Flat Lay & Still Life Workshops

These photography workshops are designed to give people who love photographing still life a chance to indulge their passion, with expert guidance on photography and styling. You work at your own pace, so it doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or more advanced.

Still life masterclass

Christmas Still Life and Food Styling and Photography Masterclass – £125pp. Max 8 people.

Saturday 2nd December 2017  SOLD OUT

Suitable for people with bridge cameras, D-SLRs or mirrorless cameras – the ones with interchangeable lenses.

On this seasonal workshop you will learn how to set up simple but stunning still life and food shots, using a range of different backgrounds and props. You will learn which camera settings to use and you will see a dramatic improvement in your photography and your confidence.

As a seasonal bonus you will also have the opportunity to make and photograph a beautiful Christmas garland for a table top or mantlepiece. You will, of course, take your garland home with you.

Here’s an idea of what you will learn: • The best kit for photographing still life and food (without spending a fortune). • How to blur the background and get your subject to stand out. • How to set up an indoor shooting area for still life shots. • What to use as backgrounds for your shots. • How to style the food and props. • How to shoot close up photographs. • Simple composition techniques and getting creative with colour, textures and patterns. • How to do simple edits, such as cropping, straightening, adding text and more, using freely available software.

Your tutors are:

Jane Burkinshaw – professional photographer; Fiona West – stylist & floral designer; Nikki Hill – our chef and stylist.

Course venue

The course takes place at Nikki’s beautiful, modern and spacious home in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

Included in the price of each course: • Light lunch and refreshments. • A digital copy of the course material. • A Christmas garland. •Membership of a private Facebook Group. • Two weeks email support after the course.

Flat Lay Styling and Photography Masterclass – £105pp. Max 6 people.

Suitable for people with cameras or smartphones.

To book click on the date you are interested in.

Saturday 10th February 2018

Saturday 16th June 2018

Saturday 13th October 2018

This is a unique opportunity to practise and enhance your styling and photographic skills using the popular ‘Flat Lay’ technique. This involves photographing from directly overhead, using wood, fabrics, boards etc as a backdrop. This style of photography can be used for creating pieces of photographic artwork or for showcasing products.

Working at your own pace and individual level you will be guided and supported by me. You will have the opportunity to style and photograph still life subjects and flowers.

We will also look at how to edit your images and add text, using freely available apps.

The unusual historic venue has been thoughtfully converted into a museum, cafe, gift shop and venue. There’s plenty of natural daylight and ample parking.


The Lion Salt Works, Northwich, Cheshire.

Props, flowers etc are all included, as is a delicious lunch and light refreshments.

See below for images and feedback from the 2016 masterclass.

(Please note that this masterclass was held at a different venue to the 2017 masterclasses).


Students on a previous masterclass.

The masterclass was a superb day for many reasons. The company of like minded photographers was excellent- we all gelled really well and there was clear evidence of folk being very comfortable giving and accepting hints, tips and ideas from each other as well as a willingness to share each other’s settings. The fact that we exchanged such information meant I was getting the benefit of not just your expert teaching but also the experience of folk who took photographs of a different style to my own default position. You gave, as always great 121 help and support as well as challenge that moved my practice on. The top tips re: flat lays and tripods were very welcome. You brought a really extensive selection of props to supplement what was already available. I had a fantastic day and recommend the masterclass to anyone with a desire to photograph still life settings. Fabulous.

Fiona, April 2016.


Photographs taken by students on the 2016 masterclass.

Click here to find out more about the day on the blog.

GIFT VOUCHERS are available.  Contact me to order your gift voucher for any workshop or for one to one tuition.