Boy, did I take my time getting around to writing this one! Yes, I’ve been home from Salt Lake City for a solid week and a half, but it’s been quite a whirlwind and I wanted to have a little time to gain some perspective on what our workshop really helped people with.
As you know, my friend Lindsey Johnson co-taught the class with me, which made it a little less nerve wracking and a lot more fun. Lindsey is a professional food stylist and photographer, and she has a great depth of knowledge that she could share with all of us. Mere and Kim were such huge helps with the shopping and setup, and for being great friends throughout.
We were really lucky to have such a fun group of attendees, all of whom were inquisitive and interested — and tolerant. For some reason, we were put in a room with no natural light (or tables), so we took it upon ourselves to set up our own little photography stations in the hallway near some doors. With our foam core sitting atop catering trays, we demonstrated how to use height and fresh elements to make food look droolworthy. We also talked about lighting, angles, and composition.
Of everything we taught our students, their biggest takeaway seems to be that it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to take good food photos. In fact, when I broke out my trusty little Canon Rebel XT, one of the students exclaimed, “OH MY GOD. That’s your camera?!” I found that to be kind of delightful. You see, nothing that Lindsey or I do costs a ton of money. We don’t do anything to our food that makes it inedible. It’s a very basic approach to food photography, but we get lovely results none the less.
My favorite part about teaching has been seeing our students implement our advice into their photos. Our Instagram feeds have been full of gorgeous shots ever since!
Lindsey and I are discussing ways to work more together down the road. In the meantime, I put together a little cheat sheet from our session. If you’re interested, sign up for my newsletter (in the sidebar) and I’ll send you the passcode!