I was super excited a few months ago when I was browsing through old posts on one of my favourite food photographer’s website when I saw that she was planning on hosting a workshop. I shot a mail off to Tasha straight away half expecting her to say it was all sold out so imagine my surprise and absolute elation when she mailed back to say she still had a few spots open!
The day of the workshop finally arrived at the end of August and I couldn’t wait to get through to the Demo Kitchen in Stellenbosh to attend what turned out to be an epic day of shooting, eating and talking food photography with likeminded foodies.
To be quite honest I was a little intimidated by all the talent in the room…. I mean I’m not the world’s best photographer and after putting down my camera a few years back being scared off by all the politics in “the biz”, I was nervous that I would slip back into that head space of “I’m not good enough” again. Suffice to say Tasha calmed my nerves and I landed up sitting next to hear amazing sister who asked heaps of great questions and got me thinking out the box.
I took away some amazing learning and I feel really inspired to style and shoot a few new yummy recipes for this here little blog! The biggest take away(s) from the day for me were:
- Great food photography is accessible to anyone willing to invest the time to practice… practice, practice, practice.
- Don’t be afraid to find your own stylistic approach to things, finding your voice will keep you inspired and keep you shooting.
- Absolutely no Dutch Tilt, unless you are shooting Frankenstein (insider workshop attendee joke there).
- Above all else have fun and share your passion with others.
The photo below is quite possibly my favorite photo of the day! Of course the styling and food prep is what made the photo (thank you Ilsa and Tasha) but still…. I love it… I love the dark moody feel and for someone who thought that she would always shoot “light and bright” this photo definitely has me thinking I need to venture outside my comfort zone!
THANK YOU Tasha for all the learning and thank you to Ilsa for the amazing food, it was awesome to peek into your world for just a day and learn alongside fellow food enthusiasts.