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atlanta food/prop styling and photography workshop


We all had the best time Saturday at our Prop/Food Styling workshop at the Scott Lowden Photography Studio. Let me just say the was the perfect venue. What a beautiful place to work all day. Everyone arrived at 9am, and then after proper introductions we got started with 2 slide presentations: one by moi and one by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn (our incredible photographer). I shared styling tips and she talked about photography. We had students of all levels and experience, which made it fun.


Of course there were swag bags, which included my cookbook Picture Perfect Parties, and some amazing lovelies from our sponsors.


We loved hearing everyone’s stories. Once everyone donned their custom Raw Materials Design stylist aprons, we headed over to Highland Row Antiques to do a little prop shopping. This was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know one another and for me to explain what I look for in a food prop. Needless to say I found a few items for my own prop stash (and maybe my next book project)!

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After our prop shopping field trip we started by shooting a charcuterie platter, then moved to a sangria set up. All the workshop attendees practiced by photographing these sets ups and getting technical advice from Deborah.


We had lunch and then it was one more demo of how to style “ugly” food. Our roasted cauliflower soup was the perfect model.

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The entire afternoon flew by as everyone picked props and food to shoot from out buffet of choices.


Great group, great time! Can’t wait to do it again. We will be hosting our next workshop in Austin, TX. Stay tuned for more details on my workshop page.

Thank you to our sponsors: Annie Selke, Blue Eyed Yonder, Westelm Atlanta, Minted, Staples, Raw Materials Design, Scott Lowden Photography

Thanks to Frank Joseph and Lesley Graham for BTS photography!

Special Thanks to Justin, Rachel, and Dayle for helping with setup and breakdown and everything in between I could have done it without you… Austin here we come (details to come!)


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Food/ Prop Styling Photography Workshop Seattle

annette-joseph 2014-03-22_20-54-35 As many of you already know, I have declared this year as “the year of sharing.” With that in mind, I thought it would be a great idea to share my knowledge in styling with everyone who wants to better their blog, become a stylist, or simply wants to peer into a stylist’s life. {Check out my stylist lessons on the blog every Friday.}

In addition to blogging some of my trade secrets, I will also be conducting food/prop styling workshops all over the country with my very talented friend, photographer and partner in crime Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn. 2014-03-22_20-56-40 2014-03-22_20-56-10 The workshop kick-off was in Seattle, WA this past weekend with the very lovely and talented uber blogger/stylist Cassandra Lavalle. Needless to say she was the perfect hostess! It was an amazing experience not only for the attendees that hailed from all walks of life, but for Deborah and myself. It was an amazing group of people all passionate about food and photography. From the minute everyone stepped through the door of Cassandra’s amazing light filled studio space, it was magical. Thanks to all who came to learn and share. Cassandra you’re simply the best, and I know all your workshops are going to be amazing! I only wish I could attend them all. 2014-03-22_20-59-47 2014-03-22_20-55-22 2014-03-22_20-57-22 Hope to see you at our next food/prop photography styling event, which will be in Atlanta. Sign up should be up on the workshop page in the next couple of weeks. Until then put June 7th on the calendar. Our Atlanta workshop will be held at Scott Lowden’s photo studio in Virginia Highlands. His space is amazing and the day should be filled with creativity, styling food and photography, all sorts of sharing, and some surprises. 2014-03-22_20-59-09 2014-03-22_20-58-02 Special thanks to intern Nicole and uber stylist + friend Janna Lufkin for helping out and bringing gorgeous stylist aprons and tea towels to boot. Thanks to Trophy Cupcakes for the delicious and gorgeous cupcakes to photograph and to eat! Best gluten-free cupcake I have ever eaten! Genius!

Thank you to my darling sponsors Minted and Staples! photo 1 Our students filled the pages of their customized notebooks! photo 2 P.S. Lunch at the studio of the lovely and talented Aran Goyoaga from Cannelle et Vanille Book/Blog was divine. All in all Seattle was GREAT! xx photo



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Behind the scenes :: Minted Baby Shower Shoot

Hello! Yesterday’s shoot went just the way I like it to… super fun and super smooth. Deborah and I shot a beautiful baby shower story for one of my favorite go to paper and party sites, Minted. When I first started producing the story I had such a hard time deciding what theme I wanted to select because the party decor options they have are all amazing. photo 5 I settled on a cute craft paper Spring “Birdy” story. The illustration on the invitation and the decor has the cutest little pregnant birdy on it. Can’t wait to share it with you. photo This is the screen capture of the “chocolate egg creams.” YUM! All the recipes will be up on the blog following the post. photo 2 photo 4 I love this down shot of the table photo 6 This is the screen capture of the quiche and blackberry salads.The full party post will be up in the next week or so, but I wanted to share the behind the scenes of our photo shoot with you. In the spirit of sharing this year, I want you all to see what goes into creating the beautiful images you see on the pages of magazines, cookbooks and blogs.

If you’re interested in learning about how to better shoot and style your food stories join Deborah and I in Seattle, March 22nd for our first food/prop/photography workshop. Check my site in the upcoming weeks for more workshop information. There will be one here in Atlanta June 7th.

I will have more workshop additions on my site in the next couple months, so make sure to check back!

Thanks for stopping by and as always feel free to ask me any styling questions, just leave your questions in the comments below. xx

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Whisky Butter

Ok, so this is not exactly a “cocktail.” Today I’m sharing an incredible recipe from miss Sonya Jones. She is the lady behind the infamous Sweet Auburn Bakery. I had the pleasure of working alongside her, styling her fabulous cookbook: Sweet Auburn Desserts. She’s an amazing baker and her cookbook is chock full of decadent recipes and would make such a fun gift for the holidays. Here is her recipe for Whisky Butter, taken from the Sweet Auburn cookbook. Basically you could drizzle this over any of your holiday pastries. Heaven.

This is a light butter that will melt into a sauce when served over warm desserts. Whisky butter sauce is great with many desserts, including the Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding and the fresh peach cobbler. – Sonya

Whisky Butter Sauce

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 tablespoons whiskey

    Cream together the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add in the water and stir until combined. Stir in the whiskey. Spoon the butter into a container and cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    photography by deborah whitlaw llewellyn

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