Eating With Your Eyes: Food Photography with Jim Sullivan - Los Angeles

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February 25-26, 2023 - Join celebrated LA-based food photographer, Jim Sullivan for this 2-day on-location workshop at Asterid by Ray Garcia.
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Description: February 25th-26th, 2023

Food is a universal aspect of everyday life. Because of today’s advanced technology and the ability to share on social media, food photographs are everywhere. For this reason high-quality food imagery is in demand. This February, join us as we take you into the world of Food Photography with chef and professional food photographer, Jim Sullivan

Jim will help you understand the aspects of food photography, the concepts and the techniques used in creating this art form. He will also be covering the business skills needed to be a successful freelance food photographer. Leading the workshop with his Leica SL2, Jim will teach this workshop both at the Leica Store in Los Angeles and at Asterid, Chef Ray Garcia’s new restaurant inside Disney Concert Hall. 

While on location at Asterid, Jim will walk you through his usual set up and style of working. In addition he will teach you how professional kitchens are run and how to work with the team.    

Who Should take this workshop:

This class is designed for anyone interested in learning the art of food photography. From seasoned photographers looking to enhance their food photography skills or beginners wanting to learn the craft of freelance food photography.

Topics Covered:

- Using available and strobe light to create beautiful food imagery
- Utilizing textures, colors and styling to provide the best approach to food photography
- Working on location with chefs and the kitchen staff before and during service
- Discussing food styling for editorial and advertising work
- Developing food image diversity for media, book and online work

What to Know about this workshop:

Having a basic understanding of photography, camera settings, and being familiar with your camera is important. Students must be able to operate their camera's menu navigation and button system on their own. Knowledge of photography basics & understanding of the exposure triangle required. Students do not need any prior lighting experience. Owning a Leica is NOT required. All camera brands are welcome. There will be a limited selection of Leica gear available for attendees to use.


Attendance is strictly limited to 12 participants. Registration for this event closes 24-hours before each class begins to solidify attendance. Please feel free to email any questions or concerns to

Cost:  $650 

Day 1: Leica Store Los Angeles
SATURDAY: will be spent at the Leica store Los Angeles. It will be an interactive lecture, discussion & presentation portion.  The workshop will cover the aspects of being a freelance food photographer from business to creative aspects.  

Day 2: Asterid by Ray Garcia 
SUNDAY: The first part of the day the class will meet on location at Asterid, address listed below.  Jim will lead the workshops through his lighting and photography setup for the food.  He will be covering in-person chef portraiture, working in the kitchen, and cocktail photography. Each attendee will have an opportunity to work on their food photography. Lunch will be served at the restaurant. After lunch, the class will return to the Leica Store to discuss the morning's photography session. Jim will go through each participant's work and provide constructive critiques to each student. 


Leica Store Los Angeles
8783 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048

Asterid by Ray Garcia
141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012


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Jim Sullivan is a food and lifestyle photographer based in Southern California. He is a graduate of The Art Institute of California's Culinary Program and a self-taught photographer.  He has directed and produced several short films under his production company, Soigne Films.


His work has a strong focus in the culinary field as well as portraiture and lifestyle. Jim has photographed several cook books and has a new cookbook “Asian Cuisine” set to be published in July of 2022. When not on location, he can be found at home cooking and spending time with his wife, daughter, and their little French Bulldog "Mochi".

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