I held my first food photography & styling workshop and it was truly no mean feat. A very special thank you to all the attendees, a couple from Portugal, a mauritian budding chef and a TV presenter and craft professional, Anja the store manager. We had delicious food, arranged tablesscapes, has insightful chats and played with our pin hole cameras & Lightroom until the Prosecco Clanked. Blessed with gods rays through skylight we enjoyed cloud & sun at the gorgeous rustic ceramic place KANA.
Heartfelt thank you to our goody bag sponsors Gouri & AnA.
The inception planner who worked relentlessly Guru, my children who flowed with the day. God is great 🙏❤️ My heartfelt respect for creative professionals, it’s not easy.
Sometimes you put too much energy into something that it suddenly takes you to the epitome of success and drains you out of energy. That is what happened to me post my first food styling and photography workshop. Some fours years back I created this blog to chronicle my anecdotes and my journey into the vast world of photography. I have never believed that you have learnt enough , knowledge is perennial. Knowledge gets deeper into food, culture, lens , motion, graphic and most importantly your beloved camera. The inception of the workshop started with the space for hosting it which echoes my desire for style and light. I am so glad KANA ceramic workshop was fluid with every aspect I desired.
We shot and styled set ups all around the heritage sprawling property, our subjects being tomato soup and alfresco luncheon setup styled by me, an elaborate cheese board with styling session tips using elements of nature and rustic props. The attendees parted with a farewell gifts which were generously sponsored by KANA and innovative Holylama spice drops and also including the renowned laChinata smoky paprika from me. We had delicious meals from Pizza Hut, Marks & Spencers which we enjoyed in between our shots and conversations.All guzzled down with a glass of Prosecco which was so gracefully popped by Tom. We shot with and ate off of intricately textured ceramic dishes handmade by Ana Karin. We wandered through the skylit room with our camera trying to capture the beauty of food with light.
A huge thank you to all of our attendees Anita, Tom , Brinda, Momtaz, and dear Anja. I am so thankful for having been able to spend time with such a vivid, talented, and beautiful group of people who believed in me, inside and out.
Anita is an international acclaimed food and travel writer and she writes for several publications and travels exhaustively mostly accompanied by Tom , who is an extremity talented photographer himself with a heart of gold he provides his photo journalism skills to several humanitarian organisations. Infact he helped me understand so many camera makes which were present that day to shoot fujifilm, canon, sony and beloved nikon. Momtaz is one of the UK’s leading Craft Experts, TV Presenter and a Journalist with over 15 years experience. She has a heart of gold and has a voracious appetite for Hoppers or Appams as we know it. She is also the founder member of EatUpCrew which travels around London in search of delicious Hoppers. If you happen to spot her on TV talking to a celebrity then don’t be surprised thats her forte. Brinda is an extremely talented home chef and a pioneer of Mauritian cuisine in London. She has her own care home in Bristol where she attends to the old along with her staff. She has a heart of gold and also comes forward for a good cause.
I am leaving you with all the moments and captures from the day enriched with whole plethora of experiences. Leave the readers with a promise to comeback with a new journey and new place. Life is about discovering your silver lining. I apologise this is picture heavy post but every frame shows the planning and effort put into this workshop.
There are certain moments which make me teary eyed that I would like to mention, Anita and Tom coming all the way from Porta, Brinda making it from Bristol inspite of a major roadblock, Mumtaz fitting in with the foodie crowd. Anja working relentlessly through the entire workshop running the logistics and keeping everything perfect. My daughter who is just 6 but traveled from one end to another end of London in tow with mummy gathering paraphelenlia for the workshop. My husband and I sitting through the nights planning the format and the final show. My infant who tried his best to fit into my schedule inspite of being such an mummy-attached baby. My husband managing two kids while I ran errands for the final day. You trust in god because these silent efforts and karma of the unseen forces in your life make you believe god is great. So never stop dreaming……………………..
P.S : Some clicks are from Tom as we narrated the day with his camera. They have been watermarked. Thank you again !!