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Food Styling Workshop at The Black Hen

A few weeks ago I spent a lovely morning at The Black Hen in Deloraine.  The Black Hen was hosting a food styling workshop, run by the lovely Michelle from Hugo & Elsa.

Michelle is a food stylist, cook, and author of a beautiful cook book I must buy.  If you have not been to The Black Hen, you must.  It is a beautiful shop, filled with wonderful things, beautifully styled and decorated.  Upstairs there is a wonderful area where the workshop was hosted.
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All of Michelle’s wonderful vintage props….my dream job, collecting vintage things 😉
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After we heard about some tricks of the trade, Michelle asked us to pair up and grab some fruit or vegetables to create a flat lay scene.  The type of image you might post to instagram.  I paired up with a lovely lady from Henry’s Ginger Beer and we grabbed some red peppers, some plates and off we went to select a board.  This one spotted my eye first so we started with that.  I found a lot of it was just trial and error, just keep going till you get something that looks pleasing to the eye.  We also tried “throwing” the vegetables which seems to have them land in the perfect position.

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  Similar view but with a green board

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Adding additional elements…

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Next we moved onto fruit…

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Michelle teaching some tips and tricks with the iPhone

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Some of the other ladies set up this scene

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Soon it was time for lunch.  We all pitched in and dressed the table, which was fun, using some of the food we photographed and props from around the room

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Before lunch was served Michelle talked us through some images she styled in some fabulous cook books.

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Then lunch arrived….

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Lunch was divine, and we had desert also.  We then moved on to styling some desert.

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Doing it the old way…

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I decided to fill a little pastry case with some strawberries.

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This little pastry travelled around the whole room trying to find a shot that looked nice…

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I gave up on the pastry and spotted some strawberries.  I put a few elements together and this was more pleasing to me.

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I had a wonderful day, and met some lovely ladies whom I am now following on instagram.  I can highly recommend the course, it was great to do something different and to meet some new people.

My new venture – Your Inspiration at Home

Hi all,

I’ve been busy this winter, busy being sick, busy shooting a wedding, and busy editing, but I’ve also been busy with a new venture.  My friend recently joined Your Inspiration at Home and I offered to hold a tasting demo wondering what it was all about.  She brought over her spices and olive oils and together we created some tasty food.  I loved it so much that I signed up the same day!  Anything to help me turn from Disaster Chef into something else (I will never be a master!)

My kit arrived!  All these products are hand blended and packaged in QLD, they use only natural ingredients, nothing nasty added.  The products also don’t have any added gluten.

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The demonstrations are so much fun, all we did was eat!!

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So if anyone is interested in trying or buying these fabulous products, you can visit my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nicolehastingsyourinspirationathome?ref=hl

or you can visit my website, which has the catalogue for viewing and a shopping cart for ordering.  Of course there are benefits for holding a demo, the Host gets extra special discounts and can earn free products.

http://www.nicolehastings.yourinspirationathome.com.au

*This was not a sponsored post, sharing for the love 🙂