Placemakers: A Product Photography and Tablescapes Workshop

Build a photo-worthy place setting from the ground up with the guidance of prop stylist Robin Zachary and photographer Richard Gary, against the added bonus of a West Elm backdrop!

Placemakers: A Product Photography and Tablescapes Workshop

Featuring: Robin Zachary with Richard Gary

Presented in partnership with

The Prop Styling Experience and West Elm




Sunday, September 24 | 4PM – 7PM
Photoville Workshop Area/West Elm DUMBO

Register to reserve your space here.

All workshops are FREE but require a $10 refundable deposit to reserve a space.


Build a photo-worthy place setting from the ground up with the guidance of prop stylist Robin Zachary and photographer Richard Gary, against the added bonus of a West Elm backdrop! Shooting on location at the beloved houseware store’s DUMBO location, students will have the opportunity to stage small scenes and tablescapes while learning simple lighting and styling techniques.

This is a BYOC (bring-your-own-camera) workshop that will meet for an intro and slideshow session in the Photoville Workshop Area before heading out for a live, guided shooting session at West Elm in DUMBO. The workshop also includes an optional wrap-up session and casual group critique, where students can share work and ideas, and get feedback from instructors and workshop peers.


Robin Zachary is a NYC based Tabletop and Prop Stylist, Art Director, and a faculty member of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. She is the Contributing Home Editor of Bridal Guide Magazine, where she was formerly the Creative Director – a job that provided her the opportunity to style and direct hundreds of photo shoots. She’s a regular attendee of Bridal Fashion Week and the New York Tabletop Market and her clients span famous home product brands, national magazines, e-commerce and social media outlets.

Her quest to make the world a more beautifully styled place has led her to create The Prop Styling Experience, a 1:1 intensive styling workshop in NYC that she wished she had the opportunity to attend when she was just starting out in the styling business. A self-proclaimed smart shopper and vintage junkie with a passion for ephemera and handmade objects, Robin is always on the hunt for her next great score, scouring thrift shops, boutiques, tag sales and Instagram both at home and on her travels. She loves designing creatively inspired tables and selecting just the right dishes, glassware, linens and props to tell a great story rich with history and personality.

Richard Gary is a New York based commercial photographer. His concentration is centered around conceptual still life product photography. Editorial clients include Zink, German Harper’s Bazaar, Details Magazine. Advertising clients include Neiman Marcus, BBDO, Itoen/Tea’s Tea, Skinnygirl, FCB, Our Man In Havana and Amazon. His work has won awards in both AI-AP and the Communication Arts Photo Annual.


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