Food Photography Workshop Testimonials

We asked some of our participants on recent food photography workshops to share a paragraph on their experience. These testimonials are unedited. We feel deeply grateful to our lovely guests who have offered their kind words. Each of these has made us smile more than you can imagine :)

 


Feedback from Kiri T.
April 2017, Daylesford Food Photography Workshop
"I had the good fortune of attending the Daylesford Food Photography Workshop and the experience was exceptional, far exceeding all my expectations.

The workshop is extremely well organised, with thoughtful care and attention given to the process of booking, planning, and information gathering. Thanks to the very personalised approach I felt like I knew Ewen and Shellie long before I met them in person.

The standard of accommodation is outstanding. A really beautiful and photogenic location that adds to the charm and quality of the experience. We enjoyed some impressive local restaurant dining along with the stunning meals and treats that came out of the kitchen many thanks to the amazing Shellie. This workshop is truly a foodies heaven.

Workshop content is well-crafted and fluently facilitated through group and one-on-one tuition. There’s a good balance of both the technical and creative aspects of photography and loads of hands on time and side by side coaching. I honestly felt like I was learning from the moment I arrived. My understanding of light, composition, photographic style, editing, and methods to get the best from my camera gear have been enhanced significantly thanks to Ewen’s expert guidance and teaching.

I cannot speak highly enough of Ewen and Shellie. Genuine, professional, hugely generous with their knowledge and skills, truly passionate about what they do. They have created something very special with these workshops. One of the best investments I have ever made."

Meet Kiri :)

Feedback from Jay D.
April 2017, Daylesford Food Photography Workshop
"The Daylesford Photography workshop was a fantastic opportunity to spend some serious time deeply immersed in food styling and photography.

Nothing puts a rocket under your arse like spending solid time with real professionals like Ewen and Shellie. There was no question that they weren't prepared to answer and it was a delight to move from technical photography discussions, to the mysterious art of styling, to thoughts on starting a career in food photography, to a fiery discussion on the current best restaurants in Melbourne.

The accommodation was absolutely top-notch and the whole trip superbly well organised and thought-out. I recommend this to anyone who is either just starting out in photography or who wants to take their skills to the next level."

Meet Jay :)

Feedback from Nina M.
April 2017, Daylesford Food Photography Workshop
"In the space of four days, I went from someone who thought they could take a half-decent photo; to someone that now has a deeper knowledge of the art and science of food photography. I have a much better understanding of what my camera and lens are capable of and how to style, take and edit the shot, rather than snapping wildly and hoping for the best!

And all while set against the picturesque backdrop of Dayelsford. There is truly no better way to learn, than to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and flavours of one of Melbourne’s most famous foodie towns. There was a photo opportunity around every corner – it was hard not to be inspired to want to take great photos. I am also very grateful for the intimate learning environment and Ewen and Shellie’s generosity in providing feedback and guidance.

The food and accommodation were outstanding and as someone with dietary requirements, I was at ease the entire weekend, confident that my needs had been taken care of. This was much more than a workshop. It was a truly special experience."

Meet Nina :)

Feedback from Selina P.
April 2017, Daylesford Food Photography Workshop
"I had a fantastic and very productive weekend in Daylesford with Ewen and Shellie. The weekend was well organised, with the right mix of theory, practical, styling, free time, one on one time and eating! There was a great use of technology which facilitated the learning process and access to a variety of equipment to explore and experiment with. The food, restaurant choices and accommodation were superb.

I learnt so much during the stay and felt comfortable asking any sort of question, no matter how silly or trivial. Ewen and Shellie are such genuine and caring people who were more than happy to help and share their experiences. The weekend was so memorable and I am already considering which trip I can attend next with Ewen."

Feedback from Katherine C.
March 2017, Daylesford Food Photography Workshop
"It’s now been a few weeks since the workshop and I have to tell you my approach to photography is still feeling the effects of that weekend - in a good way! I am sure this will continue for a long time. It’s fair to say that this workshop has changed my view on life. I really do feel that my eyes have been opened. I now look at ‘light’ so differently, and find myself considering things from many angles, up close, but also stepping back and looking at the foreground, the background, and everything in between. And processing is a whole new world, and it is all very exciting.

The generosity of information shared by both of you, as well as all the other participants, made it an incredibly rich and rewarding experience. I have learnt so much. It has made me appreciate even more your skill and knowledge (and your patience!) and understand even more just how little I know, but given me confidence to have a crack and learn along the way.

I know that I am stating the obvious but I have to say again that the accommodation was so perfect - that light! And then there was the food… such beautiful photographic subjects with gorgeous styling, and still amazingly scrumptious - and prepared by Iron Chef Shellie no less! Plus the delicious expeditions into town for equally delicious fare... and the occasional gin... and the side trips to pick up a few ‘essential’ props, and to meet the piggies. All in all it was a beautifully balanced and creative program, and an amazing experience. Everyone needs to make the time to do this sort of stuff.

It’s so lovely that I am excited again about photography and am anxiously awaiting the delivery of my new macbook pro to see the possibilities that offers. It’s the start of a joyous journey and I can’t thank you enough for your friendly and good natured advice. I look forward to staying in touch and sharing some of the results with you both very soon. Thank you again!"

Meet Katherine :)

Feedback from Toni C.
January 2017, Laos Food & Photography
"There are tours…and then there are photography and gourmet food tours and that’s where Shellie and Ewen are a class above all. Both incredibly experienced and skilful, but it’s the way they make you feel so welcome, their appreciation and engagement with cultural communities that provides you the opportunity to capture and share moments that are genuine.

Under their guidance you challenge yourself, learn to understand light, your camera’s capacity, and importantly, the scene in front of you. This enables you to capture, not snap, the moment. And did I mention the food, not just from a photography perspective... delicious.

It was a fantastic schedule that exposed, excuse the pun, us to the wonders of Luang Prabang. I absolutely loved the trip and have no hesitation in recommending the tour. Enjoy, I know I did."

Meet Toni :)

Feedback from Tanya L.
January 2017, Laos Food & Photography
"It wasn't a hard decision to join Shellie and Ewen for the food photography in Laos and I am so grateful I did. From the initial booking process to my flight back home in Australia, it was all perfectly and thoughtfully organized. Shellie had every aspect of the Gourmet Tour covered with nothing to think about apart from packing our bags and cameras and embark on a trip of a lifetime.

Shellie teamed up with her partner Ewen Bell (who is an extraordinary photographer and has a deep and immense love for all things food, photography & life). Ewen was instrumental is engaging his knowledge of travel in the local area to allow us to engage with the locals and their community. No stone was left unturned when it came to immersing ourselves in Laos culture in Luang Prabang. Shellie made sure our days were jam-packed with all things food and photography.

I am so honored to have been part of such a wonderful workshop from two of the most humblest, kindest, caring and knowledge people I know. Do yourself a favour - this is a must 'to do' that should be on your bucket list."

Meet Tanya :)

Feedback from Sarah L.
April 2016, Daylesford Food Photography Workshop
"I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to both Ewen and Shellie for such an amazing time in Daylesford!!! I've always been drawn to beautiful food photographs but never believe that I can shoot them myself!!! Everything in the retreat was well organised, both Ewen and Shellie are very generous and humble to share their expertise.

It was a perfect balance between staying in and going out. Loved the trip out to the Mill Market, visiting the pigs and going to top restaurants eating good food with great company or staying in and get spoiled by Shellie's delicious foods!!!

I have definitely see photography differently after the trip and since the retreat, I have been approached by brands and eateries to help them with food photography for their menus. It's a great feeling to do what you are passionate in and I think I've found mine!! Hope to do more foodie/photography trips with you guys!! Thanks again!"

Meet Sarah :)

Feedback from Tiffany C.
April 2016, Daylesford Food Photography Workshop
"The Daylesford Food Photography Workshop is by far the best gift I have ever given myself. I have always had a love of cooking and blogging but was lacking the skills, knowledge and confidence to really pursue it. Ewen and Shellie were extremely generous and welcoming, tailoring the teachings to our individual skill levels and allowing us to ask as many questions as we needed along the way.

The luxury homestead accommodation was beautiful, the food and wine decadent, and our small close group formed great friendships which still continue as we help each other on our individual journeys. Ewen and Shellie's industry knowledge, practical skill set and their down to earth attitude make them a true dream team. What I learnt on this workshop is completely invaluable and I am forever grateful to Ewen and Shellie for helping me turn what was just a passion, into a career."

Meet Tiffany :)

Feedback from Natalie P.
April 2016, Daylesford Food Photography Workshop
“Ewen and Shellie run workshops that uniquely combine technical camera and shooting knowledge, food styling partnered with a spirit of generosity, comradery and friendship.

From the moment I arrived at the stunning Aghadoe Estate I was made to feel welcome, comfortable, and instantly knew I was in the right place to spend a lovely couple of days with like-minded people. The format of having a full long weekend to immerse yourself in your creative expression is amazing. All the normal day-to-day falls away and you are free to stretch your knowledge and just create. During the workshop I was able to produce images that were well beyond my expectations, aided by Shellie’s incredible styling and Ewen’s extensive photography knowledge. It was fantastic to have everything we needed at our finger tips to try some new techniques, ask questions and create some beautiful images.

Did I mention the incredible food cooked by Shellie and also the perfect venues chosen for lunches and dinners in Daylesford!?

It is a year on from the Daylesford workshop and I am still in contact with the lovely ladies I did the workshop with and continue to share knowledge. We also do foodie day trips to shoot together!

I loved it so much I have signed up for their Laos workshop in 2018 and am counting down the days..”

Meet Natalie :)

Feedback from Sophie W.
November 2015, Agrarian Food Photography Workshop
"A big thank you to Ewen and Shellie for all of their encouragement, tips, tricks and wealth of knowledge - before, during and after the tassie workshop. The workshop itself was brilliant for me, an absolute beginner with no photography or food styling experience.

The support began months before I even stepped on the plane, with Ewen answering all my questions about what camera gear would suit what I wanted to achieve with my business. On arrival at the Frogmore Creek Winery, I was greeted with a glass of champagne - followed by an amazing degustation dinner, and straight into the food photography - the perfect start to a foodie workshop!

My favourite part of the workshop was the time spent at the Agrarian Kitchen. A beautiful setting with my dream kitchen for Shellie to cook up the most gorgeous (and delicious) feast. Being a very small group, I thought it was great that both Ewen and Shellie had plenty of time for one on one discussions to ensure that all our individual photography questions were answered and explained at length. I particularly gained from the discussions on camera settings, flash photography and natural light.

The workshop has left me confident and encouraged to take on the photography needs of my small business, and I would love to attend another workshop with Ewen and Shellie."

Meet Sophie :)

Feedback from Linda H.
November 2015, Agrarian Food Photography Workshop
"The Hobart Food Photography Workshop was perfect from start to finish! It was organized with your usual efficiency and attention to detail from putting me in touch with another participant on the same flight to the recommendation of a suitable lens. The choice of accommodation and workshop venue were also superb. It was good to get back behind the camera and I loved using my new 50mm Art Series lens, thank you for the recommendation.

Ewen, you are always so generous with your time, help and advice on these workshops and I really appreciate you passing on your knowledge and passion for photography. It was wonderful to finally get f2 working for me, thank you so much for your endless patience! It was an interesting group with lots of enthusiasm for developing their skills and towards an end goal. This made a huge difference to the dynamic I feel and your attention to detail ensured that everyone got the help and advice they required to achieve that goal. I am not sure I know of any other photographer who takes the time to do just that. Shellie, I loved your cooking, your styling and your endless patience as we all took yet another shot of you working in the kitchen! You bring something very special to these workshops, thank you."

Feedback from Lisa M.
November 2015, Agrarian Food Photography Workshop
"I would highly recommend the Food Styling & Photography workshop hosted by Ewen and Shellie. Coming into this workshop I had no experience in photography and didn't even own a suitable camera. Ewen was a wealth of knowledge and was only too happy to recommend gear for me based on my needs, he even made time to give me an overview of my camera and set it up for me. It was a very relaxed and supportive environment to learn in, with Ewen, Shellie and other attendees all working together. I went in to the workshop with nothing but an open mind, and I came out with the confidence to take my own images for my business, having learned so much about photography from the gear, to lighting, to props and processing images. Thank you so much for an amazing few days Ewen and Shellie, and my fellow classmates!"

Meet Lisa :)

Feedback from Lauren S.
November 2015, Agrarian Food Photography Workshop
"Hobart was such a delightful, memorable trip. I gained so much valuable knowledge about food styling, photography, editing and business. But, aside from all that learning, it was also four days of making new friends, meeting lovely people, eating incredible food and visiting beautiful places. Thank you Ewen and Shellie for a gorgeous tour and for being so giving of your knowledge. Hope to take another trip with you one day soon. Lauren x"

Meet Lauren :)

Feedback from Heather W.
November 2015, Agrarian Food Photography Workshop
"As a photographer who specializes in families & babies I often wondered whether there were any tips and tricks for photographing food. There certainly are! Ewen is a master of making food look wonderful and his courses are for photographers and food lovers as well. I loved that his courses are loosely structured, allowing the individual to pursue their own interests while learning as a group as well, and the food that Shelly produces to be photographed is inspiring and delicious. Highly recommended!"

Meet Heather :)

Feedback from Winston C.
April 2015, Daylesford Food Photography Workshop
"The Daylesford workshop was such a fantastic experience for me. I've been a big fan of Ewen's work for a while so I was grateful to be able to learn from his first hand. I definitely learned a lot about the technical aspects to photography as well as post processing and there were plenty of opportunities to practice, make mistakes and learn from them too. Having a maximum of 5 or 6 people that workshop really helped too. I also appreciated how Ewen would constantly challenge us to try new things, step out of our comfort zone and just have fun with what we were doing.

I haven't felt inspired or excited about taking photos for a long time before the workshop and it just feels so uplifting to have that passion for photography reignited again all thanks to the workshop! All photography aside, what I also loved was the incredible accommodation that we got to stay at, as well as all the delicious food we got to eat that week. I had a truly unforgettable time during the workshop and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking to take their photography to the next level while having some great laughs and good feeds along the way."

Meet Winston :)

Feedback from Atlanta B.
April 2015, Daylesford Food Photography Workshop
"The Daylesford food photography workshop exceeded my expectations in every way possible. As I already had a photography (fine arts) degree, I wanted to learn how to take my photography to the next level and this is exactly what occurred - although I would recommend this workshop to anyone that loves food photography at any level. Without exaggerating, I learnt more about producing beautiful food photos in this workshop with Ewen and Shellie than I did from all of my previous studies. This is evident in the level of work before and after the workshop and through the social media accounts that I manage.

The level of effort and care that Ewen and Shellie put in to this workshop made it also very relaxing! I felt like I had been on a holiday all the while producing some of the best photos I have ever taken. The food Shellie prepared was absolutely delicious and really made with love and any outside venue that we ate at was also of a high standard. The workshop was not just a way to upskill, it was an experience. For anyone who is interested in this workshop, the best thing I can say is do it, you'll love it and you'll be a better photographer for it.

Thank you Ewen and Shellie- I really feel like you went the extra mile with our little group and made it a truly memorable experience."

Meet Atlanta :)

Feedback from Natasha S.
November 2014, Agrarian Food Photography Workshop
"Ewen's Hobart food Photography workshop was a truly life changing experience for me. The location is so inspiring; you won't be able to stop shooting! Expect to indulge in a ridiculous amount of good food and meet some great like-minded people. Not only a photography workshop an exciting culinary journey throughout Hobart."

Feedback from Shamsydar A.
April 2014, Daylesford Food Photography Workshop
"The four day Daylesfood Food Photography workshop last April was one of the main highlights of my journey as a new professional photographer. I chanced upon Ewen's website at 5am in the morning after a sleepless night, and needless to say, everything else was history. Not only was Ewen quick to respond to my email, he also addressed my concerns very patiently. Having to fly in to Melbourne from Singapore, Ewen made sure that I arrived to Daylesford safely by introducing me to a fellow participant who was driving in to Daylesford.

The workshop itself was very hands on and intimate. Shellie created beautiful and delicious food, and styled them immaculately, making our job as photographers a lot easier. Ewen guided us individually on how we could improve our photos, and at one point, he even showed me how one image can be edited into four different looks. What I love about the workshop was that Ewen didn't give us handouts - he taught us from his heart and soul. Now that I am home, being able to replicate photos from the techniques taught is one of the key highlights of the Daylesford Food Photography workshop."

Meet Shamsydar :)

 


 



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