Food and Light

On Monday I am flying to Denver and then driving to Boulder because I am attending Food and Light!

What is Food and Light?

It’s a food photography workshop covering the fundamentals of photography including: exposure, manual controls, and lighting. Additionally, we will discuss composition, styling, and more advanced topics based on what participants want addressed. Lecture will only be a quarter of the workshop as we feel hands-on shooting and open discussion with instructors and fellow participants is an effective and enjoyable way to learn. The venue for the second day is in a restaurant setting, challenging attendees to work with variable light conditions and the dynamic environment.

It’s being held in gorgeous Boulder, Colorado and I can’t wait to meet the other 25 attendees who will be there!

I also can’t wait to meet the instructors

Todd & Diane of White on Rice Couple

Jen Yu of Use Real Butter

Matt Wright of Wrightfood

Last year my dear friend Marla (who I just saw for coffee last week) attended F & L and raved about it.  I am so excited!  I wish Marla was going again this year but I’ve read the attendee list for F & L and am so pumped to meet so many amazing bloggers and photographers who are going.

Ironically, I just got back from my Mexico City Photography tour with Penny de los Santos two and a half weeks ago and would have never chosen to take two such amazing trips back to back, but that’s the way things just work out sometimes.

Sometimes you just have to jump on the opportunities that present themselves, as they come, and worry about timing later.

Image from this post.  It was a meaty discussion, indeed.

Prior to Mexico City, I had been to the Real Food Styling & Photography Workshop that Matt and Adam held a earlier this year.

It was at that workshop that my life changed.

Similar to how yoga is just something I wanted to pursue, to practice, and something I just had to do and have in my life about 12 years ago when I first became a yoga teacher, at Matt and Adam’s photography workshop I realized the same thing about photography.

I realized that photography is something I want to pursue, to practice, to do.  It actually called and spoke to me me, I didn’t call it.  I didn’t even know how to use a DSLR until this year!  It was all about the Point and Shoot.

But once I got my DSLR, started reading everything I could about photography, food photography, food styling, and just practicing, practicing, practicing by taking as many photos every single day that I possible can, I realized photography is a calling and a passion I must pursue.

I wrote about a post about Goals, dreams, hopes, aspirations:  Career Fantasy & Doing What You Want

That’s why I am so incredibly pumped for F & L!   Being around others, whoa are likely as passionate as I am about photography, food photography and passionate about learning, growing, and challenging themselves to improve is so exciting!

Now I just have to pack.

I  know I will be bringing a camera.  And lipgloss.

I’m glad you enjoyed my Girly Mall trip post and all that MAC!


1. Have you ever been really excited for a class, event, or trip?  What was it?

When I was in school, classes were things I “had to” take.  I didn’t enjoy many of them.  Some were okay, but most were simply tolerated and endured.

Fast forward to now and I am so excited to take this class!

And, going to Denver and seeing Boulder and Denver are exciting as I’ve never been there and have heard they are stunning.  Not that I have extra time to just bee-bop around and sightsee but am looking forward to all the natural beauty!

2. Fun weekend plans, activities, or good food?

Sharing is caring.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need some Vanilla Iced Coffee

and Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

P.S. Thanks for the entries on the Summertime Cooldown Giveaway!

P.P.S. All of my photography related posts are linked in my Photography Section.  Everything from cameras, lenses, editing software, gear, classes, books, and my thoughts about why you don’t “need” a DSLR.  You need to practice and learn about composition, lighting, and so forth more than you “need” a fancy camera.  It’s all linked in that section.


69 comments on “Food and Light”

  1. Awesome. Love how much you are loving photography! I love it, but just not patient enough to really pay attention to learn it properly.

  2. Averie- I had no idea you just started photography with your DSLR this year! Your photos are always so amazing I thought you’d been at this for years! Super impressed now :)
    Enjoy Denver, sounds like it will be a great time.
    PS-I’d love to know some of the food styling/food photography books you’ve read that you’ve found most helpful. Only being about 2 months into it myself, I’d love to read up and learn all I can!

    • Well after 2 years of taking about 100 pics on a day on my point and shoot, I figured I had “earned” the right to buy a DSLR. Bought it in Jan and then bought another camera body, the 5D, a few months after that.

      Go to photography tab that i linked

      and look it over but you must get Plate to Pixel and also read read read anything you can online, read photography blogs. they exist!! And TAKE 100+ pics per day. At least 50+. PRACTICE!!! :)

  3. Wow! Isn’t it amazing to feel consumed with passion for something new? I LOVE that feeling! For me, it’s running. I started running with a friend and before long the girl who never ran a mile did a 10 miler this past April. I’m signed up for my first half-marathon in October – and I am so excited!


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  5. It is so clear that you have a passion for photography. I am so happy that you love learning about it to, as well as having the opportunity to! I wish you the best trip ever! I feel the same way you do about yoga, it just kinda picked me.

  6. I caught the title of this post on Facebook, and I was like, where’s Averie going NOW? LOL…
    So happy for you! The growth on your blog has been amazing!

    • Haha, I meant the title of the Post with “Pack” in it, not this post. You and packing have had quite the relationship lately!

  7. just pointing out, that got my DSLR link is not working.

    Camera+ lipgloss combo is a must

  8. I love your blog! After reading about all of the fun you had on your mexico city photo hunt and food photography workshops, I’m inspired to start looking for some (beginner’s) photography classes locally.

  9. Oh gosh, I want some of that iced vanilla coffee right now.

  10. Have an amazing time in Colorado! I’ve never been, but I’m DYING to go!

  11. What a wonderful opportunity, I hope you have safe travels and an amazing class!!! Sounds so thrilling. I would love to learn about photography, perhaps when the 5 kiddos get a bit older–so much right now b/t raising them and teaching them at home, makes me tired just typing about it :)
    The most I got excited about a class was my Raw Chef course at Creative Health Institute this past March–so very exciting!!! Loved it! Weekend plans: vac the pool, make raw carrot crackers, organize and clean.
    Peace and Raw Health,

  12. I am so excited to see and hear what you learn in CO. Your really going for this passion, and it’s so inspiring to see it happen!

  13. I so remember when you were all about the P&S an poo-pooing the DSLRs. Your photography, I don’t need to tell you, has come SO FAR. iTs seriously like night and day. In such a great way. It is obvious from your photos and the way you talk about this that you are truly passionate. I wish you nothing but success!

    And Boulder is amazing. I love it there. I wish I lived there actually.

  14. that sounds like a blast, boulder is awesome! so many delicious spots to eat! enjoy!!

  15. Hey Averie-
    I realize I’m coming in on this really late, but I wanted to say, as a Denver-ite, welcome to Colorado and I hope you have a wonderful time here! I’m sure your schedule is jam-packed- BUT-If you are bored and/or not too busy, there is a restaurant in Denver that does raw, vegan, gluten-free prix fix meals on the first Tuesday night of ever month. I will be there on Tuesday- it’s Root Down in the Highlands, probably 30 minutes from Boulder. We have a great community here and I’m sure you’ll enjoy your BRIEF but fun stay! Also, Mt. Sanitas in Boulder is a great hike. Have fun and stay hydrated- it’s hot out here! :)

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  17. How do you come across these workshops??? I’d love to attend one sometime. I’m LOVING photography and I just can’t get enough! Have a good flight and a fantastic trip, I know you’ll have a blast. I’m really looking forward to seeing your photos when you get back!

  18. Just wanted to let you know that I am now addicted to making iced coffee. I, being a tea drinker, am addicted to coffee. I turn 32 in October and have never enjoyed the stuff. I am the only one in my family who does not drink it and I do get made fun of when we’re all together. And yet, when I first saw your pictures of iced coffee, I could not resist trying one. It just looked so refreshing. Yummmmm…..I blame you for my lack of sleep ;o) Have fun in Colorado!

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  21. I would love to take a class like that!!! So awesome!

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