ESTELA GIARGEI PHOTOGRAPHY – FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY AND STYLING WORKSHOP – Part II
As much as I absolutely love the creamy light tones for my newborn and baby photography, I have a tendency to go dark, moody and intense for other images.
As I sit down writing this post I realize that I have very well defined preferences for a lot of things in my life and they cannot be more opposed.
I love to see the softness light creates on the skin of my babies or the belly of a mom. My studio is light, airy, creamy. I call it “the fishtank” as it is literally filled with huge windows. The walls are a warm tone of light gray with subtle monochromatic tones all around. And then for those who have been in my home office the atmosphere is a shock to the eyes. The walls are painted the blackest black there is and the furniture is white and silver although there is still a large window facing a lake. The room is modern but it juxtaposes with the music from the turntable and the collection of long plays mainly with artists from the 40’s and 50’s. And there are more contradictions when it comes to my tastes. I have been told I talk a lot and I am relatively funny and social. However, nobody would guess that I am not comfortable in large parties or groups. I love comedies but when I sit in front of my piano, I never ever ever play a happy tune. It is always either a classical requiem piece or a melancholic movie song. And you don’t need to look very closely at the images below to notice they are the exact opposite of the style you see all over my website.
I guess in a sense, I am blessed that way.
I truly don’t recall ever having a bored moment with nothing to do in my life… no wonder with so many different things out there to like.
ESTELA GIARGEI PHOTOGRAPHY – FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY AND STYLING WORKSHOP – Part I
As many of you may know, I am a woman of thousands of passions, some of them more profound than others. I literally could spend hours playing the piano, spinning a potter’s wheel, baking or going for a stroll and taking macro pictures of all small creatures and plants out there.
One of the things I love the most is photographing food. There is something so special about it… the process of researching recipes, preparing the ingredients, cooking, styling and shooting a beautifully arranged dish could be overwhelming but also oh so rewarding.
And so it was no surprise when a few months ago, almost a year ago to be precise, I signed up for an amazing food styling and photography workshop organized by the incredible Eva Kosmas Flores, Carey Nershi and Linda Lomelino.
I have just returned from this wonderfully delicious adventure in a not so little cabin in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains and I already feel hungry but my soul is happy!
Here are a few images taken on the first day of the 5 day workshop… more will be coming soon:
ESTELA GIARGEI PHOTOGRAPHY – A SWEET COUPLE
I recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop in Canada with the talented
Angie McCabe from Myrtle and Moss Photography.
The workshop focused on capturing connections
and connections is what we captured in this sweet couple’s session.
They certainly look amazing together!
Last week, I had the privilege of hosting in my studio two newborn workshops by the talented and world-renowned newborn photographer Kristen Cook from Melbourne, Australia.
Kristen is not only a wonderful caring person but she selflessly shared her valuable knowledge with the twenty other amazing newborn photographers who attended the workshop.
We were also blessed with two sweet moms and their little bitty babies to whom I want to personally thank so much for allowing us to capture these special beginnings.
A special thanks go to these moms, the twenty photographers who attended the workshop and to Kristen herself for choosing my studio.
To learn more about Kristen’s emotive work, please visit her website at http://www.kristencook.com.au
Below are a few snapshots I took during the two days.
As many of you may know, I am a woman with a lot of passions. Capturing tiny little newborns, babies and their families fills my heart and my soul with happiness…
and then there’s cookies and quarter notes!
On those gray and somber days, when I manage to squeeze an hour or so to enjoy a quiet moment, you will find me with my hands on the piano, patting a dough or photographing food. Or, as shown in these images, doing all of them together.
I am 42 now, and as I grow older, there is a sometimes late realization that life is truly, as they say, quite short, and should be enjoyed both in company and solitude. These images tell the story of my passions, all mingled in one gray Fall afternoon.
Bach, flour and my camera… all dear friends!
This is also my final assignment for an absolutely wonderful class I am currently taking called Food Narratives by the incredibly talented Gina Weathersby. I am beyond thrilled and blessed I have found such a wonderful class and instructor!