15 Oct 2017 / No Comments

London storytelling & photography WORKSHOP at Rye – RECAP

When: OCTOBER 2017

Where: The gorgeous Rye studio, run by Holly Wulff and her coordinator
Erika Raxworthy.

Focus: Telling a beautiful food story through styling and composition
The secrets of lightroom editing
Blogging, business, and branding tips

About the day:

Eva and I spent the day before, preparing the food for the workshop and cooking up a storm in my small (but cosy!) kitchen.
The roasted squash and bean stew was bubbling on the stove for couple of hours, while in the meantime we baked Eva’s AMAZING pear and lemon mini cakes. The kind of food that tastes so amazing that its flavour is impossible to forget. In fact, ever since this day, it is my favourite cake! The recipe is on Eva’s blog and trust me – you WANT to make it.

We set off to London before the sun rose to start the workshop preparation. The Rye is one of the most beautiful spaces I have ever worked at! You can feel the breeze of fresh air, inspiration and creativity as soon as you walk through the door. And the beautiful Nordic design will make your jaw drop. Literally. It really is that stunning!

As Eva and I were preparing the table and the welcome gifts for our attendees, Erica picked the most delicious cinnamon and cardamom buns from Fabrique, which would be waiting for everyone as they arrived. (If you are ever in London – Fabrigue bakery is a must try!)

We had the most amazing bunch of people joining us. So eager to learn, full of energy and soooo curious!
Thank you so much : DerekAna-Marija, Sandra, Sarah, Natasha, Shyamala, Pia, Amanda, Donna, Louise for making this day so INCREDIBLE.

It was a chilly and overcast autumnal morning, and we started the day with an introduction and telling stories of what brought us all together. I am a huge believer that everything happens for a reason and there was a magical spirit floating around that I really can’t explain in words. We had never met before, we all came from different parts of the world, and here we were together, connected by the same passion for food, and suddenly we all felt like a bunch of old friends.

Eva and I talked about our approach to photography and what, in our eyes, makes a good food story, which was followed by the practical, hands-on food styling and compositional session.

The great thing about attending a workshop with more than one teacher is that you can see photography from different perspectives. Eva and I admire each other’s work but we do work differently – and this is so great, because we both believe that there isn’t a right or wrong way to do photography, there is only ‘your way’ – which you always have to embrace.

After the behind the scenes of creating an eye catching image, we sat together around a big table to enjoy the delicious lunch – the comforting stew from Eva’s recipe – one of the best I have ever tasted, served with a seasonal apple and pomegranate salad and some rustic bread. We chatted, laughed, and couldn’t stop talking about photography – it was like a wild brainstorm of like-minded creatives.

Soon after, we got into a conversation about blogging, branding, and business. There were so many great questions asked and I must admit, these are always my favourite conversations.

This buzzing chatter was followed by detailed Lightroom demo and the Q & A session.

One of those days you just never want to end.

HUGE THANK YOU TO THE PARTICIPANTS: DerekAna-Marija, Sandra, Sarah, Natasha, Shyamala, Pia, Amanda, Donna, Louise.
Your energy guys was infectious!

EVA, THANK YOU! It was an honour to stand by your side to deliver this workshop. I always learn so much from you!
Miss you my friend xxx

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