I LOVED teaching the hands-on food blogging workshop at Digital Family Summit (linked to “class notes”), even though preparing for it at the last minute certainly did add a little bit of stress to an already busy time of year. Although my food photography confidence is not as high as I might like it to be, I am passionate about food and admit that I do it well. I was grateful to have the chance to spend some extra one-on-one time with Robin Zachary, a professional stylist, to gain a few tips on making my food pictures a little more visually appealing.
I’m still working on that (Honestly, I could use a few more weeks of throwing ideas around).
My two youngest kids and Robin’s son were critical in setting up the room. We had a crafting table FULL of supplies and paper, pens, and glue.
We had a props table, which included a mock photo shoot to the side to spark ideas and inspiration.
And there were backdrops and table clothes galore for the attendees to chose from.
Really helpful tip: grab a bunch of foam core board from the dollar store and cover it with your favorite pretty wrapping paper. Voila! Instant fancy background for your pictures!
We had a cupcake table with 150 fresh-baked cupcakes and almost as many cups of colorful sprinkles (that the kids organized by color).
And, of course, we had the frosting station with trays full of ingredients, mixing bowls, and carefully guarded hand mixers and mega-bottles of food coloring (the blue has finally worn off my hands).
The lesson: hands-on cupcake-decorating, prop-wrangling, photo-taking workshops are a whole lot of work to put together but they are so much fun.
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