Photography + Styling workshop

18 May, 2024

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Join me for a day of creativity and learning at the stunning Lumiere Lodge

This full day workshop will take place at the enchanting Lumiere Lodge, a cottage in Hobart that is filled with deliciously moody light and impecably styled to create the perfect backdrop for a photography and styling workshop. 

The workshop will be broken up into the following topics, with plenty of opportunity for questions, demonstrations and practical learning throughout.

Manual camera settings

We will first walk through the basics of internal camera settings with practical demonstrations that will help participants to better understand these functions and feel more confident using them.

Natural light

Lighting can make or break a photo. I love leaning into light and using it to help add texture and interest to a photo. We will discuss how light can impact your images, how to manipulate it and how to lean into “bad” light and make it work for you.


When we look at a room or a scene in person, we are able to take it in in it’s entirety; seeing the full space, the objects around the room that balance it out; the light that falls across the room. When we take a photograph, it can be harder to capture the mood, or to balance a certain space that feels lacking when isolated for a two-dimensional photo rather than being part of a bigger space.

I will walk you through the styling formula I follow and what I’m looking for when composing a scene or space to photograph, including when to add or remove items and why, when to use negative space, and how sometimes “un-balancing” a space can helop to create a more cohesive and natural looking photo.


Story-telling through photography can be an incredibly powerful thing, creating meaning and connection. We will discuss the role of story-telling as well as a practical demonstration, before allowing you time to practice and play with these concepts in our beautiful surrounds for the day, Lumiere Lodge.

Image editing

Towards the end of the day, we will re-group for a session on image editing where I’ll demonstrate my editing process using an image taken on the day. I’ll take you through what I’m looking to correct or change when editing and why, as well as other tweaks I make to acheive my desired look. This section will be recorded and sent to participants for them to try  at home.

Q+A + cheese + wine

Lastly, we will finish the day with a chat over cheese and wine, where you can ask any questions  that have yet to be answered.

Who is this workshop for

This workshop is aimed at all skill levels, but is especially useful for

– beginner/intermediate level photographers looking to upskill their technical skills and learn more about light and styling;

– professional photographers looking to improve their photoshoot styling, refresh skills and knowledge, and spend a day of networking and creating in a stunning location;

-AirBnB owners/photographers or those who work in the hospitality or tourism industries looking to improve their photographing and styling skills to use to market their business;

– Other small business owners or makers who are keen to learn how to style and photograph their products.

If you are unsure if this workshop is right for you, please feel free to get in touch with me at with any questions.


The details


$950 + GST

Date and time

9am – 5pm, Saturday May 18th 2024


Lumiere Lodge, Hobart (full address provided upon ticket purchase)


This workshop will include all food and drinks for the day, including tea and coffee on arrival, morning tea , a delicious catered lunch and a cheese platter and wine to end.

Participants will take home course notes from the day, and be sent through a video on editing in Lightroom after the workshop.

Please note, participants must bring their own cameras to use on the day. Please also ensure you also bring a backup SIM card, battery and/or charger.

See more of Lumiere Lodge here

About your host

Dearna Bond is an accomplished photographer and stylist, having 10+ years in the industry. She has worked for numerous local, national and international brands inclusing Tourism Australia, Tourism Tasmanian, Dark Mofo (Winter Feast), Connoissuer ice cream, Koko Black and many more.

She has been teaching workshops both in person and online since 2015, and most recently has run a series of successful sold out workshops for Brand Tasmania on all things Instagram including content creation, visual storytelling and strategy.

Dearna is skilled at capturing a range of subjects, but excels in taking lifestyle imagery of food, drinks and interiors, which form the focal points of her workshops.

Her experience as both a stylist and photographer add another dimension to her workshops, allowing participants to learn not just how to take a photo, but to pull together a scene and accurately tell it’s story.