Simone's Kitchen

Foodphotography & styling workshop – 7-8 june Helsinki


I realised the other day that I have never really been to Scandinavia. Not to Sweden, Norway, Denmark and also not Finland. And I’ve also wanted to go for a search of Santa when I was younger (well maybe part of me still want to secretly..) but you can probably imagine my enthusiasm when Mari asked Meeta and myself to organize a workshop in her hometown of Helsinki. Mari was one of the participants during the Amsterdam workshop last year and she already told us then she would love to work with us.

And after many email back on forth on location, content and needed equipment and venues, I can now tell you that it is all working out and as of today registrations for the workshop are open! And because Finland has less light than the majority of countries in Europe we will focus not only on daylight photography but a part will also be spend in learning how to work with artificial lights, which is one of the biggest differences with last year.

Ofcourse I love working with Meeta again as we make a great team and Mari has been crucial in organizing and arranging everything on site. You can find some information on the sponsors we have so far at the bottom of the page! The program (preliminary..) you can find below. The workshop will be given in English since a lot of people will be coming from all over Europe (or even further)  Registrations for the workshop can be made here

I’d love to see you in Finland!


Day one – Saturday 7th June 2014

  • Brunch & Introductions
    A delicious brunch, the Finish way, featuring some regional Finnish specialities
    prepared by Mari Moilanen

  • Photography Fundamentals by Simone van den Berg
    Mastering the camera & learning the basics (shutter speed, aperture, ISO & co.)

  • Photography Techniques and Natural Light Photography  by Meeta Wolff
    Natural light techniques, getting a sharp focus, color & texture

  • Styling Fundamentals by Meeta Wolff
    Composition and placement, creating a mood/atmosphere, the right props, color, texture etc.

  • Artificial Light Photography by Simone van den Berg

  • Artificial Light Exercises
    Hands-on exercises uses different artificial light systems

  • Dinner at a local Finnish Restaurant


Day two – Sunday 8th June 2014

  • Enlightening yourself with Lightroom by Simone van den Berg
    Workflow, post-processing, watermarking, tagging

  • Field trip to park
    Focus on Natural light photography
    This includes intensive work on styling and setting up, preparing the shot and taking pictures in natural lighting; as well as time to gather images for your main photography assignment
    Styling demo with Meeta & Simone
    Free-style Photography/Styling Exercises
    Short exercises to warm you up
    Lunch – a Picnic in the Park prepared by Mari Moilanen

  • Intensive group work on main photography assignment

  • Evaluation, discussion & critique on assignment
    Constructive feedback, discussion and critique on exercises

  • Finale Aperitif & Farewell

Datum ; 6 en 7 juni 2014

Ticket price: EURO 750


  • 2 day food styling and photography sessions with Simone and Meeta

  • 1 night accommodation (Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th June) including breakfast

  • Saturday: Meet & Greet Brunch, Dinner at a local restaurant

  • Sunday: Field trip to park, picnic Lunch, Aperitifs

  • Beverages during the workshop

Does NOT include:

  • Travel costs to Helsinki and venue, travel insurance

To register for this workshop please fill out the registration form

Payment: Full payment upon registration, no refunds

Please note:

The workshop is limited to only 12 participants and works on a first-come-first-serve basis. Presentations and main workshop language will be in English (instructors & host speak English, German, Dutch and Finnish) and is aimed towards beginners, novice and advanced level participants.

The instructors reserve the right to modify the programme should the need arise. Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of registrations containing further details and further instructions. To secure your spot on this workshop we request that full payment be made upon registration.

The instructors are:



A freelance food photographer and stylist Meeta Khurana-Wolff has been living in Germany for the past 20  years, currently in the culturally rich city of Weimar.

Meeta’s love for food photography stems from her obsession with food itself and she combines these two passions on her multi-faceted blog. What’s For Lunch, Honey? has been nominated for several awards and can also be found on the Times Online’s Top 50 Food Blogs. Her photography is represented by Wonderful Machine and has been featured and recognized in magazines and websites around the world. Her work as a food photographer and stylist is regularly commissioned by advertising clients, book and magazine publishers including go direct publishing and the renowned Axel Springer publishing house in Germany.

Meeta’s perspective on food photography and styling is unconventional and she is not afraid to break certain rules to capture the perfect shot. Due to her distinctive photography style she has been invited to speak on the topic of Food Photography and Food Styling at various conferences. Meeta is one of the founders and organisers of From Plate to Page, a regular hands-on food writing and photography workshop, where she has been teaching food styling and photography since 2011. Her own individual Food Styling and Photography workshops have been very successful, where she has been instructing to sold out venues since 2012 from Dubai, Amsterdam, London and more. In September 2013 she joined the school of photography and multimedia – The Compelling Image (TCI) as the food photography instructor where she instructs and guides comprehensive food photography courses to students from around the world. You will find more details to her e-course schedule and workshop programme on her webpage.

Her photography portfolio Meeta Khurana Wolff Photography offers an insight into her work.




Photo by Meeta

Photo by Meeta


Simone is a freelance food photographer and foodblogger at Simone’s Kitchen. She has recently written a book on foodphotography (in Dutch) and works internationally for restaurants, catering companies, publishers and brands.  She has been giving workshops in the Netherlands for 5 years, starting with a course specifically on shooting cakes but since two years she has a monthly recurring workshop on foodphotography and styling together with stylist Alexandra Schijf. Her portfolio can be found at Fresh Food Photos



Mari Moilanen is a professional foodblogger at ‘Jotain maukasta’ ( and and soon to be cookbook author from Finland.

In 2013 her blog was nominated as the best blog in Finland. Jotain maukasta can also be found at a Finnish tabloid Iltalehti (

Mari runs her own company Rock your Blog ( which arrages trainings and workshop for bloggers in Finland. She also works with brands and companies providing innovative recipes and food photos.

Her portfolio can be found here. (



Our sponsors so far are:

Cocovi Import Oy

Cocovi Import Oy – Superfoods from Finland


Scandic Hotels

Scandic Hotels has about 160 hotels in the Nordic region and Northern Europe.  Scandic Hotels is   Nordic region’s most sustainable hotel chain,


Sunspelt Organic Spelt and Quinoa from Finland



Restaurant Toca

Welcome to Toca; where savory food, pleasurable drinks and a kick back and enjoy atmosphere are always on the menu. Toca opened in May 2013 on Unioninkatu which is a quick 4 minute walk from the shops and sights on downtown Helsinki.  Toca offers an eclectic taste of food and drinks, so have a seat and discover a plate that will become your favorite.
Uudenmaan Herkku Oy A homely bakery from Kerava with nice breads, cakes and pies.

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  1. So excited to be working at your side again with this workshop. Especially as I too have never been to Finland so thrilled that we put our heads together with Mari on this. I think this will be awesome.

  2. Some day I’ll find the money to attend one of these workshops. I’m sure you folks are the best. 🙂

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