Food photography & styling workshop with Jo Yee

Join food photographer Jo Yee for a creative and inspired one-day food photography & styling workshop at the Leica studio in London. In this intimate workshop Jo will cover her approach to food & lifestyle photography including:

- Composition
- Working with natural light to create different moods
- Selecting and working with props
- The process of telling stories through images
- Editing demonstration with Lightroom CC

Kathy Kordalis, food stylist and author, will also be providing practical tips on food styling and demonstration. You will gain hands-on experience styling and shooting based on what you learned at the workshop to create a small portfolio of work. There will also be an opportunity for you to get a private critique of your existing work from Jo. This is a workshop for those who are looking to learn or improve their food photography and styling skills. We hope you can join us for this creative and inspired day where you will leave with valuable tips & insights to execute on your own.

Date: Saturday, 2nd February 2019

Time: 10.00-17:00

10am – Introduction

10.30am – discussion & demonstration

11.30am – student brief #1

1pm - Lunch break

2pm – discussion & demonstration

3pm – student brief #2

4pm -  Adobe Lightroom editing demonstration

5pm – end  

    Leica Store Mayfair
    27 Bruton Place
    W1J 6NQ

    This workshop is open to all levels of photographers, who are keen to develop their photography skills.

    A limited number of loan cameras are available on request.  If you’d like to borrow a Leica camera please email to check availability.

    If borrowing Leica equipment, you will need to bring two forms of ID to the session. The first form of ID should be a passport or UK driving license and the second form of ID a utility bill showing your home address.

    Please bring your own laptop for editing and post-production work.

    The workshop will include outdoor shooting, so please bring appropriate clothing and suitable protection for your camera.

    Jo is a London-based photographer with a focus on capturing food, food culture, and travel. Since she started freelancing in 2015 she has photographed for clients including The Luxury Collection Hotels, Francis Lincoln Publishers (cookbooks: Summers Under the Tamarind Tree and Mountain Berries & Desert Spice), The Wall Street Journal, OneFineStay, and Intrepid Travel. Joanna's work has also been featured in CN Traveller, Suitcase Magazine, Olive Magazine and Lonely Planet.

    Her assignments has taken her to countries including New Zealand, Macedonia, Spain and Greece. She is an avid traveller but it has always been the intersection between food and culture that fascinates her most and where she continues to find inspiration to tell stories with photographs.

    Leica workshops are intended for adults 18 years or older. Individuals under 18 years of age wishing to attend must be accompanied by a guardian. The guardian must make the booking on behalf of the attendee and must notify the Leica Akademie when making the booking.

    Leica reserves the right to change any prices, services or other particulars contained in its website or printed materials at any time before entering into a booking. If there is any change, the Leica Akademie will notify the attendee before entering into such a booking.

    If the workshop includes lunch, attendees are asked to e-mail the Leica Akademie ( regarding any special dietary requirements when making the booking.

    Please refer to all information provided regarding individual workshop details and requirements. Confirmation of your booking will constitute your agreement to the terms and conditions outlined.

    Payment and cancellation procedures

     Where charges apply, Leica workshops must be paid for in advance by bank transfer or credit/debit card. Refunds for cancellation on the part of the attendee will be given as follows:

    ◦    Cancellation made up to 14 days before the workshop date – full refund

    ◦    Cancellation made between 8 -13 days before the workshop date – 50% refund

    ◦    Cancellation made up to 7 days before the workshop date – no refund

     If payment for the workshop is not received in advance, we regret that the participant will not be able to attend.

    The Leica Akademie reserves the right to cancel or alter any workshop. All workshop dates and times are subject to change, but Leica will endeavour to ensure workshops are held on the committed dates/times, unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as the tutor being unable to attend due to illness, or other unforeseen circumstances. Leica will inform the participants with as much notice as possible on these occasions.

     Should a cancellation become necessary by the Leica Akademie, the attendee will have the choice of attending an alternative workshop (and where this is of a lower price, Leica will refund the difference), or withdrawing from the workshop and, where applicable, accepting a refund of all monies paid for that specific workshop to Leica Camera Ltd.

    In the event that the specific tutor is unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond Leica’s control, then the workshop will be cancelled, if no suitable replacement tutor can be arranged.

    For complimentary workshops, the workshop will be rearranged to another date and the attendee offered a place on that alternative date.

    No cancellation penalties (including travel expenses to and from the workshop, or accommodation costs) will be paid out in the event of workshop cancellations by Leica Akademie. Please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected in the event of a cancellation or alteration to a workshop.


    Attendees are responsible for the security and safety of all items brought to a Leica Akademie workshop, and are also responsible for both their own insurance and the insurance of their own equipment. At no time should any items brought to the workshop be left unattended. Leica Camera Ltd does not accept liability for any loss, injury or accident that may occur during a workshop.

    Use of Leica Akademie equipment

    Please act responsibly when using any Leica Akademie equipment. We recommend, for instance, that refreshments are kept at a safe distance from all electrical appliances.


    For workshops where Leica equipment is to be taken off the premises, attendees will be asked for two forms of I.D. on arrival and their full name and address, which will be kept for the duration of the workshop only. This information is required for security and insurance purposes, and will not be passed to any third parties. If two forms of I.D. are not provided, we regret that the participant will not be able to attend.

    Suitable forms of I.D. are:

    ◦    First I.D. – a passport or UK driver’s licence

    ◦    Second I.D. – a utility bill or landline telephone bill showing the attendee’s home address

    Outdoor workshops

    If you are attending one of our workshops that involves an outside activity, please ensure you bring appropriate outdoor clothing and suitable protection for your camera.

    Health & Safety and Security

    In attending any workshop, you must comply with the provisions of the health and safety policy applying to the Leica Akademie, and with all conditions and regulations made in respect of the Leica Akademie by the relevant fire authority. Copies of these policies are available to view on request.

    You must comply with all guidelines and policies issued to you in connection with your use of the Akademie and the equipment therein. If, in our opinion, we consider that at any time up to and during the Akademie workshop you may cause damage to people or property, we reserve the right to terminate the workshop forthwith and you shall not be entitled to any refund of your fees.

    Arrival/departure times

    The Leica Akademie facilities are to be found on the first and second floor of 27 Bruton Place, Mayfair W1J 6NQ. We request that you arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of the workshop, due to store opening hours and prior appointments. Due to other workshops, events and activities scheduled to take place at the Leica Akademie, Leica requests that attendees leave the Akademie training room promptly at the end of each workshop.


    Please note that Leica Akademie group workshops usually take place in our studio training facility, which is located at the top of 33 stairs (2nd floor) at 27 Bruton Place, as well as out on location. If you have any accessibility needs or any other special requirements to attend a workshop, please contact the Leica Akademie to let us know and we will happily discuss any reasonable adjustments with you, for example, we may be able to run the Akademie from Café Optik on the ground floor.