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A Sweet Feast: Paris food & photography workshop by Yossy Arefi & Olaiya Land

Olaiya Land and Yossy Arefi are hosting a photography + styling workshop in our Filles du Calvaire apartment in Paris

For those of you who don’t know her, Yossy is the author of Sweeter off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season. She is also a food photographer, stylist and the creator of the award-winning blog Apt. 2B Baking Co. Her work has been featured in Bon Appétit, Saveur, Martha Stewart, Good Housekeeping, Modern Farmer and T Magazine.

Image by Yossy Arefi

Here are the highlights of what we’ve got planned for you:

Shooting and Styling – Follow along as we both cook, style and shoot dishes from start to finish. We will share our philosophies on everything from choosing ingredients and props to plating and composing the perfect shot. We’ll discuss how to utilize and shape natural light to create the perfect mood for any dish. Then, we will take some time to create your own unique vignettes and help you develop your personal photography style.

Post Processing – Learn how we approach editing and post processing using Adobe Lightroom. Editing is one of the most important parts of photography and Lightroom is a powerful yet easy-to-use tool that will take your photography to the next level. We will share our favorite tips, tricks, and shortcuts.Tastings and Tours – So many tastings! We’ll sample Paris’ best chocolate, coffee, eclairs, macarons, and more. There’s no shortage of amazing things to stop and taste in Paris and we will fit in as many as we can. We’ll walk the grands boulevards, taking in the famous architecture and light. We’ll wander the ancient streets of the city as we visit some of its most beautiful gardens and historic landmarks. The early birds in the group will wake with the sun one morning to shoot the sunrise and experience breathtaking views over the city (optional for non-early birds, of course).

Market Visit – Paris is famous for its amazing markets and we’ll wander through one of them to gather ingredients for our shooting and styling lessons. We’ll search out perfect spring strawberries, plump green peas, tender baby greens and more. And we’ll talk tips for photographing all the gorgeous market produce.

Gathering Around the Table – We’ll share meals together both in our beautiful workshop apartment and out and about in Paris. We’ll take you to our favorite locals-only cafes and experience amazing meals at our favorite restaurants.

Image by Yossy Arefi

All skill levels are welcome. This will be the perfect opportunity to learn to shoot manually and master the settings on your camera if you’re new to that. More experienced photographers will love our hands-on styling and editing sessions as well as our guided tours through the city. You’ll leave feeling more confident in your photography skills and full of creative inspiration.