Early last week we received an email from Gavin Wren, one of the bloggers we were very fortunate to meet at the Blogger Picnic in the Park a few weeks ago. Having introduced ourselves to him and exchanged business cards, he got in contact to invite us to his food photography session. This was the first he had done under ‘Blogger Skills Academy’ – a business he has worked tirelessly to set up.
The concept is designed around the fact that bloggers don’t necessarily need to learn about photography from the ground up, but instead only certain elements that still allow great photos to be taken. It is designed by bloggers, for bloggers – this is something that you do not get on other photography courses.
He got us at just the right time as there aren’t many weekend days we are free – but Sunday was one! So we made our way to Stratford for the 9am start, and were joined by five other food bloggers, one of which we had met before at Roopa Gulati’s demo kitchen at Borough Market.
Set in a small studio space, we all had our own area to put to practice the lessons on camera settings, angles, lighting and editing. The day was surrounded around re-creating one of Gavin’s previous photos of golden syrup dripping onto a pile of pancakes and blueberries. It sounds simple, but there are an unbelievable amount of technical elements to consider. So much was learnt in just one day!
Starting with arranging the plate of food and props, we deconstructed and rebuilt Gavin’s image. We were straight away inspired to go shopping for small plates, cutlery, jugs and serviettes. That until it was pointed out that there is no better place to get these things than Morocco – so we’ll wait!
Gavin has big plans for the future and we know this has massive potential to prove successful. He is looking to provide monthly classes on various elements of photography.
The idea is to start with photography and add more areas of blogging, such as technical, coding, SEO, social media, writing, or even general creativity days. Sunday’s class was called ‘simple food photography’, however there are soon to be other photography days, such as ‘artificial light for food photography,’ ‘introduction to basic photography,’ classes in WordPress development, plus fashion and beauty photography.
If all of that wasn’t enough, lunch and drinks are included in the price, and you use the voucher code TOMO16 for £20 off any course until 17th October 2016. Head over to his website or visit his social media to see how Blogger Skills Academy can benefit you!
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As you may or may not know, we have been shortlisted for the BEST FOOD BLOG on the #bloggersblogawards on Wednesday 17th August 2016, if you love what we do and truly believe we are worth your one vote, please vote for us here – voting ends Sunday 18th September 2016.
Thank you to everyone who had nominated us, we are truly grateful, we hope you continue to join our in our adventures.