Optional Intensive Seminars: Food Writing & Food Photography

FoodBlogSouth 2014 will feature two optional intensive seminars: Food Writing for Food Lovers with Dianne Jacob and Advanced Food Photography and Styling with Becky Luigart-Stayner and Ana Kelly.

  • These seminar will take place the afternoon before the main conference, from 1 to 5 pm on Friday, January 24.
  • Registration for the food writing seminar is $125 and for the photography and styling seminar is $150.
  • You do not have to sign up for the main FoodBlogSouth conference to attend.
  • As with the main conference, proceeds from the seminars will be donated to Desert Island Supply Co., a children’s writing center in Birmingham.

To register, please click here.

About the Food Writing for Food Lovers seminar:

Having a food blog is not only fun but also a means of telling stories, describing food and enjoying experiences that connect with your readers. The best food bloggers excel at all three skills. This workshop will teach you writing techniques that draw readers in, describe food evocatively, and tell stories that invite comments. Noted writer, editor, book coach and blogger Dianne Jacob will guide you through writing exercises to connect with your senses and evoke memories, and we’ll examine writing samples that deconstruct the techniques famous food writers employ. You’ll emerge with new writing skills, a deeper appreciation for food writing and an array of post ideas! Attendance is limited to 50 students, so sign up now!

Dianne JacobDianne Jacob has taught classes on food writing for 10 years, including at the Smithsonian Institution and UCLA’s journalism department. She is the author of the award-winning Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More, and she covers food-writing trends and technique on her blog, Will Write for Food. Dianne is also co-author of the cookbook Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas, with chef Craig Priebe, and she edits cookbooks for both national publishers and individuals. Jacob judges books for the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual cookbook awards. She has also been a judge for the Bert Greene Awards for Food Journalism. A feature she wrote about food blogs was a finalist for a Bert Greene award in 2007. She has also written feature articles for Salon.com, Sunset, Clean Eating, Gastronomica, and Writer’s Digest.

About the Advanced Food Photography and Styling seminar:

Becky Luigart-Stayner and Ana Price Kelly have photographed numerous cookbooks and magazine stories. Combined, they have over 35 years’ experience. In this 4-hour intensive workshop for intermediate to advanced photographers, they will share their expertise in the field of food photography, food styling and prop styling through a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice.

Topics include:

  • How to use and manipulate natural light, exposure, and composition.
  • Tips, tricks and techniques of food styling, from selecting product to preparation.
  • Choosing props to compliment the food: the importance of color, shape, and texture.

Props and food will be available for use in a hands-on shoot: With Becky and Ana’s direction and advice, participants will prop, style and shoot a food image for their portfolios.

The workshop will also include a photo critique portion. Participants may submit a photo they have created prior to the session or use the image created at the workshop.

You must bring your own camera (film or digital point-and-shoot, DSLR or SLR—no camera phones), tripod, and memory card.

Attendance is limited to 15 students, so sign up now!

Becky Luigart-StaynerBecky Luigart-Stayner grew up in Kentucky, where her father took her to estate sales and auctions and her love for beautiful things was born. Her mother and grandmother instilled in her a love for good food, home-cooked and beautifully presented, whether in a picnic basket or on the dining table. While in college, her older brother loaned her his camera and gave her a black and white lesson. She became obsessed. She lost her desire to become a journalist, left the University of Kentucky and moved across country to study photography at Brooks Institute. Since then, she married (a photographer), had two kids, adopted three dogs, and lived in many places: California, Ohio, Utah, West Virginia, Vermont and now Alabama. She landed in Birmingham to work for Cooking Light magazine, where she was on staff for 9 years. Photography clients include General Mills, Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Tupperware, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Chronicle Books, Prentice Hall Press, Simon Schuster, Ten Speed Press, and more.  Her latest cookbooks are Cooking Light Chill, Southern Living Off the Eaten Path: Second Helpings, and The Southern Living Pie Cookbook, to be released in fall 2013.

Ana Price KellyAna Price Kelly is a freelance food stylist and recipe developer based in Birmingham, Alabama. Her successful 14-year food-styling career has been defined by her passion to make food look artistically beautiful, appealing and mouthwatering in a relaxed, organized and efficient manner. Her work regularly appears in nationally published magazines, cookbooks, and commercial media for the web and print. When not shooting for top publications, Ana spends her time on the family farm and sheep dairy and is an advocate for locally-grown, sustainable agriculture.