Chris Klaas Food Photography Workshop

by Maureen on November 21, 2012

On Saturday I’m going to attend my first hands-on food photography workshop.  A while back I went to the Maleny Real Food Festival and sat in on Chris Klaas’s food photography presentation.  It was so much fun to watch him prepare a dish, plate it, style it and photograph it.

I wanted to know more so before I left the festival I introduced myself and said I’d love to keep in contact and would jump at the chance to attend a workshop with him.Klaas Creative - food photography workshops by Chris Klaas

Over the weeks since then we’ve become good friends.  His first workshop is this coming Saturday and there are already 11 signed up – nearly a full group.  My friend Ranee of Rani’s Cuisine will be there as well as Lizzie Moult from Strayed from the Table.  I’m looking forward to catching up with them and meeting the other food loving photographers.

Klaas Creative - food photography workshops by Chris Klaas

The workshop will consist of learning about our cameras, presentation, basic food styling, lighting and post production.  It’s a massive amount to cover in four hours but I’m up to the task!  I will continue to take a better photo today than I did yesterday and hopefully if the gods smile down upon me, you’ll look forward to visiting me more and more.

Klaas Creative - food photography workshops by Chris Klaas

Who’s Chris Klaas?  He’s a photographer based on the Sunshine Coast where I live and he’s been photographing professionally since 1994.  He’s also a professionally trained chef so he’s got all the bases covered.  In his early career he worked in Sydney with some of the best advertising and fashion photographers in Sydney.  He enjoys teaching and I hope I learn a lot on Saturday.

Klaas Creative - food photography workshops by Chris Klaas

His photos tell a story and that’s what I want to learn most.  If you’re on the Sunshine Coast or nearby and want to come with me, contact Chris through his website or on Facebook.  There will be a fancy catered lunch and before we get to eat it we’re going to style and photograph it.  Let’s hope it’s cold because I might take a long time.  Chris is bringing ALL his food props for us to choose from.

 

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Roz November 21, 2012 at 9:27 am

What a WONDERFUL opportunity. I am so envious for what you will learn! I hope that you have a lovely Thanksgiving!

Big hugs,
Roz

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Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking November 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

That’s awesome Maureen! Since I started my blog I’ve been dreaming of attending a photography workshop, hopefully soon.
Have fun, I know it will be amazing!
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The Life of Clare November 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

Such a fantastic opportunity! I’d love to attend a food photography course!

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The Squishy Monster November 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm

What an incredible experience! Everything looks like it’s going to jump off the plate and into my belly!! BTW, I’m LOVING Easy Recipe =)

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

What a fabulous experience, can’t wait to hear about your new tricks!

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Claire @ Claire K Creations November 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Have a wonderful time Maureen!!! I would so love to do this with you and if I wasn’t heading to the other side of the country tomorrow I’d drive up and join you. I’ll be at the next one for sure!
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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts November 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Oh, how exciting! I hope you have a great time :)
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Nancy November 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Hi Maureen, I’m a long time reader and a big fan and just wanted to say a big thank you to you not only for easyrecipe, but also for inspiring me to stop procrastinating and to just start blogging. Lack of confidence in my photography skills has has stopped me posting some of my recipes so I’m super excited for you that you are doing a course. And a little jealous. If there was something like that on offer in my neck of the woods I’d be signed up quick smart. Looking forward to reading all about it.

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Maureen November 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Nancy, what part of the world are you in? I’ll see if I can round up some help for you. :)

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Nancy March 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Thanks Maureen & Jamie. Sorry I disappeared as we ended up travelling and moving countries. We are now in Shanghai and I’ve decided once we are unpacked I’m just going to dive in and worry about styling as I go along or I will just procrastinate for ever!

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Maureen March 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Shanghai? I’m so envious!

If I waited until I knew how to style I’d still be working on my first post. :)

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Jamie November 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Hi Nancy – I don’t want to usurp poor Maureen’s blog but if Europe is easier for you, please check out From Plate to Page workshops http://www.platetopage.com/ We run an intensive, practical, hands-on workshop for food bloggers covering writing, styling and photography and our prices are reasonable. Check out the work of our two food styling/photography instructors! Our next workshop is in Ireland in May. Hope this helps…

Thanks Maureen for letting me plug P2P!! Would love to see YOU there one day :-)

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Glamorous Glutton November 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

How fabulous! You’ll have such an inspirational time. I love playing around with my camera, but just wish I knew a little more tech stuff. Something like this would be great. GG

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Jennifer @ Delicieux November 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Have a fabulous time at the workshop Maureen! I’m sure it will be amazing and inspiring. It’s always so wonderful to watch a professional at work.
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Jamie November 21, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Lucky and what a great opportunity! You are so lucky to have these kind of events near by and should definitely take advantage! Can’t wait to hear how it went! And thanks for introducing us to a new photographer!

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Maureen November 22, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I would LOVE to go to one of your workshops! Talk about cream of the crop!

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Jehanne@thecookingdoctor November 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm

With such a catchy blog title, why haven’t I discovered u earlier? I’m now browsing through your old posts and bet will be your avid reader!i love photography, your pictures are stunning.

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Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb November 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

interesting and I am so jealous now! I always wanted to attend a workshop, I know I would love it and treasure the value of such knowledge from a pro. Jamie is right you are lucky lucky lucky, for living over there Maureen. Can’t wait to see what you will come up with.

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Choc Chip Uru November 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I hope you have a brilliant time my friend, this sounds absolutely incredible as an port unity :)

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
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Jill@MadAboutMacarons November 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm

That sounds amazing, Maureen. Wish could pop along to the sunshine coast. Enjoy it, even although you’re already taking wonderful shots.
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Rhonda (@diningalone) November 22, 2012 at 1:41 am

I would love to do a workshop like that, have fun!!

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yummychunklet November 22, 2012 at 2:58 am

What a great class!

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kitchenriffs November 22, 2012 at 4:14 am

Sounds like fun! I took a couple of online classes a year or so ago from the Perfect Picture School of Photography people (the courses weren’t bad, although a tad expensive). Your pictures are pretty good, although it’s always good to have someone with more knowledge and skill giving you feedback. Will be interested to learn about your experience.
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Maureen November 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I’ve never taken an online photography course. I’ve been to a few workshops and I pick something up with every one. Hopefully it will all come together for me. I LOVE your photos!

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suzanne Perazzini November 22, 2012 at 4:44 am

I am very envious of you, lucky lady! I would love to attend a class just on the styling alone. I find it is the area I love the most and enjoy playing with and it would be inspiring to learn from someone with so much experience. His photos in your post are gorgeous.

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Maureen November 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm

They tell me that it’s all about practice so hopefully I’ll get better in time. :)

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Soni November 22, 2012 at 5:17 am

What a lovely opportunity this seems!!I hope to attend similar classes myself some day :) These pics are gorgeous and I’m sure you’re going to find this experience so useful!
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Maureen November 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

The hands-on but it gives me some apprehension. I don’t want to be at the bottom of the class!

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A_Boleyn November 22, 2012 at 5:38 am

I think you’re photos are amazing already but no way should you pass up this great opportunity. Have fun. :)

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Eva Taylor November 22, 2012 at 6:40 am

What gorgeous photos Maureen, I’m envious that you have such a great class booked for Saturday!
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Maureen November 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Chris takes fantastic photos, doesn’t he?

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Cass @foodmyfriend November 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

This looks like such a great course. I am trying to take one soon *fingers crossed*

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Sandra November 22, 2012 at 10:46 am

This would be so interesting. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Melanie November 22, 2012 at 11:19 am

I can’t wait to hear how you go this weekend. I’d love to try one of his workshops while I’m here this summer.
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Maureen November 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Melanie, I feel so bad that I didn’t get to meet you. Please let me know when you’re coming back!

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lizzie - strayed from the table November 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I can’t wait to learn to take photos like these ones! See you saturday Maureen. ;-)
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Nami | Just One Cookbook November 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I’m so jealous! :) I think food photography is very important for food blog and it’s wonderful that you got to learn some good techniques and knowledge about it. Hope I can attend those classes to improve my skills. :)

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Maureen November 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Nami, your photos are top of the line, perfect. Please don’t change a thing!

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