Style me hungry

This weekend, I was lucky enough to take part in Clare Barboza and Becky Selengut's food styling workshop in Seattle. Clare is a Seattle-based documentary food photographer whose style I have been attracted to for a while now. She has a way of capturing the story behind the food that I really admire.  Becky Selengut is a chef, cookbook author, and teacher with a very quick wit who makes delicious food. The combination was fantastic and made for a fun and inspiring day of styling and photography.

We talked about colour, texture of props, and how to style food for camera using natural techniques. Then there was lots of time to explore and plan and execute your own shots. Clare has a fantastic studio with tons of natural light which gives me serious studio envy. She also has a fantastic 'wall-o-props' (check it here) which makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. So many possibilities!

I  really wanted to create a farmhouse atmosphere and found some great rustic, antique props to work with. Here is one of the shots I made, of some seriously yummy, sweet and savoury, butternut squash beignets, prepared by Becky. I'm getting hungry just thinking about them again.


Learning from Others

Hi all, I haven't posted in a while and lots has been happening so I'll thought I'd just do a quick post with some of my photos from the last month or so.

Among these are some photos that I took when I recently had the great fortune to spend the day taking pictures with the lovely Clare Barboza and a group of avid food photographer students at Clare's food photography workshop in Seattle, WA.  Clare is a Seattle based documentary food photographer and spending the day with her was truly a joy. We have so much to learn from each other. I was so struck how of the 7 people in the workshop, not one of us had the same shot, even though we all had access to the same props and subject matter.  It truly goes to show you the importance of vision. Thanks Clare for a truly magnificent day.

The food was  prepared by Seattle chef Becky Selengut and I can tell you it tasted as good as it looked!


Additionally, I'm including some photos from some of the things I've been baking and cooking lately.