spotted: workshops with fullosophie.
happy spring everyone! it’s leslie from spotted sf and i’m excited about leaving the cold behind and welcoming the warmer weather. with the days now longer and the sun shining brighter, i’m starting to craft a list of all the things i want to do to fill up the season. spring cleaning and decorating for sure, but i also want to travel and explore more with my camera and perhaps learn some new skills, like shooting with film and carving wooden spoons. in a city like san francisco i’m surrounded by so many of these talented and creative individuals—both local and visiting ones—but i’m shy to reach out to them and generally just admire their work from afar. fortunately there are unique little companies like fullosophie focused on connecting curious individuals like myself with professionals who are passionate about sharing their skills and expertise with others who want to learn.
in 2012 co-founders and lifelong friends, jess dixon and tarin frantz, transitioned out of their careers to pursue their dream of creating a company that represents their passion for creating memorable experiences and connecting people with shared interests. their company fullosophie (pronounced like philosophy) is a platform for curious and creative individuals to learn or develop a skill through small, intimate hands-on workshops led by many of the best makers and artisans out there. workshops of all kinds are held almost weekly, including lessons in calligraphy, painting, photography, digital editing and interior, food and floral styling. the company also provides opportunities for creative entrepreneurs and bloggers to launch their small business or web site by offering weekend intensives focused on site building, branding, pitching and social media. and for creative business owners, they provide a platform to lead these workshops. so if you have a unique skill or talent you’d love to share with others, they’d love to hear from you.
the workshop featured here was from a recent floral arranging + photography intensive course held in fullosophie’s new studio space in san francisco. it was led by one of the most sought after floral designers, kiana underwood of tulipina, and her amazingly talented photographer husband, nathan underwood. participants observed kiana’s step-by-step process in creating a lush arrangement, then received personal guidance as they each created a potted and bouquet version of their own. afterwards they learned how to shoot and style to get the best pictures for their blogs and sites.
fullosophie workshops are held mainly in san francisco and dallas, but there are retreats hosted in other cities as well. new courses are added frequently and if you see one, two or a few you like, sign up quickly as these small, intimate workshops fill fast. for more info about past and upcoming workshops or to get in touch with them about leading a future one, visit their site.
• all photography by leslie santarina.