sf food photography workshop

The time has come to announce our next workshop! This one has been a long time coming, but I am beyond excited that it is finally happening! My dear friend Timmy Pakron of Mississippi Vegan will be joining us for a plant-based retreat style workshop in San Francisco this coming February 22-25th! Timmy and I met through Instagram over 2 years ago and in that time he has become one of my closest friends. Timmy is an incredible plant-based cook, stylist & photographer (not to mention he is one of the funniest people I know) – he will be joining me along with our amazing Chef Matt Flores for four days of learning all about food styling & photography and of course, eating the most amazing menu of plant-based foods!

This is the perfect opportunity for any student to learn and grow as an artist, while also meeting and connecting with like-minded people. The ultimate goal of this workshop is to shift our students’ perception of viewing food and cooking, not only as sustenance, but as a true artistic expression. Our aim is to teach students how to tap into their hearts and their passions while expressing themselves in the most beautiful way that they can. Our curriculum provides the tools to effectively use a camera and build your brand while learning hands on how to beautifully style and photograph food.

We will be gathering at a beautiful studio/home located in the Laurel Heights district of San Francisco just two blocks from the iconic Golden Gate Park. San Francisco is home to some of the most incredible farmers markets in California and you can be sure that we will be sourcing all of the prettiest seasonal produce to style, shoot, cook and of course, eat! Chef Matt Flores will be preparing all of our meals which will be 100% vegan, not to mention we will get a sneak peek into some of the recipes that will be featured in Timmy’s forthcoming cookbook! This particular workshop is a non-lodging workshop, meaning, we are not able to provide sleeping accommodations for all of our attendees. We made this decision due to the fact that many of the attendees will be coming from the local area. Not to mention, if you are interested in attending and you are not local, there are many lodging options available whether you find a lovely Airbnb or choose to stay at a nearby hotel (we are working on possibly getting a special discount for a local hotel in SF, exclusively for our attendees).

On the note of lodging, we do have a couple of sleeping options available at the home where we are hosting the workshop. If you are interested in lodging at the workshop home, please email me so we can further discuss this option.

pasta & still life by Timmy

After hosting workshops all throughout 2017, we learned exactly what schedule would best serve our attendees and we are excited to be offering extra time together with our attendees in an expanded format for this upcoming workshop! Instead of having to check-out Sunday morning, we have extended the workshop schedule to include a full day of content on Sunday!



We will start by covering the foundations of photography to get you comfortable shooting in manual mode and learning how to effectively use the most important settings on your camera.


We will go over how utterly important light is for photography and will show you different examples of what kind of light to look for and use. We will cover natural and artificial.


We will cover how to create a well-composed food image – discussing the principles we use to artfully style compelling food images.


We’ll put together beautifully styled food stories, demonstrate how we choose a shooting space and example how we select props to fit the scene. We will explore various ways to incorporate human presence in food photography and we will have opportunities for you to capture those shots that add so much life to a photo.


We will address the most important essentials for how to style food effectively and beautifully while also covering how we approach prop selection for a particular shoot.


Learning to photograph is only half of the skill set needed to master food photography, post processing is where you create your style and leave your personal stamp on your work. We’ll do an in-depth tutorial of Lightroom, learning the editing techniques that will make your photography stand out.


We will go over the basics for building your brand and provide tips and tricks for how to do so authentic way possible. Timothy will also hold a Q & A in regards to landing his very own cookbook deal and provide insight on his process.


Turning your passion into a business is no small feat. In just a few years, both Bella and Timothy built their blogs/Instagram accounts into profitable careers. We’ll discuss branding techniques, how to reach out to clients and how to develop social media strategies that pay off.

TICKET OPTIONS:  $1950 USD (non-lodging ticket)


Do note that we have only a few beds available for lodging at the workshop venue. If you are interested in reserving a lodging ticket send me an email. The nearest airports to this workshop location are SFO and OAK. There are multiple Airbnb and hotels close by for students visiting, as well as Uber or Lyft.


  • All lessons + discussions
  • Chef prepared meals: 3 dinners, 3 lunches, 3 breakfasts
  • Welcome gifts
  • Other drinks and bites during the workshop


  • DSLR Camera + SD cards
  • Laptop and smartphone  (if you wish to participate in editing sessions)

To purchase a ticket, please email me directly at: bella [at] ful-filled [dot] com, stating that you would like to reserve a spot. You will then receive a PayPal invoice for a deposit of 50% of the workshop price. Once completed, this will reserve your reservation. The remaining amount will be due no later than January 31st, 2018. (You will receive an invoice in advance.)

Please note that due to the nature of this workshop, tickets are non-refundable – travel insurance is highly recommended

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Kristina Jackson October 27, 2017, 12:13 pm

    Hi Bella!!

    Would love to attend this workshop! Please send me all I need to know to sign up!

    Looking forward to it.

    • bella | ful-filled October 28, 2017, 9:37 am

      Yay! Thank you for the note Kristina! I have sent you an email!

  • Mariela October 29, 2017, 10:55 am

    Would love to attend! Please send me info!

    • bella | ful-filled October 30, 2017, 12:05 am

      Hi Mariela! I emailed you!

  • Niko October 30, 2017, 2:40 pm


  • Niko October 30, 2017, 2:42 pm

    e-p-i-c…E-p-i-c…E-P-I-C…E-P-I-C-!-!-!-!-!-!-! Did i mention FREAKIN EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Niko October 30, 2017, 2:44 pm

    Rumor has it around IG that you guy’s sold out in only 3 freakin days?!?!? Are you kidding me?!?!?!? This is the first Workshop EVER w/ Mississippi Vegan, and it is his 1st Workshop of his life..and….you guys sold out in only 3 freakin days?!?!?

  • Niko October 30, 2017, 2:50 pm

    SUPER IMPRESSIVE!!! guess the consensus is out, and the creatives of IG have spoken, and told you what they think of your Styling and Photography and Teaching skills!! Many Many Congrats to you and Timmy!!! he’s VERY fortunate to be able to team up with you and come under your tutelage!!

  • Julie Ackerman November 1, 2017, 12:14 pm

    Hello! This workshop sounds amazing! I’m a S.F. local so this would work out perfectly! If you have any more space, I would love sign up.

  • Jamie Earles November 8, 2017, 10:39 am

    I can come to your workshop! Will pay in full. xx Jamie

    • bella | ful-filled November 20, 2017, 11:05 pm

      I sent you an email Jamie!

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