Aran is a freelance food stylist, photographer, and writer; she’s the author of award winning blog Cannelle et Vanille
Leela is multi-talented food, travel and lifestyle photographer and writer whose work has appeared numerous editorial and commercial publications, she’s working on her first cookbook, and also authors the outstanding blog Tea Cup Tea
Aran and Leela are seriously talented, and it was such a delight and honour to be able to take a class with them, especially since this was my first ever food photography class and it was fittingly an introductory course.
We gathered, about fifteen of us excited students, at Aran’s beautiful studio in Belltown, eager to learn.
The day started off with an overview of creative and technical process of styling and photographing food; we watched Aran style the beautiful mackerel she’d gotten from the market as she talked us through her styling process and gave us some great simple yet effective styling tips.
We also got to watch Leela’s approach as she took photos, demonstrating through her workflow how to create wonderful stories with photography.
We had a spectacular lunch of creamy cauliflower soup and a wonderful roasted beet, citrus and greens salad.
Afterwards, we were let loose in the gorgeous studio to style and photograph our own creations using seasonal produce they’d gotten from the market, the incredible assortment of props, and a little guidance and direction from Aran and Leela. It was an amazingly fun exercise.
It was a perfectly spent day, meeting people who are that passionate about food and photography is so inspiring, and to be able to learn from them was such an amazing experience.
I came away invigorated; the workshop made me assess the kind of food photographer I wanted to be, and I gained a little insight into the business of food photography.
Thank you Aran and Leela for bring such wonderful and kind instructors.