Sunday, August 30, 2009

Giveaway Winner and FoodSnap Photography Workshop

Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to tell you about Foodsnap. Okay bloggers, if you are serious about blogging  then you have to be here. We all know that many bloggers, do not know how to take pictures.  Come on, you know who you are. I am one of them. I admit it. With so many blogs these days, blogging has gotten competitive. Sometimes it's not really about competition but time, so many blogs so little time.  Pictures help a lot. So that is why I am putting on this event with Foodista.  For two main reasons:

A) I really need some help with my pics and while searching online did not find many resources for this.

B) I love Lou Manna's work, after researching many photographers, we decided that we have to fly him to Seattle from New York because he is not only an incredible food photographer but a super charismatic teacher.

This event list is full of serious bloggers. Elise from Simply Recipes is flying in. Nancy Leson from the Seattle Times is there. There is a list on the website, if you bought a ticket and want your blog added, please let me know.

Photo by Lou Manna
So I will leave you with the press release and the winner of my last contest, the winner is Chris! You win a basket of OXO products. Thank you for all the interesting comments and I have to agree with many of you. The microplane is a genius idea.

Buy Tickets Here


Keren Brown Media and Foodista Present


SEATTLE, WA—(August 31, 2009)- Seattle's first of it's kind all-day workshop for food photography, titled FoodSnap! will take place September 18th at the historic Georgetown Studios (inside the former Rainier Brewery) at 5890 Airport Way S.

The event, organized by Keren Brown Media and, will feature New York food photographer Lou Manna, (, the Olympus Visionary and New York Times photojournalist, commercial photographer, educator and author of Digital Food Photography. Lou is an associate professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York and a consultant in the Food Studies Program at New York University. He also teaches digital food photography workshops in his studio, and accepts students for private, hands-on classes.

Lou will lead the workshop with the assistance of food photographer and blogger Lara Ferroni ( as well as Seattle's photographers and stylists, Rina Jordan (, Barry Wong, Charity Burggraaf and others.

The location, known as Georgetown Studios, is an ideal venue for photography and is often rented for commercials and advertising shoots. It is owned by Kathryn Barnard (, a professional photographer whose work has been featured in top publications such as Seattle Magazine, NW Home and Garden,

Ladies Home Journal and more.

FoodSnap! is open to anyone interested in food photography. The target audience of FoodSnap! is food bloggers, food-related social media, food companies and food photographers. Cost is $159 which includes all fees for registration before September 4st. (Price will be $180 thereafter.) Attendance is limited to 75 participants.

Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets

The sponsors, whose products will be used in the displays to be photographed, include Emily's Chocolates, Frost Doughnuts, Fooducopia, Wink Cupcakes, Red Ticking and Bluebird Grain Farms.

Kathy Casey will be serving a Foodsnap Gelee signature cocktail that will be used as photo inspiration as well.

The organizers will host a photography contest immediately after the event, providing participants with the incentive to upload pictures taken at the event and further enhancing the visibility of the photos and food products.

Please check website periodically for details on contest and where to upload pictures to be reviewed.

The Mayflower Hotel is offering a special rate for out-of-town participants, $139 plus tax for a classic guest room.

SCHEDULE for FoodSnap

No Experience Required

Georgetown Studios

5890 Airport Way S.

Hours: 10am – 5pm


Lou Manna will review and critique each participant's food blog or photographs. He will show his own blog, , and social network site .

Following that he will use a Power Point presentation to provide an overview of the basics of digital food photography and tricks of the trade. He will review the different features found on most digital cameras, highlighting how they can be used correctly to photograph in any situation.

LUNCH BREAK- lunch will be provided


The afternoon will be dedicated to hands-on practice.

Groups of participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at food photography with the help of Lou Manna and Washington State’s own food photographers and stylists.

Lou will demonstrate how to work with each specific light source, how to use mirrors, diffusers and small white cards to create mouth-watering photographs with a simple point and shoot camera.

Participants will utilize new skills learned in the workshop to shoot each set up while Lou and his associates offer individual guidance to optimize each participant’s photographic techniques.

About Lou Manna

Lou Manna is an award winning New York photographer and educator. After shooting for the New York Times for 15 years, he established his own Fifth Avenue studio, where he works with corporate, advertising and public relations clients. His work has appeared in major magazines, national ad campaigns, and more than forty books.

“He has a sense of style, color and composition with an inherent understanding of how to create a beautiful image.” “The ability to make food sparkle like a jewel with his lighting is Lou’s forte.”

Lou recently published his first book, Digital Food Photography, which is to date the only book on the art of food photography devoted exclusively to digital technology


Keren Brown Media

Keren (also known as “Frantic Foodie”) has been organizing the Seattle Food Blogger Events for the last two years, a series of monthly meet-ups that help bloggers create lasting contacts and connections. Keren is the founder of Foodportunity, food networking events that connect members of Seattle's vibrant food community: chefs, food writers, food bloggers, purveyors and more. Details at Information about Keren's food events can also be found online at Frantic Foodie at, and at


Foodista ( is a collaborative project to build the world's largest, highest quality cooking encyclopedia. With user contributions, Foodista is creating a free resource to help millions of people learn “how to cook everything and anything.” Launched in 2008 by a group of veterans, the site features thousands of recipes and articles about foods, cooking techniques, and kitchen tools. Foodista organized the first International Food Blogger Conference in May of 2009,

1 comment:

Chris said...

Hooray! :)

...and I'd totally be at FoodSnap if I wasn't in Denver that weekend... sounds awesome.