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    Winter 2020 Food Photography Workshop

    Saturday February 22nd, 10AM – 2PM

    Join Evan Kalman (@add1tbsp) and Tenaya Darlington (@mmefromage)  for a one-of-a-kind food photography workshop.

    In this 4-hour workshop, students will learn how to compose, style, and photograph food that tells a story. Students will learn through a combination of group discussion, instructor-led demos and individual shooting. The workshop will cover:

    Compositional Techniques
    We will walk through the fundamental principles of composition and how to use those principles to create an engaging, dynamic photograph.

    Telling a Story
    Together, we discuss how to style a curated food story that pulls in the viewer and creates a connection to what we shoot.

    Each student will be provided with photography surfaces and abundant styling props including flatware, glassware, plates, linens, and kitchen options.

    Group 1:1 Time
    We will break into small groups providing each student the ability to meet with me and discuss their individual goals. We’ll talk through how to grow your business, build a relatable brand, improve your photography and any other questions you may have.

    Cheese Tasting and Pairing
    Tenaya Darlington, a published cheese and cocktail author and teacher, will guide students through a curated cheese tasting paired with some exceptional, unique pairings.

    Workshop limited to 10 Students for an intimate hands-on experience!

    View scenes from our last workshop!

    Workshop Details


    Our workshop will take place at The Angelou by Harlow Grey homes right here in Fishtown! It is a beautiful loft space on Front Street and easily accessible by Lyft/Uber or the Girard subway stop. Street parking is limited, and a paid parking lot is just a few blocks up on N. Front Street.
    1228 N Front StPhiladelphia, PA 19122


    The workshop will run from 10am-2pm. Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes early so we can start right at 10am.


    A light breakfast and coffee/tea will be served. Lunch will be provided in addition to lots of snacking and drinks throughout the day. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know ASAP. LaColombe and Front Street Cafe (a veg/vegan-friendly cafe) are a short walk away.


    You will be provided with a sumptuous assortment props, photo surfaces, and everything you need to capture the perfect food photograph. Each student will receive a gift bag with some AMAZING products from local makers and businesses. Please plan on bringing the following:

    • A DSLR camera (recommended)
    • iPhone/Android
    • SD card (if bringing a DSLR)

    We strongly recommend prior knowledge of how to shoot on manual with a DSLR camera. All ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

    About the instructors

    Evan Kalman (@add1tbsp) is a food photographer, stylist, and the blogger behind add1tbsp — a food blog with drool-worthy recipes and practical food photography tips and advice. He’s spent years learning the ins and outs of food photography. Now, he teaches others how to create, style, and shoot beautiful and delicious recipes using the same resources he uses every single day. Evan has worked with national brands, publications, and websites.

    Tenaya Darlington (@mmefromage) is an award-winning educator, author and speaker who has been blogging about cheese since 2009 ( She has written a cheese guide, Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese , and co-authored three books about cocktails with her brother, André Darlington: The New Cocktail HourTCM’s Movie Night Menus, and Booze & Vinyl. By day, she serves as an English professor at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia; by night, she offers workshops on pairing cheese with wine, beer and cocktails. Tenaya is also the Cheese Director for the Tria group of restaurants in Philadelphia, and teaches community workshops on food writing and food photography. She loves gin.

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    Reader Interactions


    1. Diane says

      Good afternoon! Is this workshop still available? What lenses are recommended?

      Thank you!

      • Evan Kalman says

        Hi Diane,

        Yes! We still have spots left for the workshop. The workshop is open to all levels but i would suggest a versatile lens like a 24-70mm or perhaps a macro lens like a 50 or 100mm. I hope to see you there!

        • Diane says

          Thanks for the info! I can do that!

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