On Saturday, I was lucky enough to join Emiko Davies, Luisa Brimble, Mickey Robertson, and a small group of beautiful and intelligent women for a food photography workshop, which has since shaken up every ounce of creative thinking I have had and left me really excited about what is to come.
Starting off at 9am, the workshop was held at Glenmore House, hosted by Mickey Robertson, and located just outside Sydney. It was as picturesque as it comes, offering a country-living styled interior, a rustic vibe, seasonal garden, and linen-clad owners who look as if they have stepped out of a story-book. Having NEVER used my camera before, usually sticking with the trusty old iPhone-point-and-click, I was incredibly nervous upon arrival, and was sure that I was in way-over my head. Yet, Luisa, Emiko, and the other women were so welcoming and helpful, that I instantly felt at home and comfortable, and all feelings of nervousness were evaporated.
The day was focused on cooking, recipe demonstrations, learning how to use a manual DSLR, eating, and collaborating creative ideas. We were never short of inspiration to photograph, with Emiko Davies creating cooking demonstrations, and with ingredient stations set up around the room for us to capture as she talked us through her recipes (which we later got to eat- yum!). Emiko was absolutely gorgeous, offering us encouragement, inspiration, and endless patience, often re-sprinkling, or holding poses for us as we rushed to capture her in the moment. She encouraged, discussed, and down-right inspired me with her cooking skills- and I am truly excited to create some goodies from the pages of her book.
Luisa Brimble, our teacher, and leader for the day, offered a wealth of experience, and an overwhelmingly welcoming personality. She was the best teacher I have ever come across, offering a no-nonsense approach to good photography, and a keen eye for detail and layout. She made photography make sense (a big achievement for me), and was nothing but genuine, inviting, and refreshing. She was actively engaged in everyone who was there- taking an interest into why they wanted to learn from her, and how she could help them get what they wanted. She answered every, endless question I asked- including some embarrassingly basic ones, and encouraged everyone constantly throughout the day. She left you feeling energized.
By the end of the day, I could successfully take a photo I was proud of, but know I have a long way to go, and need a lot more practice (going to need to do some serious amounts of cooking). But, for now, I have decided to work through what I know- temporarily hiding all of my recipes I have created, so I can perfect, capture, and publish them again in a way that I would be proud of. This, along with several side projects and interviews I have coming up, are all in the works for 2016, and I could not be more excited to start them- hopefully including a few more workshops in along the way.
P.S. You’re going to be seeing a lot of these shots on Instagram if you follow me, so I hope you like them.x