Last weekend I went to a photography workshop in Paris hosted by Elise (the Pineapple Chef) and Betty (Stem and Forks). The first question people in my surrounding are asking me is why I have to go so far for a workshop. The answer is simple: food photography is something different than other types of photography. Besides learning it’s also a way to connect with people who are the same as you. It’s about learning and be able to express yourself even more through photography  It’s about how you van make your dreams come true, because we all dream about a life filled with food and photography. 

People who love food photography are maybe one of the weirdest people (to others), because:

– We see all kinds of food different. How can you photograph this the best? What angle would look the best? Shall I cut it or not. Oops, I shouldn’t have cut it. I need to go back to the shop. Would it look nice on top of a cake? Maybe I have to bake a cake then. Instead of: I’m hungry and want to eat this.

– When we finally decide what we are going to do with the food (sorry, I mean how we’re going to shoot it) and we’ve prepared it, we first going to look at it (again). Which side looks the best? Where is the light the best? Shall I arrange it differently. Instead of: The food is getting cold, I’m hungry, let’s eat.

– We eat most of our food cold instead of warm. Not because we like it, but you will get it by now?

– In a restaurant we look at everybody’s plates to see if someone has a nicer plate to photograph. And we don’t feel bad about asking if we may shoot it.

– We can talk for hours about food and how we photographed an apple (it was soooo pretty with the light in the afternoon). 

– Our phone is filled with photos of food, instead of family and friends.

– We see food and recipes everywhere and we think about nothing else .

So, you can imagine how conversations between “foodies” sound. I love to connect with all these people. Not feel weird about what we like and how we think. Talking about passion and dreams. Supporting and helping each other. And feel close to each other even when we live on the other side of the world, speak a different language or have different religions. It’s a close community and I’m proud to be a part of it. 

Scroll below for experience of the workshop.

We were all welcomed so kindly. We started with introducing ourselves (it’s always so nice to hear why everyone is there and where they come from) and we got a quick talk about the camera and the settings to fresh up our minds. Because of the winter time (not so nice for photographers, since the light is almost gone at 4 pm) we started to shoot early and we would have the teaching about Lightroom and social media in the afternoon. Betty had set up this gorgeous scene (as you can see above) with her amazing pavlova. She told us how she had set up the scene (everything has a reason). She told us about light and showed us how she would take the photo. After that we all got our change to photograph this cake. Funny to see after the workshop how everyone edited the photo differently. 

When we were ready Elise placed some scenes around the apartment to photograph. A set up with tea from Dammann Frères and also gorgeous cakes and macarons from Pierre Hermé. It’s so nice to see how others style a scene. Before we knew it it was lunch time, but almost no one had time to eat. I think after 20 minutes the lights had to get off again (photographing with artificial light is terrible) and people were shooting again. 

In the afternoon we had an amazing class from Betty about Lightroom. She showed us how she should edit the photo we just made. I have to say I thought I knew a lot about Lightroom, but I learned so much from it. Some little tricks were serieus life changing. Next we had a talk about Social media and before we knew it, it was time to open the champagne and say goodbye. We couldn’t get enough so Betty showed us a little secret about candles and told us about flower arranging. 

A busy day, but I learned so much again. Thank you Elise and Betty for your patience, your kindness and warmth and your teaching skills.