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

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!


In Boulder.

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

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

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Jessica @ How Sweet July 2, 2010 um 6:31 pm

It looks like such a fabulous time! I wish I lived on the west coast.

dandelion July 2, 2010 um 6:31 pm

It doesn't look like you needed to attend the workshop, your photos are amazing.

Sareberry July 2, 2010 um 6:36 pm

Woo hoo! Great giveaway!

JuLo July 2, 2010 um 6:37 pm

These photos are amazing! Sounds like an awesome workshop!

Sarah July 2, 2010 um 6:39 pm

Thanks for the post! I always love reading your blog for the recipes and photos that go with them. Especially the sweets!

Helene July 2, 2010 um 6:40 pm

Dandelion: I was one of the instructors.

Tina Braun July 2, 2010 um 6:42 pm

Oh my goodness. The workshop looks fabulous… as did the food you enjoyed afterwards!

Unknown July 2, 2010 um 6:42 pm

I would love to win the swag back from Chef's Catalog…

Katherine July 2, 2010 um 6:42 pm

mmmMMmMmm…stomach is grumbling…

irina July 2, 2010 um 6:42 pm

Looks like great times! Hope you have a safe trip back to the east coast. Great give away :).
Thank you for such a tasteful blog – it always makes my day to read your posts (esp. if I am at work…)

Whitney July 2, 2010 um 6:45 pm

I wish I could have attended such an amazing workshop!

Maria July 2, 2010 um 6:47 pm

So sad I missed out on this workshop. Glad you had fun! Thanks for sharing your photos with us!

Adriana July 2, 2010 um 6:47 pm

i would've loved to be in the workshop!!! oh well, maybe next time! everything looks soooo yum!

Laura B. July 2, 2010 um 6:47 pm

Sounds like an amazing time with amazing people!

Kat July 2, 2010 um 6:47 pm

I love looking at gorgious photos on your blog and others. Someday I'm going to get really serious about improving my photos. In the meantime, I just wish we had more light here in the far north!

beverlylynn July 2, 2010 um 6:48 pm

That looked like so much fun! And the food looked AMAZING!

chris July 2, 2010 um 6:50 pm

A bummer I couldn't go, but the workshop sounds and looks amazing! About to take a fork to those beets! πŸ˜‰ Glad you made it home safely.

mistyeyed July 2, 2010 um 6:50 pm

The photos came out great! The workshop looked like it was a lot of fun!

Courtney July 2, 2010 um 6:53 pm

Oh, I wish I could have been at the workshop, but this would be the next best thing! Thanks for the chance.

Toby July 2, 2010 um 6:54 pm

Looks like the workshop was lots of fun. Awesome giveaway

rudie2shoes July 2, 2010 um 6:55 pm

This looked like a wonderful workshop!

Joni July 2, 2010 um 6:55 pm

Sounds like a lot of fun. I wish I could have been there since I'd love to improve my non-existent photography skills.

Shannon July 2, 2010 um 6:55 pm

beautiful photography! and I'm going to have to try The Kitchen Upstairs next time I'm in Colorado, it looks delicious πŸ™‚

RamblingTart July 2, 2010 um 6:55 pm

This is so lovely of you, sharing your treasures. πŸ™‚ Hope you have a beautiful weekend.

snackpig July 2, 2010 um 6:57 pm

the photos make me so hungry! especially that sticky toffee pudding!

Dragana July 2, 2010 um 6:58 pm

I've been looking forward to this post and wishing I was with you in Boulder. This must have been an amazing seminar with all of you professionals!

Anonymous July 2, 2010 um 6:58 pm

especially like the photo of Kaweah gazing up. what was she looking at? something food related perhaps?

jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net

Sara July 2, 2010 um 6:58 pm

The event sounded like a ton of fun. I can't wait to see future posts.

Kristina July 2, 2010 um 6:59 pm

I was fortunate enough to go to one of your classes in LA, but I really wish I could have been able to be at this one. It looks like it was wonderful!

Mei-Ting July 2, 2010 um 7:00 pm

I really need to get some basic photography lessons in at some point… πŸ™‚ Is it necessary to have DSLR type camera, or could something like a Canon S90 be good enough for the amateur who likes to take pictures of food and post them online? ^_^

yourstrulydear July 2, 2010 um 7:00 pm

wow, that looks amazing!! crossing my fingers i win the goodie bag!

Julie July 2, 2010 um 7:01 pm

Oooh to be taught by the best, I really missed out. Next time, next time for sure! Thanx for sharing and recapping the event so we may know what to expect should there another occasion. I missed some pretty valuable teaching!

Andrea July 2, 2010 um 7:03 pm

What a neat workshop! The photos look wonderful, as does the food…

Anonymous July 2, 2010 um 7:03 pm

I'm not eligible for the giveaway but the workshop looked amazing, I wish I could have attended!

Anne July 2, 2010 um 7:04 pm

What a fabulous experience! I wish I could have been there. Thanks for sharing your photos and the recap–more encouragement for me to keep an eye out for future workshops!

Niveditha July 2, 2010 um 7:05 pm

awesome giveaway…thank you…love to win this!!!

[email protected]

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme July 2, 2010 um 7:05 pm

Oh, wow! The light in that room must have been amazing. Wouldn't we love to have that setup for all our food photo shoots?

As always, Helene, your photographs are beautiful. Thank you for always providing inspiration for those of us who are still taking baby steps in photography.

Lindsay July 2, 2010 um 7:05 pm

The workshop sounded wonderful. I enjoyed reading your wrap up and posts from other attendees. Maybe if Jen holds the workshop again I will be able to go next year! I love Boulder and would love the chance to work with all of you.

Carina July 2, 2010 um 7:08 pm

I'm perilously low on wooden spoons (I've broken my last set and currently use one whose handle is only a bun.)

YDANIS July 2, 2010 um 7:10 pm

oh how I wish I was there…love the pics!

robyn July 2, 2010 um 7:16 pm

would love to see a side-by-side comparison of SOOC vs. post-process photos

M @ Betty Crapper July 2, 2010 um 7:17 pm

What beautiful light in that conference space. I'm envious of that light. It must have been a wonderful space to take pics.

sarah @ syrupandhoney July 2, 2010 um 7:17 pm

The course looks like a good time but also – look at that food! I must learn to make sticky toffee pudding.

Jaclyn July 2, 2010 um 7:17 pm

I'll be visiting the West from Houston this week and I'm looking forward to crisp warm air after this tropical storm air we've had in Houston this week. Great pictures from your workshop. Whish I could have come πŸ™‚

sprite July 2, 2010 um 7:17 pm

What an amazing event it must have been, judging by the pictures!

Sarah July 2, 2010 um 7:19 pm

It is really nice to see people sharing their knowledge and talents. Looks like a wonderful time. Great photos!

Susan July 2, 2010 um 7:20 pm

LOVE this site. Beginning to experiment with new recipes, so would love the giveaway. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with the rest of the world– we're so blessed!

White Toast with Butter July 2, 2010 um 7:20 pm

Thank you for a great giveaway.

Jean Sharp July 2, 2010 um 7:20 pm

LOVE this site. Beginning to experiment with new recipes, so would love the giveaway. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with the rest of the world– we're so blessed!

Kari July 2, 2010 um 7:23 pm

What wonderful people the blogosphere has brought together. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous July 2, 2010 um 7:23 pm

I need a better camera. But winning the giveaway would help.

Judy July 2, 2010 um 7:23 pm

Rocky Mountain light is transforming. Hope you all hold another workshop next year.

Unknown July 2, 2010 um 7:23 pm

The event looks amazing! Wish I lived in Boulder and had the opportunity to go!

Annie July 2, 2010 um 7:27 pm

Sounds like a great workshop! I love your photos.

Kim July 2, 2010 um 7:27 pm

Pick me!! I want to win this fabulous prize!

Heather July 2, 2010 um 7:28 pm

That sounds like it was a really fun workshop

Liz July 2, 2010 um 7:28 pm

That workshop looks so amazing. I wish there were some in the Denver area. If I could change careers it would be to work as a food photographer.

Lib Stewart July 2, 2010 um 7:28 pm

Love your photos! Thanks for a chance for the goodies!

The Lady Nomad July 2, 2010 um 7:31 pm

Great photos as always!

Unknown July 2, 2010 um 7:31 pm

Food photography is always amazing and inspiring!!

Lauren July 2, 2010 um 7:39 pm

These photos look amazing! I am glad you enjoyed the workshop. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Tara July 2, 2010 um 7:41 pm

What a great workshop & beautiful photos! I would be thrilled to win this awesome giveaway. Happy 4th!

Unknown July 2, 2010 um 7:41 pm

Looks like a blast!

Lauren July 2, 2010 um 7:45 pm

this workshop sounds so great – I really wish I could have been there!

TRAN! ( July 2, 2010 um 7:46 pm

Never one to give up on a contest… Wish I could have attended the workshop since all my food pictures turn out blurry and very amateurish.. You guys always make the food look AMAZING (which it probably is even if the photograph was blurred and yellow-y like mine).

Kendall July 2, 2010 um 7:46 pm

Ooh I love giveaways…though I never know what to say in the comment.

La de da… Today is my birthday! I love key lime pie! Robert Downey Jr. is hot. Doobie doo… πŸ˜‰

Asha @ FSK July 2, 2010 um 7:46 pm

What a fabulous workshop! I wish we could have one in NYC!

Lauren C July 2, 2010 um 7:47 pm

I'm about to start my own food blog and I'm so happy I've discovered yours. Your photos are absolutely breathtaking and keep me inspired to keep cooking and baking! The first entry I ever read featured your Apricot Almond Tart–what a work of art! I'm more of a baker at heart than cook, so your sweet dishes are a real treat to read about. πŸ™‚

Unknown July 2, 2010 um 7:49 pm

what an awesome experience! thanks for sharing!

Unknown July 2, 2010 um 7:53 pm

Food & photography, what fun! I love your blog and check it constantly. Because of your awesome recipes I finally made perfect macarons for my birthday with pamplemousse buttercream. Delicious! I used to get them from Miette in the Ferry Building in S.F. but no longer work in S.F. so it is a long way to go for a cookie! Your photographs are always hunger-inspiring and delicious!

Hannah July 2, 2010 um 7:53 pm

What a wonderful time you must have had, I love the photos!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake July 2, 2010 um 7:55 pm

Fabulous photos! I've now added you to my blogger dashboard!!!

Indian Food Rocks July 2, 2010 um 7:59 pm

I hope you can come back for a more leisurely visit. There's a lot more to Boulder πŸ™‚

JelliDonut July 2, 2010 um 8:02 pm

I really wish I could have attended. What an experience it would have been to learn from you and the other fabulous instructors. Your work is amazing.

Lindsey July 2, 2010 um 8:02 pm

Oh, I so wish I had been able to attend the workshop!

Katie July 2, 2010 um 8:02 pm

Wow, that looks like it was an incredible experience! My two favorite things coming together: food and photography. Thanks for the post πŸ™‚

Karen July 2, 2010 um 8:03 pm

Looks like you all had an amazing time! I've enjoyed looking at all the different photos and perspectives from the three sites–which wasn't that hard since I follow all three! πŸ™‚

carrieitly July 2, 2010 um 8:05 pm

Wonderful photos and what a contest… I don't know which I'm salivating over more!

Crumbs N Crust July 2, 2010 um 8:07 pm

Wish I could be at the workshop… Love Boulder and everything you guys did = ) Great photos.


Diana July 2, 2010 um 8:09 pm

Wow, amazing pictures! I'd love to attend a photo class like that!

Barbara July 2, 2010 um 8:09 pm

Beautiful photos! Love your focal points.

Christine July 2, 2010 um 8:09 pm

WooHoo! Giveaway!!

KrystalP July 2, 2010 um 8:09 pm

I've got to say that I have always wanted to learn more about food photography.

The picture of the garlic fries is spot on. I'm already thinking about aioli to drown them in.

Leah July 2, 2010 um 8:12 pm

That looks like fun!

Whisk-At-Hand July 2, 2010 um 8:12 pm

Love all of the photos especially the last one of the cute plants–it put a smile on my face. Can't wait to make it out to Colorado in August!

Cookin' Canuck July 2, 2010 um 8:12 pm

What a fantastic workshop that must have been. If it happens again next year, I will definitely be signing up.

Rachel Ricchio July 2, 2010 um 8:24 pm

great, after looking at that sticky toffee pudding picture that's all i'm craving! what's worse is I'm allergic to milk. i think i'm striking out.

Amy July 2, 2010 um 8:24 pm

Looks like a great time and a great experience!

Anonymous July 2, 2010 um 8:25 pm

Thanks for sharing your workshop photos. Looks like everyone had a great time. I hope there's another one in the works!

Unknown July 2, 2010 um 8:25 pm

I'm so glad you had a good time and arrived home safely Helen! I've enjoyed reading all about the workshop and how much fun everyone had. Thanks for hosting this fantastic giveaway!

Jerry Ann July 2, 2010 um 8:25 pm

Wow, great photos. Wonderful looking food! Hungry now – thanks! ha.

Unknown July 2, 2010 um 8:27 pm

The food looks so tasty!

Karen July 2, 2010 um 8:29 pm

I wish one of those workshops would come to Michigan!

Little Birdie Secrets July 2, 2010 um 8:33 pm

The pictures are just fabulous. And such a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

[email protected]

Eileen and Dirk July 2, 2010 um 8:33 pm

Glad you enhoyed Boulder! The event looks wonderful!

Chelsea July 2, 2010 um 8:33 pm

Beautiful photos- comme toujours.

Merci et bonne journee!

Unknown July 2, 2010 um 8:33 pm

Beautiful photos as usual. It looks like you had a great time! Enjoy your downtime with your better half!

beth July 2, 2010 um 8:33 pm

what a great workshop! thanks for sharing the swag.

Unknown July 2, 2010 um 8:33 pm

Fantastic pictures!

Unknown July 2, 2010 um 8:35 pm

Wow! What an amazing experience!!

Pilarh July 2, 2010 um 8:42 pm

Thank you for hosting this giveaway, I love your pictures and recipes.

Alice (fa11enan9e1) July 2, 2010 um 8:42 pm

That's awesome! Looks like you had a fabulous time.

Kristin July 2, 2010 um 8:43 pm

Looks like a great workshop!

Anna July 2, 2010 um 8:43 pm

The workshop looks like it was fantastic. I love the room with all of the windows and light. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown July 2, 2010 um 8:44 pm

this workshop looks like a blast–and great giveaway!

Anonymous July 2, 2010 um 8:48 pm

Loved the photos in this post – the light! Also happy to get introduced to new-to-me bloggers (Elena!)



Pattyk July 2, 2010 um 8:49 pm

Hope you have a wonderful 4th. I enjoy your posts very much.

m July 2, 2010 um 8:49 pm

What a wonderful giveaway! The conference looked like so much fun!

Unknown July 2, 2010 um 8:51 pm

That mac n' cheese & those beets look phenomenal. Yummmy!

Unknown July 2, 2010 um 8:51 pm

Great pictures…I would like to be entered for giveaway~!

Kara July 2, 2010 um 8:53 pm

Looks fabulous and makes me hungry!

Indirect Heat July 2, 2010 um 8:54 pm

Looks great!

Carrie July 2, 2010 um 8:59 pm

I love the photo described as "Lisa working on styling and light bouncing." I think it's such fun seeing "behind the scenes shots." Always amazing to me what goes into getting a great shot! Sounds like it was an awesome workshop!

Leah S July 2, 2010 um 9:01 pm

Your blog is always amazing. I appreciate your thoughtful recipes and gorgeous photographs.

Cynthia July 2, 2010 um 9:02 pm

New reader to your blog – great pixs and lots of terrific info! I've bookmarked your site.

Hanna July 2, 2010 um 9:11 pm

This looks so fun and the food looks so yummy!

TKW July 2, 2010 um 9:20 pm

It was so great to finally meet you, Helen! Thanks for putting on such a great workshop. I love the photo of Anita and her martini!

shannonblue July 2, 2010 um 9:28 pm

Love, love, love The Kitchen! Looks like a beautiful workshop, great photos.

Anonymous July 2, 2010 um 9:28 pm

thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Shannon July 2, 2010 um 9:30 pm

Looks like it was a fabulous workshop!

Deena July 2, 2010 um 9:37 pm

Those garlic fries look delicious.

Anonymous July 2, 2010 um 9:38 pm

Looks like it was a wonderful workshop, I would love the opportunity to attend another one. Very exciting giveaway too!

Bettina July 2, 2010 um 9:45 pm

wow my brother's fiancee would've loved this workshop!

KarlandBethany July 2, 2010 um 9:51 pm

beautiful photos & what a fun "conference"/workshops! thanks for sharing a recap! πŸ™‚

(great giveaway too- thank you).

Erin July 2, 2010 um 9:53 pm

looks like an amazing time! you should hold your own photo conference here on the East coast, I'd come!

Amber July 2, 2010 um 9:55 pm

Looks like s great workshop, nice job!

mayan. July 2, 2010 um 9:56 pm

If the weather in the Bay Area weren't so notoriously unpredictable, I would beg you to bring the Light Workshop to San Francisco!

Until then, the Flickr pool will have to be enough inspiration for now.

Megan July 2, 2010 um 10:03 pm

Lovely photos and food! Glad the workshop was a success!

Mariana July 2, 2010 um 10:08 pm

I'm so envious, hope you'll be able to share some of what you guys talked about with us πŸ™‚

Hale July 2, 2010 um 10:12 pm

I dont think you need to enter Workshop your pictures are Beautiful ..

Vivian July 2, 2010 um 10:13 pm

Your food activities are all so great! Thanks for sharing!

Amber2Zoe July 2, 2010 um 10:19 pm

Wish I lived closer to Colorado! Looks fantastic.

Anonymous July 2, 2010 um 10:24 pm

The light was beautiful! Thanks for the drawing. –Kelly

terri July 2, 2010 um 10:27 pm

sounds like an amazing workshop. wish i could have been there.

Anne July 2, 2010 um 10:41 pm

wow, what gorgeous photos! not that i'm surprised…

Lisa July 2, 2010 um 10:44 pm

The food looked awesome! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

Jacquie July 2, 2010 um 10:50 pm

I'm really trying to learn more about my camera and photography because the right picture makes all the difference! If you're ever teaching in DC or NYC, please let me know!

Susan July 2, 2010 um 10:55 pm

It sounds like it was a very comprehensive course with something for everybody. Wish to participate some day when I get a fancy camera ect. Would love to win the Chef source catalogue for many different reasons.

carissa July 2, 2010 um 10:58 pm

beautiful photos as always – looks like it was a fun and successful workshop!

Helene July 2, 2010 um 11:04 pm

Hale: I was one of the instructors not a participant.

Carrie July 2, 2010 um 11:04 pm

I love reading you blog. I wish I was as talented as you!!

Dawn (KitchenTravels) July 2, 2010 um 11:07 pm

Looks like it was an amazing workshop. Thanks for the recap, and the giveaway!

tiana July 2, 2010 um 11:08 pm

It looks as though everyone had a fabulous time. I love reading your blog, it inspires me to attempt beautiful, tasty food of my own.

Jenna July 2, 2010 um 11:13 pm

Gorgeous pictures! The food looks amazing!

Margaret July 2, 2010 um 11:20 pm

Another amazing post! What a fantastic and informative seminar. Maybe one day I will be so lucky to attend something like this for myself! Kudos to you and your GIANT talents!

Anonymous July 2, 2010 um 11:22 pm

Great photos. The swagbag sounds awesome

unesiri July 2, 2010 um 11:24 pm

Great photos! I'm totally craving sticky toffee pudding now though.. πŸ™‚

Anonymous July 2, 2010 um 11:26 pm

Looks fantastic – maybe next year!

Kayla July 2, 2010 um 11:35 pm

Gorgeous! and now I am hungry…

Lauren Thompson July 2, 2010 um 11:42 pm

Those pots de creme look amazing!

Cardboard Hour July 2, 2010 um 11:46 pm

the photos look fantastic!

QueenScarlett July 2, 2010 um 11:50 pm

Gorgeous food pictures… *drool*

debbie koenig July 2, 2010 um 11:51 pm

I'd love to win a swag bag! Almost as much as I would've loved to be at that workshop. We need one on the east coast…

Sophia July 2, 2010 um 11:51 pm

Beautiful, beautiful photos, and thank you for the generous giveaway!

Cynthia July 2, 2010 um 11:54 pm

You have such amazing photos. I love the dessert presentations and recipes. It makes me happy just looking at this blog! Thanks.

Waverly July 2, 2010 um 11:59 pm

What a great workshop – and delicious food too!

Hanna July 2, 2010 um 11:59 pm

What a fun looking workshop! And I need me some bowls with lids.

Polliwog July 3, 2010 um 12:01 am

Happy 4th of July! And thank you for the beautiful photos, as always.

burkie July 3, 2010 um 12:15 am

i was perfectly content eating a healthy bowlful of cherries, but now i can't stop thinking about those garlic fries! great work, as usual πŸ™‚

Vanessa July 3, 2010 um 12:18 am

yummy photos and yummy food! that's a perfect day!

tj July 3, 2010 um 12:24 am

I want to take a class like that!!!

Jessamine July 3, 2010 um 12:32 am

I'd love to attend this kind of workshop esp if you're one of the instructors!! Will there be a chance to have this kind of workshop hosted in Los Angeles?? =D THANKS! luv your photos!

Ruth Ann July 3, 2010 um 12:35 am

Looks like it was an amazing conference. Wish I could have gone! Thanks for sharing!

Tammy July 3, 2010 um 12:36 am

Oh, that room looks amazing with its huge windows. So pretty! Thanks for sharing so we could attend the event vicariously.

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 12:46 am

The workshop looked like it was so much fun! Wish I could have attended!

Cheryl R July 3, 2010 um 12:51 am

Your photos are gorgeous.

LimeCake July 3, 2010 um 1:04 am

looking at those pictures is not good after breakfast. i'm freggin hungry again.

Geneva Johnson July 3, 2010 um 1:07 am

This looks like a wonderful workshop. What a great giveaway.


Anne Marie July 3, 2010 um 1:16 am

Hey! I love your blog and I would love to attend a conference like this on our humid side of the world. I am aspiring blogger myself. Grand Prix J'espΓ¨re gagner πŸ™‚

Zeitgeist July 3, 2010 um 1:17 am

I adore Jen! Never met her though, but got to her site through your site and I got to your site through one magic day that I randomly search online for some random dessert info. Ever since then….you have brought so much joy into my life…in ways you probably do not know nor comprehend! Maybe one day….one day….we will get to meet!!!!

p.s. Since you are officially known as the Queen of macaron, I also thought you should know that I have completely felt in love for macaron….Thanks to you!

Joelle July 3, 2010 um 1:17 am

Gorgeous photography – I'm drooling at the chance to learn from the workshop! The swag bag sounds fantastic! πŸ™‚

Jenn July 3, 2010 um 1:29 am

beautiful, beautiful photos!

Sakim July 3, 2010 um 1:38 am

Amazing photography as always!

Dana July 3, 2010 um 1:38 am

thanks for the great giveaway!

Cindy July 3, 2010 um 1:39 am

Outstanding pictures, those beets look so good.

Janedbco July 3, 2010 um 1:43 am

Your photos are exquisite. They just make me want to sit down with a glass of wine and enjoy the food you are shooting.

Tori July 3, 2010 um 1:45 am

Wow, what a giveaway! Love your photos, recipes, and especially macarons. Every now and again, I can get a batch of macarons to come out right thanks to your recipe!

dlew July 3, 2010 um 1:46 am

such beautiful work!

Kari July 3, 2010 um 1:46 am

Looks like you guys had a wonderful time!

[email protected] July 3, 2010 um 1:50 am

Helen, what a special few days we all spent together. It was so wonderful to have focus time, learning from you guys and doing the things I love the most. A thrilling and very happy experience. So glad we go to connect. I look forward to more fun times together.
I had the opportunity to enjoy the Kitchen too, it was wonderful! xo

edina July 3, 2010 um 2:05 am

Looks like a great time! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

patti July 3, 2010 um 2:17 am

Loved this post and am just wishing I had the talent to be a food photographer. Happy 4th!

Unknown July 3, 2010 um 2:17 am

Your blog is good because of the great photography..thanks!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs July 3, 2010 um 2:17 am

Great photos and giveaway!

Fresh Local and Best July 3, 2010 um 2:24 am

I also wish you guys could host a workshop in New York, although I can't blame you for wanting to have it in a more comfortable climate. Your photos are always stunning.

Joanne July 3, 2010 um 2:27 am

Great photos! I've been working on mine. Hope to get them up to speed enough to maybe start my own food blog one of these days πŸ™‚

dayna July 3, 2010 um 2:28 am

sounds like a great trip! Welcome home πŸ™‚

Ruthie July 3, 2010 um 2:28 am


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Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 2:35 am

Such beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

Maryanne July 3, 2010 um 2:36 am

That must have been one wonderful workshop if all the teachers were as proficient at taking pictures as you are!

kristina July 3, 2010 um 2:48 am

Sounds like you had a lovely time. I know what you mean about humidity; am on the east coast and not looking forward to a 90 degree weekend!

Libbi July 3, 2010 um 2:56 am

ooo, kitchen tools, my favorite. i honestly haven't exactly left my kitchen lately between the pies, cookies and muffins lately…

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 3:00 am

Awesome giveaway! I love your blog πŸ™‚

Reya July 3, 2010 um 3:04 am

Beautiful photos! I wish I had the creative talent you do!

Lande-Diner July 3, 2010 um 3:14 am

I wish I could take pics like you guys…

Otava July 3, 2010 um 3:16 am

Here's my entry! I've only ever tried one recipe from your blog, but I keep coming back to ogle, I mean, ADMIRE all the gorgeous pictures!

Jenna Skarzenski July 3, 2010 um 3:21 am

I want garlic fries now! πŸ˜›

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 3:29 am

Everything looks delicious,from the fruit on the first pic to the garlic fries.

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 3:36 am

As always, the photography on your site is amazing – food and photos (or photos of food) a perfect combination.

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Fink July 3, 2010 um 4:13 am


While I would love the Chefs' Catalog, your photographs are making me ready to sell my family for the donut peaches, the garlic fries and the oh-so-scrumptious looking beet and olive salad. Still I wouldn't mind the goody bag of Chef's Catalog…


lauren July 3, 2010 um 4:21 am

Mmm, those garlic fries! Fabulous photography as always!

April July 3, 2010 um 4:23 am

Thanks for the chance to win! The workshop sounds amazing!

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 4:25 am

I love your blog! Thanks for the chance at the fun bag — keeping my fingers crossed πŸ˜‰

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Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 4:28 am

Someday, I would love to take a workshop like this. Until then, though, I'll have to live vicariously through posts like yours!!

Chutzpah July 3, 2010 um 4:54 am

Thanks for your blog! I feel so inspired whenever I visit!

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 4:59 am

Looks like a fabulous workshop, thanks for sharing!
Heather Anne Mo

Dani July 3, 2010 um 5:08 am

Your pictures always make everything look so amazing! Thank you for all the wonderful posts!!

Bellameru July 3, 2010 um 5:15 am

Whoa ! Didn't think I'd see anita from dessert first in the photos! I think its so cute how you all gather up together πŸ˜€

The work shop looks like it was fabulous~

Karen July 3, 2010 um 5:32 am

What a great workshop! Thanks for the giveaway!
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Phong July 3, 2010 um 6:30 am

Wish I could've gone to that workshop!

Eunice Chen July 3, 2010 um 6:45 am

wow, those garlic fries look amazing! so do your pictures though…

Unknown July 3, 2010 um 7:09 am

Seems like a very informational and fun workshop. Wish I had a chance to attend, maybe in the future. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway! Those are some nice tools to have in the kitchen!

Emily Z July 3, 2010 um 7:18 am

I can't believe you've been to the Kitchen! I go to school in Boulder and I love that place. I did a restaurant review there in the spring. You definitely picked all the great dishes there!

charlene020 July 3, 2010 um 7:49 am

You are amazing – Your photography is just beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win. Happy 4th of July!

Unknown July 3, 2010 um 8:03 am

What gorgeous photos and a great giveaway!

linda July 3, 2010 um 10:12 am

your photography is…classic, timeless & wonderful & you have an amazing eye!

wishing you a great holiday w/e.

thanks for including me in this lovely giveaway!

Nan July 3, 2010 um 10:23 am

Looks like such a fun workshop! The light in the venue is amazing! Too many exclamation points in my comment but in this case they are necessary!

Glad all had a wonderfully fruitful time in Boulder…

Chef Dennis Littley July 3, 2010 um 11:36 am

Incredible images….wow….that has to be my weakest point, wish I could fins someone near Philly to take classes from!

Yudith July 3, 2010 um 12:04 pm

Gorgeous pictures, thanks for the giveaway!

bunkycooks July 3, 2010 um 12:15 pm

Boulder looks beautiful and I know that the temps there are much better than they are here in the South! This looked like a great event. I would love to attend if there is another one next year.

[email protected] July 3, 2010 um 12:17 pm

Great shots! I'm even thinking of getting some skills under my belt. Thank you for the inspiration.

Unknown July 3, 2010 um 12:20 pm

that workshop sounds wonderful and your photos are gorgeous!

Rhonda July 3, 2010 um 12:22 pm

That is so cool, a hands on workshop by especially gifted people. Food, fun, friends and photos – the 4Fs.

Unknown July 3, 2010 um 12:25 pm

Looks like you had an awesome time and the food looks yummy!!!! =)

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 12:39 pm

Great post! I love your photos. They're so inspiring!

sippy July 3, 2010 um 12:48 pm

I love learning from you. May I win???

sweetalmond July 3, 2010 um 12:54 pm

I wish I could attend something like that! you are so lucky..and talented!

Gretchen July 3, 2010 um 1:05 pm

What a fun time. That space was just amazing! Food looked pretty darn good too. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 1:08 pm

Sounds like a wonderful trip! I too live in the southeast… the humidity right now is appalling!! Don't blame you for wanting to turn right back around:)

Thanks for all your great blog posts! I just love 'em!

Jessi in Florida

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 1:11 pm

Oops! This is Jessi from Florida, guess I should leave my email address: [email protected]


jabreb July 3, 2010 um 1:11 pm

There is so much to learn about photography; especially photographing food – maybe you could share a few tips along the way in your blogs. Wishing all a Happy July 4th!!!

Unknown July 3, 2010 um 1:17 pm

Wish I could have been there- I am clueless when it comes to the photography of food.

Unknown July 3, 2010 um 1:19 pm

I'm hungry and I want a new camera.

angela@spinachtiger July 3, 2010 um 1:32 pm

I wish I could have been there. Your styling is so incredible. I could have learned a lot.

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Carrie W July 3, 2010 um 1:42 pm

I wish I could photograph as well as you all can. I tried once, but the whole f stop thing was confusing!

Leah Billings July 3, 2010 um 1:56 pm

These photos are making me hungry!

Pastrychefgrl July 3, 2010 um 2:15 pm

I love all your pictures I dont think you need a workshop but I guess you can never learn to much! Keep up with the great pictures and yummy food recipes!

d-beast July 3, 2010 um 2:17 pm

thanks for sharing! your pics look beautiful! πŸ™‚

Dawn July 3, 2010 um 2:21 pm

Love all the beautiful photos.

Miriam July 3, 2010 um 2:22 pm

Photos are beautiful. I have really enjoyed the recipes. Reminds me of Europe! I would love theChocolate Pots de Creme recipe.

Arlene Mobley July 3, 2010 um 2:30 pm

What a great workshop. It looks like you all had a blast!

[email protected]

Maria Isabella July 3, 2010 um 2:31 pm

Such inspiration! Kudos for sharing such great photography and even greater foods!

Christine July 3, 2010 um 2:31 pm

Love your site – I would love to go to this workshop next year.

Cam July 3, 2010 um 2:37 pm

Oooh, I love giveaways, and I love this blog. Thanks for all the info!

[email protected]

The Urban Baker July 3, 2010 um 2:39 pm

Hi Helene! I toyed with the idea of attending this, however just couldn't swing it. I will make sure I attend the next one. It sounded fabulous!

Alison July 3, 2010 um 2:43 pm

Those garlic fries are making me want to jump through the screen, they look AMAZING.

Judy Simons-Gerstley July 3, 2010 um 2:55 pm

I aspire to produce beautiful food fotos also! Thanks for the inspiration. Looking forward to new recipes after the Holiday! Thanks for the chance to win a swagbag…

Jill July 3, 2010 um 2:58 pm

Those garlic fries look soo good!

mirabelle July 3, 2010 um 3:05 pm

love your food styling!

Kat July 3, 2010 um 3:08 pm

It does look incredible. Wish I had the knowledge base that would make something like that useful.

Helene July 3, 2010 um 3:09 pm

Pastrychefgrl: I was one of the instructors.

Sara @ CaffeIna July 3, 2010 um 3:10 pm

I would be feeling less left out with the prize…but the truth is I really wish I could have come. Next time something like this get organized I will cancel any other trip.

Jules July 3, 2010 um 3:15 pm

wow, that looks like such a fun workshop!! It's amazing how just the tiniest change in lighting can change the perspective in a photograph.

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 3:21 pm

Sounds like it was lots of fun, and I would love to win a swag bag!

Amanda July 3, 2010 um 3:24 pm

I love the idea of this workshop – let me know if you fancy coming to Australia to do one!! πŸ™‚

Monica M. July 3, 2010 um 3:25 pm

Wonderful site…enjoying it at every click of the mouse…keep up the good work.

Yolanda July 3, 2010 um 3:27 pm

What a neat experience. I love the open studio!

Alexandra July 3, 2010 um 3:40 pm

I hope there is another workshop like that one – looks like it was an amazing time . . .

Fiddi Cat July 3, 2010 um 3:40 pm

Food pictures make me try harder when I make and present my home cooking to my family. My DH is a terrific cook and has taught me a lot about preparation and presentation, but photos make me more adventuresome!

Marilyn Miller July 3, 2010 um 3:58 pm

This is definitely a workshop I would have enjoyed. Oh, I hope I win.

Quynh July 3, 2010 um 4:06 pm

I hope one day to take beautiful photos as posted on this blog. You doing amazing work.

Grimmy July 3, 2010 um 4:10 pm

Amazing photos as always!!!

Shelly bee July 3, 2010 um 4:12 pm

Wow, everything looked amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Eve Lynch July 3, 2010 um 4:17 pm

The food photos are always so gorgeous that I get the impression that they just exist, untouched by human hands. But it's amazing what goes into creating them! Talent and hard work.

Annie July 3, 2010 um 4:20 pm

We're all glad to have you back, looks like your vacation was absolutely gorgeous!

Jasmine July 3, 2010 um 4:33 pm

Your pictures are beautiful! Have a great holiday weekend!

Unknown July 3, 2010 um 4:33 pm

Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway. I'd like to participate in a workshop like this sometime. Hopefully there will be one in SF.

Jasmine July 3, 2010 um 4:33 pm

Your pictures are beautiful! Have a great holiday weekend!

Sallie July 3, 2010 um 4:35 pm

One of these days, we are going to meet – me who lives in Mt Pleasant and you who lives on James Island will get together. I always admire each and every post. You are so talented (makes me a bit jealous), but also makes me aspire to be better. All the best!

Unknown July 3, 2010 um 4:35 pm

I'd like to participate in the workshop like this some time. Wonderful photos and story and thank you for hosting the giveaway!

bellibabies July 3, 2010 um 4:50 pm

What a great community of foodie and photogs to be part of! Sharing excitement, ideas, techniques and recipes is the best part of what we do.
Love all your work!

Nicolle July 3, 2010 um 5:09 pm

I'm glad you enjoyed yourself! =)

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 5:12 pm

So sad that I had to miss this workshop! Hope this is the first of many!

Unknown July 3, 2010 um 5:14 pm

Such beautiful Photos! I'd love to win the cooking set for my boyfriend… he is really the one who loves all those accessories.

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 5:27 pm

Maybe some of the talent and creativity shared at this workshop will have infused the contents of the bag. I could use some of it as I struggle to get better at food photography and writing. Sign me up for that giveaway!

kms July 3, 2010 um 5:35 pm

Gorgeous – sounds like such an amazing time, Helen…with such amazing people. Happy 4th! xo.

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 5:35 pm

Wish I could have gone!! It sounded like a fun and amazing time.

Always inspired by your beautiful photos!!

Rhea July 3, 2010 um 6:06 pm

what a fantastic giveaway! thanks for hosting.
also, my stomach is growing from those pics. om nom nom.

Vicki Carroll July 3, 2010 um 6:23 pm

I just discovered your blog – lovely, I'm so impressed. Mine will be starting sometime this summer when I get enough time to begin. Then, of course, the battle will be for enough time to post! Your photos are beautiful and skillful.

Libby July 3, 2010 um 6:29 pm

what fun!

Stephanie July 3, 2010 um 6:47 pm

So much fun!

FG July 3, 2010 um 6:53 pm

Your blog is such an inspiration. Sounds like a wonderful event.

tamsyn theo July 3, 2010 um 6:55 pm

Great giveaway. Love the photos!

French Cooking for Dummies July 3, 2010 um 7:04 pm

I would have loved to attend this workshop! Wonderful photos as always πŸ˜‰

Stephanie July 3, 2010 um 7:04 pm

'We eat with our eyes'
You may not have coined that phrase but you certainly have perfected it!
Thank you for sharing your passion.

Lynnette July 3, 2010 um 7:09 pm

Stunning photos as always. Would love to have attended.

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 7:12 pm

Beautiful photos!

Allison July 3, 2010 um 7:12 pm

Looks amazing!

Leah July 3, 2010 um 7:26 pm

OOoooh sounds like you had fun! I am always in need of more things for my kitchen:)

Shesjetlagd July 3, 2010 um 7:58 pm

Beautiful photos… makes me crave all the delicious goodies you had. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the chance to win your awesome givewaway! πŸ™‚

Melissa Palombi July 3, 2010 um 8:06 pm

How exciting to see photos of my favorite restaurant in Boulder, The Kitchen!! Their menu always has inspiration for my own table and you captured the experience in your beautiful photos. Please let us know next time you are in Boulder:)

Reluctant Penguin July 3, 2010 um 8:06 pm

I don't know what is more amazing… The photos of food or the photos of people enjoying the food!

erin July 3, 2010 um 8:19 pm

i thoroughly enjoy your photos and recipes.

Susan July 3, 2010 um 8:21 pm

Makes me want to go to Boulder. Thanks for sharing!

C. Tessler July 3, 2010 um 8:48 pm

Gosh these photos are so great!

Kae July 3, 2010 um 9:05 pm

Beautiful pictures and the food looked delicious!

Adi July 3, 2010 um 9:08 pm

Boulder is so wonderful. One of my favorite childhood memories.
Thanks for the giveaway!

adiluria [at] yahoo [dot] com

Amanda July 3, 2010 um 9:17 pm

Wow. I LOVE reading your blog, it brightens my day every time I find it in my inbox. What a wonderful trip!! I am so jealous. My husband and I are amateur chefs and photographers and we loooovvee to bake and take pictures of what we make and to share it with family and friends. I am learning sooo much from your blog, thank you for sharing!!

Lora July 3, 2010 um 9:28 pm

Great pictures! Thanks for sharing.

Shawna July 3, 2010 um 9:42 pm

What a beautiful space! If only I had the skill and patience for food photography.

Kegarnay July 3, 2010 um 9:49 pm

This sounds like a great giveaway!

Joy Davidson July 3, 2010 um 9:51 pm

The workshop looks like it was amazing!

joy.davidson @

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 10:16 pm

The recap & photos are wonderful! What a fun giveaway & continuing the teamwork by offering it on all 3 blogs.


Sara July 3, 2010 um 10:46 pm

Wow, inspiring food – looks fabulous! Thanks for the fun giveaway.

Ness E. July 3, 2010 um 10:46 pm

Mmm your photos look so yummy!

Anonymous July 3, 2010 um 10:59 pm

amazing photos always!!
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DeeGeeRN July 3, 2010 um 11:00 pm

It's interesting to see all three of your photos from the event! Thanks for sponsoring this!

webmailaddress2 July 3, 2010 um 11:35 pm

It looks like you had a really good time!

Jessi July 4, 2010 um 12:14 am

that looks like such a fun workshop!

carolph July 4, 2010 um 12:15 am

Looks like an awesome workshop. And yummy food on the side!

Anonymous July 4, 2010 um 12:18 am

I love baking supplies!

oneordinaryday July 4, 2010 um 12:25 am

Even your fun, hanging out photos are gorgeous!

Unknown July 4, 2010 um 12:27 am

Beautiful photos – I wish I could take pictures like these!

Sherry July 4, 2010 um 12:27 am

I just love reading these different perspectives on the same thing… It makes me feel as though I was actually there. ^^

Mary Jane July 4, 2010 um 12:44 am

Always something to inspire creativity here!
What a great opportunity to learn and share.

SMITH BITES July 4, 2010 um 12:59 am

Looks like it was such a fabulous workshop – I too, wish I lived on the West Coast!

Nads' Bakery July 4, 2010 um 1:06 am

Oh man!! I wish I could have taken that class! You have such amazing photos. It would have been awesome to learn from such a professional. Come to the west coast!

leesh July 4, 2010 um 1:19 am

oh goodness this sounds divine and the pictures are making me hungry.

Unknown July 4, 2010 um 1:31 am

I would love to attend a photography workshop like that. I live in the middle of nowhere, so no chance of anything here that resembles it.

jonahliza July 4, 2010 um 1:32 am

great photos.. love this blog. have a great weekend. hearts.

Michelle Vandergrift July 4, 2010 um 1:34 am

The giveaway would be a great gift! I'm moving back into my house (& favorite kitchen) after 3 years of being away.

Holly July 4, 2010 um 1:48 am

Beautiful photos! I especially like the pots de creme

Laura's mom July 4, 2010 um 1:48 am

Gorgeous photos.

Lily July 4, 2010 um 1:58 am

Love your pictures – they are so clean and fresh!

Jen (Starvacious Gal) July 4, 2010 um 2:04 am

The workshop looks like it was amazing, educational, AND fun… wish I could have been there!

Abby July 4, 2010 um 2:07 am

Jen of URB is one of my fave photogs. She has an amazing eye. Taking a class with the two of you would be a dream!

Becca July 4, 2010 um 2:14 am

Oh, would love this! Your photos are so beautiful, by the way.

Klee July 4, 2010 um 2:18 am

so awesome, thanks for this post!

Amanda July 4, 2010 um 2:34 am

The workshop looks like it was amazing! Thanks for the photos!

Jan July 4, 2010 um 2:50 am

amazing! your photos are gorgeous and it looks like you had tonz of fun!

Carrie July 4, 2010 um 2:57 am

I just ate dinner and am totally stuffed but your photos are so gorgeous I am wishing I could dive into that chocolate pot de creme or the sticky toffee pudding.

J.Y.C. July 4, 2010 um 3:01 am

Lovely photos as usual, and great giveaway! fingers crossed.

Anonymous July 4, 2010 um 3:23 am

Fantastic pictures! Congrats on the success of the workshop. Thank you for a chance to win!

Anonymous July 4, 2010 um 3:27 am

After reading your post, I realize that it isn't easy capturing the mouthwatering food pictures. I think it's great that a workshop was created to gather inspiring people who share their culinary talents.
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{natalie} July 4, 2010 um 3:36 am

what a cool workshop.

and thanks for the giveaway too!

Lexi July 4, 2010 um 3:37 am

Pick me! Wishing I could have attended.

NikiTheo July 4, 2010 um 4:29 am

Someone needs to have a workshop like this in Chicago!

The Wine-y Tomato July 4, 2010 um 4:37 am

so many beautiful photographs! The prize sounds awesome… * crosses fingers*

jab214 July 4, 2010 um 4:47 am

You make it look so easy….I wish pics looked like yours.

Anonymous July 4, 2010 um 5:35 am

Helene – I hope you liked Boulder well enough to come back for a Macoron workshop!!! Wish I could have come to this one too!

Nicolette July 4, 2010 um 6:05 am

All that light is so beautiful- What a cool space! And that restaurant… yum!

MemΓ³ria July 4, 2010 um 7:02 am

Beautiful photos!! I wish I could have attended.

Ashleigh July 4, 2010 um 12:04 pm

those swagbags sound amazing…

365 Dresses July 4, 2010 um 12:28 pm

Years ago I moved from Miami to Colorado Springs—in February! The altitude and lack of humidity was shocking! The workshop looked awesome!

Lori July 4, 2010 um 12:53 pm

Beautiful photos. I so wish I could have been there!

Dani H July 4, 2010 um 1:38 pm

The workshop sounds amazing! Since I consider you the best food stylist in the blogosphere, I'm sure that the attendees were thrilled. Thank you for a chance at the giveaway.

Jenny July 4, 2010 um 1:38 pm

Have a wonderful 4th of July yourself!

Maya July 4, 2010 um 1:56 pm

The workshop sounds fabulous! As do the goody bags πŸ˜‰

Ginny July 4, 2010 um 2:06 pm

Amazing! I wish I could have come…looks like fun! πŸ™‚

Esme July 4, 2010 um 2:13 pm

This is a workshop I should have attended I could use the tips.

thanks for this

chocolate and croissants at yahoo . com

PhotoMom July 4, 2010 um 2:13 pm

Looks like you had an awesome time. Love your photos.

Mikka July 4, 2010 um 3:05 pm

Beautiful photos! Mac and cheese looks delicious!

Tracy Grant July 4, 2010 um 3:11 pm

The workshop looks amazing :>) I want to learn about lens choices! The swag would come in handy as we just received some wonderful starter from the local bakery and my nephew, while visiting, broke the bread knife on his Irish butter! lol.
Thank you for your inspiration.

Sandy July 4, 2010 um 3:30 pm

Gorgeous photos! Wish I could sample! Thanks for the give-away.

LisaAnn July 4, 2010 um 3:34 pm

I would love to have your talent!

Bethie July 4, 2010 um 3:46 pm

Yeehaw! Love me some freebies. Your pics are so beautiful.

Susie B July 4, 2010 um 3:55 pm

I wish I would have events like this closer to me. Looked great with fun people and interesting information.

lovestephunnie July 4, 2010 um 3:58 pm

Pots de creme and a piano… what more do you need to have a great time with friends?! =) Thanks for the giveaway!

Robyn July 4, 2010 um 4:08 pm

What an excellent workshop. I wanted to go so bad. Alas, it wasn't in the stars for me this year. Your recap confirms my desire to attend.

Jennifer in NYC July 4, 2010 um 4:09 pm

Your photos are heavenly. I enjoy your blog immensely!

Holly M. Wendt July 4, 2010 um 4:12 pm

The workshop looks like a grand success–bravo! Thanks for sharing with us.

Alison July 4, 2010 um 4:16 pm

I'm ashamed to admit it's taken a giveaway to get me to your blog and now I'm kicking myself for not getting here sooner. I can see I'm going to be spending a lot of time going through the archives. Well done, Madame!

LaLa Lady July 4, 2010 um 4:16 pm

The workshop sounded amazing. I'm a complete fan of your photography.

Danja July 4, 2010 um 4:18 pm

What a cool post, and a great giveaway. Thanks!

Carly July 4, 2010 um 4:20 pm

You had me at garlic fries and sticky pudding! Gorgeous!

eachstarthere July 4, 2010 um 4:31 pm

J'adore your blog petite Tartelette! I look at your photos every day and have never ever been disappointed by your recipes. Gluten free, my little heart flutters, and gaze and gaze and gaze at your pictures, and try to make my kitchen and home look like yours. Thank you!

Erica the Ninja July 4, 2010 um 4:37 pm

It looks like you had an amazing time. I wish I could have gone too…I need to learn more about food photography. Thank you for hosting this giveaway! Stay cool in the heat!

Jackie July 4, 2010 um 4:43 pm

What an amazing-looking workshop. Sigh. Wish I'd known about it. That's right up my alley! You got some absolutely wonderful photos. Can't wait to see more!


Kim (Liv Life) July 4, 2010 um 4:46 pm

I'm new to the whole food photography bit… but someday I hope to shoot like you! Beautiful shots!!

Gwenie July 4, 2010 um 5:13 pm

My favorite summertime treat is Iced Tea Popsicles.

Amanda July 4, 2010 um 5:19 pm

As always, beautiful inspiring photos!

Cyndi July 4, 2010 um 5:23 pm

They couldn't have chosen a better instructor — your photos are so gorgeous!

Unknown July 4, 2010 um 5:34 pm

Looks like a great workshop. Wish I could've be there.

hightechartist July 4, 2010 um 5:45 pm

Beautiful photography! Very well written recipes, everything I tried worked out great! Thank you for inspiration! I would love to win Chef Catalog giveaway.

Jessica July 4, 2010 um 5:52 pm

That work shop looks amazing. I wish I had your skills.

Heather July 4, 2010 um 6:01 pm

another inspiring post with beautiful photos. thank you, helene!

Unknown July 4, 2010 um 6:04 pm

I would love to be able to take pictures like yours. I think I might need to upgrade cameras first! What a great giveaway- my roommate moved out and took most of our (well really hers)kitchen supplies with her!

Melissa @ For the Love of Health July 4, 2010 um 6:09 pm

What an amazing conference!! Your photos are really fantastic!

Cindy July 4, 2010 um 6:21 pm

I love you site and visit it at least twice a week. Your food is amazing.

Kare July 4, 2010 um 6:29 pm

Looks like it was a terrific workshop. *So* wish I could have attended!

Anonymous July 4, 2010 um 6:31 pm

Sounds like a fantastic workshop! Thanks for sharing!

rose July 4, 2010 um 7:38 pm

Glad you enjoyed Utah and Colorado!! We also love our low humidity and wonderful vistas!

Unknown July 4, 2010 um 7:51 pm

Look like a lot of fun!

Unknown July 4, 2010 um 8:28 pm

Sounds absolutely wonderful. And count me in for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

Jean at The Delightful Repast July 4, 2010 um 8:58 pm

I could definitely use the workshop! Being a low-tech kinda gal with no aptitude for electronic gadgetry is definitely a handicap for a blogger, but I can cook!

Anonymous July 4, 2010 um 9:40 pm

Wow. Beautiful photos. I want some of that sticky toffee pudding now…

PhDKid July 4, 2010 um 9:52 pm

Looks like fun.

Stacy (Little Blue Hen) July 4, 2010 um 10:49 pm

Looks like the workshop was great! I could definitely use some new wooden spoons, too.

Jade July 4, 2010 um 11:21 pm

The photography workshop looks like tons of fun! I wish I could have been there. I'll definitely need to keep working on my food-styling and photo shooting skills. Your website is always such lovely inspiration!

Knitopia July 4, 2010 um 11:26 pm

Yeah, I'm not sure I could live in the land of muggy summers again. I exited an airport in Virginia one summer at midnight and smacked into a figurative wall of heat and humidity. Yuck!

Stephanie-Oh July 4, 2010 um 11:56 pm

Sounds like a really wonderful time was had by all! You can never have too many spatulas or wooden spoons. I love kitchen goodies! Stephanie-Oh

BarbR July 5, 2010 um 12:10 am

great photos!

tt July 5, 2010 um 12:26 am

love your photos

taryntravis @ gmail dot com

Michele July 5, 2010 um 12:50 am

Gorgeous photo's…great giveaway!

Anonymous July 5, 2010 um 1:11 am

I wish I had the dough to get a good camera and the talent to pull these lovely pics off! Wow!

(jayne.leepj [at] gmail [dot] com)

SheilaM July 5, 2010 um 1:16 am

Love your blog…and your photography is AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for the giveaway! SheilaM – [email protected]

Anonymous July 5, 2010 um 1:30 am

Those garlic fries look fantastic!

Anonymous July 5, 2010 um 1:32 am

Love love love love it!

Hettar7 July 5, 2010 um 2:18 am

Styling is important, but Lighting is Key. I never appreciated it before until I started trying to take pictures myself. Taking good pictures is hard. It's good that there are workshops like this to help.

Dianna July 5, 2010 um 2:24 am

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

Sandra Bennage July 5, 2010 um 3:03 am

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

Sanditerese July 5, 2010 um 3:07 am

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

salymsmommy July 5, 2010 um 3:17 am

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

missreneer July 5, 2010 um 3:18 am

Everything looks amazing. What a wonderful time everyone must have had. Thanks for the amazing giveaway πŸ™‚


Twila M. July 5, 2010 um 3:44 am

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

(twila.moon at

pandapotamus July 5, 2010 um 4:22 am

Garlic Fries and Sticky Toffee Pudding look so good!

Kiende July 5, 2010 um 4:31 am

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

Unknown July 5, 2010 um 5:51 am

Oh goody, swagbags!

Stephane July 5, 2010 um 6:00 am

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

Kara July 5, 2010 um 6:15 am

looks like an amazing workshop! thanks for sharing.

louise July 5, 2010 um 6:28 am

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 July 5, 2010 um 6:37 am

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!

Lina July 5, 2010 um 6:52 am

Great blog I just love it and super nice giveaway

lina Nikolova

Libby July 5, 2010 um 7:50 am

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

Cera July 5, 2010 um 8:22 am

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

Unknown July 5, 2010 um 8:40 am

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

S. July 5, 2010 um 9:34 am

What a great give away! Thanks for doing it πŸ™‚

I love your site – what great pictures!

– Sara M

jen f. July 5, 2010 um 11:11 am

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

Heather D July 5, 2010 um 12:59 pm

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

Rachael July 5, 2010 um 1:18 pm

Looks like a great workshop!

Angie July 5, 2010 um 1:19 pm

What a great giveaway and such beautiful photos!

Medina West July 5, 2010 um 1:22 pm

I soo want to attend the next workshop!

[email protected]

Bethany July 5, 2010 um 1:23 pm

yummmeee. you never fail to impress!

Beth A July 5, 2010 um 1:35 pm

Looks like a wonderful time!

Patricia Scarpin July 5, 2010 um 1:56 pm

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 July 5, 2010 um 2:48 pm

Would love to win the gift bag!

Estie July 5, 2010 um 2:53 pm

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

Suze July 5, 2010 um 3:15 pm

I need a class like that, or a new camera! πŸ™‚

Nickie July 5, 2010 um 3:25 pm

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

Unknown July 5, 2010 um 3:28 pm

Gorgeous shots! And Boulder is heavenly in the summer!

Jinger July 5, 2010 um 3:33 pm

Beautiful work!

Linda Liu July 5, 2010 um 3:49 pm

The pictures are beautiful as always. The photo of the Kitchen Upstairs calls to me. Very pretty πŸ™‚

Gioconda July 5, 2010 um 4:07 pm

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 July 5, 2010 um 4:16 pm

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

kyli July 5, 2010 um 5:04 pm

This just made me terribly hungry.

Courtney July 5, 2010 um 5:32 pm

Great pix of the Kitchen food – yum!

Gentle Reader July 5, 2010 um 5:38 pm

Gorgeous photos! Looks like the food was good, too πŸ™‚

Madeleine July 5, 2010 um 5:46 pm

Oh please, oh please, oh please!!!

Time Slides By July 5, 2010 um 7:09 pm

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

Hannah July 5, 2010 um 7:13 pm

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

Leeshy July 5, 2010 um 7:29 pm

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


Maris July 5, 2010 um 7:29 pm

Those pictures are beautiful! Looks like a great time.

Danielle July 5, 2010 um 7:33 pm

Love your blog! Beautiful stuff! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the contest.

Unknown July 5, 2010 um 8:03 pm

Looks like a great time!


sheau311 July 5, 2010 um 8:03 pm

that mac and cheese looks awesome!

Bug July 5, 2010 um 8:34 pm

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

Anonymous July 5, 2010 um 9:13 pm

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 July 5, 2010 um 9:21 pm

Beautiful photos!

Susan July 5, 2010 um 10:08 pm

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

Wendy July 5, 2010 um 10:16 pm

oh yes, please!
Looks like a fantabulous time was had by all… I wish I could someday go to something like that πŸ™‚

Nanasniftynitch July 5, 2010 um 10:45 pm

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 July 5, 2010 um 10:54 pm

So much fun! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Looks like it was fantastic!

Anonymous July 5, 2010 um 11:01 pm

Another give away?!?! You are amazing:
[email protected]

Kate July 5, 2010 um 11:17 pm

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.

Anonymous July 5, 2010 um 11:48 pm

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 July 5, 2010 um 11:58 pm

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


Emily July 6, 2010 um 12:06 am

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

Melanie July 6, 2010 um 12:17 am

Love all the photos. They are beautiful.

Dee July 6, 2010 um 12:49 am

Great photos -undoubtedly this was a very successful workshop!

Would love to win a swagbag.


Mandy July 6, 2010 um 12:57 am

Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing your goodies!!

Anonymous July 6, 2010 um 1:06 am

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

[email protected]

Cherish July 6, 2010 um 1:23 am

Sounds like an amazing workshop! Love all the photos on your site πŸ™‚

Jennifer N. July 6, 2010 um 1:30 am

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

Unknown July 6, 2010 um 2:25 am

I love your photos! I would also love to win πŸ™‚

Merry July 6, 2010 um 2:34 am

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 July 6, 2010 um 2:47 am

Beautiful coverage of a gorgeous event…wow!

Elissa Sato July 6, 2010 um 3:03 am

Yay, giveaway! Love your photos.

Nick July 6, 2010 um 3:03 am

Fun photos, I would've loved to be there

Teddi July 6, 2010 um 3:28 am

Photos = being there (almost) πŸ˜€

Vibrant Violet July 6, 2010 um 3:31 am

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 July 6, 2010 um 3:34 am

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

Angie July 6, 2010 um 4:13 am

lovely… i am 13 min late. boo.

Nancy July 6, 2010 um 5:14 am

You've got such great skills! Simply beautiful.

Wee Jia July 6, 2010 um 8:23 am

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

[email protected]

Shirley @ Kokken69 July 6, 2010 um 12:08 pm

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

Dani L July 6, 2010 um 2:12 pm

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

Jennie July 6, 2010 um 2:45 pm

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 July 6, 2010 um 4:11 pm

Too late for me but great giveaway!!!

Amie July 6, 2010 um 9:28 pm

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 July 6, 2010 um 9:34 pm

Boy, my kitchen and I could so use these items! Pick me! Love your blog! [email protected]

ammunk July 7, 2010 um 3:58 pm

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

Amy L July 7, 2010 um 8:51 pm

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

Sugarbird July 8, 2010 um 10:13 pm

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

Unknown July 19, 2010 um 9:50 pm

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 June 30, 2011 um 3:48 am

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 July 4, 2011 um 2:27 am

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

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