I had the opportunity to attend a natural light food styling and photograph class with Seattle’s own Lara Ferroni in her new studio space, Spare Room. This class was an absolute treat and has really illuminated the world of food photography and styling for me, literally and figuratively.
Lara’s photography is incredible. I first perused her portfolio by chance, and was inspired to start this very blog. Her photos and styling convey simple beauty found in everyday food. It’s truly inspirational. Definitely check out her site. She also has a blog, Cook & Eat…and if that’s not enough, another blog, Still Life With. If you think one woman can’t do it all, she proves you wrong. Lara also has a cookbook coming out in Fall 2010 all about doughnuts.
Lara also offers a low light food photography class that I am looking forward to taking in the future. If you have ever tried to take pictures after dark, you know how hard it can be. I need all the help I can get in that area.
I decided to sign up for the natural light class first because I typically do my food photography during the day. This is for a couple reasons. One, I don’t have any photography lights or tools to take pictures at night, and two, I like the natural look of daylight.
Her studio is really great, with high ceilings, an exposed brick wall, kitchen and incredible natural light. The prop wall left me drooling over the selection of fun bowls, plates, cups and other fun stuff.
In this particular class, we learned how to style pasta and blackberry muffins. She gave us tips and tricks and showed us the process of what it’s like to both style the food and to photograph it.
As definitely the most novice photographer in the room, I have a lot to learn. I had a feeling I would be throwing myself into the deep end, but I figure this is the best way for me to learn.
Click here for more information on Lara’s upcoming classes and availability.