Cape Cod Photography, Styling, & Cheesemaking Workshop

Cape Cod Photography, Styling, & Cheesemaking Workshop

Just a little over a month ago, Eva and I were in the midst of hosting our photography, styling, and cheesemaking workshop in an adorable little lakeside cottage in Plymouth, MA. Now, as I write this post, we’re relaxing in a lovely apartment in downtown Stockholm with Izy, ready to head south for our Sweden workshop.

I can’t believe how quickly the past month has flown by, and that another workshop is just days away from beginning! Our last one was amazing (in case you couldn’t tell from the epic cheese spread above). We spent the weekend in a cozy little cottage on the ponds of Plymouth, surrounded by perfect New England spring weather and great company. We ate tons of food, including savory french toast, delicious clam chowder, caramelized ramp dip, and a strawberry gingerbread dutch baby (recipe for that coming soon!). We celebrated two birthdays. We ate cheese. We made cheese. We ate more cheese. It was awesome.

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Chai-Almond Thumbprints, a Sweden Workshop, and your worth as a food blogger

Chai-Almond Thumbprints, a Sweden Workshop, and your worth as a food blogger

This post has been taking shape in my head for over a year now. It began with my first EatingWell shoot, had some well-established roots by the time I ditched my cookbook deal, and became a topic I realized I wanted to address last fall, after Eva and I discussed professional photo shoots and rates with our upstate NY workshop attendees. It sat in the back of my mind up until a few days ago, when hearing Alanna briefly revisit her own very similar cookbook experience and talking with Eva about how nice it is to be responsible for just one thing on a shoot brought it to the forefront. So let’s have at it, because there’s no time like the present. (Note, if you have absolutely zero interest in this topic and only care about workshops and/or cookies, skip way ahead.)

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Asheville Photography, Styling, & Fly Fishing Workshop on Cold Mountain

Asheville Photography, Styling, & Fly Fishing Workshop

Just a few weeks ago, Eva Kosmas Flores and I were driving south with a multitude of props, cookware, dishware, and camera equipment packed into our rental car, which I have retroactively named Angie. (This felt necessary as I returned the trusty little Dodge Avenger ten days later, and was quite sad when I realized our journey was at an end.) Angie endured a minor encounter with a snow bank, a harrowing trip down I-87S through ice and snow at an average speed of 30mph, many runs from our cottage to downtown Asheville, an afternoon quest for beer and nightcrawlers, and a journey back north by way of New York City, and mostly while carrying many hundreds of pounds of extra weight that required tetris-like packing skills and made braking on the highway slightly scary. You’re a champ, Angie. (Also, please don’t tell anyone about all the shameful road trip snacks Eva and I ate…)

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Photography & Styling Workshop | Upstate New York

Autumn Upstate New York Photography & Styling Workshop

As many of you know, I spent the first weekend of October hosting a food photography and styling workshop with the lovely and talented Eva Kosmas Flores. Our locale was less than an hour away from my hometown in upstate New York, and Eva and I spent the days preceding the event filling baskets with produce from the farm stands peppered throughout the Schoharie Valley and taking over my parents’ house/cars/lives with props, boxes of dishes, cookware, and food. On Friday morning we traveled through winding back roads and up a steep, lengthy gravel driveway to arrive at a gorgeous renovated barn overlooking rolling hillsides of fall foliage. Our attendees Ashley, Bonnie, Linda, Sam, Summer, Sylvia, and Willow filtered in during the early evening, and we enjoyed dinner on the deck in the (very!) crisp fall air before retiring inside to huddle around the fire (that we managed to get going eventually). (NB: It is best to build a fire before the sun sets and you’re cold.)

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Adventures in Cooking + Reclaiming Provincial: Fall Photography & Styling Workshop!

You guys! I have been so super excited to share this news with you, which has been in the making for several months now: The amazingly talented Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking and I will be hosting a food photography and styling workshop this fall in upstate New York!!

Eva and I began talking about this workshop a few months back, when she approached me with a few ideas for collaborations. If I may take a moment to be a bit honest and real here, that phone call from her could not have come at a better time for me. She and I spoke mere days after I had officially turned down my book deal. I was house-sitting for my parents at the time by myself, wondering if I’d made the right decision or simply backed out of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because it terrified me. But as she and I discussed possible future projects involving things that I actually felt inspired to do, I realized that I had absolutely made the right decision. Being free of something as weighty and time consuming as that book deal meant room for an opportunity that I was truly excited about: hosting a fun, amazing event with one of my favorite gals ever, with individuals who share our passion for food and photography. I am so insanely thrilled.

This workshop is also dear to me for another reason: it will be held in Margaretville, NY, which is only an hour away from the home I grew up in. (Mom dropping in with a tray of brownies = very likely. Also, we’ll be taking a little trip over to my favorite upstate NY farmers’ market.) And it is happening the first weekend in October, only a few days before my birthday! The workshop will be held in a beautifully renovated 19th century barn that’s located on a 300-acre mountain side. (Read: 300 acres of eye-melting early October upstate NY foliage. Alternate translation: pure fall heaven.) The workshop is 2.5 days, running from Friday the 3rd to Monday the 6th. We’ll be focusing on photography and propping/styling, as well as covering post-processing techniques in Lightroom. Plus there will be lots of delicious food, obv. You can read all the details about and sign up for the event here. And check out the gorgeous video that Eva made above! Please do let us know if you have any questions that aren’t covered by the event description. We hope to see you there! ♥

Also, a big thanks to Meghann Rader for the use of her beautiful artwork on our event flyer. You can see more of her work on her website, and also check out her pieces for sale on her Etsy shop.