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food photography with Andrew Scrivani on creativeLIVE


Today I had the fortunate opportunity to sit in on a Food Photography workshop with photographer, Andrew Scrivani. Andrew is teaching a free, LIVE, Food Photography workshop on creativeLIVE this weekend. For more details on the class click hereā€¦ Food Photography.

Andrew’s background includes an immersion into cooking that many food photographers may not have, from my perspective this really provides something unique, as he has a real understanding and passion for food. Along with that, he’s quite the food stylist.


It was a great kick off for the workshop, filled with fabulous inspiration, practical information and inspiration about food photography. Much of which can also apply to photography in general. There was a combination of a slideshow of images, talking through their story; along with hands-on plating demonstrations and more.

Andrew reviewed about the following topics:
– Light: The use of Light & learning to see it.
– Props: Selecting props and integrating them into your shot.
– Food styling: Food selection, matching the props to the food, etc…
– Plating: Tips, Tricks and Tools to get everything just right.
– Gear: What’s in his gear bag and why.


Many folks ask me for advice on buying gear, camera’s specifically, so it was nice to hear Andrew speak on this. He asks several questions, which I’ll often ask people who ask me for advice on this topic.

– What’s your budget?
– How much space do you have?
– What’s your level of knowledge?
– What is your style of shooting?

I also like to add, what do you need the camera to do?

Thinking through these things, going to your local camera store and putting cameras in your hand is a great way to find a camera for yourself.

Tomorrow is going to include lots of shooting on the creativeLIVE set, mostly by Andrew, but I hear the students too. As well a guest appearance by Shauna James Ahern of Gluten Free Girl. And the final day of the workshop is going to be focused on the business of food photography.

If you’re a food photographer, or food blogger, or just a foodie who wants to create better snaps of the meals you eat or cook, check out the next two days, as you’ll be bound to get something out of it.


Here’s a few of my fave quotes from today:

“When the door’s open a crack, you kick it down, you don’t peek in!”

“You’ve got to be bold, you have to be willing to get in there and get the shot.”

“You have to let your personality bleed through in your photography but not give it all away.”

“The little imperfections in things sometimes make the photograph.”

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~ kate


Daguerreotypes & Wet Plate in the 21st Century

I have dabbled in the realm of photography in one way or another since I was a little girl. Long enough to remember film, love prints and cameras that made us wait. In our digital world we capture many, many images, because we can and it doesn’t “cost us anything”. On that latter point I disagree. As artists, we should be deliberate in our creations, thoughtful, and work with intention.

On First Thursday, this month, a friend and artist Daniel Carrillo had an opening for a showing of Ambrotypes at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle. Over 100 unique portraits fill the walls of this gallery, and they are, simply put, stunning. If you are able, I encourage you to head over to the exhibition, as it’s only up for one more week!

This past Sunday, Daniel graciously opened up his workspace, allowing fellow photographers and artists to see his process in action, be a part of the process, be subjects in images and beyond.

From copper and silver to iodine and bromine to mercury and beyond, the process of creating Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes is intriguing and potentially dangerous. Daniel first walked us through the process of creating a Daguerrotype, of which we got to be the subject. And then he created an Ambrotype on a glass plate. I captured some images throughout the day…

Daniel shows us the copper plate that’s got a layer of silver plate over it and talks about the beginning of the process to create a Daguerreotype.

Simple tools to create art…

Lots of buffing involved…

A Deardorff Field Camera.

The Group, almost ready…


Don’t try this at home kids!

What a great looking group!

Now time to take another photo of the group, this time on a glass plate.

Daniel inspects the glass plate after it’s been exposed and developed.

Here’s a photo of the plate, after it’s been dried and varnished.

After all of this, Daniel setup to do individual portraits of those who were interested in having one made.

What do you see in the view camera? This is my friend Paul with his Rollei.

A lot of care, thought and time go into this process that dates back to the beginning of photography. I’m so happy to see people like Daniel creating images like this. Please check out his work!

~ kate