A food styling and photography workshop in Sweden, June 5-10, 2013

I am so excited to announce that I will be hosting a food styling and photography workshop in Nyköping (Sweden) between June 5 and 10, 2013.

I am teaming up with Angela Ritchie and Nadia Dole once again for this workshop after the wonderful experience we had together in Whistler, BC this summer.

During this workshop, we will learn about my philosophy on food styling, basics of food phtography, natural lighting techniques and we will explore the area’s food resources including a foraging excursion with a chef. We will visit a local farmer’s market where we will procure ingredients for our lesson, we will forage local foods to style and cook, take a boat for a photo shoot to an island and more.

Are you excited?

Registration opens on November 12, 2013 at 9:00am EST. Please visit the Ritchie Ace Camps site to register on that day.

The workshop includes:

  • 4 day food styling and photography
  • 5 nights at an exclusive home on the Baltic coastline (based on double occupancy)
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners including final night dinner party.
  • Snacks + beverages during the workshop
  • Transportation to and from location shoots
  • Boat trip for island shoot

You will be sent a list of supplies to bring upon registration.

Workshop is limited to 10 people.

Fee: $2250.00 – airfare is not included
Deposit: $1250.00 – due when place in workshop is confirmed.
Final Payment of $1000.00 due March 15, 2013
There will be no refunds for this workshop – please know you can make it before your registration.

Nyköping lake house

Here is our prospective itinerary although it is subject to moderate modifications.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013: Travel Day

Dinner – Welcome Meet + Greet dinner at the house.

Thursday, June 6, 2013: Demonstration and discussion

Breakfast + lunch included.

Morning workshop and cooking session at home. Aran will discuss her philosophy on food styling and photography. The basics of food styling, composition, and photography. Understanding aperture, exposure, and shutter speed. Shooting RAW. Practice styling and shooting simple ingredients, selecting the best lenses to get the job done, understanding and manipulating light, choosing best angles, and selecting props.

Afternoon group cooking and photo shoot.

Dinner at cafe in Nykoping.

Friday, June 7, 2013: Cooking and styling with lake picnic + lifestyle shoot around the lake house

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Morning session: Cooking and preparing for spring picnic shoot + lunch. How to tell a story of people, time, and place through images.

Afternoon session: Styling and photographing a summer country picnic. Storytelling through food and props.

Evening: Dinner at house.

Saturday, June 8, 2013: Foraging, hiking + cooking

Breakfast + lunch included.

Morning session: The group will go hiking and foraging with an expert for a few hours and return to the house to cook and style your found wild foods. You will learn what to look for in the forest and how to capture the harvest through photographs.

Evening: Dinner at a restaurant in town.

Sunday, June 9, 2013: Market Day

Breakfast, lunch and final night dinner included.

Morning session: Head to the market where we will photograph the local fresh produce, artisans + activities and gather food for the afternoon shoot + discussion.

Afternoon session: Back to the house to learn how to style and photograph the fresh produce we purchased. Further knowledge to be discussed about selecting props, composing, reviewing angles, and shooting time.

Evening: Final night dinner and farewell party at the house

Monday, June 10, 2013: Check out of house and travel day

Nyköping lake

I hope this gives you a good sense of what we will be working on during this workshop.

I am so excited for this one. I hope you are too.

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23 Responses to “A food styling and photography workshop in Sweden, June 5-10, 2013”

  1. This is absolutely incredible! It sounds like a dream workshop to me.

  2. Natalie W. says:

    Wow, Aran! This looks stunning! Being Swedish, this would be a DREAM come true for me! A week on the Baltic coast with you, eating amazing gluten free food, having fun with new friends, working on styling and food photography…gah! Must see if there’s any way it could happen…

  3. Iratxe says:

    OMG, QUÉ EMOCIÓN ARAN!!!, con qué gusto iría a este taller, qué hermoso lugar, cuántas actividades y cosas para aprender y disfrutar… Un besote,


  4. Lisa says:

    Hi Aran, this looks like another wonderful workshop. Wish it were closer to my locale.

    I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that you’ll plan a workshop one day closer to the Washington, D.C. area.

    Enjoy your day,


  5. Gaëlle B. says:

    Hej hej ! Oh my goodness, what a wonderful experience that will be for everyone, you included. I’m so in love with Sweden, I’ve been 4 times and still can’t get enough of it… So Sweden + Aran = heaven! Definitely not the year for me to do this, but I’m still very happy for the people who will be there :-)

  6. Diana says:

    Hi Aran!

    Love the new updated look. I am, however, having a difficult time reading your blog. I’m not sure if it’s the font or coloring, but I thought I’d let you know. Keep up the great work, love your photos!

    • Aran says:

      Hi Diana,

      You are not the first one to mention it. I wonder if it has something to do with different monitors. At any rate, I’m going to address it. Perhaps darker colors and larger font? Thank you for letting me know!

    • Kaytlyn says:

      Could you let us know which parts are hard to read and if you are on Mac/PC/Mobile? The type of browser could help too. Would love to make it better!

    • Kaytlyn says:

      I think we were able to solve the problem. If anyone is still having trouble reading posts, try holding the shift key and also refresh the page once or twice. If the font doesn’t clear up please send us another note. Knowing what kind of device and browser helps us fix it faster too.

  7. Kreetta says:

    Sounds and looks great! And you come quite close to Finland so we’ll see what happens.

  8. Sounds like food bloggers heaven. I wish I lived closer and I would come, but New Zealand is a bit far away and I have just come back from a holiday visiting family in Italy. I am jealous of those who can attend.

  9. Carmen says:

    Hola Aran! la nueva imagen del blog esta muy bien, las fotos se ven perfectas pero con la letra hay algo raro…me cuesta leerlo..no se si sera mi ordenador (IBM windows), pero en el mobil me pasa lo mismo :C bs
    He estado leyendo reviews en amazon… :D

    • Aran says:

      Hola Carmen,

      Si, mi diseñadora de web está mirando lo que pasa. Creemos que tiene algo que ver con el tipo de letra que no se ve bien en los PCs (yo tengo Mac). A ver si lo solucionamos pronto.


  10. Jenny says:

    It sounds like a wonderful retreat! Can I pls ask you about something else? Pls forgive me, I just want to know if ur book will be available on kindle? Thank you so much.

  11. Aran says:

    Hi everyone,

    Some of you have been writing to say that you were having a hard time reading the new formatted site. We discovered that the type we had selected was looking really odd on PC monitors (both my designer and I are Mac users). Thank you for letting me know as we have know fixed the issue. Thank you for your patience and I appreciate you reporting any hickups. It’s really helpful.

    Thank you.


  12. wow, Aran! sounds amazing! hope one day you will host a workshop here in Italy :)
    and compliments for your book!

  13. Sini says:

    You should definitely come to Finland too! :)

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