The past few months have been a whirl of weddings, portrait shoots, styled shoots and creative collaborations (hence it being a little quiet ’round these parts), and in November stylist Bec Tougas and I ran our first all day food styling and photography workshop.
The photography component of our workshop is aimed at the creative beginner, she who has not ventured past the auto settings on their camera. Our workshop was designed to demystify manual settings, as I know when I first got my camera how daunting the manual side of a DSLR can appear. We run through the main settings step-by-step and then we practice as a group, each of us learning from one another. The workshop is hands-on so no one is leaving without having ventured head first into their manual settings on their camera and established a solid understanding on how to access them.
Bec covers a range of styling elements and talks about design principals and how to tell a story in photos by the relevant use of props. And boy was our prop table pumping! My dear friend Emma kindly offered to let us ransack her props cupboard, thank you very much. So in the beautifully rustic surrounds of The Mantle we gathered around a centrepiece fit for a king (styled by Bec) and we talked and laughed, we ate pizza and delicious salads, we sipped coffee and tea, and at the end of the day I hope every person there went home a little fulfilled. I know I did. There is something invigorating and inspiring about mingling with like-minded creatives. And that is the real core of our workshops.
And a side note, if you live in Perth and have not ventured to The Mantle yet, I suggest you do. The Mantle is essentially a food hub that offers various vendors under the one roof including Don Tapa & Alter Ego Bar, Magna Pizza and pop ups to satisfy all tastes.
A huge thank you to our wonderful sponsors: Littlesweet Baking for their delightful chocolate almond buttercrunch toffee (BLISS). The Lettuce Shop for the fresh local produce used to decorate our table (and everyone got to take home afterwards). Wild Bakery for the sexy loaves that were our subjects. Nestle & Crush for the refreshing cold pressed juices we all enjoyed to kick start our day. The Culinary Card Company for the beautifully hand illustrated greeting cards we got to take home. 3 Drops for their beautifully bottled olive oil that made appearances in photos and on our props table.
To see some delicious photos taken on the day, head to #shootyourfoodperth on Instagram.
If you would like to register for more information regarding upcoming workshops, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.