And we’re back for part two of the Food Photography Retreat I attended that was taught by Andrew Scrivani and hosted by Laura Dawn. This post is filled with less writing and lots of photos so scroll on!Hawaii was so amazing and it was even more amazing meeting some of the most incredible creatives who also love food and photography 🙂 This post will take you through days 3,4,5 and part of 6 (I think. Its starting to get blurred together now LOL). Again, a big shout-out to everyone involved in the workshop 🙂 If you missed day 1, no worries here is the link.
Our Wonderful Instructors:
The Students (with Social Media or Websites. Not everyone is mentioned because not everyone had an account or website to share):
Every morning for pre-breakfast (coffee and food before the real breakfast lol) we would all gather and chat or go over our photos from the workshop. Aside from taking photos of food, Andrew wanted us to also edit and present them the next day for critique. The critiques were so helpful because he pointed out what was good and where we could improve. It felt like being in college all over again! One of the things that you never do after art school is have a formal critique of your images. I believe that critiques are the best way to fine-tune the way you shoot.
Before our first day of the workshop we headed back to the hot ponds. This time, instead of swimming, I brought my big camera and took photos. These next few images were taken around the hot ponds.
After our visit to the hot ponds, it was time to head back to Laura Dawn’s space for our first photo assignment: Photographing a burger. We had the freedom to style it as we pleased and document the process of making the burgers too! Andrew also paired us off into teams of two and we created the sets together.
Pranee was my team mate and together we created this outdoorsy picnic vibe. BTW, I totally dig the wooden bowls that Laura Dawn had 🙂
I detoured for a bit to take some behind the scenes shots 🙂
The clouds that night were amazing!
Below: Andrew Scrivani and Laura Dawn. They are seriously such fun people!
After photographing our burgers we broke off for an afternoon lesson. Andrew showed us different styles with different propping and lighting techniques. It was incredible!
The next day we headed back to Laura’s place and had to photograph desserts. For me personally, this was the hardest challenge because I don’t make desserts and so therefore don’t photograph them. I teamed up with the awesome Hazel and together we tackled the dessert assignment. I think the biggest problem we encountered was that we didn’t have a clear idea of what we wanted to do with the desserts but also others had snagged up the props we may have wanted to use so that made things even more challenging. Of course, that is when you really push your creativity to its limits. It took us a hot second to get warmed up but once we did we were on a roll. I am really happy with our images of the cookie.
Below is my favorite image! By then Hazel and I were on it!
This was a setup from another group. I totally snagged a photo of it 😉
Some more behind the scenes action!
Here is Andrew teaching us the value of making your own light setup. As you can see, Pumpkin was very interested in Andrew’s technique.
That night we headed to La Hiki Kava Bar. Three glasses of Kava is supposed to give you clarity… well… we ended up polishing off that “clarity” with some wine later. I honestly didn’t feel “clear” after drinking three straight glasses. The flavor was very bitter and it definitely tasted like mud water. None the less we experienced something local and it was fun.
Pizza made on plantain dough. It was amazing!
We did have one day off from learning. On that day we went to Akaka Falls State Park it was very wet and rainy but so gorgeous!
Selfie by the waterfall. As you can see, I totally missed the waterfall… lol!
After the waterfall we headed to sunny and bright Kona for a beach day. OMG! I LOVED IT! This is the first time in 16 years that I have fully immersed myself in the ocean and actually stayed in for more than 15 minutes (I was in there for well over an hour jumping around in the waves). This trip to the beach took me back to Venezuela. It reminded me of a trip I took to Morrocoy when I was about 11 years old and all I did was jump around in the warm ocean for hours. I felt like a kid again – I was in heaven!
Later in the day, we found this sand sculpture. We have no idea who made it but of course we went over there to take photos and do selfies with it 🙂
Check out these Calamansis from the market! They are tart like lemon but sweeter. We squeezed them to make juice. Very yummy 🙂
I haven’t seen Guayaba in person since Venezuela.
Look at that ginger! AND! THAT PINEAPPLE! It was so orange and yellow! When we cut it open — WOW. Just WOW. It was the sweetest most juiciest pineapple that I have EVER tasted. I am spoiled now and will never look at Pineapple the same way again haha!