2018 Food Photography Workshop Series

Do you have a DSLR and crave practice? Good! Do you love food? Even better!

This six-workshop series is designed to give you a hands-on experience with the ability to ask questions and work through problems as they arise. Every workshop is structured in a similar fashion but the core focus will change each month. This allows you to attend one, three, or all six. Every workshop will cover basic photography principles, styling, and composition through three hours of hands-on, partner practice. 

These workshops are for beginner and intermediate photographers looking to improve their skills and learn about food photography. They are geared towards social media managers, bloggers, instagrammers, and content creators in the restaurant, brand, farm, or beverage industry. However, if you just want more photography practice and enjoy food- you're welcome too! Workshops are limited to 8 people to ensure one-on-one instruction and guidance.


  • Before April 7th: Use the discount code 'GHSLAUNCH' to receive $50 off the $200 for each workshop (+ Eventbrite fee). Or if you want to sign up for all six, email me for a rate of $900.
  • After April 7th: $200/workshop (+ Eventbrite fee). Or if you want to sign up for all six, email me for a rate of $1000.

Sample Schedule

  • 8:00am to 8:15: Introductions
  • 8:15 to 9:00: Instruction + Live Demonstration
  • 8:45 to 9:00: Break into partners
  • 9:00 to 12:15: Hands-on Experience:  and rotate through different stations
  • 12:15 to 1:00pm: Reconvene, talk through learning experiences, Editing Questions, review images

Located in East Sacramento, Grove Haus is an intimate setting for workshops with natural light galore, props, backgrounds, and everything you would need for learning about food photography. The space has natural light from three directions, creating an ability to explore light and photography in different settings. Please note: the studio is on the second floor with no elevator. If you're unable to climb stairs, please email me before signing up. I'll do my best to work with you so can have the same experience. 

Erin Alderson is a food photographer located in Sacramento. She's been behind the camera for over a decade with experience ranging from blogs, cookbooks, magazines, and social content. Her background in education, love of food, and photography knowledge come together in these workshops to give you the best experience possible.


The Workshops


April 21st, 2018: Light Play

In this workshop, you will be given moods/stories to convey and work with the natural light to achieve different styles. This day will cover techniques for manipulating light along with basic photography and styling principles. 


May 19th, 2018: Prop it

Learn about the ins and outs of prop styling a photo to help tell the story behind the image. In this workshop, participants will have access to over 100 different props to practice styling four different images.


June 16th, 2018: Style It

It wouldn't be food photography without the food. In this workshop day, you will learn a few tricks for food styling. This day will help you create an image that draws the eye to the food and makes your images stand out.


July 21st, 2018: Color Pop

Color and food can be a powerful force. During this day, you will have the opportunity to explore color in new and exciting ways through props, dishes, and backgrounds. We will review color pairing along with basic styling techniques.


August 18th, 2018: Angles

Beautiful imagery isn't all overhead shots for instagram. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn about best angles for food photography along with practice on different types of set-ups.


September 15th, 2018: Movement

Food and movement go hand in hand. During this day, you will learn and practice on how to get the perfect movement shot, whether it's a drizzle of olive oil or that cocktail pour shot.