Michelin Star Photography: A Food Photography Experience with Jim Sullivan

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Leica Photographer Jim Sullivan takes participants through Michelin-Star restaurant Mister Jiu's and their cocktail bar Moongate lounge by Chef/Owner Brandon Jew. Experience and document the entire process from drinks to entree's in this exclusive 2 day workshop.
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February 17-18, 2024, join us for a weekend at the Michelin star restaurant Mister Jiu's and their cocktail bar Moongate lounge, as we take you into the world of Food Photography with professional food photographer, Jim Sullivan

Led by Chef Brandon and his team, we will have exclusive access to behind the scenes of this Michelin star restaurant during the workshop. Participants will get to photograph a professional kitchen as it prepares for service.

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 and connect participants with professionals across the industry.

While on location at each location, 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.  

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

This workshop includes:

  • Access to Mister Jiu’s & Moongate Lounge
  • Food photography in front of the house at Mister Jiu's and cocktail photography at Moongate Lounge
  • Leica cameras to loan and try

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 10 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 AkademieUSA@Leica-Camera.com

Saturday, February 17: Leica Store SF & Moongate Lounge

Morning: Opening Lecture at Leica Store SF

Afternoon: Behind the scenes at Moongate Lounge & Cocktail Demo

Sunday, February 18: Mister Jiu's & Leica Store SF

Morning: Meet at Mister Jiu’s with Chef Brandon and his team

Afternoon: Return to Leica Store SF for break down and image critique 


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.


Leica Store San Francisco: Details
463 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Moongate Lounge: Details
28 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108

Mister Jiu's: Details
28 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108


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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 cookbooks and has a new title “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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