In 2013 myself and leading Irish food stylist Erica Ryan decided to host a workshop to cater for the growing interest in food styling and food photography in Ireland. The workshop was designed to assist budding food stylists, food bloggers / writers or artisan food producers who want to capture their produce at its best and take their skills to a higher level. Over the day you will be introduced to the fundamentals of preparing food for the camera, props selection and backgrounds, basic camera techniques, the use of light and lighting along with processing your images. Erica and myself, who have worked together for many years in the commercial food business, will pass on the many tips and ‘tricks’ we have picked up over this time creating mouthwatering dishes for TV, Film, Print and Web.
The response could not have been better and we hope to have many more workshops in 2014! Here are just some of the nice comments people have passed on to us about their experience of the workshops:
” thank you most sincerely for an extremely enjoyable and very informative day on Saturday, for me it exceeded my expeditions and I learned loads,” Clarissa Jane | CJ Cookery School | www.cjcookery.com
” We were all there for slightly different reasons but with the common theme of wanting to take better photos of our food; whether it was for our food blog, or to work as a food stylist or to sell our food online. I can safely say that we all learned a lot! By the end of the day, I felt inspired and encouraged. And I hope that I can apply most, if not all of what I have learned from Erica and Gary and make this blog as visually interesting as possible.” Jessie Stuart | Ms. Cooksalot | mscooksalot.wordpress.com |
To read Jessie’s full post please click on link Food styling and photography workshop and a visit to Howth Farmers Market
“Thank you so much for the workshop on Saturday – it was great! So interesting and inspiring!!” Roisin Lydon | Lecturer in the Home Economics Department at St.Angela’s College, Sligo | www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie
“Thank you very much for having me on Saturday. It was a fantastic experience and I’ve learned a lot. Now I see my photos in a different light.” Kasia Glosnicka | www.divinebakes.ie
“I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to doing my next few shots and see how much better I can make them.” Philippa White | Senior Culinary Chef Dawn Farm Foods | www.dawnfarms.ie
About Erica Having graduated from NCAD with a BA in Art and Design Education, Erica decided to combine her love of food and design by later moving into the area of food styling, covering all aspects of food preparation and promotion. After further training at the Ballymaloe Cookery School at which she completed the certificate course with distinction, she also became involved in recipe and product development for companies such as Unilever and Freshcut Food Services. Now with twenty years of food styling experience behind her, she has covered a broad range of work, from photography and commercials to television and film. Her understanding of all aspects of the job means that, whether for rebranding a new product emerging onto the market or preparing a medieval banquet for film, the principles remain the same: composition, colour, texture, freshness and quality are all part of the criteria and appeal needed to best represent the product. Retaining this for the camera under lights is the skill she brings to the job. She has worked on commercials for Bord Bia, Superquinn, Centra, Dunnes, Tesco and Lidl as well as the photography for the packaging of their own brand products. She has been involved with several cookbooks including The Baileys Cookbook, Oyster Cuisine (Mairin Ui Chomain), Good Mood Food and Kitchen Hero, (Great Food for Less) with her nephew Donal Skehan and The Croi cookbook with Zahra Publications. Her latest television and film work includes the TV drama series “Raw” (RTE, three series) Vexed (BBC), the cookery programme “Kitchen Hero”, “Camelot”, films “the Honeymooners“, “This Must Be The Place“, “Albert Nobbs”, “Run and Jump”, “The Food Guide to Love”, “Quirke“ and 2 weeks working and filming with Chef Gary Rhodes for his phone App.