A few weeks ago I attended a workshop on food photography and styling led by Karen from I Don’t Like Peas. It was a beautiful summers evening, so we took to a local park in Cambridge with heaps of scrummy food to photograph and eventually scoff.
Although I’m not a food blogger, I thought this was a good opportunity to improve my styling skills and pick up a few tips on photography. I also really enjoy meeting people outside of my niche and find it to be a good learning experience. So the craft blogging bubble was popped for an evening!
Karen led us through some basic photography ideas and shared tips for styling a photo with props and colour ideas. We talked about composition of the shot and how items should be styled in groups of 3 or more, rather than an even number as it is more pleasing to the eye.
This workshop made us all pretty hungry…….
The lovely Aoife made us some fabulous lavender gin cocktails and mocktails in these mason jar cups which we got to take home at the end of the evening. She has shared the recipe for the drink on her blog here.
One of the things I noticed about food photography in comparison to crafts, is the angle at which items are shot from. Whilst the craft blogging world favours the ‘flat lay’ or overhead shots, I found myself using lots of different angles to capture the food in the best light. Karen told us that people basically want to view the food in the angle they would see it if they were at the table eating it. Makes sense!
I still couldn’t resist a few overhead shots though!
And we got to eat this magnificent strawberry tart at the end of our shoots! It was so delicious.
I got to catch up with my friend Steph at the workshop too and it pleased me greatly to see her using her Claireabellemakes print as a planner Dashboard!