2017 Martha’s Vineyard Workshop

March 25, 2017

Join us in the land amid the streams for three days of exploration, creativity, photography and learning on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.
This May (19th – 21st) cookbook author, food52 contributor and island resident Sarah Waldman and I will be hosting an intimate workshop in the charming island village of Chilmark. Known for its rolling hills, breathtaking water views and rural charm, it is home to some of the island’s most beautiful and bountiful working farms and food stories.
Our home base for two nights will be one of the island’s simple but quintessential shingled, white trimmed farmhouses. With bucolic views out over fields, a little brackish pond and the wild Atlantic, it will afford the perfect position for daily expeditions. We will travel to a historic harbor-side fishing village, nearby farm stands, cheesemaker, flower farm, charming in-town restaurant and beautiful beaches.

While we explore the local food and cultural landscape on our excursions, there will be conversations and guidance in the art of the photographic narrative and the composition of the lifestyle photograph. And, there will be plenty of photo-rich opportunity as we tour the cheese making process, complete with tasting and picnic lunch at The Grey Barn and Farm, wander the grounds at Tea Lane Flower Farm and spend an afternoon learning the basics of floral design. We will also stop off at the local General Store and a farm stand or two around the island. One evening Chris Fischer, local farmer, chef, and James Beard award winning cookbook author will prepare a meal exclusively for our group gleaning inspiration from the spring season and some of the islands wonderful bounty.

In addition will head out to the tiny historic fishing village of Menemsha, slurp oysters fresh from the sea washing them down with crisp glasses of cold white wine as we walk among the narrow docks, lobster pots and fishing boats. As the sun sets out over the Vineyard Sound, we will turn our attention to a conversation with some of the area’s most knowledgeable food and photography professionals. We will spend time with members of the Edible Vineyard team, Nevette of Farm.Field.Sea, Jenn Bakos photographer and creator of T.E.L.L New England, Elizabeth Cecil photographer and Bon Appetite contributor, and our hostess and newly published second time cookbook author Sarah Waldman. In addition to a conversation of personal journey and professional development there will be an opportunity for questions and further discussions.
While our days will be spent exploring all that the island has to offer, we will spend mornings tucked in at the farmhouse (with plenty of coffee) learning the basics of creating, shooting and styling lifestyle scenes, with a focus on the use of natural light, scene creation and prop selection. In the evenings we will focus on the simple joys of gathering, sharing meals and the camaraderie of conversation. Gathered round the table at our two dinners, this will be a time to reflect, relax and ask questions about everything from social media to pitching freelance work.


We hope you will join us in Martha’s Vineyard this May! We are looking forward to meeting you. Details:

– dates: 19th – 21st of May 2017

–  Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard

– 8 participants

– 3 days of exploration of the food culture of Martha’s Vineyard & lifestyle photography

– oysters tasting and wine reception

– 2 breakfasts/brunch

– 1 picnic lunch

–  2 dinners. One with James Beard award winning chef Chris Fischer

– Tour and Tasting at Grey Barn Farms

– Tour and Floral Class, including vase and all materials

– speaker panel of food, publishing and photography industry professionals


Materials, meals and two nights accommodation covered in the cost of the ticket

Nearest major airports are Martha’s Vineyard Airport. Providence, TF Greene. Boston, Logan

Daily ferries from Connecticut, Rhode Island & Massachusetts

Please note, airfare, ferry and transportation to the workshop is not included in the ticket price

Deposit of 50% is needed for registration and a final payment will be due May 6, 2017.

There will be no refunds or cancellation. So please ensure you are able to attend before registering

For reservation or any questions, please contact: krissyoshea@gmail.com


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