Save the date: the 2012 Dordogne food styling and photography workshop

I have been waiting to tell you about this for quite some time and so finally, here we are…

Stephanie, Nadia, and I are happy to announce the 2012 food styling and photography workshop in Dordogne, France!

Last year’s workshop was such an amazing experience. We have been overwhelmed with the positive response and emails from readers who wanted us to repeat it.

This is a hands-on workshop where we will learn about my philosophy on food styling and composition, how to tell a story through props, the basics of photography, and understanding and manipulating light, all in the beautiful surroundings of the Perigord region of France. There will be visits to local farmers’ markets, gardens, and the beautiful walnut groves the region is known for. It will be 4 days of cooking, tasting, styling, photographing, and visual storytelling. The workshop will take place from September 23-27, 2012, and be limited to just 8 people.

The workshop includes 4 days of cooking, styling and photographing food in a beautiful manoir nestled up against a stone cliff overlooking a lazy river. The cost is $2,240/person (for a shared room) and $2,740/person (private room) and covers 4 nights accommodations in a luxurious bed and breakfast, 4 gourmet breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner, transportation during workshop hours, 3 days of full instruction, and 1 day of sightseeing in the area.

We are happy to announce that registration will be open on Thursday, January 26th at 1 p.m. EST (10am PST). This is how registration will take place:

1. Right at 1:00 p.m. EST a post will go live indicating an email address where you’ll need to send your intent to register. Please make sure you are online at this time if you are interested in attending this workshop as we are operating on a first-come-first-serve basis.

2. Once you hear back from us via email, you will be required to sign a liability form and return it to us via fax, email, etc.

3. Once payment is made and requested forms are signed, your spot will be secure. At this time you’ll receive an email from us confirming the good news. If you are not able to secure your spot at this time, we will be sure to add your contact information to a waiting list.

4. A detailed itinerary will be issued to the 8 participants via email within 48 hours of registration.

Please know that our last workshop sold out in the first 10 minutes of opening registration, so if you are interested, please make sure to send us an email as quickly as possible.

You can read about our 2011 workshop on our students’ blogs:

Jennifer wrote about it here, here, and here.

Kimberly wrote about here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Lorna wrote about it here, here, and here.

Olivia wrote about it here.

Romina wrote about it here, here, here, and here.

Sanda wrote about it here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Thank you and we hope to see you in France!

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58 Responses to “Save the date: the 2012 Dordogne food styling and photography workshop”

  1. Juliana says:

    How very exciting! I hope I’ll be able to join you this year.

  2. I wish I could take part in one of your workshops…



  3. Itxaso says:

    Egunen baten hartuko dot parte, ointxe bertan ezin dot… baia zelako aukerea!!! Dana da polite, dana!

  4. Cutie Kate says:

    Hello! I give you the award for your fabulous blog!:) Look here in my post:

  5. Rowaida says:

    Wow gorgeous photos Aran, I wish I could attend one of your workshops. Best Wishes xo

  6. Sally says:

    This is a dream workshop! Hmmm. …will have to consider how to make it happen, but alas, probably not soon enough. Should have been putting away my pennies ages ago. Very, very seductive!

  7. Zorionak kurtso berriagatik! Hilabete horretan ezkonduko naiz eta ezinezkoa zait joatea, baina noizbait parte hartzea gustatuko litzaidake!

  8. WOW!!! What a stunning location! Wish I could make the trip!

  9. Benthe says:

    Once I’ll be older and more comfortable with a camera, I’ll be sure to join you.

  10. This sounds a wonderful way to spend some time in a beautiful part of the world.

    Your photography is superlative.

  11. a. maren says:

    a dream trip! ah someday, someday…

  12. This sounds just lovely! Have a great time ladies!

  13. natasha says:

    oh, i missed out on the last workshop. i hope i can get it together to join you this time. love your shots!

  14. Sarah says:

    Where can I find all the info – price, dates, etc.?

  15. Sarah- all the information is in this post. You must have skipped through it :)

    Thanks everyone. Hope you can make it there!

  16. It’s really wonderful to see the variety of photos from these six women. They were all in the same place at the same time, and yet they each have such a distinctive style of capturing and sharing their visions. So lovely!

  17. Aran, What camera would you suggest to a lucky participant?

  18. Lisa- digital camera so we can review work after a day’s work. If it’s a DSLR much better as you can really get great quality photos and learn about lenses.


  19. Danielle E. says:

    Hi Aran. This workshop sounds amazing and I’d love to join! I’d like to look up airfare to check prices so can you please tell me what airport in France you’ll be flying into? Thanks!

  20. Yelena says:

    Thank you, thank you!

    I hope I can make it this time.

  21. Carla says:

    What a wonderful experience looking at last years photos and comments it was life changing for all who attended!

  22. Danielle- The way we did it last year is we flew to Paris and there we rented a car and drove down to Beynac. It is about a 5 hour drive. The students also made arrangements before the workshop so they could drive down together. You could also fly into Bordeaux and from there it is a 2 hour drive.

    Hope that helped!

  23. ChichaJo says:

    Beautiful photos! How I wish I could join one of your workshops!! One day maybe :)

  24. Fantastic! Can’t make it this year, but I can’t wait to hear about it all!

  25. Maja says:

    Aran, i’m so happy for you and girls! I can not wait another amazing photos and snapshoots! Loving news!

  26. Someday!! Don’t think I will make it this year, but I look forward to living vicariously through the gorgeous photos!! Keep up the amazing work!

  27. Anna says:

    Kaixo Aran!

    I really wish I’ll be fast enough to get in this time. :)

  28. Gozde says:

    I would love to participate.
    Waiting for january 26:)

  29. Yamile says:

    A workshop in France …it’s like my dreams come true…
    Maybe next year :)


  30. I remember how marvelous this was last year… from what I saw through the blog posts. I so wish I could come… but, alas, I can’t. Maybe next year I can make it happen.

  31. I would love to participate!
    tried to send you an e-mail, but is not working. Am I still in time? Looking forward to hearing from you. You can e-mail me on

    Best regards, Monique.

  32. I would love to participate. Can you e-mail me on Thanks lot, best regards, Monique.

  33. Monique- registration doesn’t open until January 26th at 1pm EST (19:00h in mainland Europe). Be online at that time. We will publish an email address where you will have to write to let us know you are interested in participating in the workshop.

    Thank you!

  34. Monique- registration doesn’t open until January 26th at 1pm EST (19:00h in mainland Europe). Be online at that time. We will publish an email address where you will have to write to let us know you are interested in participating in the workshop.

    Thank you!

  35. Jennifer says:

    Run don’t walk to your keyboards on sign up day. You won’t regret it for a moment. Every part of it was glorious and Aran, and Stephanie, and Nadia are not only wonderful teachers but really, really lovely people.

    - from a participant of the first workshop.

  36. Ines Intxaustik esan daust apuntetako. Beharbada….. Ez da idea makala!. Mosuak

  37. Mia says:

    This sounds like complete bliss. I would love to come….. Will try my hardest.
    Would love to learn from you!

  38. Valentina says:

    Здравствуйте Aran!

    Как я бы хотела оказаться в этих местах! Еще я хотела бы сказать, что вы внимательны ко мне и спасибо вам за это. Я учусь у вас фотографии, стилю и некоторые ваши рецепты попробованы… Я довольна результатом.

    Valentina O)

  39. Wow! You’re pictures are gorgeous! I would love to go to a workshop.

  40. marla says:

    Get out! I need this in my life…gotta see if I can make it happen :)

  41. Rory says:

    Absolutely stunning. My dream is to get to attend such a fantastic course! I’m saving away, but for now just have to practice with my humble equipment and my own cooking!

  42. chriselda says:

    hi cannelle!

    i’m really looking into coming. but… i’m from the US so i’m not sure that i can rent a car in france … and then DRIVE it.

    don’t you drive on the other side of the road there? and the other side of the car, too? eeeep! :-0

    at any rate…when you mentioned in a prior comment that you rented a car from paris and then drove down… was that just you? or was it for the participants as well?

    i’m mostly wondering if i fly into bordeaux … will someone be able to take me out to Dordogne?

    i’m really wanting to make this happen. as my birthday is on the 24th. and that would officially be the BEST way to celebrate!

  43. Chriselda- In France people drive on the right side of the road. It is only in the UK and Ireland that they drive on the left, so no worries.

    Yes you can rent a car and some of our students did that in fact. A few drove down from Paris and others from Bordeaux. It is about a 2 hour drive from Bordeaux to Beynac. If you do sign up for the workshop, I’m sure you will be able to get together with other students and drive together. That was a positive bonding experience last year actually.

    Hope you can sign up!


  44. Liz says:

    I really hope my broadband is whirring quickly at CET 19.00! As I’d love to join you and the team in the Dordogne. Would be a real treat working holiday away from hubby and son! Just a quick query, as I would fly from Malta, I have Lyon (not too cheap) or Marseille (better fare price) to opt from. I’d need to train it over to the Dordogne. Do you have an idea how long either might be to get over west? Lyon more practical I think.
    Thanks so much.

  45. Liz- I am really not sure about trains in France. Have you looked into flying in Bordeaux. That seems to be the closest airport and it’s 2 hours from Beynac.I believe train connections are scarce and that is why many decided to rent a car last year. Students arranged to meet up and drive together which worked out great. Hope to see you in France!

  46. liz says:

    Huge thanks for the speedy reply. Sadly, Malta being a blip of an island, has limited flight routes in and out. So Bordeaux a no-go and Paris not a low-cost route for us at all! Will check trains but I know cross-country is very difficult. If I don’t manage to enroll, a huge favour – please, please see if you can bend the ear of Tartelette and persuade Helene to run a course in Provence one year soon when she’s heading there! Marseille a snip for me to get to!

  47. Kati says:

    One question – is airfare included? I’m thinking not but just wanted to double check. Thank you!!

  48. Kati- no airfare is not included. It would be too complicated to manage everyone’s flight arrangements, etc. thanks!

  49. giuseppina says:

    Hi , I would love so much to come and I live in Provence , not so far really , have only to wait to know if I can ( maybe I’ll be working ) , but I do love your photos and I need to improve ( just a beginner , and my camera is very basic ) Anyway it’s a real pleasure to read your blog !

  50. Oh wow!!! what an experience that would be….will start saving for the future!

  51. Is this mostly an emphasis on photography? Or is there also an emphasis on cooking etc… thanks! really hoping!

  52. Michelle says:

    Hello! I’m wondering what currency the price is? Thanks, M

  53. Anna- there will be emphasis on both styling and photography. There will be time for cooking, styling the food for camera, and photographing. We will discuss the basics of photography, my styling philosophy, we will cook, and also visit markets and groves.

    Michelle- it is in US dollars.


  54. Anonymous says:

    Is registration now closed? Is there any space available?
    Ahhh, I’d love to participate!

    Please email me, thanks!

    livlaflove007 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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