Thursday, February 5, 2015

Food Writing and Food Photography and Styling Workshops

I'll be honest, I am slow on the uptake with social media. I only joined instagram a few weeks ago. 
(@kcoquette) I am guilty of dragging my heels in the world of selfies and the me-conomy or so they call it. But there are times that I love it, because often you have chance encounters with people that lead to friendships and likeminds that you may otherwise not have had the opportunity to enjoy. And that is exactly what has happened with Sneh Roy - blogger and cookbook author of the beautiful Cook Republic
Sneh and I, since becoming friends on twitter have become friends in the real world and I love her energy and her eye for beauty with the lens. One of the most gorgeous food photographers in Australia and quite the recipe writer to boot!
Photo by Sneh Roy
We've decided to join forces and we are offering a series of workshops this year. First cab off the rank is a food writing and food photography and styling workshop. Spots are filling fast but we would love to have any Sydney based foodies out there come and join us for a fun filled session where Sneh and I take you through some low downs and experiences in the world of food writing and photography. Whether you are starting out and want to improve your blog or you want to improve your already impressive food writing portfolio we are here to help. And there will of course be amazing snacks and a lunch to finish at the end. We can't wait to meet you.
Photo by Sneh Roy

Photo by Sneh Roy
Photo by Sneh Roy
Photo by Sneh Roy
The details

 A super creative and engaging food writing, food photography and styling workshop. 60% Practical and 40% Theory. Challenge your inner foodie by learning to write for a blog, a newspaper or a magazine. Learn to create fresh new content. Hands on writing and photography practice for different styles and medium whether it is a blog or print publication. Explore the art of travel food writing, food reviews and shooting accordingly. Learn to style food with props to create an atmospheric story of travel and culture.
Date - 20 March, 2015 (Friday)
Time - 10:30am-3:30pm
Venue - The Cook Republic HQ in Hornsby Heights, NSW 2077 (Address emailed once booking confirmed)
Who - Brimming with ideas and inspiration, this creative half day workshop in Sydney will be taught by Katrina Meynink and Sneh Roy.
Katrina Meynink is a freelance food writer and author. She regularly contributes to national and international food magazines and writes weekly for Fairfax’ Daily Life. Katrina has published two books, most recently Bistronomy: French Food Unbound with Murdoch Books and her first book, Kitchen Coquette (Allen & Unwin), was awarded Best First Cookbook 2011 (Australia) at the Gourmand World Food Cookbook Awards. Katrina has a Masters in Gastronomy through Le Cordon Bleu and the University of Adelaide, an Advanced Diploma in Taste through Hautes Etudes du Gout, Paris, as well as qualifications in business journalism; and culinary training through Le Cordon Bleu. She has received numerous scholarships from the James Beard Gastronomy Foundation and the Culinary Trust, USA. Most recently, Katrina was awarded the Julia Child Grant via the Culinary Trust, USA.
Sneh Roy is an award winning food and lifestyle photographer, stylist, recipe developer, designer and creator of the highly popular blog - Cook Republic. Sneh is also the author of the Tasty Express cookbook published by Random House on 2014. She is ELLE Australia's ex-food columnist. Her work has been published and featured in many leading publications throughout the world and she has worked with many leading brands including Feast, ELLE Australia, Taste Magazine, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, The Simple Things, Campbell's, Vitamix, I Quit Sugar, Coles, Lavazza, Nespresso, Inside Out, Ford and Huffington Post. When she is not shooting and styling for apps and cookbooks, you can find her at a local market sourcing for unusual ingredients or creating handmade ceramics at a studio nearby.
- What exactly is food writing.
- The key differences between blogging and commercial work and what to look out for.
- Styles of food writing and finding your voice.
- Developing and refining your pitch.
- Tips and tricks for improving your food writing.
- Food Photography styles to suit different styles of writing.
- Shooting for a blog and publication. Challenges and demands of editorial food photography.
- Spot briefs and exercises to create food stories and shoot them with the use of props, people and surrounds.
Food - A lovely morning tea will get you started as you eat, shoot and acquaint yourselves over cups of tea and baked goodies. You will also be able to sit down to a delicious lunch with Katrina and Sneh and discuss all things related to food writing, editorial writing, food photography, styling or anything under the sun. Nourishing juices and smoothies from Pressed Juices will keep you fuelled through the day.
Requirements - Workshop is open to everyone from the amateur writer and camera novice to the expert. Please bring your DSLRs, favourite lens and smartphones. You may bring your tablets or laptops for note-taking if you prefer.
Extras - Shop a bargain at the carefully curated Prop Table for beautiful vintage props for your food photography and styling (cash only). Katrina & Sneh's signed cookbooks will be available to purchase.
This is where we will enjoy lunch after the workshop

Developing your story concept. Photo by Sneh Roy


  1. I have often heard that food photography is one of most difficult to do and now I know the reasons exactly behind this presumption. Do you offer your services in Australia as we are looking for a good Port Macquarie Photographer for my parents vow renewal party.

  2. are you planning anything post May ?

  3. nice post man, you always come up with really interesting and informative post.

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