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#italianrivieraworkshop recipe – Almond biscuits from Prato

IMG_0977 The day after wandering my town on the Italian Riviera, and visiting a basil farm (more on that next time), we got down to the business of styling and photographing in earnest at my workshop.

We had lectures in the morning by myself, Deborah, and of course the super interesting Anne Sage on blogging and social media.

After our intensive lectures in the morning, we enjoyed an alfresco lunch at our B&B Borgata Cantone Country House.  After lunch, I planned a great activity for our Italian Riviera Workshop attendees: a cooking lesson from my sweet and talented friend Tuscan chef Guilia Scarpaleggia. She made dessert.

Of course it made perfect sense to photograph our chef in residence in action while making her own biscotti recipe.

Giulia told us she likes a little chew to her biscotti, and loves to dip it into Vin Santo. When she was a child, she was not allowed to dip into this very strong digestivo, so she used water instead, to this day she enjoys it this way as well. It brings back childhood memories. So Italian. We all had a great time shooting the process as well as the finished product.

I styled up the last shot and then of course we all ate them up. They were delicious. I wanted to share her recipe here. Thanks to Giulia and to all our enthusiastic students who participated in my first Italian Riviera Workshop. More to come…in the meantime make these and enjoy! xx

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Biscotti di Prato, i cantuccini – Almond biscuits from Prato

You will need:
– 2 eggs, whites and yolks separated
– 230 g sugar
– 20 g orange honey
– 250 g flour
– ½ teaspoon baking ammonia
– Grated peel of 1 orange
– 125 g unpeeled almonds
– 1 bottle of vinsanto

To prepare:

Preheat oven to 180°C, fan assisted.

Whip the egg whites for about 5 minutes until they are firm, then add the sugar and whip until you get a glossy and thick meringue. 

Fold in thoroughly the honey and the egg yolks, then fold gently in the flour sifted with the baking ammonia and the grated orange peel. Mix in the almonds.

Line with parchment paper a large baking pan and with the help of a spoon form two loaves of dough keeping them well separated, about 5 cm wide and 30 cm long.

Bake them for about 15 minutes, then remove them from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes and then cut them slantwise into 2 cm thick slices with a sharp knife, then arrange them cut-side-down in the baking tin and put them back in the oven for about 5 – 10 minutes, until toasted.

You can store them in a tin for several days.

Photo by : Anne Sage

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#marrakechworkshop 2015 part 3- What happens at our Styling and Photography Workshops?

Peacock Pavilions

Peacock Pavilions

Some of you may want to take one of our styling and photography workshops and may want to know what the schedule is like when we put on one of our workshops. Deborah and I worked very hard in Marrakech to create a full immersion experience for our students. This is something we strive to do with every location and every workshop we do.

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Photographing and styling in Marrakech was a whirlwind of the sights and sounds of the souks. The colors, textures, and flavors all around us inspired all of us and made for amazing imagery. Photography is a technical skill as is styling, but we like to think everyone has their own personal look, style, and point of view. Our workshops are designed to help creatives find their artistic voice. In Marrakech this was the case times a thousand.

Here’s a brief look at our workshop in Marrakech:

The evening before the formal workshop began we of course welcomed everyone and had a fantastic and delicious cocktail party and soiree in an Arabian tent. Sound amazing?? Well it was! (for the full party story, see the feature I wrote and styled in the Travel Issue of M&V Magazine hitting newsstands in mid May).

The next day we went into the Medina (the central market place) and photographed plus shopped for props and food stuffs in the souks. The colors, textures, people, animals, and food are the most fantastic photographic subjects. Plus it gave everyone a chance to get to know each other, and in some cases, get to know their cameras. We had an amazing day.

You may be asking yourself what does the formal workshop look like; what will I take away besides the gorgeous imagery? Here’s an overview:

Day 1 : We have a dialogue and Powerpoint presentation where both Deborah and I discuss the fundamentals, of both styling and photography, how we work, and how we market ourselves. There is always lively discussion of latest trends in technology as well as in styling and production. This gives our students an opportunity to ask any questions they would like to in a safe and supportive environment. Although we do give it to you straight, we want to make sure you have the real skills in the highly competitive field of styling and photography. If you are coming to improve your blog story telling or are the owner of a product line, we can answer questions about how to photograph products and make your blog as impressive visually as it can be. With plus 20 years in the industry, we give you practical solutions to navigate the current landscape. We even discuss the latest software applications for book keeping and styling and even photography fees. We share effective collaborative approaches with clients as well. In the afternoon, we work on styling and photography of food and still lives, as well as show you how to do your best work with tricks and secrets of the trade.

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Day 2 : Day two is all about Styling and Photography fundamentals in practice. Each student is given a real editorial assignment to complete. In the case of Marrakech, it was a travel story featuring Peacock Pavilions. Students styled, shot, and edited their story in one day with the technical advice of Deborah. using current editing software. I spent the day styling interiors, people, and food with each student.

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Day 3 : We met over breakfast reviewing everyone’s photographs and shared insights and critiques. It’s always fun to see everyone’s captures and point of view. The afternoon was free, but there were several activity options offered to students, and then a farewell dinner where I dare say one of the students was so moved by her incredible experience and the friends she made, she shed a few tears. Which quite honestly made all the effort so worthwhile.

We had an incredible group, an amazing time, and everyone went home with amazing images plus an experience of a lifetime…not to mention some gorgeous rugs. 🙂  Deborah and I were so grateful for all the amazing creatives that attended and put their trust in our hands. We know this will not be the last time we see our new found friends, but until then…Viva la Workshop!

If you want to up your styling and photography game, you too can join us on a creative adventure as we move our workshop to the Italian Riviera, at the beginning of June. Sign up now as spots are limited. We would love to work with you. Feel free to email me any questions: annette@annettejosephstyle.com

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Photos by: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn and Frank R. Joseph MD

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