Some of you know I snuck away from the slush and snow of Manhattan for balmy Cancun. Here’s some more details as to why: I was getting schooled at Food Blogger Camp in the sprawling and stunning resort of Grand Velas Riviera Maya. The brainchild of Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen and David Lebovitz, a recovering pastry chef who writes beautifully about food and his life in Paris.
I went primarily to network and meet other food bloggers; I don’t have other food bloggers in my life and I wanted a chance to connect and share. Additionally, I was really excited to meet Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes whom I’ve had a serious girl crush on. I love, love, love her site, the photography and the headnotes for her recipes.
I came away from camp pensive yet relaxed — due primarily to the gracious, ever-attentive staff at the hotel. I learned a lot, taking in loads of new information. And I’m slowly beginning to incorporate changes into my own blog.
Todd Porter and Diane Cu of White On Rice Couple led a too-brief but very technically solid overview of photography and lighting. I’m eager to see their slideshow on Slideshare or Vimeo soon!
My biggest gifts came from Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites and food stylist Adam Pearson. They are my new foodie heroes. Matt was super, super gracious in letting me borrow his camera during our hands-on photo assignments. Just watching Adam work as a food stylist gave me so many ideas about how to make the most of the low natural light in my own tiny NYC kitchen.
Because of this experience I
a) bought a Canon G11 within 72 hours of getting home
b) became more aware of plating food for photography.
The photos accompanying this post are ones Matt thought were my best shots.
Besos, Matt and Adam for making me a more careful and considered food photographer!