Don't forget to take the time to document your special events. It's very easy to get caught up in the moment and forget all about capturing it. Tonight we took a cooking class and we had a blast! I brought along my Olympus camera, but it was a bit cramped and there was parsley, shallots and garlic flying all over the place, not to mention hot cooking oil. While my regular camera was awkward in the tight space, there was no reason I couldn't use my iPhone that was stashed in my front pocket. All photos in this post were taken with my iPhone 6.
Armed with knives, a cutting board, a burner and a skillet we were ready to start cooking this four course meal. The menu:
- Rosemary Shrimp Scampi Skewers
- Romaine Salad with Tomatoes, Hearts of Palm Salad, Olives and a Roasted Pepper Vinaigrette
- Chicken and Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce
- Chocolate Bread Pudding
Is your mouth watering yet? It was a little intimidating but we got started with the first course. We sliced, we diced and before you knew it the shrimp were nice and pink.
Take photos of the food, the instructor, the other participants, the menu or whatever else you want to remind you of the event. They don't all have to be fantastic, fully composed images. You are just documenting the occasion. Don't forget to take photos of yourself and who you are with. As a photographer, I'm not in many of my photographs at all.
Take shots at different angles. You don't have to get the entire plate in, it can be more interesting to leave some of it out. Do close ups of the cook's hands stirring or slicing. Get some shots that include your surroundings too.
Above all else, have fun!
If you live in or near Bucks County, PA, check out Carlow Cookery. They offer a variety of cooking classes, food centered bus trips and their store is filled with fine culinary cookware, bakeware and even some food items. I've been on two bus trips with Denis to New York City and he is very knowledgeable about the shops and the restaurants. I highly recommend his tours and cooking classes.