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July 18, 2014

Happy

At the first week of July, I was fortunate to participate in a food styling and photography workshop held by Béatrice Peltre,a food writer and stylist, photographer and blogger, who teamed up with her friends Leigh Metcalf and Alison Bell for this memorable experience. The workshop happened  in a beautiful countryside setting in East Sussex, south of England, at an eco-friendly farm. I was so excited to spend a week at a farm in the English countryside. 


Our group included people who came from Chile, Sweden, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and the United States. A desire to learn about food styling and photography from someone whose work we admire and get inspired by brought us together for that wonderful week. 


Béa is a wonderful down to earth person, a successful woman who knows her craft well, and yet, patiently, is generous to share her knowledge and experience.
The workshop consisted of hands-on exercises and local visits, like a fish smokery, pick our own fruit at a nearby farm, picnic at the beach, and dinner at a real English pub.


I was apprehensive about this trip, you see, I'm not a photographer, I'm not a cook. I take photographs because it makes me happy, I cook to see other people happy,  I don't have techniques, I don't know much about either of the them. When I cook and when I take pictures most of the time I'm just following my instincts, which is good but it's not enough.

Photography is a relatively new love in my life, when I am taking pictures I feel happy, but I'm not a numbers girl, and camera numbers and settings make my head spin, but after reading about them over and over again, and practicing, and talking to more experienced photographers I am start understanding the fundamentals of photography and how the numbers affect the photos, and this is rewarding and gives me hope that one day I'm going to consider myself a real photographer.


Styling fruits, vegetables and flowers is fun and relaxing, they are beautiful by themselves, but styling fish for a photo shoot, oh that can be tricky...


We styled and took photos of a picnic at the breathtaking Seven Sisters "white" Cliffs.



I felt like a child in a candy store when we visit a cherry orchard. It was  the first time I've ever been to one, and it was magical.


These two photos courtesy of Fran Aménabar

33 comments :

  1. This is such a DREAM! I would have love to come along with you!

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  2. Que experiencia maravilhas! Ficaram lindas suas fotos!
    Bjkinhas

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    1. Muito obrigada Claudee, e muita obrigada pela visita :)

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  3. Hi Regina, I'm so glad you had a lovely time on your photography course and in our country. Your photos look beautiful but I always thought your photos were good before you went on the course! Happy weekend to you! Sharon x

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    1. Hi Sharon, I loved to be in the English countryside, and I want to go back with my husband for a road trip. Everything is like the movies and books I've read :)
      Love the English people, so well educated.
      I appreciate you saying that about my photos, thank you my dear

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  4. Que experiência fantástica. Como já lhe disse eu acredito muito neste seu novo caminho porque o principal você já tem. Sensibilidade. Um olhar cuidadoso. Uma alma que transborda afeto. E gostar do que faz é o primeiro passo para fazer bem feito.

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    1. Oi Beatriz, que coisa boa saber que você veio me visitar. Estive em seu blog e adorei os vídeos e seus textos, inteligentes e sensíveis. Estou voltando à internet, estou + inspirada agora, e seu espaço é um lugar em que eu quero estar sempre presente.
      Um grande abraço minha querida.

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  5. Reegiinaa!!! Que "tudo" lindo!!!!
    Tenha certeza que todo sentimento e intuição que você coloca nas suas fotos, para nós, seguidoras do seu blog, é um colírio para os olhos.
    Me sinto lisonjeada pela sua preocupação em apresentar as "coisas" mais bonitas para você e por aqui.
    Beijo grande

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    1. Oi Águida, que delícia de comentário esse seu, adorei! Muito obrigada :)

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  6. Suas fotos estão lindas! Deve ter sido tudo muito legal, uma experiência única! Beijao

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    1. Que boa surpresa ter você aqui Tati. Realmente foi uma experiência única.
      Obrigada pela visita :)

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  7. Noossa,que coisa mais linda tudo que aqui vi! Perfeito e maravilhoso! bjs praianos, tudo de bom,chica

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    1. Muito obrigada Chica. Entao voce esta na praia, eh? Que legal, aproveite :)

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  8. It was such a great trip! Unforgettable.... You'll have a place in my heart Regina.
    Your pics looks amazing and I think this trip was more that I expected......
    And I think that all of us improved our skills in photography
    A big kiss

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    1. Thank you for your kinds words Fran. You are a very special person, glad that I've met you.
      Take care.
      xo

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  9. Regina, esteja certa que quando você nasceu, a fotografia já estava dentro de você coladinha c o bom gosto e a sensibilidade. Tudo que você nos mostra, na minha concepção, e absolutamente perfeito. A beleza e sua marca marca registrada e ela sempre está recheada de emoção.
    Amo tudo que você faz. Obrigada por ser presente em minha vida.
    Você é minha fotógrafa preferida.
    Beijos e upa forte
    Norma. <3

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    1. Muito obrigada querida Norma. Eu é que tenho que agradecer a sorte que tive por conhecer você querida amiga.

      Um grande abraço

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  10. That's an amazing experience Regina!! Loved each photos and the one of with the ocean and light house looks like hand painted art!!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Shibi, and thank you for the visit.

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  11. Wow, lucky you! I love her work.

    Great shots and splendid landscapes.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thank you Rosa, a compliment from you about my photos means a lot.

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  12. Oi, Regina,

    Desculpe o atraso da minha visita, estamos com nossa filha mais velha em casa
    e ela deve voltar para a cidade em que está morando amanhã, então estou aproveitando
    muito as últimas horas em que ela ainda está conosco, rsrs. Que viagem magnífica, achei tudo
    maravilhoso: a idéia do workshop, o astral que a gente consegue captar através
    das imagens, as paisagens lindas e as fotos belíssimas.
    Não posso concordar com a 'estória' de que você não é fotógrafa nem cozinheira, pois acho
    que você é ambas as coisas e muito talentosa nas duas atividades.
    Agora vou voltar ao post para deliciar os meus olhos novamente com aquelas lindas imagens, rsrs.

    Um beijo

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    1. Como sempre você é muito carinhosa, muito obrigada Marly, e curta mesmo sua filha, família é um bem precioso.

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  13. What a great experience! It's also my dream to attend a workshop like this... I'm also not a photographer but I always love to see nice images and your each photos makes me more happy every passing day... You are my Hero....

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    1. I think you are wrong Ayda, your are a great photographer and you have a unique sense of styling, I am the one inspired by you dear friend.

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  14. Your photos are beautiful; I think you are very much a real photographer!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan, and it's a pleasure having paying a visit :)

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  15. Oh Regina, I jumped for joy when I read this post. I am so happy for you. This was a great opportunity indeed. I would love to do exactly the same. We are similar in terms of love for food and photography. Your photos are indeed lovely. I agree with previous post that you are a photographer! Hugs for you and wish you lovely Summer days!

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    1. Oh Angela, I wish you could attend a workshop like this one, I know for sure you would enjoy it a lot.
      Há vários workshops como esse acontecendo sempre, com outros instrutores, e muitos acontecem aqui nos Estados Unidos. Quando eu souber de algum vou entrar em contato com você, quem sabe nos 2 participamos juntas de um deles?

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    2. Oh Regina that would be awesome!

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  16. Oh Regina, what a wonderful opportunity! Your trip sounds so dreamy. The pictures are all so beautiful. Thank you kindly for sharing with us.

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    1. Thank you Brandi for such kind words, and I'm glad you like them.

      Cheers

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