Happy Sunday everyone! Now that were home for 10 days straight (yes!), we’re finally able to finish off some details of our upcoming photography workshop announcements. We have much to share with you today, but let’s start with the cookbook promo video we produced for Bi-Rite Creamery’s new cookbook!

 In our previous post, we mentioned that we produced the cookbook trailer video for Bi-Rite creamery. It was such an honor to be able to work with the amazing Bi-Rite Creamery team and Ten Speed Press folks.

Chef’s Anne and Kris produce some of the best ice cream in the country. Now they’re sharing many of their terrific and special recipes in their latest book , Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones. We’ve had the book in our possession for the last few weeks and it’s hard to not put it down.

The recipes are made with love, great ingredients and local pride. You can now make their ice creams right in your own home.

Enjoy the video! And take a close look at all the food blogger cameo appearances. Do you see them in the video?

iphone shot- Thanks to friends for joining us at Bi-Rite shoot: John  FoodWishes.com, Michelle SFQ bbq sauce, Darya SummerTomato.com,  Jenna EatLiveRun.com , Anita DessertFirstGirl.com, Irvin EatTheLove.com, BenYouFedABabyChili.com , Kirsten Bi-Rite Market, Jessica SodiumGirl.com 

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones Cookbook Promo Video 


Photography Workshop Preliminary Details: 

So many of you have emailed, messaged and asked us about our next workshops. Sorry to make you wait so long, but we’ve been planning this so that we can properly organize and structure the workshops to make them the best that we can! We’re almost ready to launch and announce those dates next week. Thank you so much for all your patience.

We’ll be offering a variety of dates and different types of photography workshops, specializing for the needs of food bloggers, craft/design bloggers and portrait/lifestyle bloggers. Each discipline of photography has different and unique techniques and methods, so we decided to divide our workshops into different categories so that we can focus on each of your specialties.

Here’s a sneak peak at  what we’ll be offering & announcing next week: 

1. Food Photography & Food Styling Workshop  & Business of Food Photography Hands on- 2 day workshop at our photography studio in Orange County, CA.

Learn both the creative process and business of food photography. This exciting 2 day, hands-on workshop will empower you to share your food photography and food stories in the best way that you can.

Topics during this 2 day workshop:

Food Styling & Prop building and making! : learn how to style food, prep it and prop it for the camera. Play in our prop room!

Make your own prop boards/surfaces: learn how to make your own prop boards & surfaces. We’ll have material for you to make, paint and create your own surfaces to keep and take home! (those traveling from out of state must ship your own props back home)

Food Photography: learn your camera, gear, basic principles of natural light, composition and workflow

Food Story, your voice: learn how to share your food story and define your own unique voice with your photographs

Photo Editing, Workflow & Tethering: learn the value of both free-hand and tethered shooting. Learn how to edit and manage your files and create a workflow that best fits your business. We’ll help critique one another’s images.

Business of Food Photography: Discussions on how to make an impressive professional portfolio, platforms, how to sell your images and the food photography business.

Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner will be served for both days.

2. Craft, Design and Lifestyle Product Photography – Etsy & Pinterest inspired! 

This workshop is created for craft, design and lifestyle product bloggers. Define your creative style! Want to learn how to photograph for your craft and lifestyle products to for Pinterest or your Etsy store?

Join us for an intensive 1 day, hands on workshop and learn how to make pretty pictures for your Etsy store or Pinterst.

You will learn basic principles of natural lighting, camera, composition, gear, editing and photographic techniques for your crafts.

Styling- knowing how to style and prop your crafts and products is equally as important as the technical part of photography. Learn how to prop and style your photographs to make them visually stunning.

Bring your crafts/products! ( limited to 2-3 small, hand held items only please) : with time and space permitting, bring your crafts to photograph and practice with.

Location: Our Photography studio

3. Portraiture- Life Faces . Captured.

The people in our lives nourish us with joy and beauty. Documenting those special people, their faces and personalities  are important to remember those valuable moments.

Learn natural posing techniques, camera, gear, composition and lighting. Understand the value of the imperfect  image and the strength of storytelling.

Location : TBD



Great Kitchen Tools Video: Michael Ruhlman Had Something to Say

by Todd & Diane March 1, 2012
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It’s always so invigorating to discuss and debate the topic of Stupid Kitchen Tools with Michael during our last video segment. To follow up on the topic of kitchen tools, we have a great line up of videos of Michael sharing his “Great Kitchen Tools”. Today, we’re sharing the latest one we produced with Michael […]

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Stupid Kitchen Tools Video: Michael Ruhlman Had Something to Say

by Todd & Diane February 22, 2012

Michael Rulhman “Had Something to Say” – Stupid Kitchen Tools We’re back with new episodes of the Had Something To Say video series! Michael Ruhlman visited us at our studio and we spent a few hours together stirring up some heated conversations about everything from kitchen tools to Ruth Bourdain. Amy Scattergood, editor of Los […]

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Where will you be a year from today? An Inspired Read from @Sassyradish

by Todd & Diane February 9, 2012
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I remember a tweet from Olga of @Sassyradish about a year ago sharing the news that she had left her career on Wall Street. Olga was a risk taker, a determined dreamer and I very impressed. I love people who take chances. She plunged head first into what she really loved to do, and that […]

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Teamwork, behind the cookbook shoot scene

by Todd & Diane February 5, 2012

  We’re back from a fabulous week in Florida from a visit with our friend Jaden from Steamy Kitchen. We helped her during her cookbook shoot and after eating half the recipes in the book, we’re ten pounds heavier. That’s what happens during a cookbook shoot where the food is real. It’s a tough job, […]

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Back to back Videos in San Francisco: Bi-Rite Creamery & Charles Phan of Slanted Door

by Todd & Diane January 26, 2012

Hi Friends, how has your 2012 been treating you? We still can’t believe this month is coming to and end. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were wishing a farewell t0 2011 with our Life Recipes video? Maybe that’s what being on the road and being buried in work does to ones grasp of time. […]

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Join us at Food Blog Forum, Orlando Walt Disney World

by Todd & Diane January 17, 2012
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We’re excited to announce the next Food Blog Forum conference in Orlando, Walt Disney World!  Jaden & Scott from Steamy Kitchen, Dawn from Dawn Viola , Julie from The Little Kitchen and us are thrilled to be organizing another event to bring everyone together for a weekend of learning, sharing and inspiration. A full day […]

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Personal Video- Thank You, Friends. Our Life Recipe 2011

by Todd & Diane December 30, 2011
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This video is dedicated to you all, to each and every single person who has impacted our lives this year. Because of your friendship, our lives are richer in ways that we never, ever imagined. 2011 was tremendous for us. New friendships forged and fresh faces that we were finally able to meet at our […]

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Mini Bread Board Giveaway- Handmade from the Heart

by Todd & Diane December 16, 2011

*This giveaway has ended. Thank you everyone for participating! Twitter and Facebook selected the winners. I asked for a number between 1 and 431. I took the first answer from Twitter- Comment #50 is one winner. And the first answer from Facebook: comment #318 is the second winner. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Hello lovely friends. I went shopping […]

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Blog Her Food 2012 in Seattle, Submit your speaking ideas

by Todd & Diane December 15, 2011
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We’re excited and honored to be a part of the advisory committee for Blog Her Food 2012 in Seattle, WA! It was a pleasure to be speakers at their 2009 & 2010 events and the new friends, inspiration, encouragement and community bonding we experienced was really wonderful. To share and learn with like minded, passionate […]

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Girl Hunter Promo Video & Buttermilk Fried Rabbit Recipe

by Todd & Diane December 12, 2011
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This past Summer we traveled to Texas to film Georgia Pellegrini’s promo video for her new book, Girl Hunter. We were thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to work with Georgia. Have you heard of Georgia and her accomplishments or visited her site? If not, you should, she is amazing. Georgia graduated from […]

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A First Time for Everything and Wedding Photography Moments.

by Todd & Diane November 26, 2011
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There is always a first time for everything. We’re continually embracing all of our new experiences and searching for new projects to push us further creatively and personally. But for the last 10 years when we had our family portrait and special events studio business, we had always dodged requests to photograph weddings. The thought […]

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“Sweet Confections” book we photographed & Pina Colada Truffles Recipe

by Todd & Diane November 19, 2011

Sometimes a sweet treat is all it takes to boost the spirit. We know this well, the power of a great piece of candy to make us feel like a kid again. Normally, we don’t eat much candy but when fresh, homemade candy is put in front of us, we’re definitely ready to indulge. Last […]

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Scenes from Cuba & preview of Photo Night

by Todd & Diane November 6, 2011

Hello Friends, thanks for bearing with our lack of posting during our absence as of late. As some of you know, we took a personal trip to Cuba. This was a much needed trip after a non-stop 8 months of work both in studio and on location. We were due for some personal time and […]

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Notes from the Air: Heading to Cuba

by Todd & Diane October 27, 2011
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Hello from 30,000 ft in the air everyone! We’re headed to Cuba as part of a personal project that’s been in the works for a long time. Can’t spill the beans just yet, but we’re very anxious to share with you the reason for our personal journey here soon. It feels as if we’ve been […]

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Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five minutes a Day- Cookbook Video Promo

by Todd & Diane October 19, 2011

Pizza is one of those foods that makes all adults and kids happy. But homemade pizza is one that can not only warm the home, but get everyone excited to start creating custom “pies”. Last month we traveled to Minneapolis to shoot the promo video for Jeff Hertberg and Zoe Francois’s new book, Artisan Pizza […]

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On the Road Again – Beautiful America

by Todd & Diane September 28, 2011
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Mt. Shasta on the horizon – iPhone photo- Instagram @DianeCu We’re on the road again. Two weeks ago we shot in Austin, TX and in St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN and captured some terrific content. Can’t wait to share those projects with you all soon. This week we’re working on location again. and again. and […]

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iPhone Video #3- On Assignment with Penny- Barbacoa in East LA

by Todd & Diane September 22, 2011
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On Assignment with Penny: Barbacoa Lady Reunion in East LA Video completely filmed on iPhone 4 Thank you for joining us on this  journey with friend and photographer Penny De Los Santos. Producing this On Assignment video series has been a visual awakening. To be able to collaborate together and celebrate the stories of special […]

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Searching for Butterflies- Thoughts on photographing kids

by Todd & Diane September 2, 2011
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My photographic heart always pulses faster when I get an assignment photographing children. I shared my journey about this previously and I thank you all for keeping me company there. The last 10 years of my career immersed me in the intimacy of family and children’s portraiture. I was allowed into the lives of very […]

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Food photography, styling workshop & sharing a meal at our studio #AFundForJennie

by Todd & Diane August 29, 2011
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Update: This workshop is sold out at 11 spots for the #AFundForJennie event.  $11,000 was raised. Thank you all for your amazing support for Jennie. You are all incredible, each and everyone of you in this food community. The Twitter hashtag #APieForMikey event appeared to kick start a movement, a staggering response of support and […]

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