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A Culinary Photography Road Trip Through The English Countryside

A Culinary Photography Road Trip Through The English Countryside


Together with Ingrid Hofstra, we will take you on a culinary road trip through the English countryside to teach you all about in situ food photography.

During this retreat, we will visit some of the most cutting-edge restaurants in rural England. Ingrid and I will demonstrate how to shoot the most gorgeous photos of food, beautiful interiors, and how to portray chefs. We are going to talk about visual storytelling and help you capture the regional atmosphere while driving from The Cotswolds to Bath and Bristol, from Bruton to Shaftesbury alongside the ocean back to London.

We will start our journey at Rye London where we will discuss the basics of in situ food photography, after enjoying a welcome breakfast. In the afternoon we will start our road trip through the countryside. During the week, we are going to discuss social media strategies, how to edit our photos and build a preset in Adobe Lightroom, and chat about creating compelling narratives. Ingrid and I will be around all the time to answer any of your questions. And of course, we also plan to have a lovely time together.  

At the end of the road trip we will once again head to Rye, for a final round table, discussing our best and perhaps not so successful shots, learning from each other's endeavours. Sounds like something you're interested in? Scroll down for the details!


Monday June 26th: Welcome breakfast at Rye, photography class + start of road trip to Soho Farmhouse, B&B.
Tuesday June 27th: Daylesford Organic New Farm, Bath (free afternoon), The Marlborough Tavern, B&B/hotel.
Wednesday June 28th: The Bertinet BakeryThe Ethicurean, culinary stroll through Bristol, B&B/hotel.
Thursday June 29th: At the ChapelShaftesbury, Picnic in the countryside with, Town Hall (London).
Friday June 30th: Culinary walk through London with influencers, lunch at Rye, discussing the week. Guests depart around 4 pm.  


- Workshop covers: classes on camera settings, lenses, and in situ food photography. Roundtables about social media strategies, the business side of photography and post-processing in Adobe Lightroom
- All lodging in boutique hotels or luxurious Airbnbs, meals (free afternoon in Bath excluded), and transport during the road trip are included in this workshop
- A mirrorless, DLSR, or iPhone camera is required.
- Space is limited to 6 attendees


- Transportation from and to London before and after the workshop.
- Extra alcohol


The price of one ticket to this workshop is £2050. When you book your ticket before March 26th, you will receive an early bird discount of 10%. If you'd like to pay the fee in two installments, send an email to hello@ryelondon.com.


One of the things we enjoy doing the most, is taking photos of people eating food in beautiful places. In restaurants or cafes, one's own kitchen, during a dinner party, or at the farmers market. When we head out with our cameras, we carefully take notice of the culture, the local cuisine, the landscape, folks enjoying themselves - be it with friends or quietly by themselves - and try to incorporate these elements into our shots. The best food photos tell a story. They are inherently emotional, yet minimal and pure. 

The art of in situ (on location) is essential to this. We try to create compelling photos by adding context to the frame by sharing visual information about an establishment and/or the region we're visiting (i.e. buildings, nature, interior). We prefer shots with locals, since they add so much life to the photo. We would love to share how to apply these basic tools, so you will be able to create your own mind-blowing food stories. 

Ingrid and I are convinced this kind of retreat is the best way to teach you our style of photography. Of course we can sit around all day, talking about ISO, shutter speed and aperture (and we will definitely do so a bit), but the only way to take interesting photos that will really stand out is by learning through trial and error. This isn't a traditional workshop where we practice our food photography and styling skills in one place, on a wooden table or a marble slab. This retreat will teach you how to incorporate emotion and local ambiance into your food photography, so that whenever you will go on a weekend trip, on holiday, or just out for a bite to eat, you will know exactly how to create a food story that is worth sharing on social media. Or heck, maybe you even end up printing your image! For professional photographers - this retreat will be an excellent opportunity to update your portfolio. 

So why England? When we think of the English countryside, a vibrant food culture isn't always the first thing that comes to mind. A vision of pubs serving fish & chips or black pudding, and people gathering in the local tavern, enjoying a cold ale while watching the weekly football game is more likely. But in recent years, chefs have left London, in search for renewed creativity and perhaps also some peace and quiet. Their journey has been a successful one. More and more folks nowadays travel to the outskirts to find the connection between farm and table that has become increasingly popular over the last few years. The combination of a rich soil, the long growing season, old traditions and these pioneering chefs have turned the English countryside into a true foodie destination.

Secure your spot now and receive an early bird discount (valid until 26th of March)!

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