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food styling & photography workshops in brisbane, 9-10 march 2013

food styling & photography workshops in brisbane, 9-10 march 2013

  I have been waiting so long to tell you about this piece of news …   The news that we have a wonderful wordsmith/photographer/stylist hosting a food styling and photography workshop in our Locale store!   Food styling and photography has been a quiet little passion of mine for as long as I can remember.  It was something that I put aside for a long time, when I was knocked back from art college with a “we don’t have enough places this time however we think you have potential and encourage you to keep building up your portfolio and apply again next year.”  That was followed by a casual job that quickly became a 20+ year corporate career and my passion for photography fell to the wayside.  Life got busy, I never got around to buying myself a camera and I became focussed on work.  However I never stopped devouring cookbooks, foodie magazines and the likes.  Not for the recipes, not for the cooking inspiration but purely for the photographs.  So I guess it was a passion of mine that never disappeared.  Then long story short, I left my career to focus on Kitchen Angel, which then developed into a coffee-shop-come-baking-store and I started to dip my toe into the styling/photography world.  And you know what?  I’ve never had so much fun.  I’m falling in love with light, shadows, composition, colours & props.  And every photo I take gets just that little bit better.          Then during our italian summer last year, I discovered a wonderful blogger, Sally May Mills, who also happened to be documenting her travels through Sicily through …

me, my camera & I

me, my camera & I

  Recently I did a food styling and photography workshop – run by the very talented Dario Milano at Taste Trekkers.  I was both super excited and a little nervous attending this workshop.  It was something that I had been dreaming of doing for years so was over the moon to finally get to a workshop, but at the same time I was a little anxious about being out of my depth amongst expert photographers with professional cameras, tripods and tricky little handheld flashes.  Well it turns out that while there were many talented people there it wasn’t as overwhelming as I had anticipated.  My camera and I became best buddies, I discovered the 3 basic ingredients to using a manual camera (ISO + speed shutter + aperture), I was introduced to another shade of grey (the grey card) and I had fun playing with the props and scrumptious food that were made available to us.   I realised that I also love another element of food.  I’m already in love with discovering new food, visiting markets, cooking, eating, cooking shows and flipping through a good old cook book or magazine (Women’s Weekly, Gourmet Traveller & Donna Hay are my faves).  I must also confess to having a love affair with grocery shopping (the fresh fruit & veg bit, not so much for toiletries).   And now I add a love of food styling and photography to the list.  Food obsessed much?  Perhaps I need counselling.   Well I can’t say that I walked out of my workshop a professional, but I did learn what makes for a good photo shoot work flow, how to use a …