Phew! This is such an exhausting and crazy time of year but I love it! Right in the middle of all the madness of Christmas shopping, parties and lunches there’s the biggest Love Your Lens workshop of the year: the Christmas Food Styling and Photography Workshop. Not only do we try to create the best menu of the year, but we also add extra elements like table decorating and making seasonal decorations for the table.
Fiona West guided the ladies through creating a simple but elegant candle holder for the table and then created a lovely tablescape which was to be the background for many of the afternoon’s photographs.
Our lovely host, Nikki of Nikki Hill Apothecary, had prepared a delicious and extremely photogenic lunch of honey glazed ham topped with macadamia nuts. With a healthy avocado salad and dauphinoise potatoes we were set up for the rest of the day.
There had been a lot of baking the previous day, so we had a bundt cake (thank you Marie Tait) Christmas themed iced ginger biscuits, mince pies, ‘Olaf’ styled marshmallow snowman and individual panettone to style and photograph all afternoon. I emphasised the need to tell a story via the styling, to make the images engaging and interesting and the ladies certainly didn’t disappoint.
I love seeing the confidence growing and the fun that people have as they create gorgeous and, frankly, very professional looking images. One of our regular attendees, Jade, is the editor of the Northwest food and drink publication Good Taste Magazine and an image from last year’s workshop now graces the front cover of this year’s Christmas edition.
As the light started to fade around 3pm we shot some low light images and served the mulled wine.
Plans are already afoot for next year’s even bigger and better Christmas workshop, but if you can’t wait until then to practise your food styling and photography, join us on a seasonal workshop in Spring or Summer 2019!