creativeLIVE Photo Week

whoo! monday, september 16th, 2013, kicked off an amazing event on creativeLIVE: Photo Week. 3 Channels, over 50 instructors and 100+ hours of LIVE, FREE photography education. RSVP here for details and updates: creativeLIVE Photo Week.

the first day of 12 classes, on everything from Creative Composition with Susan Stripling to The Documentary Portrait with Dan Milnor to Sue Bryce’s segment “Empower Yourself and Energize Your Business” plus, much more, it has been a fabulous start to what will be a fun, educational, inspirational 6 day event!

some of our fabulous instructors this week:

Sue Bryce, Mike Corrado, Susan Stripling, Cliff Mautner and Lindsay Adler, with Jeff Snyder from Adorama.

cL Instructors

the lovely Susan Stripling, on set before her segment yesterday morning.

Susan Stripling

to wrap up monday, I also led a Photo Walk at Pike Place Market. we had a fabulous turn out!

Flickr Stroll

If you’re in this photo, please go tag yourself in either instagram or facebook!

Here’s a couple of my shots of the market, captured on the iPhone and edited via Snapseed!

Pike Place Market

Public Market

if you’re a photographer, on any level, be sure to check out the rest of creativeLIVE Photo Week! you will definitely learn a lot this week, from some world-class instructors!

thanks and see you on the interwebs!
~ kate

what photography means to me…


what photography means to me…

a moment, a thought, a word, a story.
a sunrise.
a sunset.
a friend.
a loved one.
a history of the world.
a history of my life.

this video shares a few memories of my creativeLIVE family. i say family, even though we’re not related, because in our short history, we’ve become just that, a family. the team put together this video to share a little bit of our story with you. the photo i’m holding is of me, when i was around 2 years old.

what does photography mean to you?

join creativeLIVE, September 16 – 21, 2013 for a special event: creativeLIVE Photo Week. creativeLIVE brings you more than 50 world-class instructors, for this six day event, creating over 150 hours of free, photography education. from weddings to portraits, lighting to business, story telling and beyond, there’s something for everyone.

find your vision. tell your story.

see you there.

~ kate

photo credit: mike folden
video credit: mike folden (and creativeLIVE team)

Food Photography with Andrew Scrivani, a Workshop, Day 2

I’ve just gotten home from another day on the creativeLIVE set with Andrew Scrivani. I’m one of the students in his Food Photography workshop this week and so far it’s been quite wonderful. See my write up of Day 1 here.

Today’s class began with some camera basics on setting your ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed and White Balance, how these affect and work together to create an image. We also reviewed the use of a Light Meter. A great tool for photographers to have and use.


From there we moved on to a basic studio setup, for shooting. This is very similar to that which Andrew uses in his own studio. It’s really a rather small setup, but it’s good to have room around you for items like ladders, prep and prop tables and even a camera stand if you have one of those. He uses a Foba stand, those are pretty pricy, but there are alternatives out there for folks who want to do overhead shots.


These cupcakes are from Cupcake Royale, shout out to Jody and everyone there for sending us some cupcake love for the worskhop!


After the first break the students were paired up to create an image, from selecting a food item to propping, composing the image and snapping the shutter, each pair of students had a mere 15 minutes to make an image.



My partner was Paola. Once I heard the assignment, I immediately knew what I wanted to shoot, we agreed on a plate and a surface and were good to go.

Here’s my first snap from this setup.


Andrew then encouraged us to do more, shoot more, experiment. We changed out the plate to a weathered wooden plate/cutting board and I captured this image.


During lunch we had another assignment, to style and shoot our lunch. I’ll hold off on sharing that image for now, as Andrew will be doing a live critique of all of our images during tomorrow’s class. Scary, but good… it’s important to get feedback on your work, especially from someone you look up to and admire.

In the afternoon Andrew spoke through his workflow. Now for photographer’s this usually means post-production and editing of images. While that was a part of the discussion, he went through from the very beginning of choosing a recipe to buying the food, selecting props, etc… then moving into how he edits his work.


And we wrapped the day with the fabulous Shauna James Ahern of Gluten Free Girl & the Chef. Andrew and Shauna had a very engaging discussion on photography, the growth you experience as you continue to shoot over and over, and of course writing and blogging.

Overall another fantastic day and experience. I’m so very happy I’ve had this opportunity to be a part of it.

Tune in tomorrow for the Business of Food Photography, Andrew is going to talk through the questions you should ask any potential client to copyright and much more. Don’t miss it, it’s free! And I imagine all of what he’ll discuss could apply, in some way, to all avenues of Photography.

Hope to see you there!

~ kate