Photography and Social Media -The Selfie or Self Portrait

Photography and Social Media -The Selfie or Self Portrait

We have to submit 3 images of ourselves for a UTAS online course I enrolled in for summer school, I have an extra one. I’m no stranger to the concept of a selfie & don’t mind it so we had to have a selfie or self portrait that tells a story of who we are & what we are about. So what is the essence of Arwen??

The image below was captured by Magie Peek, however I spent a lot of time & effort into which items I wanted to include in this picture of myself to represent who I am. My flower clip is my signature hair piece (made from recycled kimono & denim) that I like to wear almost every day, it makes me smile & I just love flowers & anything Japanese. My camera & iPhone 6 both new in 2015 & have been used so much since they were purchased for photos on social media & my photography course I did at TAFE, I’m wearing Leedy’s Beads custom made to order by my sister in the French theme as I needed motivation to earn a Thermomix reward trip to Paris last year (& I’m wearing earrings made by her too). The Thermomix bowl & spatulas represent my job as a Thermomix consultant & my love of cooking from scratch as well as my recipe testing jobs. Silver tablespoon from Mum’s that was my Nana’s, lemons & limes from my garden on a rustic wooden cake stand given to me by my friend, In the Mix Cookbooks by Dani Valent (my fav Thermomix cookbooks), puzzle ring I bought in Florence, gorgeous apron bought by a friend & a Thermofest ’15 carry bag, sunglasses bought in Brisbane this year after Thermofest with a gift voucher from Thermomix in Australia & last but not least my key ring with an Eiffel tower key chain from my friend Annette & the Thermomix keyring! Hairstyle is by my friend & hairdresser Kim Marshall from Kim & Co. My dress was from the 2nd hand shop at Kingston Beach (it’s also special because I wore it to Melbourne many times last year so it holds lots of special memories).

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Exhibition 2015

Exhibition 2015

We had to choose 2 of our photos to exhibit as part of our unit – realise a creative project. So here are mine. I even learned how to mount the pictures for the exhibit.

Let them eat cake

I made the Devil of a Cookbook sponge cake recipe. I also made raspberry, rosewater & rhubarb jam to go with it. I took it into TAFE for a studio shoot. None of the other students or teacher minded helping me eat it after I had taken a lot of different shots!

Cake

Taste of the sea

I took this photo on our Prep Prop Style Shoot workshop in August.

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Food Styling Workshop at the Black Hen with Michelle Crawford

Food Styling Workshop at the Black Hen with Michelle Crawford

A girls road trip to Deloraine with Ellie & Sarah to the most magic place The Black Hen for a styling lunch with Michelle Crawford author of the book A Table in the Orchard & her own blog Hugo & Elisa.

Michelle gave us some tips, ideas & suggestions for styling and then it was time to play!

We were given produce & props; ready set style & shoot!!

Produce

propsI was drawn to the broad beans – Ellie & I got to work 🙂

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And pomegranates props_1

Chillies & spicesChillies & spice

Here are some scenes other groups created

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raddishes

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Very important now – Lunch – Julie from the Black Hen had prepared us an amazing feast, now we all helped to set & style the table.

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Then the food

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Filo pastries salad

Let’s style some pears & some desserts

Pears

BiscuitsI was really happy with my tea & biscuits shot 🙂

And I took a picture os Ellie’s styled waffle too!

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We had had such a wonderful time, learnt so much & also made some new friends.

We did a spot of shopping at the Black Hen shop before we left with our bags full, minds full of inspiration & bellies full of delicious food.

 

Prep Prop Style Shoot Workshop August 2015

Prep Prop Style Shoot Workshop August 2015

I have been so excited about this workshop & got to pick up our stylist & photographer for the weekend JJ of 84th & 3rd from the airport on Friday night & drove her down to Mussel Boys on the Tasman peninsula where chef Eloise Emmett was preparing food for a wonderful weekend of food styling & photography.

Day 1: We started with styling morning tea 🙂 Apple crumble cake -recipe from Ellie’s the real food for kids cookbook.

Morning Tea PS

I made some dips in the Thermomix too 🙂

 

Lunch anyone?YUM!! You will never be hungry on a food styling workshop 😉

Lunch 2

My most favourite salad ever Ellie’s Octopus Salad!!

 

I was so happy I was able to use the Thermomix for the creme’ patisserie & ganache for the sponge cake. Ellie even used it to make the sponge cake.

 

My happy accident arty cake shot 🙂

 

The amount of drooling happening while all the cameras were shooting the cake being assembled was intense & amazing!!

 

Oh & then we had to eat it of course!! I think I am in foodie heaven!!

(I will be adding in more photos of our G&T’s & our delicious dinner later on)

Good Morning

Breakfast shoot 🙂

 

Yes I got to use the Thermomix again for JJ’s green smoothie recipe – find it on her blog – link below.

 

We had an excursion to a local oyster farm, we had a shucking lesson & tasting with some more amazing sparkling wine from Bream Creek Vineyard.

I was so happy with this shot I actually printed out for my exhibition for TAFE & titled it “Taste of the Sea”

 

JJ tasting the best oyster of her life 🙂 You can buy her ceramic versions of the oysters to use as a salt dish on The Decadent Pantry.

 

We finished off our amazing weekend with a picnic – as soon as we set it up outside it started to rain & we had to bring it indoors to shoot it. (I will upload pictures of this soon)

I had the best time on this weekend, I learnt so much about styling & shooting made some new friends & not to mention the endless feast of the most amazing food & beverages. Very happy memories made indeed & I want to Thank Ellie & JJ so much for organising & running the event.

See JJ’s blog post here & Ellie’s post here which includes the video of the “The Shuck Off” oyster shucking race 🙂