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?

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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. wowwieee this sounds so fun Averie! I hope you have a great time, and this really stuck to me! “Sometimes you just have to jump on the opportunities that present themselves, as they come, and worry about timing later.”

  2. Oooh, I am jealous! That sounds like so much fun. Have a great trip and can’t wait to hear about it.

  3. Haha a ‘camera and lipgloss’ yep I think your all set! :D Hope you have an amazing time! It’s so important to recognise and follow your dreams! I’m excited for you!! :) I would say the most enjoyable class I have taken was one I took last year in London on Fashion Design. It made me truly happy, I lived and breathed it actually! :) Although circumstances have set me on a slightly different path now, It’s still something I will always practice in my spare time and may even go back to properly one day!

  4. You have really come into your own as a photographer, A! Your work really speaks to me in a way that other food photography does not. It isn’t too ‘done’, it is real and natural and the dish looks inviting and delicious, not over styled and fake. You are basically amazing! You are going to have so much fun – enjoy!

  5. It’s so exciting to see you pursue something so meaningful to you, and already you have such great talent. have fun at your workshop!

  6. Have fun! Colorado is stunning.

    1. I love learning! I am looking forward to taking a one-day cooking class in Barcelona next month. My boyfriend and I took a cooking class in Morocco and it was one of our favorite experiences. We met locals and tourists, plus learned about the food and culture. I also love learning everything I can about yoga. I just finished up my 200 hour training and am hoping to do the 500 hours next.

    2. Weekend plans: relax and get ready for my parents’ visit Sunday evening. They’re driving up fom Florida and staying a week.

  7. You’re really going for the photography thing. Good for you! Do I see a career change coming up??

  8. I wanted to say “amen!” to your P.P.S. comment, where you suggested that composition, lighting, etc. are more important than the fanciness of the camera. I have a DSLR that I am very slowly learning to use off of the Auto settings…but for years, I’ve taken pictures that I love with just a point and shoot. In fact, I regularly surprise people when they find out certain pictures were taken with a point and shoot. I wish more people understood that just because they spend thousands of dollars on fancy equipment doesn’t mean their pictures will automatically be good.

    Have a fantastic time at your workshop, and travel safely. =)

  9. Sounds like a great class! I’m just getting into food photography, and so far, I’m LOVING it!

  10. That’s awesome, I hope you have a blast! Can’t wait to hear about it!

    1. Sure, I get excited about any trip or opportunity to experience something new.
    2. Pretty mellow this weekend, shopping, running, and a movie.

  11. Good luck with your trip! So jealous I can’t go. It’s going to be such an amazing experience.

  12. Hello! I recently stumbled across your blog, and I love your chocolate chia pudding recipe!

    1. I’m starting law school in the fall, and I’m so excited about the entire experience!

    2. Very low-key weekend involving lots of yoga, cooking, and reading!

  13. ooh, I was wondering if it was another fun photography workshop!! one of the first blogs I ever read was Jen’s (URB) and would so love to be going to this! I cannot wait to follow along on your adventure – so excited for you Averie!

  14. Squee! I’m so excited for you to go! You are already an amazing photog (seriously – that pic of the woman with the tortillas is stunning) so I’m excited to see what new techniques you learn to take it to the next level!

  15. hey averie! your photographs are stunning! how inspiring! go girl!=)

    vanilla iced coffee and pb cookies? *droool*


  16. omg.. what I would give to be able to attend these types of workshops… wow! Have fun!!

    Can’t wait to hear all about it

  17. Oh that looks so amazing! Definitely jealous over here. Can’t wait till you come back and show us all of your snazzy new photos!!

  18. Oh, you will love Boulder. It has such a relaxed, down to earth feel. Have fun!

    No, I haven’t been really excited for a class in a very long time, but I am excited to go down to Key West, FL next month. Yay!

    PS – I just read your post on “Career Fantasy & Doing What You Want” and it has really made me think about what I really want to do or am meant to do. You are a very inspiring women. Thanks for the great posts & recipes:) Yum!

  19. That sounds like so much fun!! You are going to be the food photog masstahhh!

  20. wo, oh wow!! what a fantastic opportunity for you, averie!
    i would soooo love to visit boulder, too – have heard it’s a wonderful place.
    i think it’s so great how photography has just grabbed you – you’ve made leaps and bounds in terms of your skill development – can’t wait to see what happens after this trip!
    “It actually called and spoke to me, I didn’t call it. – > yes, i believe this happens, too. it’s all about being open to new ideas, eh!

  21. Your photos are so fantastic now I can only imagine how they will look after this trip. Have a wonderful time and a safe trip. Keep posting tho or I will miss you!

  22. I went to Boulder a few years ago, it’s beautiful! Make sure to go to Pearl Street and do some hiking!

  23. I am sooooo happy for you, Averie!!
    That is some photography year :)
    Enjoy it. Looking forward to even better pictures ;)

  24. That’s awesome that you’re coming to my neck of the woods! Although I live up near Winter Park in the mountains, the Denver/Boulder area is also a great place to visit. I’ve been following you for quite some time, and love your carefree sprirt and how it crosses over in your foods and pics. Welcome to Colorado, and have an awesome time!


  25. I was excited for a couple of my classes in high school. They were my senior year of english and vet assisting class. My favorite classes were taken in culinary school because I got to bake almost everyday. It is fun to take a class when it is something you want to learn.

    As for weekend plans, I will be working an early shift (5-12 )Sunday and napping the rest of the day.

    I look forward to hearing how your trip and class went. I’m sure you will have a great time and learn a lot from some very talented people.

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