Food & Light Photography Workshop Recap & a Chefs Catalog Giveaway!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Still Life - Food & Light Workshop
Going around the tables taking some shots. Still life styled by Diane.

It hit me at the Atlanta airport that I was really back on the East Southern side of things Wednesday night. Unlike in Salt Lake City or Denver, you could feel the humidity seeping out through the walls and permeating the air at the gate. A part of me wanted nothing more than to turn around, click my heels and head out West again. The bigger part of me wanted to be home, hug my better half, play with the pups and slowly go through all the emotions and images of the past week.

Food & Light Workshop
The Rembrandt Yard where the workshop was held - look at all that light!

The main reason for my being out West last week was to teach at the Food & Light Photography Workshop that Jen from Use Real Butter had been planning for months. From the moment she asked me to be one of the instructors until the day the workshop began, the excitement of the event was beginning to make my head burst. A HUGE thank you to Jen for organizing with such detail and apparent grace the workshop. From creating the website, downloading all sort of info for attendees (hotels, camera manuals,...) to gathering sponsors and prizes.

Food & Light Workshop
Todd and Diane (left) and Jen (right) sharing their knowledge.

I was honored to be among the instructors with kickbutt Jen and the ever talented Todd and Diane from White On Rice Couple. I was equally honored to be among such a tremendous group of attendees. They were all so enthusiastic to learn, practice, share and help one another, talk with us, ask questions and practice some more. It made the whole two day workshop that much more enjoyable and well, plain awesome.

Food & Light Workshop
Hungry Girl Lynn practicing.

I had done workshops before in which 1 or 2 hours was devoted to hands on practice after a presentation but this time, 2/3 of the workshop was devoted to hands on, time-on-tool practice. Time to really put into play what the instructors had just talked about and as we were circulating from table to table, we could repeat or elaborate what had been shared and discussed before.

Lisa At Work
Lisa working on styling and light bouncing.

The instructors time was divided in such a way that students got the best of everything that we got and boy we did cover a lot! Jen kicked off the workshop with a thorough and interactive presentation on camera basics and fundamentals such as exposure, metering, aperture, shutter speed, ISO. Todd and Diane presented on natural light workflow, lenses and focal lengths. On the second day, Todd and Diane presented half a session on artificial light while I presented the second half on natural light, both addressing how use either or depending on the desired photographic goal. The last session tackled food styling which Diane and I shared with a bonus styling demo to boot.

At The Rembrandt Yard
At the Rembrandt Yard.

Beside the reward of learning and practicing for 2 straight days, Jen scored some neat prized to give out to attendees in different categories. Picking from all the entries posted to the Food and Light Flickr pool was tough! See the list of winners on Jen's post. Congratulations to all of you guys - everyone did a fabulous job! Watch out for Elena's son, Ethan...Such a young fella but his creativity and skills are already really strong!

The Kitchen Upstairs - Boulder
The Kitchen Upstairs.

The Kitchen Upstairs
Cocktails and good times.

To celebrate such a strong end to this fabulous workshop, the "break-down crew" (Lisa, Anita, Dana, Annie, Todd, Diane, Jen and Jeremy) headed out to happy hour at The Kitchen Upstairs.

Jen & Lisa
Jen and Lisa.

The Kitchen Upstairs - Boulder
Garlic Fries and Sticky Toffee Pudding.

After hearing rave reviews from Jen for months I was thrilled to finally sit down to good cocktails and good food. The Kitchen did not disappoint, from the lovely details and atmosphere to the wonderfully crafted small plates we shared.

The Kitchen Upstairs - Boulder
Mac N' Cheese enjoyed by Annie.

The Kitchen Upstairs - Boulder
Beets and Olives - so good!

I laughed for a straight two hours...it felt good. I wish I could have stayed to hike with Jen, Jeremy, Todd and Diane the next day but flying back East takes about an entire day and there is much to be taken care of at home these days (trips, work, family, etc...). Jen's backyard is like my backyard in the Alps. Beautifully breathtaking and a sight I miss everyday.

The Kitchen Upstairs - Boulder
Chocolate Pots de Creme and some pretty stylish water.

No reason to feel left out if you could not attend though. Jen found herself with three extra swagbags at the end of the workshop and decided that we (Jen, Todd and Diane and myself) should put them up for giveaways. So here you go: THREE chances to win one of these awesome bags very generously filled by Chefs Catalog (coincidentally my go-to source for kitchen stuff ever since I move to the US). Each tote is filled with 4 large wooden spoons, 1 silicone spatula, a ceramic peeler, a 6-inch Wusthof bread knife and cutting board set, 3 kitchen towels, 4 stainless steel prep bowls with lids (love those!).

Here are the rules to enter:
- leave a comment on this post by Monday July 5th at midnight Eastern time
- one entry per person (duplicate will be deleted)
- participants must have US shipping addresses
- the winner will be picked at random by my wonderful better half


Don't forget to increase your odds of winning by entering the two other giveaways on Use Real Butter and White On Rice Couple!

Boulder
In Boulder.

Good luck! I'll be back to a regular recipe posting and sharing after the holidays.

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

489 comments:

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Dianna said...

Thanks for sharing! I wish I could've been there! The pictures are beautiful.

Sandra Bennage said...

Upstairs looked delicious! I would love to attend a session like the one you taught at! The photos are amazing!

Sanditerese said...

That looks like so much fun. Love all the pictures!

salymsmommy said...

That looks like it was a lot of fun. Thank you for the contest!
salymsmom (at) aol (dot) com

missreneer said...

Everything looks amazing. What a wonderful time everyone must have had. Thanks for the amazing giveaway :)

mrsjohnson1982(at)yahoo(dot)com

Twila M. said...

good food plus good photos -- I'm drooling! What a wonderful workshop!

(twila.moon at gmail.com)

c said...

Garlic Fries and Sticky Toffee Pudding look so good!

Kiende said...

Fantastic photography!
Those garlic fries look very delicious. I will have to try and make some.

Erin said...

Oh goody, swagbags!

Stephane said...

Your photos and your recipes lift my spirits. Happy 4th.

Kara said...

looks like an amazing workshop! thanks for sharing.

louise said...

This is the first time I've commented on your posts, but your blog has inspied me with your beautiful photos and tantalizing recipes for more than a year now! Thank you for your artistry!

Grace said...

Wish we had workshops like this here in Canada. I want to attend one so bad. Would you ever consider doing a workshop in Toronto?

I know I would walk away from of these workshops with so much knowledge, I am so jealous!

Just Lina said...

Great blog I just love it and super nice giveaway

lina Nikolova

Libby said...

Thanks so much for sharing both the photos and the goodies!

Cera said...

The sticky toffee pudding looks amazing! Of course, just about everything looks amazing.

rt said...

This looks amazing! It would be so much fun to win the goodie bag..big hug

S. said...

What a great give away! Thanks for doing it :)

I love your site - what great pictures!

- Sara M

jen f. said...

gorgeous, as always - looks like an amazing workshop! love your blog & recipes. thanks for the chance to win!
jen

Heather D said...

thanks for the chance to win! I loved reading about the workshop.

Rachael said...

Looks like a great workshop!

Angie said...

What a great giveaway and such beautiful photos!

Medina West said...

I soo want to attend the next workshop!


medinawest1@gmail.com

Bethany said...

yummmeee. you never fail to impress!

Beth A said...

Looks like a wonderful time!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Oh, I wish I could have been part of such wonderful thing, Helen! You and Jen, two bloggers I deeply adore... and all that knowledge! Wow, sweetie!
Tks for sharing!

Baked Alaska said...

Would love to win the gift bag!

Estie said...

Any chance we can put this together in Chicago???

Suzanne said...

I need a class like that, or a new camera! :)

Nickie said...

It looks like you had a fantastic time! I'd love a recipe for the garlic fries.

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous shots! And Boulder is heavenly in the summer!

Jinger said...

Beautiful work!

Linda Liu said...

The pictures are beautiful as always. The photo of the Kitchen Upstairs calls to me. Very pretty :)

Gioconda said...

I really wish I could have been there. Food photography is my passion. I'll have to make it next year. Thanks for the giveaway!

irene said...

looks like a wonderful workshop, would hope to go one someday.

k_darling said...

This just made me terribly hungry.

Courtney said...

Great pix of the Kitchen food - yum!

Gentle Reader said...

Gorgeous photos! Looks like the food was good, too :)

Madeleine said...

Oh please, oh please, oh please!!!

Time Slides By said...

I love seeing the big picture of how the tables and lighting was set. Everything looks yummy.

Hannah said...

Sounds like a wonderful workshop and very generous giftbags. I'd love one!

Leeshy said...

Lovely! Sounds like an amazing time. Maybe you will all do it again (relatively) soon!
Wish I could have been there!

Leesh

Maris said...

Those pictures are beautiful! Looks like a great time.

Odessa said...

Love your blog! Beautiful stuff! :D Thanks for the contest.

Amanda said...

Looks like a great time!

-Amanda

sheau311 said...

that mac and cheese looks awesome!

Bug said...

The workshop looked great, all of the photos make me wish I took off work to go to it!

Anonymous said...

i love reading about what you do, the places you go, the people you meet and the food you eat!!! i am fascinated by the photography and would love to attend a workshop! maybe one day i will!

Jael Sims said...

Beautiful photos!

Susan said...

Yum! That picture of the olives makes me want more; I just had some as part of my lunch!! Castelvetranos are my new fav :)

Wendy said...

oh yes, please!
Looks like a fantabulous time was had by all... I wish I could someday go to something like that :)

Haniela said...

I'm such a big fan of your work, your photos have the power the soothe my eyes and make my stomach hungry.

What a wonderful post, very inspirational.
http://hanielas.blogspot.com/

A_B_F's_Nana said...

What a wonderful workshop... All I can say is WOW!!! I'd love to be able to take good pictures like you all have on your blogs. Amazing photos... everything looked wonderful and looks like you all made nice friends and had a wonderful time. Thank you so much for sharing all the information and making your blog available to us that can't attend or get out. I've bookmarked your blog and will be checking back regularly. Thanks again.
Nana Rogers

Erica Lyn said...

So much fun! Thanks for sharing :) Looks like it was fantastic!

Lisa said...

Thank you for this lovely post - as I begin to get my feet wet in the food blogging world, your photographs continue to inspire me!

- Lisa, A Pocketful of Chocolate

Anonymous said...

Another give away?!?! You are amazing:
brianwake@comcast.net

Kate said...

Your photos are making me hungry! Someday I hope to attend a food photography workshop. Until then, I'll keep snapping shots of food on my dining room table and come to your blog for inspiration.

toxobread said...

The workshop sounded like a lot of fun and I enjoyed looking at the photos posted on Flickr - too bad I couldn't attend!
- Jackie

-S said...

It looks like you guys had a great time at the workshop!

Sandi

Emily said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time! What a great prize! Thanks so much for the oppurtunity to get one :)

Melanie said...

Love all the photos. They are beautiful.

Dee said...

Great photos -undoubtedly this was a very successful workshop!

Would love to win a swagbag.

Ciao,
Dee

Mandy said...

Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing your goodies!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! That looks like it was a lot of fun, and very informative. Thanks for the links.

denisedoez@mac.com

Cherish said...

Sounds like an amazing workshop! Love all the photos on your site :)

Jennifer N. said...

This workshop looks amazing. I bet you guys had a blast!

cindy said...

I love your photos! I would also love to win :)

Merry said...

I wish I could've been there, it looks great. The food is mouth watering! I love your blog.
meredith ellman
1916 nelson ave #B
redondo beach, ca 90278

Deeba PAB said...

Beautiful coverage of a gorgeous event...wow!

Elissa Sato said...

Yay, giveaway! Love your photos.

Nicky said...

Fun photos, I would've loved to be there

Teddi said...

Photos = being there (almost) :D

Vibrant Violet said...

Food and photography are two of my favorite things in the world...thanks for sharing your experience at the workshop---glad you enjoyed a respite from the sweltering heat on the East Coast!

Diane said...

I love photography! I love light! I love little bowls with lids!

Angie said...

lovely... i am 13 min late. boo.

Nancy said...

You've got such great skills! Simply beautiful.

Wee Jia said...

I really adore your photography skills and must I not add, your wonderful recipes!

weejia@live.com

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

This is the kind of workshops I should really attend. How I wish you would come to Singapore to do a similar workshop!

Daisy Newlywed said...

You never realize all the work that goes into making those food pictures so flawless! Thanks for the insight into the workshop!

Jennie said...

What a fun workshop! A really great picture of food always makes me hungry, regardless of the last time I ate. Those garlic fries look amazing!

Momgateway said...

Too late for me but great giveaway!!!

Amie said...

How lovely! My dad just gifted me his old Minolta camera and I'm loving it...I spent all weekend learning how to use it - it's amazing!

tanya said...

Boy, my kitchen and I could so use these items! Pick me! Love your blog! supercedars@hotmail.com

ammunk said...

I wish I could have attended! It looks like everyone had a blast!

Amy said...

I LOVE looking at beautiful pictures of food, and yours look great! The Chocolate Pots de Creme pic made my mouth water.

Sugarbird said...

GARLIC FRIES!!!!! My favorite and they look soooo good.

Aurelisse said...

Your photos are amazing!!! . I am working in improve my photos and your blog is a big inspiration for me. Should be nice if you can share with us more of the food photography. Thanks for share your experiences.

Cynthia said...

Sounds like a fun workshop! Nice that time was devoted to both types of lighting and that plenty of practice time was included. Beautiful photos!

Curious Mital said...

I love your photographs! I hope I get to take a workshop from you someday.

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