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It’s a Food Photography Workshop Extravaganza!

Two women with cameras.

Announcement of the day: I LOOOOVE WORKSHOPS!

This obsession started brewing last year, and I have since gone off the food photography workshop deep end.

In 2014-2015, I attended a few food photography workshops, taught a few food photography workshops for other organizations, and then started to get the idea that I might want to actually have my own space and hold my own Minnesota food photography workshops and invite people to come and take pictures of food together. wheeee!

And so it began.

Our first food photography workshop was in September of 2015. We rented a cute little studio to host the event which was awesome and adorable – and LITTLE.

We did two more workshops in November and December – again in the little studio which was again amazing and adorable, and again – very little.

So then something really crazy and big happened.

Bowl with greens and berries with fork and knife.

In January, we got all set up with our OWN studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota (represent!) to host workshops and other events and give the cool-blogger-office vibe a go.

The space was amazing and raw and rustic-industrial and HUGELY BIG. There were 12 windows. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12. But for real – 12 windows. Tons of space and light not only for me to use for Pinch of Yum photography, but also for workshop attendees to really be able to have dedicated practice space. I was excited beyond excited to start bringing my food photography friends into the space.

And now? March and April have almost completely come and gone, and these last two months have seen us through four workshops with 60+ people coming in from all over the United States and Canada to use our new space for learning and practicing food photography.

OH MY GOSH. What a dream. It was everything my little elementary school teacher’s heart was hoping it would be and more.

And now I am going to go sleep for 900 hours because THAT WAS SO FUN! and fun = tired.

Women in a studio.

Guys, there are a few more workshops coming this summer and I’m super excited about them. I would love to see your lovely face or maybe the lovely face of someone you love in attendance. ♡

You know which people I’m talking about, right? Those friends who pose your hands holding a sandwich and make you hold up your ice cream cone against a brick wall and arrange food on your table at the restaurant before standing on a chair to snap a photo? These are the ones. These are our chosen people.

To stay notified of upcoming workshop launch dates and registration, sign up using this handy button!

And now – while I finally go re-stock my fridge and try to get back to cooking like a normal person (eee can’t wait! it’s the little things) – you can peruse through phase one of our workshop images captured by Abby, our cool photography friend with dreads. She automatically gets cool points for those, right? Thanks for the pics, A!

Related: I am still not ready to do a full reveal on the studio because I’m Type A and sometimes a little rigid and I’m wanting it to be completely complete before fully showing it off… but it’s coming. Just know it’s coming.

Woman with a camera photographing food.
Plate with granola and berries with a camera and a spoon.
Woman styling food with a napkin.
Woman with a camera taking a photo of food on a plate.
Two women talking while looking at a computer screen.
Woman styling food in a jar to photograph.
Woman taking a photo of food with a camera.
Woman styling pancakes on a plate with a dark napkin.
Women sitting at a table talking.
Chipotle on a napkin with a glass of water.
Woman showing food styling.
Women sitting at a table working.
Woman taking a photo of salad with her phone.
Woman photographing food with a camera.
Women in a food buffet line.
Two women talking while holding cameras.
Woman grabbing fruit from a bowl.
Woman photographing sandwiches.
Women making silly faces at the camera.

Also: we are so well-fed during the workshops and we owe that to some very generous and delicious sponsors.

From Chipotle style-your-own burrito bowl lunches to a Seven Sundays muesli styling bar breakfast, to delicious and healthy smoothie bowls from Whole Sum Kitchen and a sparkly + glittery Copper Hen champagne cupcake to wrap up the weekend, we are not lacking in the food department.

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    I cannot even begin to put into words how much I learned during the workshop. Lindsay, you were beyond amazing. The studio was wonderful and the food was delicious. I’m so grateful that I bit the bullet and attended the workshop. I definitely recommend this for any food bloggers trying to up their food photography game. 🙂

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      This is so great to hear Kim! It was so fun to have you there again, and fun to see your pics on Instagram too! You’re a fast learner! 🙂

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    Obviously you are not lacking in the food department with so many participants and sponsors presenting awesome food. I bet you had a great treat not just for your taste buds but for your eyes as well.. 😉

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    Wow this looks amazing! And your studio – wow, just wow. Those edison bulb lights draped across the ceiling – totally dreamy! It’s so funny, I just read about your photography workshop on Sally’s Baking Addiction before popping on over here. Love that my two favorite bloggers are hanging out together 🙂

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    Thanks so much for an awesome couple days, Lindsay! It was HUGELY inspiring to work with you and to be surrounded by so many talented and fun people. Plus to eat all the delicious “props”…. Thank you thank you!!!

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    Lindsay! Your workshops are AMAZING!! I’m still processing all I learned during my Minnesota weekend, but it’s incredible how much my photography improved. You are a fabulous teacher, and an inspiring human. (and I was going to tell you that even before I read your “Unsurpassable Worth” post… wow!!) Your generous spirit shone throughout the workshop. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet you and look forward to attending the follow-up one day.

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    This post was full of stunning photos and really fascinating insight on the BTS of a blog! 🙂 I would love to see more posts like this because it really helps me up my seriousness with taking photos and upping the quality of my blog! Yes, I use the iPhone for my photos. FAIL.

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    I sooooo wish I could travel to America just to attend one of your workshops! You are my hero and I’d give anything to learn from you Lindsay. That studio already looks soo dreamy – can’t wait for the big reveal!

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    Thanks for reminding me that I need to get some sheer curtains for the window I shoot in front of. It was glaringly evident in today’s photo – whoops.

    Definitely going to have to keep these workshop dates in mind! Sounds like a trip up north is in order.

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    This looks like so much fun! Love all the food.. and the photography! Your site is beautiful and congratulations on the studio!

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    What a fabulous space and workshop, very envious..
    One very small concern I have is the chocolate sauce bottle..handy for styling I know, but it looks & tastes terrible..

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    Please tell me you will be going on a world tour and will be visiting Australia soon :)Studio looks great ! I am sure you guys had heaps of fun at the workshop !!

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    I saw some other bloggers writing about their experiences and I am so jealous. I would love to come to one of your workshops. Just signed up for the updates. Hopefully soon!

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    Thank you so much for an amazing workshop! I am so happy that I made the time to come to your uh-may-zing studio. I am so inspired by it all. And I feel like I have such a better sense of how to work my brand into my photography. Lindsay, you are a wonderful teacher with a true gift for inspiring others. Much love to you all! I hope I get to come back some day!

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    Hey Lindsay,

    I have to admit I need to step my photography game up really serious. I use my smartphone for now to take photos and post to Instagram and upload videos to YouTube. But they lack the look and professionalism of videos and photos that get millions of likes on IG and tons of views on YouTube. I’m going to have to really look into getting the type of camera in the near future that makes me look professional cause I know it’ll benefit business even more. 🙂

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    the photos are very good, supported by a quality workshop too. this is very inspiring for beginners in the field of photography.

    thank you for sharing your story