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Food Photography Workshop In Seattle – A Recap!

Seattle Workshop 2012

I finally sifted through all the pictures I took at the workshop Clare, Becky and I taught last weekend in Seattle and as usual, it was pretty hard deciding which ones to post and which ones to archive. So many good moments! It was intense. Attendees were focused, diligent and really really fun to hang out with.

Teaching with Clare was as much fun and excellent as the first time we did it together in Charleston this past May. We are really excited to be doing more workshops together in November and throughout 2013 when our schedules allow it.

Seattle Workshop 2012

Kuddos to Becky who not only led the food styling portions of each day and photo shoot but also prepared us the best lunches and a fabulous Vietnamese focused feast for our farewell dinner the last day. Loved meeting Marc who came to help Becky in the kitchen throughout the weekend. Those two kept the kitchen firing great dishes and great jokes. (Above set up by Tina Jeffers

Seattle Workshop 2012

Hard at work at the studio…

Seattle Workshop 2012

Gorgeous foods displayed for each shoot assignment quickly became the best snacks and lunches…

Seattle Workshop 2012

One assigned shoot was to create a picnic scene in the park and Becky worked on a gorgeous picnic basket set up to give students some inspiration.

Seattle Workshop 2012

Marc and Becky…

Seattle Workshop 2012

A trail of photographers' set up at Volunteer Park.

Seattle Workshop 2012

These sandwiches were so tempting…

Seattle Workshop 2012

Another location shoot assignment was held at Poppy restaurant. Chef and owner Jerry Traunfeld graciously led us meander throughout the kitchen and dining room as they were setting up for a busy Saturday night.

Seattle Workshop 2012

Seattle Workshop 2012

Loved the decor and feel of the restaurant. Wide open, with lots of gorgeous light and lots of opportunities for one’s photographic eye to be inspired.

Seattle Workshop 2012

Seattle Workshop 2012

What is a trip to Seattle without good coffee?…!

Seattle Workshop 2012

I could eat this dungeness crab, nasturtium, avocado and shiso salad everyday. Simple, refreshing and clean. To the point.

Seattle Workshop 2012

Seattle Workshop 2012

Squash blossom fritters with walnut feta filling and red pepper sauce.

Seattle Workshop 2012

Seattle Workshop 2012

Thalis are one of the specialties at Poppy. The various ones offered by Jerry and his staff are a true work of art for all senses.

Seattle Workshop 2012

In the garden…

Seattle Workshop 2012

A sweet thali for two: ice cream choice, cocoa-nib anise shortbread, nutter-butter squares, pâtes de fruit, pimentón chocolate caramels, sabayon and raspberries.

Seattle Workshop 2012

Seattle Workshop 2012

The last day of the workshop ended by a fabulous dinner. We set out the tables with props used everyday on shoots, plates, glassware, silverware and linens. A little whimsy is always a good thing.

Seattle Workshop 2012

Seattle Workshop 2012

I got busy eating so this is the only picture from the delicious dishes Becky and Marc prepared for us.

Seattle Workshop 2012

Seattle Workshop 2012

Thank you to all the attendees for making this workshop special to us as we were sharing and guiding. Thank you Seattle for always making me right at home whenever I visit!

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Scott at Real Epicurean August 19, 2012 um 3:16 pm

All your photographs look beautiful! I'd consider an event like this if I didn't live several thousand miles away :-/

Helene August 19, 2012 um 3:24 pm

Scott: I just held a three day food photo workshop in Ireland! That was closer 🙂

Dana August 19, 2012 um 4:09 pm

Very sorry to have missed this Helene. What an amazing few days! Also sorry I didn't get to at least say hi. Hoping you are heading to SF at some point. I miss seeing you.

domonique @ a bowl full of simple August 19, 2012 um 4:36 pm

i can't wait to attend one of your workshops one of these days! these shots are simply beautiful!

Liren August 19, 2012 um 4:40 pm

Gorgeous, Helene! Such a feast for the eyes. I would have loved to let myself loose there, with so much inspiration!

Unknown August 19, 2012 um 5:01 pm

Really fantastic photos! This is the best collection of workshop photos that I have seen. I really loved reading and seeing everything. What a wonderful time.

Mellimage August 19, 2012 um 5:07 pm

The photos are gorgeous!

Averie @ Averie Cooks August 19, 2012 um 6:02 pm

Lucky folks who were able to attend and learn from you; and to everyone who was able to be there to share, grow, and experience it all. Looks wonderful & thanks for sharing the great images!

Anonymous August 19, 2012 um 6:25 pm

Beautiful! Great of the restaurant to let you pop in as well…

Vita @ Juicer Depot August 19, 2012 um 8:23 pm

Great pictures. Wish I could attend a workshop too. I have so much to learn.

Veronica August 19, 2012 um 10:27 pm

Stunning photos!!

EKougi August 19, 2012 um 11:48 pm

Really lovely. The squash blossom fritters sound delicious.

Nancy G. August 20, 2012 um 2:37 am

Such a treat to be one of the attendees. Not only informative, but fun and a feast for both eyes and stomach.

This will not be my last one of your workshops!

kyleen August 20, 2012 um 4:44 am

Gorgeous, gorgeous photos. I aspire to be the photographer that you are, Helene. You are amazing.

Unknown August 20, 2012 um 11:09 am

wonderful evocative pictures, a great inspiration. Will you be doing a class in London any time soon? 🙂

Silver Magpies August 20, 2012 um 11:20 am

Just beautiful photos. I was wondering if you do much, or any post-production work on them?

Dannii @Hungry Healthy Happy August 20, 2012 um 11:56 am

Such beautiful photos, as always!

David @ Frenchie and the Yankee August 20, 2012 um 1:19 pm

This is spectacular Hélène! No other word.

Anonymous August 20, 2012 um 1:47 pm

Helene, these images are so fabulous. I would love to take part in one of your workshops. Please do let me know if you ever have any scheduled in Canada or closer to Canada! I'm in Montreal. Best wishes, Gwylan

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures August 20, 2012 um 2:03 pm

Oh my could these pics be any more beautiful!!??!!?!

Unknown August 20, 2012 um 3:36 pm

Beautiful photos. Wish it would have worked for me to attend! One day soon , I hope 🙂

Helene August 20, 2012 um 4:03 pm

silvermagpies: I have too since I shoot RAW but my post processing is really minimal – 1 minute top per picture. I try to always get the shot in camera instead of trying to fix it in post. More time left to play 🙂

Helene August 20, 2012 um 4:04 pm

Gwynlan: one in Ottawa is in the works for October. Will let you know the details as soon as possible.


Rut August 20, 2012 um 6:32 pm

Job well done, it all seems like a dream.

Katie @ Blonde Ambition August 20, 2012 um 7:21 pm

I love the sandwiches wrapped in paper- they remind me of all the sandwiches you find on display at cafes and boulangeries in France 🙂

Marina@Picnic at Marina August 22, 2012 um 8:27 pm

I had a few tears while reading this post… I miss Seattle so-so much. I can't wait when we go back (I wander how many women do sacrifice everything to follow their husband's dreams?!) Anyway, it just came out… 🙂
All photos are wonderful, such a reach color, even white and glass have character. Thanks Helene!

Chailey August 29, 2012 um 2:28 am

where do you get those glass bottles with the red and white lids? as a food photographer i'm sure you know best!

Maria Blanes October 6, 2012 um 1:13 pm

In dying to meet you and attend one of your workshops, i can travel to sc, i live in south florida! Xoxo

Maria Blanes October 6, 2012 um 1:13 pm

In dying to meet you and attend one of your workshops, i can travel to sc, i live in south florida! Xoxo

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