When I asked my dear friend and talented photographer Helen Norman if we could do a workshop together at her farm, Starbright Farm, imagine my joy when she said YES without any hesitation.
Starbright Farm, is a magical location. Helen and her family have lived there for close to 20 years. This stellar place is located outside of Baltimore. We decided that the end of September would be the perfect time to teach and photograph all over the property.
We could not ask for more ideal weather. This farm to forage workshop was amazing as all the food and the props were locally sourced. In fact, they were all picked right outside the door of the picture perfect barn where all the styling and photography lessons were conducted.
Our group, as always, had the most interesting people in attendance. I am often asked who attends my workshops. This time we had a fine art still life painter, a chef, an interior designer, from Wyoming an artisan manufacturer, an small boutique owner, a lifestyle blogger, a photography student, and serious hobbyist photographer that was an ex-CEO of one of America’s major corporations from California. Everyone was delightful and by the end of the weekend, we were all good friends. Honestly the best thing about my workshops for me are the new friendships formed, for attendees and for me.
We had gorgeous vegetables to work with. Helen has a veggie farm as does her brother right down the road, One Straw Farm, one of the nation’s first organic farms. We were able to pick everything right from the garden for our shoots. Truly a fantasy for a prop / food stylist.
We had a Farm to Table dinner to welcome attendees on Friday night prepared by Chef Denny from James Beard Award Winning, Woodberry Kitchen. Needless to say it was spectacular!
Thank you to all of our attendees for making the weekend so special for me. Helen, you are the best, and such a gracious hostess and an amazing photographer and teacher. Thanks to FJ who I met when he was Helen’s assistant many years ago. Although you no longer work side by side, it was fun having you join us and offer your vast technical knowledge and support.
Starbright Farm is a gorgeous location; make sure to watch their progress as it will soon become the “it” location for weddings and events. Fingers crossed Helen will have me back again for another Style + Photo Workshop…maybe in the spring?
Until then follow Starbright Farm and Helen on her adventures.
Join me in Italy, too. Helen will be teaching a Workshop in June 2017 at the Fortress in Tuscany. Come along… what are you waiting for?
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