Food and Light Workshop

I just got back from a few days in Boulder, Colorado after attending a food styling and photography workshop and my head is still spinning.  It was a great opportunity to watch some amazingly talented bloggers, Diane Cu and Todd Porter of White on Rice Couple, Matt Wright of WrightFood and the event organizer, Jennifer Yu of Use real butter.  They are all amazing instructors and were so generous to share their knowledge and experience with us all.

It was really inspirational to watch my four instructors in action, I was continually astounded at Diane’s ability to style and get a beautiful photo with just one shot.  At this point I usually take 100 photos for every one that ends up on these pages.  Pretty sad, but I guess I should look as it as an opportunity to grow as a photographer, right?

I especially love the way that their photos tell a story, it’s not just food on a plate but an experience and a mood that is conveyed by the composition, lighting and styling.  That is definitely an area that I really need to work on.

Even more than learning how to use my camera better or style a dish I learnt that there are lots of individuals out there that share my passion and that I can learn so much from them all.  My fellow attendees were a great group of people, everyone was so friendly and helpful and I hope to keep in touch with a few of them.

Here are some of the bloggers that I met this week, you should check them out if you get the chance there is some amazing talent out there!

Karen of Off the Meat Hook 

Nicole of Arctic Garden Studio

Kimberly of Kimberly Murray Photography

Karen of Buried Carrots

Manisha of Indian Food Rocks and Melissa of Dash Of East at The Kitchen

Diane gives a lesson on dynamic shooting

This is the first photo I took during the workshop, I really do subscribe to the less is more school of styling don’t I?

It was challenging to photograph things on the fly and out of my normal element.  It made me realize that I need to mix it up more and not shoot the same photo over and over.

We also had to take our cameras and take photos of our lunch.  I imagine the six of us looked pretty strange photographing everything that came to the table.  My melon and prosciutto salad was delicious!

Tanja of Mummy Bites

This blog is still so new to me but I’m loving it.  I started this project to explore the things that make me happy and delve deeper into cooking, writing and photography.  With every post I write I realize that the journey will never end, there is always more to learn and that I will never take the perfect photo….but that won’t stop me from trying.

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    Self-taught cook, photographer.  You can usually find me at a farmers market dreaming up alternative recipes for my allergy prone family.

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