Design & Composition: Photography, Styling and Design Workshop at Ettersburg Castle, Germany

Read all about the workshop on my recap of the two days: Ettersburg Castle: A Regal Food Photography and Styling Workshop in Weimar
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Workshop Update and News: 02.05.2012

We are sold out!

But ... due to the awesome response for this workshop we are offering 4 additional places on the workshop. As guest speaker we have invited Holly Becker of Decor 8 to speak on Saturday morning. More details to Holly's talk can be found here. Registrations: We are now open for only 4 more places so make sure you register quickly. Register here.


Under the motto “Design & Composition,” I am collaborating with two skilled professionals to host a fantastic workshop here in Weimar. Earlier this year I teamed up with photographer Julia Julia Cawley and designer and cookbook author Lisa Nieschlag to style Lisa’s new cookbook, which will be published later this year. Now we are getting back together, coordinating our know-how to provide our participants the basis on how photographing, styling and designing a cookbook work in synergy.

Schloss Ettersburg is a gorgeous 18th Century castle nestled between the rolling hills just outside the beautiful city of Weimar. This will be the venue for our 2 day course, where we will open the doors to 10 participants and cover different aspects of food photography and styling, working on and designing a cookbook.

Over the course of the workshop you will learn about how to work with natural light, exposure, composition, selecting the right prop, finding the mood and how to create a story with your images. Furthermore, we will show you how to put together and design a cookbook and what needs to be considered when photographing and styling a cookbook.

I am really excited about this workshop as the theme and topic is slightly different. I also get to show off my beautiful city, Weimar to the participants of the workshop. Very much looking forward to welcoming you here and to the workshop.

Here are the details:

When: July 6th - 7th, 2012
Fee: € 450
Fee includes: Welcome Brunch on Friday, July 6th, 2 days of instruction on camera techniques, using natural light, composition, tips and techniques for food styling, and how to create, write and design your own cookbook, 1 night accommodation at the Schloss Ettersburg, brunch, lunch, coffee, dinner during the workshop.

Workshop Schedule (we’re still fine tuning the details so this is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change):

Friday 6th July:

Meet & Greet brunch

Session 1: Photography theory by Julia Cawley

Lunch at the Schloss Ettersburg

Session 2: Food Styling and Composition by Meeta K. Wolff

Session 3: Creating, Writing and Designing a Cookbook by Lisa Nieschlag

Setting the scene for the next days assignment

Dinner at the Schloss Ettersburg

Saturday 7th July:


Delegates work on their assignment with hands-on help and advice from instructors


Presentation of assignment and critique by group and instructors.

Question and answers

The Instructors

imageLisa Nieschlag

Designer Lisa Nieschlag is currently working on her third cookbook, to be published in the fall of 2012. Together with her business partner, she invented “Anni” two years ago: a friendly kitchen expert, the kind of grandmother we all wanted. Their first cookbook, “Anni kocht in Münster”, took readers by storm in 2010, followed one year later by “Anni backt in Münster”, its baking equivalent. Photographer Julia Cawley shot both books, which depict their Westphalian homeland as much as its typical dishes, adapted to modern tastes.

When Lisa is not trying out new recipes in the kitchen, she is busy as one of the founding partners in her own business, the agency for communication design “Nieschlag + Wentrup”. In Münster and beyond, those in the know frequently encounter its prize-winning work. And as if this weren’t enough activity, Lisa also founded the fashion label “Lizzawest”, specializing in T-Shirts for women and children known for their playful animal motifs. She lives in Münster, Germany, with her husband and their two-year-old daughter.

imageJulia Cawley  

Julia Cawley is a photographer living in Brooklyn, although her heart still resides in her hometown Münster sometimes. She photographs architecture and interiors, but also has a passion for tasty food and for photographing it. She is currently working on shooting her third cookbook "Anni kocht für Kinder".


_DSC6939b w-sepia.72Meeta K. Wolff

A freelance food photographer, stylist and writer, Meeta Khurana-Wolff has been living in Germany for the past 17 years, currently in the culturally rich city of Weimar.

Born in India, Meeta’s love for food photography stems from her obsession with food itself and she combines these two passions on her multi-faceted blog. What’s For Lunch, Honey? has been nominated for several awards, including finalist in the Weblog Awards 2010 and 2011 for Best European Weblog and can also be found on the Times Online's Top 50 Food Blogs. Her photography is represented by Wonderful Machine and has been featured and recognized in magazines and websites around the world. As a writer her work has been published in the Foodies of the World, a guide to food blogs around the world published by the Slattery Media Group.

Meeta’s perspective on food photography and styling is unconventional and she is not afraid to break certain rules to capture the perfect shot. Due to her distinctive photography style, she has been invited to speak on the topic of Food Photography and Food Styling at various workshops.

Her photography portfolio Meeta Khurana Wolff Photography offers an insight into her work.

Registrations: Register here.
Please note: Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Due to limited spaces available you are required to make full payment upon registration. Once you register you will receive an email with details on how to make the payment, which must be made within 5 days from date of email otherwise your registration is void due to no payment. Once you have made payment your place is secured and you will receive further information for the workshop, including a detailed programme.

Hope to see you there!


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  1. That sounds great! I wish I could take part in such a wonderful event.



  2. Wow I wish I could participate. Meeta would you be able to do one in the US sometime? I am sure lot of bloggers would love to participate.


  3. Dear Meeta, I know one day I'll join you in this workshop, let me brush up with my camera technicals first! LOL! All the best and this is great to hear!

  4. Nice to see that you're hosting so many food photography and styling workshops - you're such a superwoman! Hope to catch you in London again sometime this year!

  5. This sounds like such a great workshop! I only wish I could attend. Hopefully you will do one in Australia one day :)

  6. Another workshop? This looks so exciting. Can't wait to see the pictures!

  7. I wish I could attend. A great price for what looks like a terrific workshop. I've been fortunate to see some great photographers at work; however, I am not yet anything other than an aquaintance with my camera. I NEED your workshop.

  8. If I weren't already engaged I would so love to attend. One day, I will definitely one day.

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  10. What fun my lovely girl, you were born to do this! So talented and so warm, I can see how you enjoy this platform! The setting sounds perfect {more than actually}, and the hosts awesome! WOW!!

  11. Thanks to all for your thoughts and feedback. Look forward to seeing some of you at the workshop!

  12. I arrived here from Decor8 blog:)

    This workshop looks fantastic and I am hating myself for not knowing about it before, since I would have surely joined (because now I already have an important job schedule for that time it is impossible for me to attend, also because I live in Italy).
    I really hope you are planning to suggest this workshop again, somewhere in Europe,because I would definitely join!

    The blog is great anyway, I am going to follow! :)

    Regards :)

  13. Hi Meeta,

    I would so like to participate but this time I cant! I`ll keep my ears and eyes open and jump at the next available opportunity :)
    My query actually refers to the black forest raspberry pudding in the picture.Should I mail you my email address for the recipie?
    Thanks in advance,

  14. Liebe Meeta,
    What a fabulous event, wish we could be there too.
    Liebe Grüße aus Kalifornien :)

  15. Great article with excellent idea! I appreciate your post. Thanks so much and let keep on sharing your stuffs keep it up.


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