Weekends, Workshops, Styling and Photography

photography and food styling - a one day workshop

When was the last time you had a really productive weekend? I don’t mean the kind of weekend where you get all the washing and ironing done, plants some bulbs and spend time with some friends. Although that does sound pretty awesome. I don’t even mean the kind of weekend where you did the long overdue tax return and tidied out the garage. Well, I guess those weekends are pretty productive too. No, I mean the kind of weekend where you learned something new, and finally found some time to do something for YOU.

photography and food styling - a one day workshop

Well that was me last weekend.

I did something I have been meaning to do for ages. I signed up for a one day workshop with Carole Poirot (of Mademoiselle Poirot) and Aimee Twigger (of Twigg Studios) to improve my photography and styling skills and be inspired by two lovely ladies in the company of other like-minded students. And improve our skills we did.

flowers, fruit and cake - food styling

You don’t have to be an absolute novice to get something out of a workshop in my opinion. Although, I was determined to actually start using my camera in a way it was designed to be used. I mean, how long can you have an all-singing and all-dancing SLR and keep it in automatic shooting mode? It was more about going over the basics for me, putting it into practice and being inspired by the professionals. And being inspired by my fellow students too, I might add. We were a pretty varied and talented bunch, I’ll have you know.

memories are made of flowers, linen and metal - and a rusty key

I’ve spent so many hours reading the camera manual, watching you-tube videos, and scouring Pinterest for tips on how to be a great photographer, but I learned more in a few hours with Carole and Aimee than in all of those hours put together. I also learned how to decorate a cake so that it looks stunning (I just need to learn how to bake one now – next workshop?), how to arrange a flatlay to challenge the best on Instagram, and tips for putting together a vignette.

Old Masters - an old portrait provides a perfect backdrop for some autumn colours

As if that wasn’t enough, Carole cooked delicious quiches for lunch and of course we devoured that cake.

A special celebration cake, flowers and fruit

I hope the results speak for themselves.

If you would like to find out more about future workshops you can find details at Carole Poirot Workshops.

20 Comments

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    Stacey Sheppard

    August 27, 2016

    I’d love to do this workshop. I mostly use my phone as it’s better spec than my camera now. And I’ve never been able to get off automatic mode anyway. I don’t have time to teach myself so a course or workshop is definitely something I could do with. This one looked fantastic. I’m definitely considering it for the future. Your photos are amazing.

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      deardesigner

      August 28, 2016

      Thanks Stacey. I was the same until the BF bought me the camera but I needed the workshop to help me in the right direction. x

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    Katy

    August 26, 2016

    Oh wow, Carole! The results definitely do speak for themselves – what stunning styling and images, full of creativity and passion. I can only imagine how inspiring this must have been with Carole and Aimee at the helm xx

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      deardesigner

      August 26, 2016

      Thanks Katy. It was thoroughly inspiring. Can’t put my camera down now! x

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    cate

    August 25, 2016

    Sounds and looks like a really wonderful day, your images are stunning x

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      deardesigner

      August 26, 2016

      Aww, thanks Cate x

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    Susie

    August 25, 2016

    These are stunning! Also love the key flatlay! Sounds like it was a day you won’t forget

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      deardesigner

      August 26, 2016

      Thanks Susie xx

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    Will

    August 25, 2016

    Carole, your pictures are absolutely stunning! I adore the flatlay one with the key; so beautifully styled and captured. I can tell from your words how inspiring you found the day, it sounds wonderful! xxx

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      deardesigner

      August 25, 2016

      Aww thanks Will. It really was a lovely day and your comment means a lot. xx

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    Rachel

    August 25, 2016

    That sounds like a great day. Your photos look amazing – as does the cake!

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      deardesigner

      August 25, 2016

      Haha, the cake was rather the star of the show Rachel. x

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    karen jones

    August 25, 2016

    What truly stunning photography. Looks like you had a wonderfully productive day. I would love to attend a workshop like this, sounds like a dream “me” day. First off, I need to save up for a decent camera, still using my phone ! Oh the shame.

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      deardesigner

      August 25, 2016

      I’ve not had the camera long Karen (BF bought it last Christmas) but it’s made such a difference 🙂 And now I feel like I can actually ‘use’ it. x

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    Kate

    August 25, 2016

    Oh this sounds like such a great workshop Carole! And your photos are stunning xx

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      deardesigner

      August 25, 2016

      Thanks Sweetie. xx

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    Anya

    August 24, 2016

    It looks brilliant, such talented ladies, and the results do indeed speak for themselves. I would love to attend one of the workshops – maybe they’ll hold one around Christmas when we are visiting – fingers xxx
    Anya of Simply Danish Living

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      deardesigner

      August 25, 2016

      Aww thanks Anya. You won’t regret it if you do attend one of the workshops. xx

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    Kimberly Duran

    August 24, 2016

    Ahhh your photos are stunning!! I keep telling Carole she needs to hold one of these up north but looks like now I’m going to have to get on a train myself. Sounds like a great day and really informative too! xx

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      deardesigner

      August 24, 2016

      Aww thank you. It was such a lovely, relaxed day. Yummy food and lot’s of tips from Carole and Aimee. I’d love to do the longer retreats one day. xx

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