Photo by Yeshen Venema

What is it?

This workshop focuses on how to photograph your crafts and creations in a way that looks professional and can be used for websites, social media, and online shops. The workshop is suitable for textiles, ceramics, prints/cards and other home accessories and decorative items. The workshop is led by acclaimed product photographer Yeshen Venema and stylist Hilary Lowe.

Who is it for?

This event is for Dorset based artists and makers who haven’t yet received 12 hours of support from Culture+. Due to the nature of this workshop, to be eligible you must complete a short application form which we will send you after your Eventbrite registration. Please note: Registering on Eventbrite alone does not confirm your place on the programme. Artists applying should already have their own social media and/ or website. Unfortunately, this course is not suitable for jewellery unless they are larger statement pieces, but these will still need to be checked before being accepted, due to the difficult nature of photographing jewellery.

What you will go away with

A clearer understanding of:
  • how to produce more professional images of your work
  • what makes a good image which makes your work stand out
You will also get the chance to work with other local artists and discuss ideas with working professionals.

About your tutors

Yeshen Venema: Photographing your work will be presented by Yeshen Venema. Yeshen is a photographer with a passion for the work of Designer/Makers and small businesses. He is driven by the transformative effect professional photography can have on a business and works directly with his clients in his Islington studio. Specialising in studio-based product photography, Yeshen also produces videos to showcase a designer’s work and runs workshops helping small businesses create a Squarespace website in a day. Yeshen is highly experienced and has worked with hundreds of artists and independent designer makers. He has been described as “London’s best product photographer” by a leading PR agency and ‘The Designer/Maker’s favourite Photography’ by leading design writer Katie Treggiden. Hilary Lowe: Hilary Lowe’s career has encompassed product design, PR, interior design, retailing and lifestyle styling. In 1999, Hilary became the interior stylist for the style section of the Sunday Times, forecasting and styling interior trends, commissioning photographers, locations and models as well as a weekly shopping page. She also renovated and interior designed many properties throughout london for a young client base. She then went on to freelance and worked with all the glossy titles including Living etc, Delicious, Coast, Easy Living and Elle Decoration alongside regular commissions from the Sunday Times and YOU magazine. Hilary also worked for corporate clients such as M&S, Laura Ashley, The Iron Bed company, Swarovski, Olay, Body Shop, Sainsbury’s and Wedgwood. In 2008 Hilary moved to Pembrokeshire and continued with styling projects for companies such as elanbach fabrics and set up an online store Damson & Slate, designing, styling and marketing products made in Wales. She continues to support local and young makers with styling, design, branding, PR and marketing.

How to apply

Register your interest via Eventbrite, we will then send you a short application for a space on this workshop. Application deadline: 5 April Successful candidates will be notified by 16 April. If you apply and find that you are unable to attend, please cancel your ticket as soon as possible and at least 48 hours prior to the workshop. This allows us to release the booking to others that are on a waiting list Spaces are free but limited, only one place available per business. If you are based outside Dorset please call us before booking your place as only Dorset residents qualify for a place. We will be providing lunch and refreshments, please be sure that you let us know your dietary requirements on the Eventbrite Event Registration. This Culture+ workshop is specifically for artists and creative practitioners based in Dorset. Culture+ is funded by Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund. It is providing support for the creative industry strand of the Dorset Growth Hub programme lead by WSX Enterprise.


7th May 2019


The Arched House 4 Coombe Street Lyme Regis DT7 3PY

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