February 21, 2013

London Supperclub Food Styling and Photography Workshop

Friday and Saturday past, I was lucky enough to attend a Food Styling and Photography Workshop with the talented Meeta K. Wolff from What's for Lunch Honey, Sumayya Jamil from PukkaPaki.com and South African Jeanne Horak-Druiff from Cook Sister at the Central Cookery School in London.

I've considered food photography as a career for a little while now, but wanted to see firsthand what it entailed and whether I could see myself doing this as a job. I must say, that after having done this 2-day workshop, I can definitely see it as a viable option for me. I still have loads to learn in the styling area, but I will definitely be experimenting as much I can from now on and see how I go.

Meeta, Sumayya and Jeanne are such lovely ladies, not to mention extremely talented at what they do and I would recommend you have a look at their websites.

Here are some of the shots I took over the two days. There was so much energy and I loved meeting and mingling with everyone. We had a ball of a time chatting, joking, shooting away and of course, eating.

We also had an opportunity to dine and shoot at the Chiswell Dining Rooms. Finally I was amongst people who also shoot their food, which is always fun. It was hilarious to see everyone whip out their cameras though. Restaurant paparazzi comes to mind :) The dining room was beautiful and the food, rather divine.

Besides learning about food styling and meeting a fun bunch of ladies, I have to say one other, rather surprising facet of this workshop that has stuck with me, is Pakistani food. Sumayya cooked up a storm for us and we all learnt so much about Pakistani cooking. It's definitely sparked my interest and I hope to try one of her recipes. We all pretty much drooled over everything she cooked us. If you are interested, her recipes are on her website.

I would highly recommend Meeta's workshops. Any upcoming workshops are on her site, so be sure to check it out.

February 6, 2013

A little fuzzy as I type this

I've been a little under the weather for the last 2 days. Today is the first day I could get out of bed and actually do something, despite weakness. I noticed symptoms on Monday morning and tried zapping the flu/cold/whatever-it-is, before it could get any worse and I think it kind of worked. I did everything: skipped the caffeine for herbal tea with honey, hydrated myself all day long with water, sprayed my nose and took painkillers every 4 hours for all the aches and pains.

So, here's hoping that after I post this, I'll have enough energy to walk to the kitchen and prepare supper.