Eating with Your Eyes: Food Photography with Jim Sullivan - Los Angeles, CA - July 16th - 17th, 2022

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This summer, join us for a weekend of Food Photography with chef and professional food photographer, Jim Sullivan at the Leica Store in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles. CA , In-Person
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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, demand for high-quality food imagery is at an all-time high, yet the ability to consistently create images of food with impact is elusive to many.

Over the course of two days, Jim Sullivan will share his approach to this genre of photography, providing participants with tips, real world examples and insight into the life of a freelance photographer.


  • Creative & business aspects of food photography.
  • Lighting with available and studio strobes
  • Tips for plating and food styling
  • Informal on-location portraiture
  • How to develop a diverse portfolio for different media
  • Postproduction techniques


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.  Lunch will be provided by chef Alex Bolar.  Jim and Chef Alex will provide an on site demo of plating while discussing visual aspects of food photography.

Day 2: Restaurant Location Photography: Asterid 
SUNDAY: The first part of the day the class will meet on location at Chef Ray Garcia’s Asterid Restaurant at the Disney Concert HallJim will lead the workshop through his lighting and photography setup for the foodHe 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 photographyLunch will be served at the restaurantAfter 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. 

From seasoned photographers looking to advance their food photography skills or beginners wanting to learn simple techniques to enhance their images of food, anyone interested in learning more about the art of food photography is invited to join.

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 and understanding of  exposure is required.  Students do not need any prior lighting experience.

All participants attending this workshop will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.  This requirement applies to students and instructors.

Class is strictly limited to 12 participants. All camera brands are welcome.
There will be a limited selection of Leica products available for attendees to use.
Jim Sullivan will be working with the Leica SL2 system for the workshop.

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


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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”.

Instructor Jim Sullivan. Photo by Adam Lerner

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