Feedback from Jo O'Kelly
Daylesford Food Photography Workshop
I had very little experience photographing food prior to attending this
workshop, but it was something that I had been admiring and had begun to
feel intensely drawn to. From the moment I google searched "food
photography workshops" and visited the link detailing Shellie and Ewen's
workshop experience, I had fire in my belly like I hadn't ever remembered
feeling. I read their document detailing the workshop at least twenty
times in a day, admired their photography with so much envy and sat
wondering if the experience would be a "good fit" for me and my
Well, I continue to be lost for words months on. Words seem almost
inadequate to describe the effect the four days away with Shellie and Ewen
had on both my mind and my heart.
It truly was unforgettable and the use of this term seems an
understatement. The experience was so much more than exploring food
photography and styling. It was about people, passion, life and the love
that so many of us share for the art of photography and the joy that
sitting around a table sharing food brings to so many.
Aghadoe Estate was such a perfect location to share the experience with
other like mind minded individuals. The environment always felt relaxed
and warm and allowed us to connect as people first and photographers
Connecting as people first and photographers second is what I reflect on
most from the experience. Shellie and Ewen did just that and so much more.
I hadn't stopped to consider the friendships that were possible within and
after this workshop. I attended only reflecting on the photographic
knowledge I could potentially gain and not the people that I would meet.
Fortunately for me, I was able to meet four amazingly beautiful women in
addition to Ewen and Shellie, who also share a love of photography and for
whom I truly hope I continue sharing life with for many years to come.
As for the creative duo, I couldn't feel more grateful to Shellie and Ewen
for all that they offered me personally throughout the four days. Shellie
is delightful! Her smile always lit up a room. She cooked the most
delicious food for us and styled it to perfection, often in my opinion,
perhaps so unaware of her exceptional talent with food and particularly
behind her camera. Ewen, was a wealth of knowledge and so genuinely kind.
Clearly as is Shellie, an exceptionally talented photographer. He shared
so much knowledge with us and did so with modesty and patience. No
question was ever too difficult or frowned upon. He willingly shared his
knowledge and celebrated with us when we felt moments of success as did
Shellie. Together they allow for the most perfect experience.
I will never every regret investing in Shellie and Ewen's workshop. It was
worth every dollar and so much more. It was so very much more than about
photography for me. The stories that come with photography are the reasons
why images can be so powerful and the reason I love photography the way I
do. The imagery I captured over the four days are honestly the images I am
most proud of and the ones I choose to share with others who are
considering if I am a good fit photographer for them. They will always be
cherished and will always evoke warmth in my heart.
What a privilege it was to have been able to meet Shellie, Ewen and the
amazing ladies who too chose to attend the workshop. It truly was
incredible, unforgettable, inspiring and challenging. It will always hold
a special place in my heart and I thank Ewen and Shellie with so much
sincerity for sharing their passion, skill and knowledge with the world.
Meet Jo O'Kelly :)