Food is a language that I speak fluently in, it stems down from generations in the family and will be something that I pass down. Food is about sharing and about community, being a part of something or even showing how much you mean to a significant other. Food is something that all humans need in order to survive and it's also a means of happiness for most. On Saturday I attended the first Food Photography for Social Media workshop, held at Westfield Whitford City and run by the wonderful; Stacey Clark from Stacey Clark Stylist and Whitney Ng from Dine Whit Me & Little Lofts. Even though I am familiar with photography I wanted to come along mostly for some styling ideas for food photography. The girls were super helpful and went through some helpful tips about photography for Instagram, along with basics on composition and editing.It was loads of fun hanging out with Em from The Illusive Femme and I finally got a chance to meet the lovely, Demelza from Demelza Buckley Fashion. She is also one of the Restyle bloggers for 2014, so make sure you see her work it on the runway at Fashion Central for the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival. After discussing all the tips and tricks, we put those words into action! This was the fun part, we had some freedom to style whatever we like in small teams. Em, Jessie (from Harlequins Party) and I ended up styling the lemon meringue pie and moved on to a glossy, berry cheesecake. It was screaming for a photograph-- what a bodacious cake that was.
The key to food styling is that: Less is more. Keep it simple and keep it authentic. If you want your food photos to look sexy, you need to have good lighting, fresh products; but also need to do your very best to get that winning shot. Even if that means you need to stand on a chair in a crowded café-- go be that fool. Getting that perfect shot is worth sacrificing a couple of seconds of embarrassment. After we got stuck into business, the cherry on top was that all that food was ours for the taking! We got to sample all the delectable desserts and were even lucky to take some bites home too. I was one happy kitty! This workshop has really inspired me to get back into baking and experiment in the kitchen. Rules are made to be broken, so don't be scared and give it a shot.