Those of you who know me, know that I love food, particularly cooking it and sharing it. To me nothing is a greater demonstration of love than a meal shared with friends around the table. A friend once described my kitchen table as a time machine ‘We sit down for lunch at 1pm and find ourselves still immersed in conversation at 2am surrounded by empty plates, glasses and candle wax’.
You will also know that I love my job as a professional photographer – this weekend I had the delightful privilege of sharing both of these joys with one of my heroes! Roger Stowell is a fabulously talented food photographer, who now resides with his lovely wife Jenny in France. He usually runs food photography courses from his home in the Vendee, but this month he has joined forces with his son Sam to run a series of amazing workshops from Sam’s studio in SW18.
I joined them on Sunday, along with 3 other foodie photography geeks to polish up my gastro capturing skills. I was also delighted to find that Cara Hobday would be our food stylist. Roger and Sam make a great double act and also appear to have some telepathic powers even when working on either side of the channel! Between them and Cara they packed the day with entertainment, insight and knowledge, gained with years of experience working for the likes of Waitrose, Olive Magazine, Jamie Oliver, Fortnum & Mason and Sainsbury to name but a few.
Working entirely with available light, we photographed fresh mushrooms, crispy salads, golden olive oil, eggs, creme brulee, Cara in action at the hob and so much more. Standing on ladders and even on stove tops to capture dishes looking their very best.
A gorgeous lunch of Chicken and Chorizo appeared followed by outrageously stinky cheese, courtesy of the the Vendee.
We laughed, we learned, we created, we shared and we talked. I have come away from the course having honed my food photography skills, boosted my confidence and met people who I know I will see again.