Natural Dyeing and Photography workshop with Aimee and Isabella

matcha sponge and beetroot coconut frosting_vegan
 Me modelling for the students, photo by Aimee

Me modelling for the students, photo by Aimee

 The photography setting

The photography setting


What an incredible weekend we had! Honestly! What an amazing group of women, so much creativity and so much fun all together, that I.am.still.in.AWE.

I am honestly so proud of we have put together, as one of a kind combined workshop, never done before in London! We really gambled to put together 2 completely different art, Aimee, Isabella and me, but we really believed in this workshop and finally made our vision real. Still, we see improvements to make, opportunities we couldn't imagine before we saw our workshop live.

I really want to thank the students coming from all over the world, Panama, Singapore, Norway, Italy... Without you all, this workshop won't have been possible. Thank you for trusting us to be your guides and for making this experience remarkable. Thank you @martaschooking @losil77 @vividec23  @hampsteadkitchn @theveggiemaiden @glowingtobloom  @happyverde @bakewellblog

And also thank you to our generous sponsors to have supported our workshop. We know how much dedication you put into your brands and we really appreciated your generosity.
Please find our sponsors listed below, their products are all ethic and vegan. They are one woman/man show and they truly deserve your attention and support!
Now back to the workshop!

Styling, Food Photography and Natural Dye

We spread the course over two days and we held it at Clapham Studios. The studio has great light, large kitchen for the natural dyeing crafting process and beautiful quirky space for dining too.

The first day
We started with a vegan cake, teas and brief introduction. Then the groups were split in half. In the morning one half was doing the natural process with Isabella. The other half was introduced to camera settings and basics of food styling and the use of natural light After the introduction, they had the opportunity to do motion shots of the dye process and a flat lay of the crafting.

We all sat for a copious vegan lunch featuring my umami chickpeas salad, artisan organic bread with beetroot hummus and spinach pesto ( I am Italian, always prioritizing for people to be well fed!). We served vegan cookies with green tea, coffee or black tea.
After lunch, the 2 groups swap and worked on the other task.

We ended the day bringing the groups together for the styling of tricky food. The brown chickpeas salad, learning step by step the practical building up of the setting.

The second day
The second day we focused on storytelling, highlighting how we build the visual story of a recipe from start to end, our techniques and how to keep the work efficiently with the time and subject given.
The use of all props, and the different backgrounds. We dived deep into the use of natural light, when and how to screen the light.

We had lunch with my organic lentil salad, some artisan wholemeal bread with purple potatoes hummus and turmeric hummus.

In the afternoon we styled the finished cake and took few different shots of  the final setting.
Then we ended up the day  with the editing session along with Q&A. Of course, this session happened drinking copious amounts of freshly brewed coffee and eating abundant slices of the cake
The cake was a matcha and vanilla sponge  with purple potatoes, strawberry powder and lavender frosting.
At 4 we wrapped it up and the students received their goodie bags.

 My private workshop_Motion shot featuring Capture by Lucy vinyl marble backdrop.

My private workshop_Motion shot featuring Capture by Lucy vinyl marble backdrop.

My heartfelt take on the experience.

Creativity is nourished by the exchange.

I loved to see the student experiencing free creativity, grow their skills literally under my eyes, have fun and be connected to each other.  For sure I want my workshops to be a community event, to gather people together, connect them because creativity gets deeply nourished by the exchange of ideas. And this is the greatness of a group or 1-2-1 workshop, as we work together, we inspire each other. The teachers inspire the students, the students inspire the teachers. We are not the sage on the stage but guides that help you to the next step wherever you with your styling and photography.

During a workshop, we become a team

During the workshop, we are a team. Surely we have notions to teach and experience to share that students pay for, however, is the creativity flow to nourish us all. The love of beauty. The passion for sharing this beauty we carry in our hearts.
I tell you what, I am Italian, I got some serious southern blood in my vein, I am wired to communicate, share my passions with an open heart. Without any false modesty, teaching is really natural to me and is the most fun job I can think of.  I am the first one to really enjoy my own workshops. And I bet you can tell! This workshop has been an eyes opening experience for me on how much I love teaching and how rewarding it is to me.

Fun is the new commitment

I want to have fun and contribute to my student fun because attitude is all when you try to succeed at something. I believe my first duty is to teach the right attitude to something as creative as styling. I want my student to have a light-hearted approach.
Where light-hearted still means serious and passionate. However means also that styling becomes your safe place, your daily retreat and not your daily battle. The circumstances make the 10% of our success, is our response that makes the other 90%.
And as I spent years learning and practising life coaching, I do believe deliver the right attitude is part of teaching anything creative.

Our sponsors

Heartfelt, massive thank you to the generosity of our vegan, ethic sponsors.

Capture By Lucy - Digitally printed vinyl backdrops that will change your life. If like me you are shooting in a small space, travel a lot or you are maybe starting your styling career on a budget. Lucy's are affordable and visually perfect. My favourites are the marble and the dark baking trail.
Nevertheless, Lucy's work has been featured on Cosmopolitan and BBC good food among the many other famous names.

Blooming You PowderNatural freeze-dried powders packed with vitamins. Aggie, the mum of two, delivers the most beautiful natural powders I have ever tasted. They changed our family daily breakfast, my children are literally obsessed with her products. Our favourites of all are Raspberry and Barley Grass. Trust me if you try her Barley Grass you will never go back.

NomLiving - handmade tableware and accessories made affordable. Perfect for styling, elegant organic stoneware that can easily fit in different styling situations. I love their ceramics for my daily life too as are oven and dishwasher safe, which is crucial for my busy lifestyle.

MeMatcha - Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha. This amazing flavoured Matcha is my go to every single morning. I mix my Vanilla or Peach matcha with my Adaptogen Elixir every single day. Is comforting, helps me stay focused and the taste is incredible. One of the staples of my morning ritual which is a crucial moment of my day. I wake up 5/5:30 I do rely on my morning drink a lot!
And you know what makes it extra special for me? Jamal is paying the Uni loan with his tea company. Not sure about you, but for me to help one woman/man show businesses make my own life taste better!

Wolf +Scott - Vegan +Organic Protein Pancake mix. Ready for you to rock and roll, no fuss cooking required. Really help me on those mornings when my son doesn't stop moaning about putting on his (horrible) school socks on and my daughter starts a tantrum about her waterproof gear (she is the house wolf going to a forest nursery). Do you know how that feels? That I need an extra hand. This pancake mixture has been that hand, protein-packed, easy and quick. One woman show business, mum, and hot mess mornings connoisseur I believe.

MUD Food Grade Bentonite Clay. It is not a mystery I have a very delicate digestion, and I had some percivable improvements since I add MUD to my smoothies and porridges. Caitlin and Rosemary are the most awesome human being I ever have done a sponsorship with. Honest, compassionate and generous. They have been with us ever since we started and we love them!

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 The natural dye process, little ceramic bowl by NomLiving

The natural dye process, little ceramic bowl by NomLiving

 The natural dye process

The natural dye process

 Students are taking turns for the photos. The styling is extensivly explained while we make it.

Students are taking turns for the photos. The styling is extensivly explained while we make it.

 Aimee explaining the manual camera settings

Aimee explaining the manual camera settings

 Te cake sponge is featuring MeMatcha vanilla falvoured organic Matcha powder.

Te cake sponge is featuring MeMatcha vanilla falvoured organic Matcha powder.

 The flat lay of the recipe storytelling, ceramics by NomLiving

The flat lay of the recipe storytelling, ceramics by NomLiving

 The natural dye process storytelling

The natural dye process storytelling