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June 28, 2015

A week in Portugal - photography, food, friendship


The idea to spend a few days with people I don't know, in places I've never been, it's quite a challenge. I am actually shy, and being in a group of talented and experienced people in a field I'm just crawling can be intimidate. But I'm ready, I'm ready to challenge myself, to be pushed out of my comfort zone and follow my heart.

I was lucky to finally snag one of the tickets for a workshop organized by Ritchie Ace Camps. I had tried it before, twice to tell you the truth, or I was late, the tickets are sold out fast, or some requirements I did not have, well, this may be a subject for another post...

It helped my confidence that I had already attended a food styling and photography workshop held by Béa Peltre in Ingland last year, which was such an unforgettable experience. This time I went to Portugal to spend time learning from the talented photographer, food stylist and cook Aran Goyoaga from Cannelle et Vanille. I've been inspired by Aran's talent to tell a story through food and beautiful photography for quite a while.



Aran talked to us about her process for styling, photographing and editing her photos. We spent time photographing food made and stylished by her, then we styled food ourselves and spent more time photographing them. 


Everybody was so motivated and full of energy. I felt lucky to be in this worshop with Aran, Angela and such talented people


The workshop was held in Melides, in the region of Grândola. Melides is a typical small Alentejo village, where the houses keep the traditional white and blue look, which reminded me of the historic towns in my beloved Minas Gerais.

Early morning walks in the summer are such a bliss, and that was my routine in Melides. Some days I would walk toward the small village, some days toward the beach.



In a hot and bright afternoon, we headed to the beach to style and photograph a picnic. To me it was a challenge to photograph in those extreme light conditions. Such an amazing learning experience.


On our last night , we all dined out in a restaurant by the Praia do Pêgo, where we were blessed by this amazing sunset. 


The next day, I left the Portuguese countryside heading to Lisbon, where I stay for a couple of days with a special friend, a friend I had just met the day I arrived in Portugal.


You might ask "how can you call a person you've just met a friend?" Well, Rosa, from the blog Le Paquet, and I were online friends for some time, and when I was certain I was going to Portugal I wrote her an email. 

I hesitate  when she invited me to stay at her home, but I'm glad I accepted. When I arrived at the airport she was there waiting for me. I felt I already knew her for a long time, and thank to her my two days in Lisbon were intense and special.


A few participants of the workshop joined Rosa and I to wander the streets of this culturally rich and charming city, a city of colors, tiles, and stone streets. It was lovely to have their company.


I returned home feeling inspired,  met wonderful people, made new friends.

Goodbye Portugal, thanks for the experience and memories!


15 comments :

  1. Puxa, ainda bem que conseguiste ir! As fotos ficaram simplesmente MARAVILHOSAS e a experiência deve ter sido muito boa pra todos! Belos momentos e registros! Adorei! bjs, tudo de bom,chica

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  2. What a wonderful post! Your photos are all stunning and what an interesting experience. Beautiful beach and sunset. This makes me want to return to Portugal sometime!

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  3. WOW! Photos are AMAZING! What a wonderful post! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. Regina, amiga!

    Simplesmente encantador - o post inteiro.
    As fotos estão belíssimas. Muito lindas.

    Alentejo, eu não conheço, é meu sonho.

    Regina, enviei a mensagem novamente, para aquele e-mail que usava sempre.

    Beijo grande!




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  5. The photos are so pretty. Nice that you learned so much and had a change to see Portugal as well.

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  6. Regina, fiquei muito feliz por essa oportunidade de desvirtualizar a nossa amizade. Foi um prazer ter você em casa e passear por essa cidade que amo tanto. Suas fotos ficaram absolutamente fantásticas. Eu sempre adoro suas fotos e nem posso imaginar que você possa ficar intimidada pois acho a qualidade do que você faz incrível! E eu adorei a minha foto!!! Descontraída, sorrindo e de chapéu, como eu me vejo nos meus melhores dias ;)
    Beijos

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  7. Querida Regina,
    Tão bom ver que aproveitas-te bem a tua vinda a Portugal . Só tive pena de na verdade não ter dado para estarmos juntas. Quem são da próxima vez... Tenho a certeza que vais amar o Porto.
    Adoro as fotos ... Cada vez melhor muitos parabéns!

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  8. Oh Regina, you are really brave! What an incredible experience you had! Your photos are absolutely exquisite! I wish I could take photos like you. I lack knowledge and sadly I think it's much easier if you are shown rather than to just read a booklet. I really love your photos, and so glad you had an amazing time with a new friend! Have a super week Regina! x

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  9. Your photos are amazing! What a fun experience for you---I think you grow each time you venture outside your comfort zone. Good for you!!

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  10. Wow Regina, great post! Thanks for sharing your experience! Now I want to attend this kind of class! Love the pictures you've styled and taken! So happy for you!

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  11. That must have been a fabulous experience! I am sure you've learned so many new things about the country, photography and styling!

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  12. Wow . Regina this is beautiful post for sure. I enjoyed every line you wrote. I can tell how good this workshops was ... and you're pictures are stunning! A very delicate composition and colouring really surprised me lot: food, landscapes and people.
    It might be a blessing to attend an Aran's workshops . Her work is so inspiring!!!!
    Great job my friend !!! I hope we can make another workshop together one day... a big kiss

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  13. Regina querida, da pra ficar de queixo caído e babando aqui com tanta beleza! ;))
    Fico feliz que tenhaa seguido seu coração e partiu em busca desses momentos maravilhosos.
    A qualidade de sua fotos são impressionantes... Dá até pra sentir os sabores, aromas e as brisas.
    Você é fantástica no que faz. Parabéns!
    Que bom ter aceitado o convite da Rosa e ter estreitado os laços com ela. É muito bom sair da virtualidade para a realidade.
    Foi assim conosco.. Foi breve, porém inesquecível pra mim.
    Espero poder te encontrar e mais ainda, te receber em nossa casa muito em breve.
    Pra você, meu carinho e admiração sempre.
    Beijos e upa forte!
    ;))

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  14. Regina, adorei a sua magnífica reportagem, para mim absolutamente inspiradora. Quando fala na dificuldade em sair da sua zona de conforto ... sei bemdo que fala. As fotos estão incríveis! Parabéns!
    Eu vivo no norte dePortugal, no Porto, uma cidade com um núcleo arquitetónico medieval, único - a minha cidade é realmente fantástica e se voltar a Portugal, não deixe de a visitar ( e, claro, de me avisar, pois terei o maior prazer em conhecê-la pessoalmente).
    Tenha umfeliz domingo.
    Beijo da Nina

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