens and glittering palaces. It is a Unesco World Heritage–listed center, dotted with pastel-hued manors wrapped into luxuriant hills that roll down to the blue Atlantic. I have chosen to end my European Workshop Tour 2015 here, on a high note and want to tempt you to join me!

I am teaming up with Simone Van Den Berg who will co-instruct with me and together with two absolutely amazing hosts, Susana Lourenço and André Rodrigues da Silva, workshop alumni and a talented couple behind DEPOSITÁRIO we are putting on an exceptional programme for you!


Impression from the Helsinki Workshop, June 2014

The charming Moon Hill Sintra is our venue for most of the 2-day workshop where we will settle down in our own private training space fully equipped to satisfy our needs. This unique, and cosy venue, inspired with traditional highlights with touches of modern elegance will be where we soak up our creativity for our hands-on exercises and photo assignments. With plenty of tranquil room indoors and outdoors we will be spending some magnificent time under the Portuguese sun. Bringing you to such a stunning and magical place like SIntra and not visiting one of the breathtaking palaces and parks would be blasphemy and we are not going to commit this sin! We are treating our participants to a magnificent tour of one of these amazing landmarks, including a picnic in the park, integrating many of the events into a complete photo assignment.


Impression from the Amsterdam Workshop 2013

The venue's own restaurant Caldo Entornado will spoil us for dinner with their dishes from a modern kitchen but honouring their Portuguese roots. The restaurant will provide an exceptional and unique setting for our on-location photo shoot focussing on low-light photography, which will address the needs of bloggers and reviewers who need to polish their skills in taking photos in busy restaurants and with nasty lighting.


Impression from the Amsterdam Workshop 2013

The idea behind my workshop series is to create a full food experience for the people who attend this workshop. Broken down it’s a food styling/photography workshop, where you will learn all the elements you need to hone your skills in food photography and finding your way through the jungle of food styling to create the perfect set-up- Furthermore, we will guide you throughout the entire course of the workshop, teaching you to look for the perfect light to create the perfect image. Most of all we want this to be a fun-filled 2 days for our participants, with good food, drink and an exchange of experience so that when you go back home you are not only equipped with the know-how to create beautiful images for your blog posts, articles or your own personal masterpiece, but also look back at the 2 days as a memorable event.


Impression from the Amsterdam Workshop 2013

Here are all the details of what the course covers, the costs and where you can register

Hands-On Food Photography & Styling Workshop in Stunning Sintra!

Day one - Friday 11th September 2015

  • Meet & Greet
    Introductions with a selection of Portuguese specialties, coffee and tea
  • Photography Fundamentals by Simone
    Mastering the camera & learning the basics (shutter speed, aperture, ISO etc.)
  • Photography Techniques by Meeta
    Natural light techniques; getting a sharp focus; color & texture
  • Snacks: Portuguese treats - cakes and sweet / savory delicacies
  • Styling Fundamentals by Meeta
    Composition and placement, creating a mood/atmosphere, the right props, color, texture etc.
  • Styling demo with Meeta
    Free-style Photography/Styling Exercises
    Guided exercises to warm you up
  • Low-light photography by Simone
    Low-light/ambient light photography, capturing details, telling a story
  • Dinner: Caldo Entornado - A “feasting menu” of Portuguese dishes with a twist
    Includes on-location photo session

Day two - Saturday 12th September 2015

  • Enlightening yourself with Lightroom by Meeta & Simone
    Workflow, post-processing, watermarking, tagging
  • Field trip to a stunning Sintra landmark On-location assignment photo shoot
  • Lunch: Picnic in the park
    Includes assignment photo shoot
  • Intensive group work on main photography assignment
  • Evaluation, discussion & critique on assignment
    Constructive feedback, discussion and critique on exercises/assignment
  • Finale Aperitifs & Farewell

Ticket price: Euro 650

  • 2 day food styling and photography sessions with experienced tutors Meeta and Simone
  • 2-nights accommodation (10th to 12th September)
  • Field trip & transportation to the historical Sintra landmark and park
  • Friday: Meet & Greet, Lunch, Dinner
  • Saturday: Picnic lunch, aperitifs & canapés
  • Snacks and beverages during the workshop
  • Workshop material

NOT included: Air travel, travel costs to venue, travel insurance Limited to max 10 participants Payment: Full payment upon registration, no refunds.

I look forward to seeing you in Sintra this September!

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  1. Hi Meeta, Sintra is one of the loveliest places in Portugal and is perfect for this WS. Sadly, I'm on holidays during the first two weeks of September, otherwise I would gladly join you and learn from you :)

    1. What a shame. Would be great to have you over. I am looking forward to this one a lot!

  2. Aaah, I *love* Sintra! Such a fab location and you KNOW if I can make it work, I will try to join you!

    1. Oh yes please do Jeanne. It would be awesome!

  3. I never been to Sintra, must put that right. The workshop sounds fabulous as usual. R

    1. AHH! Rosana maybe you would like to come to Sintra with us? It would be fab to meet you finally!

  4. Hy Meeta
    I would love to participate :-)
    Do we need a special camera?

    1. Hi Dani! Great to hear that! A entry level DSLR would be perfect but we can also work around a POS camera too. Do you have a DSLR? xo


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