Even though we were in Whistler for a specific purpose (to learn about food styling and photography), I thought Angela did a great job fitting in some activities to showcase what a beautiful location Whistler is. I must admit, the beauty of this town couldn’t possibly be lost on most, but riding a gondola to the top certainly helps to take it all in!
We rode up to the top of Whistler Mountain, scouted a place for what would be a “picnic photo shoot” (and actual picnic, thank goodness!), and went to work. Breathing in the fresh mountain air, surrounded by such beauty, and working together to create scenes to shoot – this made for such a wonderful afternoon. My favorite dish of the meal was the Gluten-Free Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts we made the day before. Delicious.
One of the most valuable things I learned on this trip is to never dismiss your surroundings when styling and shooting a photo. What may be a random piece of wood that is in the way to some, could be the perfect piece to showcase the dish/object you are trying to capture. It was amazing to watch Aran at work, so poised and talented.
I have to mention the picnic lunch prepared by Nadia and Angela… I could eat it every day! A smorgasbord of fresh fruit, panzanella, salmon, olives, cheese, bread, and the best part – chocolate. They kept us full and happy during the workshop each day, and for that we were all so grateful.
After our picnic activities, we packed up and headed for the “Peak 2 Peak” gondola ride. Riding from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountain, at times 1,400 feet off the ground, was exhilarating to say the least. I captured a few pictures, but most of the time tried my best to just take it all in.
We spent a bit of time on Blackcomb before riding the chairlift back down to the village, taking group photos, making plans to meet up that evening, and enjoying that feeling when a group of new people is not so new anymore. That moment when you start getting to know someone and begin to form a friendship. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to spend time with and learn from so many talented women. I hope to see them all again someday.
Here are some links from others’ posts about the workshop. I hope you enjoy reading through them as much as I have!
Jodi from What’s Cooking Good Looking
Eva from Miss Renaissance
Mardi from eat. live. travel. write.