Always try something new! In this case, my first ever english blogpost – since the lovely Meeta was so kind to switch to german for her presentiation its just as nice if I switch to english for her, right?
At least once in one’s life there is a time, when everything seems to be wrong, boring, and one just want to break out! Midlife Crise is it! Can something like this happen to Foodblogger aswell?
At some point during autum 2012 I did realised that the joy, fun & excitment I felt during my first two years about blogging got lost over the summer and it was more a unwilling job to do, like doing the laundry (and who wants to do that?). The result, at least in my point, was a suffering of quality of the entries and more important the pictures. Not taking the time, not caring about light and thinking about which kind of bowl to use when the food was ready.
There wasn’t much to stop me to turn around the “Closed” Sign and taking three amazing years with lots of experience with me. But been a proud Swabian (= area in South-West of Germany) – I didn’t want to go that way!
Maybe it was time for change. New layout? New direction? Or getting deeper into photography, which I started to find more and more interested.
But how? Already during my first year I did came across a entry about Plate to Page – and I found the idea of a writing & photography class run by blogger for blogger fascinating. Lucky enough Meeta from Whats for Lunch Honey and Sandy from Confiture de Vivre created a Styling & Photography Workshop in Weimar. A place I haven’t been yet and always wanted to visit- and it sounded like a perfect start into Spring!
Spring turned out to be deep winter, just like you picture Germany in that time of the year!
But we did found spring on our plates, Meeta & Sandy spend hours into the kitchen to transfer us trully to South France!
As surprise, the usual more international participants turned out the be all germanspeaking Uwe, Lutz, Bianca, Antonia, Regine, Bärbel and Stefanie, which did lead Meeta to explain the Basic Photography Presentation in german! With charm, fun and in a unike way it was all about the five basic elements of Styling & Photography – a short demo and before we knew it – it was ours to start!
Panic! Like mention I’m not huge in creating a storyline & styling the picture in that way -luckly I wasn’t on my own. And together with Regine (with her and Antonia I had already enjoyed a bottle of wine on the evening before) we worked on our challenge – creating pictures for the Jamie magazine which are to be “fresh, crisp, with a splash of color”. Its easy to picture the huge questionmarks in our eyes – how to turn cheese into something like that? There was a lot of trying out, changing this and that bit, different angles and so on. And the big question, how would it look on the computer afterwards?
A short introcudion about Lightroom followed by the more casual part – winetasting with Sandy. And the first time I liked both redwines. Personal I would had wish a longer part about wine & food in general.
As imagine the second photography session was not only because of the light, tablesetting a harder job! Lets face it – its possible but I doubt that there will be much entry about wine in the future.
The sun was out at the next morning, and Meeta & Sandy could make the most out of it. As it was our job to get our hands dirty – crafting and painting. Biggest surprise of the morning, its soo easy to paint your own background, and it doesn’t take much time! Guess what I was doing last weekend?
The challenge of the day turned out to be more the sun & shadows then the styling. Lucky we both (Regine and me) agreeded easy about the styling and setting.
My personal five fave bits!
- Challenge yourself!
- Never without a tripord
- White balance is
- Props are like a waderobe
- No Stress!
A huge thank you to Meeta & Sandy for creating two amazing days, surprises and a lot of input & Goodie bag to take back into the south of Germany!
Not to forgetting the helpfull hands in the background, who made the workshop run clockwise and never running out of hot tea! And of course the other participants – it was so nice to meet you, share blogging storys and talking about food in general!
Read about the workshop in german