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Austin Texas Food and Prop Styling Photography Workshop :: Part Two

taYrM7gcYyzWKpatodZFjNpDBolrytLRQObqVFQDQDk Austin was a great location for our Food Prop Styling and Photography Workshop. We got to spend the day doing what we love and showing our attendees how to make the most of their images. Styling a photograph can be daunting if you write a blog, or simply love to make your food images shine, so a styling workshop can be just the ticket.

Deborah and I have been working together making beautiful images for many years. Whether it’s for a magazine, ad campaign, or a cookbook, we love to collaborate on how best to style and photograph food.

Deborah shot the images for my cookbook Picture Perfect Parties, and to say it was the most satisfying work experience for me to date, would be an understatement.

At our workshops, you can be part of that collaboration, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a day than creating beautiful images with other creatives. At our workshop last weekend that was the very experience we all had. Sharing, learning, and combining our ideas made for a lovely and lively day in Austin. Below are some of the captures from Deborah and myself; such a great group, such a great day!

2014 Austin Food styling & photo workshop Big thanks to Westelm Austin for providing such gorgeous props. Here’s a little set up I did with Deborah for our attendees to photograph and observe styling with a product line.

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Styling a still life for photo inspiration for our attendees with this amazing tray from Uncommon Objects.

2014 Austin Food styling & photo workshop IMG_6995 One of our happy stylist/photographer’s pictured here in her custom stylist apron by Raw Materials Design

wIJX_ydvY27sTS82rumu5mNZI4y1HDaTlG0O6vttaA0 Everyone left with a signed copy of my book Picture Perfect Parties, super cool stylist aprons, and a bag of goodies thanks to our fantastic sponsors.

Thanks to all that shared the day shared their creative energy, funny stories, and most of all, thank you for the great sense of community and creative energy that prevailed all day. xx

To sign up for our next workshop in Marrakech, Morocco sign up here!

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Austin Texas Food/Prop Styling and Photography Workshop :: Part One


Whenever we pick a new location for a food/prop styling photography, we like to pick a place that has a great food culture and great scenery. Austin, Texas, if you’ve never been, is a must on your go-to travel list.

It’s not only a really cool location, but the food scene is really amazing. The intergalactic headquarters of Whole Food Market (a quote from Deborah) is awesome, and as you can imagine, the pickings are good. We had the most amazing selection of props and objects, just how I like it, so our attendees would have plenty to choose from.

IMG_6944 Pictured: Deborah picking a few uncommon objects for our workshop.

Austin is also home to the holy grail of prop houses Uncommon Objects.

Deborah and I were so excited to get the VIP tour from one of the owners Steve, and also get an opportunity to use some of the amazing found objects from his collection. Of course I came away with some amazing personal finds – after all a girl needs a little something for herself.

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The workshop was held in a charming little well-equipped photo studio; the perfect fit for our group, and a great behind the scenes real life experience of how we work in a photo studio in real life.

We gathered in the morning for breakfast and a slide presentation by Deborah, and then it was my turn. Lot’s of creative conversation and great questions, lots of sharing, and then on to getting set up for the day.

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All of our attendees were of various experience, so we took a minute to get everyone on the same page, and then all photographed the set up I styled with our beautiful red snapper. The group broke up after lunch to shoot their own sets with our selection of food stuffs and proppage.

Here are a few images from our really amazing group of attendees/photographers and stylists. I can’t tell you how much fun it was to work with each and everyone of you.

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If you are thinking about taking our Marrakech Workshop, this will give you an idea of what a fun experience it is; it’s a great way to meet people from all over the world. You will make friends with like-minded creatives and learn to improve your skills all while exploring an exotic land with your instructors ( Deborah and I ) in tow. It’s a hands on experience for all levels, it’s a safe place to hone your styling and photographic skills, and there’s plenty of one on one instruction.

Thanks to our sponsors, Keith Kreeger Ceramics, Westelm Austin, Raw Marterials Design for our stylist aprons, Uncommon Objects for there kindness and help. Minted for the cool notebooks, and Staples for the pretty pens. A special shout-out to my hubby/photographer Frank and the studio manager/photographer Tony for their technical assistance to all attendees. As always, thanks to Rachel for assisting with food prep and styling tips.

Pictured: Austin Class of 2014, we hope to work with you all again, and in the meantime y’all stay in touch! xx

2014 Austin Food styling & photo workshop

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deep in the heart of texas austin food/prop styling workshop – November 8th 2014

AUSTIN It’s here it’s here, finally the announcement and registration is now open for our Austin Food/Prop Styling Photography Workshop.

Austin, Texas one of my favorite places in the US. It’s just weird enough and arty enough with a dash of Texas.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Saturday, November 8th, Deborah and I will be working with workshop attendees on how to make your food photos look amazing. These styling workshops are so special to me, the friendships formed, the cool creative collaborations are truly amazing. It’s a highlight for me and for our attendees as well.

IMG_2938 One on one instruction for all levels makes this experience one that forever changes the way you look at and style your images. So come and join us in Austin TX November 8th 9-4pm , the goodie bags rock and you’ll be getting a signed copy of my cookbook Picture Perfect Parties! Cupcakes, cameras, and amazing proppage from Keith Kreeger Studio in Austin.

The studio space in Austin is super cool too…Photogroup Austin. I am excited.

IMG_2947 Make sure you sign up soon to reserve a spot, spaces are limited. Log on to my Workshop Page, Bring a friend and spend the day learning, sharing and creating with us!

See you in Texas, YEE HA! xx

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Design Inspiration Friday: Props to Austin

As a prop stylist I am not quick to share my prop shopping finds (secret haunts), but anyone that’s been to Austin knows that Uncommon Objects is a must see. As I prepare for my upcoming cookbook shoot I am on the hunt for great things to share with you in terms of plating food and throwing amazing parties. I was not disappointed at Uncommon Objects.

It’s located on the main drag, unassuming…except for the clever window display, you would never know that there is a veritable enchanted forest of unique objects behind the door. Every corner was filled with incredible objects for the home, table or kitchen. Here’s a quick peek at what I saw. Once I caught my breathe I did a lot of damage and brought home some fantastic props for my cookbook.

After shopping we were pretty hungry and decided to pick a food truck and have some dinner. We decided to try an indian crepe and some Thai food at Coat and Thai and cupcakes for dessert from Hey Cupcake! Austin rocks. Props to Austin and thanks to Steve, the owner of Uncommon Objects, so charming and helpful. Your store is the best, I’ll be back soon! XO

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The Corpus Christian

Meet Ashley Woodson Bailey, creator of The Byrd Collective, a floral and event design studio, based in Austin, Texas. Her creations are just jaw-dropping gorgeous. When Ashley isn’t contributing to Camille Styles, Salted and Styled, collaborating with BHLDN, By George, or other creatives you can find her at home with her husband Brad, children Lane, Byrd and Woods, and their dog, George. I am thrilled to add this tasty margarita to the Cocktail of the Week lineup. Take it away, Ashley!

The Corpus Christian
(my Dad’s margarita recipe)

  • 2 ounces Herradura Silver tequila
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 ounce key limes
  • 1/2 packet of Splenda to take a little of the tartness away

    Hand shaking is the only way for me. Mix ingredients and shake in a metal/glass bar shaker (shake 25 times until so cold you can’t hold on to the metal shaker). I like salt but it’s not mandatory. I take a lime and wipe it around the rim of a short glass (don’t like those frozen margarita stem glasses) and dip that glass into a plate of salt. Prepare that before you shake the mixture. I use ice in that glass and then strain from the shaker and your done!

    Ashley Bailey, owner and founder of The Byrd Collective, has a varied design background with a strong focus on floral and event design. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, she left home for Austin to study art history and art at the University of Texas. She then moved to Houston where she worked with Sarah Bergner and Rebekah Johnson of Bergner and Johnson design. Ashley left Texas for New York City to work for David Monn, David Beahm, AAB Productions and KCD Worldwide producing incredible events. She then headed to the deep south, by way of Savannah, Georgia, to work as the director of events at SCAD. It was there, inspired by the creative energy, eccentric personalities, and gifted artists, that Ashley started creating the Byrd Collective.

    Thanks, Ashley

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