Photography + STYLING Workshop
Join me, Eva Kosmas Flores, and Elise Dumas of The Pineapple Chef for a 5-day retreat April 15th - 19th in the French countryside. We'll spend our days at La Cannonerie, a lovingly restored 16th century estate nestled between Cognac and Bordeaux, surrounded by a private estate of 30 acres of rolling hillsides. The home is complete with a beautiful stone loggia, where we’ll be dining + shooting, and is equipped with all the modern luxuries, including a tranquil heated swimming pool where we can relax in the evenings and take in the scenic surroundings. Along with all of the workshop material (see ‘details’ below), we'll also go on a visit to Cognac Bertrand to learn about the traditional regional process of making cognac. Our visit wouldn’t be complete with a cognac tasting surrounded by barrels of this fragrant aging delicacy, and some local cheese and charcuterie. This workshop is the perfect place to immerse yourself in natural beauty, relax, and learn something new in a warm and welcoming environment.
Workshop material covers: adjusting internal camera settings such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO and their effects on the image, lenses and their focal lengths, manipulation of natural lighting, food styling and plating, the business side of photography, and post processing in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.
Each attendee will have a one-on-two session, where they have solo time with Eva + Elise to address any individual questions they have.
There will also be an opportunity for the attendees to present an image or question to the group for group feedback + insight.
The nearest major airports are in Bordeaux and La Rochelle, each is about 1 hour by car from the estate. You can also fly into Paris and take the train down.
A mirrorless, DLSR, or iPhone camera is required.
All lodging and meals are included in the workshop's duration.
Prices listed are per person.
Space is limited to 10 attendees.
If you'd like to split the registration fee into 2 payments, just enter the code SPLITPAY at checkout
Monday April 15th: Welcome dinner at 7 pm
Tuesday April 16th: Photography lessons, hands on shooting & styling, social media + business roundtable
Wednesday April 17th: Styling lessons, hands on shooting & styling, Bertrand Cognac outing
Thursday April 18th: Adobe Lightroom editing intensive, One-on-Two sessions, Group feedback
Friday April 19th: Farewell breakfast at 9 am, guests depart by 11 am
Private King Bedroom - $3,350
Shared Twin Bedroom - SOLD OUT
The listing price for each accommodation type is the full registration fee, if you'd like to split the registration fee into 2 payments just enter the code SPLITPAY at checkout.
No refunds available after booking unless you can find someone to fill your space. Purchasing travel insurance is recommended in case something comes up and you’re unable to attend.
relax, let go, + let us IMMERSE YOU IN THE BEAUTY OF THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE
All you need to do is pack your bags, grab your digital camera or iPhone and show up. We’ve got the rest covered! All delicious meals, wines, and excursions are included in the workshop. Just relax—focus on learning, having fun, eating well, and shooting your stunning surroundings!
"a lifetime experience & unique journey"
Not sure if workshop is the right word to describe this event. It is more of a lifetime experience and a unique journey. I found myself sharing these ladies’ passion, learning from them in the most natural and fulfilling way, exchanging ideas and thoughts with a group of participants from each and every corner of the globe. It is all in the little details that they transmitted to me that made a huge difference in my food styling and photography career. It is all these meals and gatherings we shared together that enriched my soul, in such a short time.”
"MY EXPECTATIONS WERE TOTALLY EXCEEDED"
There is something to say for when you get the opportunity to be in the midst of someone you admire in your field. To spend a few days watching how they work, listening to their advice and soaking up as much information as you possibly can that leaves you feeling blessed.
I had the pleasure of attending my first FWE workshop with Eva two years ago, held in Iceland. My expectations were totally exceeded and I was left wanting more.
Besides the wonderful food & beauty that surrounded me daily I was amongst some of the most amazing ladies. The talent, joy, enthusiasm, passion, and drive that sat around the table daily was the biggest reward of this workshop. Coming from all over the world, with different levels of experience, we came together and shared our passion for Photography."
"We were chatting & telling each other stories like we'd known each other forever"
The days I spent with Eva, Trisha, & company in Istria were truly glorious. I learned a lot about food photography and styling and feel confident now to get to the next level. I also got to know a bunch of fabulously interesting women from all over the world. We were chatting and telling each other stories like we'd known each other forever. This kind of connection feels very special to me. I went home with a head full of inspiration and ideas and a heart full of gratitude. Thank you Eva and team for creating a truly unique, creative and amazing experience.”
"It was the best days of my life!"
Those days were so relaxing and full of good memories, so warm (because of the people!), inspirational and, of course, sooo tasty! The food was really incredible!...To be honest, it was my very first trip outside of Russia, and it was the best days of my life! I got much more than I expected.”
Easy Cooking Project
"They are passionate about sharing their love and knowledge of the industry"
I am so happy to have discovered the all encompassing food photography workshops called First We Eat Events. Every workshop is a unique opportunity to rub shoulders and learn from the best professionals in the industry. They are passionate about sharing their love and knowledge of the industry and have perfected the workshop adventure by finding fantastic villas or historic homes to occupy while they dive in and create an experience (and food) in amazing settings. Magic happens when you spend four concentrated days learning from them; two top notch professionals that graciously share their individual artistry through stylized meals in beautiful settings. I have made great strides in my own photography and I can honestly say that I owe my successes to my experiences with First We Eat!!”