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#marrakechworkshop 2015 part 3- What happens at our Styling and Photography Workshops?

Peacock Pavilions

Peacock Pavilions

Some of you may want to take one of our styling and photography workshops and may want to know what the schedule is like when we put on one of our workshops. Deborah and I worked very hard in Marrakech to create a full immersion experience for our students. This is something we strive to do with every location and every workshop we do.


Photographing and styling in Marrakech was a whirlwind of the sights and sounds of the souks. The colors, textures, and flavors all around us inspired all of us and made for amazing imagery. Photography is a technical skill as is styling, but we like to think everyone has their own personal look, style, and point of view. Our workshops are designed to help creatives find their artistic voice. In Marrakech this was the case times a thousand.

Here’s a brief look at our workshop in Marrakech:

The evening before the formal workshop began we of course welcomed everyone and had a fantastic and delicious cocktail party and soiree in an Arabian tent. Sound amazing?? Well it was! (for the full party story, see the feature I wrote and styled in the Travel Issue of M&V Magazine hitting newsstands in mid May).

The next day we went into the Medina (the central market place) and photographed plus shopped for props and food stuffs in the souks. The colors, textures, people, animals, and food are the most fantastic photographic subjects. Plus it gave everyone a chance to get to know each other, and in some cases, get to know their cameras. We had an amazing day.

You may be asking yourself what does the formal workshop look like; what will I take away besides the gorgeous imagery? Here’s an overview:

Day 1 : We have a dialogue and Powerpoint presentation where both Deborah and I discuss the fundamentals, of both styling and photography, how we work, and how we market ourselves. There is always lively discussion of latest trends in technology as well as in styling and production. This gives our students an opportunity to ask any questions they would like to in a safe and supportive environment. Although we do give it to you straight, we want to make sure you have the real skills in the highly competitive field of styling and photography. If you are coming to improve your blog story telling or are the owner of a product line, we can answer questions about how to photograph products and make your blog as impressive visually as it can be. With plus 20 years in the industry, we give you practical solutions to navigate the current landscape. We even discuss the latest software applications for book keeping and styling and even photography fees. We share effective collaborative approaches with clients as well. In the afternoon, we work on styling and photography of food and still lives, as well as show you how to do your best work with tricks and secrets of the trade.

IMG_8910 Peacock Pavilions

Day 2 : Day two is all about Styling and Photography fundamentals in practice. Each student is given a real editorial assignment to complete. In the case of Marrakech, it was a travel story featuring Peacock Pavilions. Students styled, shot, and edited their story in one day with the technical advice of Deborah. using current editing software. I spent the day styling interiors, people, and food with each student.


Day 3 : We met over breakfast reviewing everyone’s photographs and shared insights and critiques. It’s always fun to see everyone’s captures and point of view. The afternoon was free, but there were several activity options offered to students, and then a farewell dinner where I dare say one of the students was so moved by her incredible experience and the friends she made, she shed a few tears. Which quite honestly made all the effort so worthwhile.

We had an incredible group, an amazing time, and everyone went home with amazing images plus an experience of a lifetime…not to mention some gorgeous rugs. 🙂  Deborah and I were so grateful for all the amazing creatives that attended and put their trust in our hands. We know this will not be the last time we see our new found friends, but until then…Viva la Workshop!

If you want to up your styling and photography game, you too can join us on a creative adventure as we move our workshop to the Italian Riviera, at the beginning of June. Sign up now as spots are limited. We would love to work with you. Feel free to email me any questions: annette@annettejosephstyle.com


Photos by: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn and Frank R. Joseph MD

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deep in the heart of texas austin food/prop styling workshop – November 8th 2014

AUSTIN It’s here it’s here, finally the announcement and registration is now open for our Austin Food/Prop Styling Photography Workshop.

Austin, Texas one of my favorite places in the US. It’s just weird enough and arty enough with a dash of Texas.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Saturday, November 8th, Deborah and I will be working with workshop attendees on how to make your food photos look amazing. These styling workshops are so special to me, the friendships formed, the cool creative collaborations are truly amazing. It’s a highlight for me and for our attendees as well.

IMG_2938 One on one instruction for all levels makes this experience one that forever changes the way you look at and style your images. So come and join us in Austin TX November 8th 9-4pm , the goodie bags rock and you’ll be getting a signed copy of my cookbook Picture Perfect Parties! Cupcakes, cameras, and amazing proppage from Keith Kreeger Studio in Austin.

The studio space in Austin is super cool too…Photogroup Austin. I am excited.

IMG_2947 Make sure you sign up soon to reserve a spot, spaces are limited. Log on to my Workshop Page, Bring a friend and spend the day learning, sharing and creating with us!

See you in Texas, YEE HA! xx

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Italy Food/Prop + Photography Workshop Spring 2015



This summer many of you followed along on my Italian adventures on my instagram feed to see my Italian Summer. Well, I am happy to announce that next spring you can come along!

I will be conducting a prop/food photography workshop on the Italian Rivera, in  the region of Liguria in my hometown of Alassio, Italy. This quaint little beach town is smack dab between Nice, France and Genoa, Italy is right on the sea, it’s a town filled with beach clubs, seaside restaurants, shops and lots of history.

June 4-8th, 2015 I will show you my Italy while helping you to create beautiful images along with expert photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

The workshop will be held on the grounds of the charming B&B owned by a lovely couple in Garlenda, Italy, about 10 minutes drive to Alassio. The Borgata Cantone Country House B&B is the perfect location. Emanuele a trained chef and his lovely wife Vittoria will be our hosts for this 3 day 4 night adventure.


We will photograph food and stillives using gorgeous Italian props and the backdrop of worn and textural surfaces on the grounds, we will forage on the grounds, and shop in town for local produce and products to photograph. You will learn the basics of food styling composition, and photographic techniques in the beautiful Italian countryside.

I will be posting all the specifics on my workshop page in October so look out for the announcement coming soon. I would love to hear from you if you are interested. Please leave a comment below with any questions as well. I can’t wait to share my Italian experience with you next Spring.


Ciao for now xx

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Becky Stayner’s Cocktail of the Week


image credit: Becky Stayner

Having had the pleasure of working on many shoots with food photographer Becky Stayner, I can testify what a cool, Southern, lady she is. Her photographs are elegant, but honest and she makes taking them look easy! She is so talented and so humble. Obsessed with tabletop items, vessels, food, and drink…ok,we love the same things. Despite having lived all over, she maintains deep roots in her birthplace of Kentucky. Who could be better for creating a Derby week cocktail for Cocktail of the Week? Hats off to you pretty lady + many thanks for your mint julep recipe. Cheers!

Becky says:

I’ve sipped many a bad mint julep! Even at the Derby. It wasn’t until I began trying to make my own for my first derby party that I figured it out. I had photographed “The Book of Bourbon” by Gary and Mardee Regan. After shooting this book I realized the problems with all those mint juleps I’d had. People tend to cheat on the ingredients. See below for my instructions on the best way to make a mint julep.

Becky’s Mint Julep

Handful of crushed Ice (a MUST)
2 oz. good bourbon (cheap bourbon is like drinking pond water)
1 oz. simple syrup ( none of this stirring in a spoonful of sugar-gritty, its not near as tasty)
6 leaves of fresh mint + fresh mint for garnish

Make the simple syrup by bringing one cup of water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and stir in one cup of sugar till it dissolves. Once it’s chilled, stir in mint leaves to steep overnight (this is my addition). Put crushed ice, bourbon, and mint leaf simple syrup in a julep cup. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Don’t crush the leaves! Be gentle…after all, this is a Southern drink.

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