that stand out from the crowd
incredible Food Photos
Learn how to compose
stand out from the crowd
photos that
compose incredible food
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What if you could walk into every single food photo shoot with a clear vision of your composition, and walk out with photos that get your work noticed?
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Does any of this sound Familiar?

You’re sick of winging it in your photo shoots, hoping for the best but not seeing results.

Together, we’re going to learn the skills you need to allow your creativity to flourish. It’s time to get excited about your work again.

You want to get your work noticed but you’re stuck in a creative rut.

Stop doing the same old things over and over and learn to use new techniques to find your signature style and keep your work fresh.

You take hundreds of snaps per shoot and still don’t like any of them.

I'm going to teach you how to effectively plan your photos, so you can nail your composition every time.

You want to learn better composition, but you're overwhelmed with all the information out there.

I hear ya! That's why I'm sharing everything in one step by step system that guides you through from the foundations to advanced, professional techniques.  

You're ready for the next level in composition.

When your work stands out, so do you. I’m going to teach you the composition skills to take your images from good to great.

The truth is,
understanding composition is the key to confidently and consistently producing amazing work.

Confidently explore new, exciting composition techniques.

Bring a fresh, exciting feel to your photos. Get away from the "same old" styles you've relied on in the past.

what else?

Have a clear vision before you shoot.

Know how to build your photo layer by layer (from scratch), and kick that daunting "blank canvas" feeling to the curb.

there's more?

Nail your shoots (in half the time).

Learn how to plan your photos, so you don't need to take a million snaps to achieve the perfect look in your shoot.

wow! and?

Tell powerful stories in your work.

Evoke emotions through carefully crafted narratives.

keep going!

Develop and evolve your personal style.

Create recognisable, unique work that gets you noticed.

tell me more
if you could...

Just imagine if you could...

Well my friend,
you don't need to imagine...
All of the above is possible. Enter my secret weapon:
Food
Composed.
Food Composed is the all-in-one composition and food styling system, that I've used to develop my work and build a successful food photography career.

Good photos don't just "happen"

There are design principles and rules for a reason.

In this course we’re going step by step through the composition process, so you’ll learn how to arrange every element of your frame intentionally.

I'm sharing the composition tools professional food photographers use to create stand out photos every time. No more guessing how to set up your photo scenes.

We’ll dive in depth into 7 composition grids & rules to help you get away from boring photos and start shaking things up.

Learn how to evolve your style as you build on the tools and techniques we’re learning.

Bring your vision to life with the powerful composition techniques we’re going to learn.

LET'S TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE...

I'm opening myself up to embarrassment so you can see just how powerful the techniques in Food Composed are. Let's take a look...

Use ratios right

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We’ll learn how the pro’s use composition techniques to create stand out images that get noticed.

LEARN HOW TO USE LIGHT

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Lighting plays a huge role in composition. We’ll learn how to choose the right lighting direction and how to work with shadows.

CREATE A POWERFUL NARRATIVE

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Learn how to tell your food story through your composition and styling. Learn how to avoid that "staged" look, and achieve a natural "stumbled upon" feel, giving your food photography authenticity.

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Ready to learn the techniques that allowed me to take my food photography career full time?

Meet Annelien

Annelien is a food scientist from South Africa, teaching in her own cookery school about the benefits of "living from the land".

"During the production of my cookbook I realized that I need to get myself up to speed with Food photography.

The penny had dropped and oh boy…really no jokes…The light went on for me... and I did a shoot with Tulips I got from a friend. I made myself choose 6 objects (the subject, table, chair, fabric, pan for the flowers and scissor) and simplify my layout with regards to props etc.

You helped me find and define my style." 

"Great photos are born out of great compositions.
Learn how to make intentional decisions about the elements in your frame, and tell a powerful story."

IN
Composed
we’ll cover the foundations of great composition step by step, before moving into advanced techniques that are going to elevate your work to the next level.

Through practical guided activities, you’ll be able to put what you’re learning into practice, and start composing creative, unique food photos.
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What do you get when you enroll?

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Lifetime Access

Go through the course at your own pace with no time limits or deadlines.

45+ Video Lessons & Resources

Interactive video lessons, guided activities, a comprehensive workbook and composition grids will get you putting into action what you’re learning. This course is all about taking action.

Composition Guides

I’ll teach you how to use the most powerful tools available (and go beyond the rule of thirds), so you can start harnessing the power of advanced composition techniques. Then you can print my composition guides and use them to plan every shoot.

Live feedback sessions
Four, weekly feedback Q&A sessions where I’ll review your work and go through a topic.
(recordings will be available if you can’t join live!)

Two enrollment levels to suit where you're at in your journey

enrollment
levels
to suit where you’re at in your journey
20 Core Composition Lessons
17 Advanced Composition Lessons
Activity Videos
Course Workbook
Composition Guides
Manual Mode Cheat Sheets
Style with me videos
Live Studio Sessions
FOOD COMPOSED
The Essentials
FOOD COMPOSED
Complete Course
5 Activities
Basic Version
Basic Guides
8 Activities
Full Version
Complete Guides

The Essentials

The
Full Course

20 Video Lessons

37 Video Lessons

5 Activities

8 Activities

Basic Composition Guides

Complete Composition Guides

Manual Mode Cheat Sheets

Manual Mode Cheat Sheets

Style with me videos

Style with me videos

Live Studio Sessions

Enroll in the full course for one payment of $497
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Pick the level that's right for you, and get started today!

Which level is right for me?

right
for me?
"I’m at the beginning of my food photography journey
I want to learn the foundations of composition
I’m ready to start taking my work to a more professional level"
"I’m comfortable with the rule of thirds and am ready to move on
I want to learn advanced techniques
I want to build a professional portfolio and start making money from my food photography"
The Essentials
The Full Course
30 day money back guarantee

What are we going to cover?

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Module 1:
Design Principles

We’ll start off studying the technical side of composition, analysing ratios, grids, how they work and how you can use them to bring cohesion and intention to your compositions.
 
These are the tools pro photographers use to compose magazine worthy photos. We’ll start with the foundations and then move onto more advanced techniques like dynamic symmetry, the golden ratio and the rule of odds, to help you craft unique, breathtaking images.

Module
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Module 2:
Framing your food

Now it's time to go a step further looking at how you can use camera angles, negative space and shapes to bring flair to your compositions.

We’ll talk about choosing the right lens for your composition, creating the right depth of field, choosing the best focal point and much more. You’ll learn how to “feel” your images, creating work that truly excites you.

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Module 3:
Using light and colour

Learn how to use light, colour and contrast to tell powerful stories in your composition. We’re taking a deep dive into light and shadows in this module, looking at how the direction of the light, and the way you manipulate it affects your photo.

We’ll also study the brightest area and the greatest area of contrast, so you can make sure your hero subject stands out in the frame.

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Module
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Module 4:
Creating powerful food stories

Food photography is about stories and narratives. It’s through these stories that we connect with our viewer, evoking powerful emotions with our work.

In this module we'll cover how to create two types of narratives, how to choose and use props and backgrounds to create different moods, and we’ll walk through styling several food scenes.

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Module 5:
Style exploration

Ever wondered how to capture the perfect action shot? Or how to nail the dark and moody look? In this module we’ll learn exactly how to execute some of the most creative techniques to create breathtaking images.

We’ll also look at minimal styling, and how to use composition tools to create knock out minimal images with four props or less.

Module
four
Bonus
extras

Bonus:
Style with me & Cheat Sheets

Join me on two food shoots as I style two different dishes, choosing props, setting up the scene and taking the final photos.

Plus, snag a copy of my manual mode cheat sheets so your camera doesn’t hold you back!

module
five
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Join me today, and learn the techniques that allowed me to take my food photography career full time

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students

What my students have to say

"I was having trouble composing my shots ... I wanted beautiful, drool-worthy photos and mine were falling short. Then I came across Lauren’s Food Composed course and knew I could learn a lot from her. I signed up and am so glad I did!"

Stephanie B. - Food Photographer

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Composition Techniques
The Rule of Thirds
The Golden Ratio
The Golden Spiral
The Golden Triangle
Dynamic Symmetry
The Rule of Odds

Module
two

Placement & The Rule of Space
Leading Lines
Triangles in composition
Intentional Cropping
Using cropping guides
Aspect Ratios
How to sketch compositions

Module 1

Design principles

Module
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Module
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Camera Angles
The Basic Shapes in Food Photography
Landscape vs Portrait
Focal Length & the effect on Composition

Macro Lenses & Food Photography
Depth of field
Choosing the right Focal Point
Negative & Passive Space

Module 2

Framing your food

Module
four

Colour Theory
Brightest Area & Greatest Area of Contrast
The direction of light
Shadows

Module 3

Using light and colour

Module
two

Creating a Narrative: Part 1
Creating a Narrative: Part 2 
Backgrounds

Choosing Props Intentionally
Using Layers in Food Photography
Creative Textures

Module 4

Creating powerful food stories

Module
three
Module
five

Minimal Food Styling
Bright Food Styling
Dark and Moody Food Styling

Action Shots
Creating Process Shots
Food Styling Tricks

Module 5

Style exploration

Bonus
extras
Module
four

Style with me: Drinks
Style with me: Pancakes
Manual Mode Cheat Sheets

Bonus

Extras

Module
five

Want the full breakdown?

full
breakdown?
I got you. Here you can find the lesson list for the full version of Food Composed.

Meet Candice

"I enrolled in Food Composed to boost my composition and styling skills. Prior to enrolling in the course composing for me was guess work, sometimes I would get it right, but most times I would be left frustrated, wondering what I was missing. I didn’t understand the rules of composition and I knew if I wanted to improve I needed some help. 

I had so many fantastic learning or ‘a-ha’ moments throughout the course, but the biggest take away for me was the need to craft a narrative around your image before you even pick up the camera. Food Composed unlocked a whole new style for me and has pushed me out of my comfort zone. "


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@capturedwithcandice_food

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"I started my food photography journey almost 8 years ago when I started my blog. At the beginning the subject wasn’t important to me. But in time I realized that I need to get better.

I theoretically knew all rules but didn’t follow them. I felt stuck so decided to take an online course. I enrolled in Food Composed because I wanted to know why some of my pictures felt right while others felt so wrong.

My biggest learning point is that the rules really make sense. I really enjoyed the live sessions. And all your feedback on our pictures. What works fine, but also what could be improved."


Meet Diana

@kochen.mit.diana

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"I love landscape photography and the use of natural light. I am very creative and have a natural eye for composition, light and shadows…BUT, the field of food was another topic and subject that is to be studied. I didn’t understand how to “tell the story of food” through my lens.

To me the financial side of things was a risk. I did one online course and oh boy…lots of talk and no show. But, you gave a clear outset of the course so I took a leap of faith! This was a lot of money, but worth every penny!

I loved the fact that each module was not longer than 15 minutes…very much to the point and lots of practical and visual examples. I made notes of every module and the “aha” moments."


Meet Annelien

annelienpienaar.co.za

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"I was looking for a long time a course that allow me to learn how to use different composition techniques, because I attend workshops where only mention superficially, the composition techniques but I never received a deep explanation and practical examples.

I found (it) easy to understand how to place the props intentionally to follow an specific composition technique because Lauren built the scene step by step , so later I could try to re-create a similar scene using the composition grid provided.

Additionally after this course I take less time to do a shoot because I learn to sketch, plan ahead all the details using the grids and the workflow provided here."

Meet Maria Angelica

@maria_angelica_garcia83 

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What are you waiting for? Join me in the course today and get started now!

Who's your teacher?

Hey there, I'm Lauren

I lead an awesome community of ambitious food photographers and bloggers on my website That's Sage, where I help them understand their camera, find their style and start shooting their best work. I've taught more than 1,900 students in my courses, and as a food photographer I've built a portfolio of dream clients.

But things weren't always that way. Just a few years ago I was struggling to find my groove with food photography, shooting the same pictures again and again, feeling deflated, uninspired and frustrated.

Since implementing the techniques I'm teaching you in Food Composed, I've grown my food blog to hundreds of thousands of views a month, my Instagram following exploded to over 20k in just one year, and I landed my dream clients that allowed me to take my food photography career full time.

So whether you're a complete beginner with your food photography, or you're looking for a way to challenge yourself and take that next step in your work, Food Composed will become THE food photography masterclass that changes everything for you.

FAQs

How long do I have access to the course materials?

You have lifetime access to the course! You can access the course materials any time and complete the course at your own pace. You'll also receive all the future updates to the course, at no extra cost!

I take all my pictures on my smartphone, do I need to have a DSLR to take this course?

There's no need to have a DSLR to take this course and get a lot of value out of it, but there are some lessons that reference the use of a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

What format is the course delivered in?

The course is delivered in video lessons, so you can follow along easily. There is also a comprehensive course workbook and composition guides to help you start taking action straight away.

I can’t make the live sessions! Will I miss them?

Absolutely not. The live sessions will all be recorded and uploaded to the course platform for you to catch up on later.

I enrolled in Food Composed - The Essentials, can I upgrade?

Yes absolutely! If you’d like to upgrade to the advanced level course, you can do so from within the course platform.

Will this course be available again in the future?

Yes, but enrollment won't be open again for a few months so I can really focus on the new students in the course.

Do you offer a refund?

You bet! I'm 100% sure you're going to love this course and get a lot of value out of it, but if for some reason you don't love it, we offer a generous 30 day refund policy.

Can I find this information free online?

Yes... and no. You can find pretty much anything online, but that doesn't mean it's good quality, or what you really need. You could spend hours looking for the right techniques to get you started, and then still find it was a waste of time. Food Composed is the complete system I use to compose my own work, plus the advanced composition secrets most professionals are unwilling to share, packaged up into one convenient place for you.

It's time to take big steps in your work

start today!

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