Sydney Food Styling Workshop Trip – Day 3

The purpose of our Sydney visit was to attend a food styling workshop delivered by Sneh (who is also known as Cookrepublic on social media websites). She is a famous food & lifestyle photographer, stylist, and designer. She is also the author of Tasty Express (Random House 2014). Her workshops aim to teach people how to photograph people and moments using food to tell a visual story.

The day for photo styling workshop was 42 degrees, one of the near record-breaking temperatures for Sydney in November. We set off at 7:30am to go for coffee at Workshop Espresso right in the CBD for a quick coffee and toast. Good coffee and super friendly service. It was a shame that we were in a rush so could not have enough time to take some nice pictures.

Workshop Espresso
Photo downloaded from Workshop Espresso

Next we headed off for the train station to get our train to Hornsby. We caught the 8:25 train and did some social media work on the way. The train came to a stop and Bev heard an announcement for all passengers to get off. Wei didn’t hear it but when we looked around we were the only ones left on the train – we were at Hornsby!

Hornsby Station Clock
Hornsby Station Clock

We rushed off and made our way to the bus. We caught the 596 for Hornsby Heights and in a state of confusion we couldn’t work out where to get off – lucky the bus driver (Wei found her scary!) helped us and we finally arrived at our destination in the
bush.

It was an extremely hot day and we started off by sitting outside and doing a photo shoot under a tree. One of the leaders Emma had done some styling where she used macramé, lace, timber boxes, flowers to create an atmosphere for us to photograph.

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Emma is pooring drinks
Preparation stage for the workshop
Preparation stage for the workshop
Lovely flower basket
Lovely flower basket
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Styling with macrame
Beautiful morning tea setting
Beautiful morning tea setting
Our pretty model
Our pretty model

Due to the extremely hot weather, think 42° , we went inside for the rest of the day. We started off by doing a little bit of photo shooting of a table with some cherries that were in season. 

Next we added some other elements to the photo shoot by thinking how we could use the cherries, for example, in a cherry tart. So we got out flour and eggs and different bowls to create a new setting.

Sneh demonstrates how to create a setting for photographing cherries
Sneh (@cookrepublic) demonstrates how to create a setting to photograph cherries
Mixing flour to make cherry tart
Mixing flour to make cherry tart
Capturing the motion of spraying flour
Capturing the motion of spraying flour

Soon it was lunchtime so lots of the time was spent working on styling the table that we were going to be using to layout the buff a lunch. Emma from Emma Duckworth Stylist helped us to create a lovely Bohemian atmosphere on the table. Metal bowls, copper jugs, and a little bit of white lace then was mixed with foliage from trees and some flowers that was going to set the backdrop for a beautiful lunch.

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Foliage from trees and some flowers
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Bohemian Lunch Table Setting

The lunch included coleslaw that was made with purple cabbage and grated apple accompanied by sliced mango and a fish and chilli vinegar to go on the top.

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Coleslaw salad

There was also a sweet potato salad with pumpkin
seeds sprinkled over it.

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Sweet potato salad

Iced Turkish tea and a coconut water laced with blueberries cucumbers strawberries was the drink to cool us down.

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Iced Turkish Tea
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Coconut water laced with berries and cucumber
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Cheese for the salad
Our Beautiful Lunch
Our Beautiful Lunch

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Then we had the opportunity to take some photos of some ruby red jelly set amongst foliage to frame the shot.

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Ruby Red Jelly
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The technique of framing
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Learning framing technique

After this, popsicles were the order of the day there were different popsicles that were set in different shapes that we were able to photograph and ultimately eat.

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Popsicles styling!
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Side view of popsicles
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Homemade popsicles. Yum!

Worn out from the day we staggered home in 41° heat to catch the train and got back to hotel room and relaxed with some tea.

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