Two weeks ago, I traveled to Minneapolis, MN and one of the most memorable moments of my trip, besides making Lucky Waffles, was a photography workshop at Pinch of Yum Studios.
Lindsey, from Pinch of Yum, was as delightful in person as I imagined her to be from following her on Instagram and reading her blog posts.
Typically, these photography workshops are two-day events hosted and taught by Lindsay. I’ve been following her blog for a few years now, and it’s been nothing short of amazing to see how she and her husband, Bjork, have turned Pinch of Yum into a booming full-time blogging business.
I also belong to Food Blogger Pro, her husband’s online business that helps bloggers run their blogs (from monetization, ads, analytics, etc.) And let me tell you that typically, that’s the stuff that rocks my boat…
…but the coffee was also amazing.
What was great about the hands-on experience is that each participant had their own photography station and we received help as Lindsay and her assistant walked around and gave us pointers
Our mini-workshop of sorts was a total of 4 hours long, just a fraction of the time spent at their typical workshop. And still, I left craving more knowledge, filled with questions, and a renewed confidence in my photography skills.
The truth is that I’m confident when it comes to shooting photos. What I really needed help with is food styling. I tend to take very (very) simple photos.
I like my food to be the center of attention. I like the colors and freshness of what I’m (if it’s food0 to pop in the photo. I like white backgrounds, lots of light, and cool tones.
And as you can see in these photos, we were working with a lot of grey colors, and that pushed me a little (or a lot). I even got more comfortable shooting action shots without a helper (one of my kids).
Most importantly, I walked away a bit more confident in my ability to shoot photos and a renewed interest in food styling. My only hope is that I’m able to replicate this when I get home.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one out of our group that went home with a gained confidence in their photography skills. After all, our cameras are an extension of our imagination, and they provide us with the ability to share our creations with you.
When was the last time you took some time to learn a new skill or better your skills?