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My Day at Photography Class

I call myself an accidental photographer. Though I have styled and directed photo shoots for my entire career, the idea of picking up a camera and mastering the numbers, the dials, and the nobs made me weak in the knees. . . and not in a good way. It was just over a year ago that I found myself in dire need of great images of our designs and crafts for our Ellinée blog. I knew it was time for me to get over IT and jump in with both feet. Yes, there were a few tears, lots of frustrating moments and many hours of reading and watching photography videos, but it only took me a few months to know I was completely hooked. I had found my new creative love!

This last Saturday I took my first live photography class. I headed to Seattle to spend the day with documentary food photographer, Clare Barboza and 5 fellow students. I chose Clare’s class because her story telling photos, natural light style and rustic settings really resonated with the style I would like to develop. She brought an array of food for us to choose from with loads of props and surfaces for us practice our food styling. Need I say that I had the time of my life? Here are 6 of my favorite images from Saturday:

Lia Griffith Photography Food Photography by Lia Griffith Soup Photo by Lia Griffith Lia Griffith Photos Fruit Photography by Lia Griffith All photos were shot with natural light on a Canon 5D MarkII and a Canon 50mm 1.4 lens.



Lia is a daily crafter, maker, designer and DIYer. Find more of her creative inspiration at liagriffith.com.

  1. I am impressed. Good design. The lighting is superb. Natural light is always my favorite (and it’s cheap!).

  2. L-O-V-E the second to last photo with the grapes!!!

  3. Hi Lia, thank you very much for your post!! Great pics, no doubt!! Very professional, stylish looking.. I love how color stands out from the background and the depth of field.. Do you adjust your photos in the photo editing software or it is straight from the camera?…

    • Hi Marina. I shoot everything in raw format and I then process, edit and organize my photos in Adobe Lightroom. I just started using it a few months ago and find it to be an amazing software. I then export it out of Lightroom as a jpgs so I can open it in Photoshop to crop for web and add any graphics.

      • Thanks for your reply, Lia!.. I had Lightroom in my computer for couple of months and your comment made me go and play with it!!! Love it, looks like it is really amazing software as you said. I love the fact, that I can process pics in bunches, love the presets. Next step for me to learn how to organize my photos (for my digital scrapbooking hobby). .. Thanks again for sharing details of your behind scene’s work!..

        • If you want to take an online class on Lightroom, there is a really good one on Lynda.com by Chris Orwig. I love teaching and I have taken almost all of the Photoshop courses he teaches. I am only about half way through the Lightroom course, but seeing his demo is why I switched.

  4. Those photos are amazing! I also start to “play” with my new camera… and it’s really amusing! Now I would like to take a picture of every thing around me!! But I’m just a beginner!

  5. Lindo!!!

  6. Brilliant! These are so beautiful, I can taste them! I especially like the soup pic. The background is perfect! Nice job! I look forward to seeing much more of your talent! =)

  7. Well done!
    That is my next big venture — learn to take decent photos!
    The photo with the grapes is my favorite too.

  8. These are awesome! They are pleasing to the eye and stomach. Keep up the great work.

  9. Oooo the pictures look great! I think I need to take a photography class of my own!

  10. So in LOVE with the pie photo. I thought they were all good, that one was exceptional.

  11. What camera did you use?

  12. You’re a natural!

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