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Cafe Photography for Instagram: Telling Stories with Emotional Cafe Photos

Travel with iconic café lifestyle photographer Sean Dalton as he shares his process for shooting moody café and coffee shop lifestyle photos — the style that built his career as a professional photographer.

Having shot for several large brands and establishing himself as an Instagram Influencer, Sean has used his talents in café lifestyle photography to tell the visual stories of countless cafes around the world. This 37-minute, behind-the-scenes style course is fueled by his experiences and insights. Sean shares several of his secrets to success, including:

  • Identifying photo-genic and “Instagrammable” cafes and coffee shops
  • Preparing for photo shoots and gaining inspiration
  • Common mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Utilizing gear to capture the perfect shot
  • Telling visual stories through a combination of lighting, styling, and composition
  • Editing photos to enhance the mood and ambiance of the café setting

Whether you’re an aspiring freelancer photographer, café hopping enthusiast with limited camera skills, or professional food photographer, this class mixes technical information with foundational photography skills that appeals to everyone. See the inner workings of a professional café lifestyle photographer, and take your visual storytelling skills to the next level.


Cafe Photography Course
Cafe Photography Course
Cafe Photography Course
Cafe Photography Course

Technical Details

Teacher: Sean Dalton

Length: 50 minutes

Format: 8 video lessons

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Language: English

Materials Required: Camera. Smartphone is acceptable!

Lesson Breakdown

  1. Introduction
  2. Cafe Photography
  3.  Gear
  4. Past Photo Critique
  5.  Common Mistakes
  6.  Preparing for the Shoot
  7. Shooting
  8. Editing

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in capturing moody and emotional cafe or food photos, or anyone looking to improve their overall knowledge of light, lifestyle photography, and visual storytelling. It doesn’t matter if you’re a completely beginner photographer, or a veteran food photographer, there is something here for everyone to learn.

What students are saying:

Thoroughly enjoyed this course - the content is well-structured and just makes the photography process less daunting especially for aspiring cafe/food photographers like myself. So much value here - thank you!
Dotti Sing
Such an empowering and inspirational course. A really inclusive approach to teaching that installs confidence in the viewer. Great advice, tips and heaps of creativity and technical knowledge. So sad it's over! Off to buy pre - sets, camera bag, and anything else that's on offer!
Janie Blakely
Great course Sean! Thank you for making this! I've recently fallen in love with the cafe photos coming from instagrammers out of Thailand and Indonesia (Jakarta specifically) and am well on my way to discovering my own take on this beautiful style thanks to you!
Cafe Photography Course
Nestor Aquino