Unleash your hidden talents and creative ideas ...

Join renowned stylist and endlessly creative soul Deb McLean and her partner, photographer Colin Doswell, as they take you on a journey into the wonderful world of photographic styling. Their workshops are like no other, as they share a life’s worth of passion, knowledge and experience to help you awaken your own hidden talents, release your creativity and bring your ideas to life. Each workshop delivers a day of enriching experiences, full of inspiration, information, tales and techniques, hands-on involvement and a lot of fun along the way.

Deb will take you through the preparation, the processes, the techniques and the tricks, the do’s and don’ts and everything in between. She’ll present styling exercises in real time, demonstrating the skills, knowledge and experience that sees her in constant demand and a leader in her industry.

You will learn the tips and tricks that the professionals use, hear the stories of someone who has been in the industry for nearly three decades, and share the whole experience in an inspiring and unique environment. You will then put your new-found knowledge to the test when you get your own hands dirty, culminating in a professional photoshoot of your own fabulous creation.

So, whether you wish to take a meal from the merely edible to the truly eye-catching, elevate your social media images to another level, add a bit of fabulousness to that tired room in your house, or are actually considering a career in one of the many genres of styling, our series of workshops will do more than just whet your appetite. They might just open up a whole new world!

"Attending your workshop today has helped to build my confidence and completely opened my eyes to new ways of doing things. Both of you were absolutely fantastic! Your ability to make everyone feel a sense of success highlighted and created a really comfortable working environment and quite simply showed how skilful and personable you are. Deb really pulled me into focus and inspired my theme and therefore had my immediate trust - it made it so much easier to go for it! The extensive props, food and foliage were indeed bountiful... and the presentation of these completely set the scene for the day. Thankyou so very much"

emily raffaele

A picture is worth a thousand words ...

A little about us...

Deb McLean is one of Australia's foremost photographic stylists. She has worked as a food, interiors and fashion stylist for over 25 years, both in Australia and overseas.

Deb's reputation precedes her, and she is in constant demand for her unique and dynamic style. Just as comfortable working on a television commercial as she is on a stills shoot, Deb brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every project she is engaged on, which can only be gained over many years working at the highest level.

Having spent an extended time overseas, predominantly in the US working for the likes of Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn and West Elm, Deb now focusses her efforts a little closer to home. While based in Melbourne, she still travels extensively within Australia due to her wide client base.

Past and present clients include News Limited, DuPont, Braun, Cadbury, Puma, Dulux, Diners Club, Kodak, Latina Pasta, Crown Casino, Schnitz, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Lee Kum Kee, Berger, Kollab, Coles, Zuster, Snow Victoria, Officeworks, Electrolux, Beacon Lighting, Royal Oak Floors, MRD Home, Provincial Home Living, Harris Scarfe and Trend Union Paris.

Colin Doswell has worked in the various disciplines of graphic design, art direction, photography and multimedia for over 35 years. His passion for the creative arts has driven a wide and varied career, including 12 years as Senior Art Director for News Limited. This was followed by the establishment of his own practise specialising in design, art direction, photography and film production, which he has run for the past 20 years.

More recently his passion for the visual image has found him direct his efforts more toward photography and film. He works both independently and in partnership with Deb, creating and shooting campaigns for many clients both in Australia and Europe.

You can see examples of Deb and Colin's work here www.doswellandmclean.com

2018 Series - Workshop 1

I MADE IT MYSELF - Creating your own Props and Backgrounds
    Establishment Studios, Melbourne - March 4, 2018 - 10am-5pm

    I made it myself. Really? That’s so cool! There’s something incredibly satisfying about making something yourself, and here is your chance to do just that. In this workshop I will demonstrate how to create a range of backgrounds, as well as easy prop-making with everyday objects that will simply amaze you. And then you’ll have a chance to get your own hands dirty. And, when you're done, you get to walk away with your unique background and prop, perfect for your own photographic or social media use. Now, doesn’t that sound like something you shouldn’t miss! We have luscious food during the day to keep those creative juices flowing, and I will be there every step of the way to guide you through the journey. Yep, I made it myself and it wasn’t hard. Come and join us. It's going to be a lot of fun!
+gst per person (includes $95 materials cost)

2018 Series - Workshop 2

MODERN MASTERS - A Still Life Masterclass
    Melbourne - April 2018

    Find your inner master. This is a day filled with masses of inspiration, practical demonstrations, and loads of hands-on time creating your very own still life masterpiece. Over the years I have collected a diverse and quirky selection of props and backgrounds from across the globe. Using these, I’ll present some practical styling exercises in both contemporary and traditional styles. You will then get the chance to play to your hearts content, creating your own still life setting, using many of these treasured possessions. And I will be there every step of the way. Then, once completed, there will be a professional photoshoot of your very own visual masterpiece. All this, and with luscious food during the day to keep you fuelled. Amazing? Please join us. It’s going to be a blast!
+gst per person

2018 Series - Workshop 3

BOUNTIFUL - The Art of Food & Foliage
    Melbourne - May 2018

    There is an inherent beauty in all things natural. Far more than mere nourishment or decoration, food and foliage can be an art form in itself. There is possibly no more beautiful a thing to work with and capture. This workshop will teach you the art of the overhead, in both contemporary and traditional styles, using local seasonal produce and foliage sourced from our own property. There will be practical demonstrations and inspiring examples of what can be achieved. You will then get to try it for yourself, culminating in the styling and photography of your very own visual feast. And with luscious food during the day to keep your creativity well fed, what more could you want? So please join us. It’s going to be a fabulous day that no-one should miss!
+gst per person
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