Monday, October 20, 2014

Food Styling & Photography Workshop | Upstate New York

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to host a food styling & photography workshop with the talented Carey Nershi in rural New York. We stayed in this renovated barn in a small town called Denver, nestled at the top of a hill surrounded by 300 acres of vibrant and lush autumn foliage. There we got to know our attendees, Ashley, Bonnie, Linda, Sylvia, Summer, Willow, and Sam. We spent the weekend shooting, styling, and having long discussions about props, lenses, and general food and photography geekery. Carey and I cooked delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with ingredients from the local farmers' markets. We went to a historic barn and bought even more food. We walked around the grounds. We (well, mostly Ashley) built fires in the fireplace and huddled around them with hot cider and cocoa. It was the best weekend I've had in a long, long time. I have some of my favorite photos from the workshop below, and I want to give a special thanks to everyone who came. I had so much fun getting to know all of you, eat with you, and laugh with you. I hope our paths cross again soon. And I'd also like to thank our generous sponsors who helped made the workshop possible.

{ West Elm }  Thank you for providing such beautiful table settings. Your enamelware, napkins, and turned resin flatware made each meal feel special and styled. In addition, they endured multiple rounds of washing and accidental clanging each day while still looking brand new. Quite a feat, indeed!

{ Vermont Creamery } The bounty of creme fraiche, aged and fresh cheeses, and marscapone that you shared with us was incredibly generous, and yet we managed to eat almost the entirety of it, which speaks volumes about how ridiculously good it was. Your vanilla creme fraiche in a pear crisp + baked eggs with this goat cheese and tomatoes were the food highlights of my weekend.

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

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Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

Upstate New York Food Styling & Photography Workshop by Eva Kosmas Flores | Adventures in Cooking

And a very special thanks to Miss Nershi, for being the best workshop partner and friend a girl could ask for.

29 comments:

  1. What breathtaking views from those paintings in the middle of the walls!!

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    1. Thank you Gaia! I could hardly believe the view wasn't a painting myself :)

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  2. Beautiful photos... I wanted to go... regret now I didn't..

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    1. Awww thank you Mia! We are having more workshops this year, so stay tuned for a coming registration opening :) We'd love to have you!

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  3. Beautiful photos and gorgeous scenery. I am sure your students had a wonderful experience!

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    1. Thank you so much!! We all had such a wonderful time together, I am definitely looking forward to hosting more of them.

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  4. Wow, even the weather worked for you to give this beautiful dark, magical and cozy Autumn mood... I enjoyed so much looking at these photos Eva and I wish I could have been there with all of you, it's like a dream!

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    1. Thank you, Lili!! The lighting was perfect all weekend, we really were lucky with the weather. We even got to eat dinner outdoors, which was rare for autumn in upstate. I can't wait to go back again next year...

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  5. Dreamy pictures....really breathtaking taking views. I think everyone was more then happy to take part!

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    1. Thank you, Maryna! I had so much fun with everyone, we were lucky to have such an amazing group of people :)

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  6. These pictures look so so so beautiful. Autumn is really the best season of all.
    Those students are some of the luckies people I know. :)
    Cheers!

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    1. Awww thank you Ice!! I am so looking forward to our coming collaboration, it is going to be just as breathtaking :)

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  7. Oh my gosh, everything about that weekend sounds so wonderful! I'm so glad that it went so well for you, Carey, and those who were lucky enough to participate!

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    1. Awww thank you so much Brianne!!! It went really well and we were so lucky weather and lighting-wise. Everything made for such a perfect weekend and so, soooo much tasty food. :D

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  8. Absolutely stunning photos. Each and every one of them is beautiful. I loved seeing this workshop unfold and what is the final result.

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    1. You are so sweet Sarah, thank you so much. I am so glad you enjoyed looking through everything, we'll be having more workshops this year and would love for you to join!

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  9. Each of these photos is unique and absolutely stunning!! Love the views! I want to go there!
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  10. This is hands down my most favourite post of yours. Oh sooo beautiful. Everything. I'm speechless.
    I was wondering where you source your backgrounds from?
    Many thanks for sharing your talent.
    Kimberly

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    1. Thank you so very much, Kimberly. That makes me incredibly happy to hear :) The backgrounds are Carey's in those photos, and she found them at vintage markets or either made them herself. She's got quite an eye for backdrops!

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  11. What breathtaking photos! I have always known that should go to upstate New York, but you have now reinforced that. My mind is blown by the beauty in these photos.

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    1. Awww thanks Kristie!! You should *definitely* go, especially in October. The scenery up there is surreal, I almost couldn't believe what I was seeing. Felt like I was driving through a painting on my way up to the barn!

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  12. Wow, Eva -- just wow! It's so great to see your photos from the workshop! You and Carey really outdid yourselves, and I cannot thank you enough. I learned so much from both of you, and had such a good time just getting to know everyone, eating fantastic food, and doing what we do without feeling like people are giving me weird looks for taking pictures of food. (Seriously, it felt SO GOOD to be around other photographers!) It was a weekend I definitely won't forget anytime soon. :)

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    1. Thank you so, so much Willow!!! We had such an amazing time with you and I loved getting to know you and being able to laugh, eat, and talk shop with you! It is definitely so refreshing and comforting to be able to geek out about food and photography with like-minded folks, we'll definitely have to do it again soon!!

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  13. Thank you again for hosting such an amazing workshop and being wonderful hostesses. You both did such an amazing job and I had such a blast. I hope we meet again soon!

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  14. Che bella presentazione, complimenti

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  15. I've come over from Pinterest and am so glad I clicked through!! What a stunning venue, gorgeous table and evocative photos - beautiful!!

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