Dutch Masters Inspired: Flowers + Still Life Styling & Photography Workshop

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 2PM-6PM    San Francisco, CA

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Surrounded with a lavish array of flowers, botanical curiosities, and lustrous fabrics… let’s gather in celebration of the decadence of flowers!  Step behind the curtain and into my floral atelier and learn all the secrets to exquisite, Dutch Masters-inspired stylings.

At this workshop, we’ll each create a gorgeous, seasonal floral centerpiece, and style it in a baroque-inspired still life scene. As afternoon light bathes the room in painterly shadow, we’ll gather up all those glorious images for social media, business and personal inspiration. With an emphasis on the local and seasonal, and an art historical approach to styling, we’ll learn to create alluring images that evoke the past, yet work in the present. All attendees will receive professional images of your floral arrangement for portfolio, social media and personal use!

Who is this for?

  • Florists and aspiring florists who want to learn a different approach to floral design or add to a portfolio

  • Instagrammers, for business or pleasure, who want to create striking images for a beautiful feed

  • Flower lovers who want to revel in the best the season has to offer

  • Bloggers, Photographers and Creatives looking to grow their imagination, skill, and network in a botanical direction

  • Some combination of the above, or anyone who wants to add more amazing flowers to their work!

What will you learn?

  • In short, technique and design for flowers, still life and photography inspired by the Dutch Masters...

  • What flowers to use and the best places to find them

  • How to arrange them in a painterly style to create movement and depth (all without foam!)

  • How to use still life design and props to enhance your floral creations, create visually striking images and tell a story

  • How to photograph flowers to create stunning, painterly images for your business and personal use

  • Post processing secrets that make all the difference between blah images and really striking ones

Much like the bountiful paintings that inspired it, this workshop goes above and beyond! It's like no workshop I've offered before. I’ll share all my secrets to flower and still life styling, and to capturing those magic scenes on camera.  In addition to focused instruction, there will be plenty of time for group Q&A and one-on-one attention. Light seasonal refreshment, homemade sweets, and festive beverages will be served.

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Workshop Overview:

Live demo:  See my process in action. I’ll build up a lush, floral centerpiece while we talk through everything on the artistic side (color, composition, form, texture, depth) so you can create more movement, mystery and poetry in your designs. We’ll discuss style, especially the messy yet elegant and opulent designs of the Dutch Golden Age and beyond. I’ll also let you in on the practical secrets, such as: how to choose the best flowers and where to find them, choosing the right vessels for your designs, tips for "ripening" flowers and maximizing vase life…

Flower styling: Dig into a sumptuous “flower buffet”!!! This is the main event and it will be delicious.  Everyone will have the workspace and materials needed to create your own beautiful arrangement. I'll be available for Q&A, tips, and one-on-one assistance.  After everyone has had their fill, we’ll briefly discuss and appreciate each work, receive additional feedback and tips, so we can all learn from me & each other.

Still life styling:  Tell a floral story full of mystery and poetry.  With our flower arrangements set as the anchor of a still life scene, we will now add props and botanicals.  A demo table will be prepared in my signature “poetic messy” style, inspired by the messy table scenes of the Dutch Masters, artist’s ateliers of the past, and the poetry of everyday life. Pick from our array of natural curiosities and thematic props to add character and tell a story in objects.

Photography: How to best capture flowers in all their ephemeral beauty? First, I’ll run through all my techniques for photographing flowers in a painterly style, in particular a full how-to for creating the striking Chiaroscuro effect. This will be a full run through from camera settings to light manipulation on set: a practical step-by-step process that you can recreate in your studio or home.

Whatever your visual style, this photography section will help you create better images to bring attention to your work and communicate to the world what you're all about. Besides "how to take better pictures" we'll talk "how to get more pictures," the tips strategies to get the most out of your flowers. This is especially useful when creating content for social media and promoting yourself or your brand. Phone camera, digital and film are all welcome!

Post-processing: With digital photography, how you process the image has a huge effect on the end look! It’s also key for creating a polished Instagram feed. I’ll talk about various approaches to post-processing, for iphone and camera, how to edit to get different looks. And of course, I’ll spill my secrets on the particulars of my post-processing style.

In addition to learning and experiencing hands-on, throughout the workshop there will be plenty of opportunities to pick my brain. While you will benefit from a structured curriculum, the workshop is designed so that we can also learn from each other and appreciate each other’s strengths in a nurturing, fun environment.  As you can see, this will be one action-packed floral extravaganza... And I am so looking forward to meeting you!!!

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Workshop includes:

  • All flowers and floral supplies*

  • Still life props and settings

  • Light refreshments, sweets and festive beverages

  • Plus all the takeaways listed below!!!

*Please do bring clippers if you own them, we’ll have a few extras on hand for those who do not!


Each participant will leave with pretty much everything you need to recreate the magic at home.  This includes:

  • Your stunning floral arrangement

  • Vessel and reusable structure

  • A booklet brimming with all my secrets and tips for rapid and deep improvement in floral and still life styling as well as photography and post-processing

  • Anything else we can think of that would make this amazing!!!

Reserve your spot:


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Please note that space is very limited to ensure the highest quality experience for all who attend. 

Flowers, props and palette are subject to change based on availability and season. We are sorry that due to the nature of the workshop refunds cannot be offered. If unable to attend, you may transfer your spot to a replacement attendee. In the case of cancellation by Brynna, full refund will be issued.