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

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 love for Jennie. Now Bloggers without Borders (founded by Maggy, Erika) are working tirelessly around the clock with Shauna to organize #AFundforJennie, a funding raising event to assist Jennie and her two girls.

We’re witnessing something truly amazing here: food bloggers from all around the world are participating in the most community driven event ever. You must visit the auction gallery page to see really comprehend the scope of how wonderful the event has blossomed too. This auction page is filled with offerings from the heart and full of love from worldwide bloggers.

Now it’s our turn. Our offering is a full day food photography/styling workshop, followed by a family style meal that we will all cook together and share. The location is at our brand new kitchen studio that is just 7 days old.

some vintage collectables in our gallery room

All funds from these ticket donations will go directly to Jennie at Bloggers without Borders. We (Todd & Diane) will personally fund the cost of hosting the workshop.

Please join us for a day of learning, friendship & community. Here is the agenda (subject to change)

Our Studio Location: Orange County, CA. on Saturday October 15, 2011 8am-8pm

Morning Welcome: You will be greeted with a big bear hug, pumping music, light & fresh breakfast, a quick tour of our new studio & dancing (not required).

Discussions & topics: Storytelling, vision, finding your voice, making an impact with your photos, the power of an imperfect photo, lighting, basic principles.

Live demonstration: we will be demonstrating a live shoot, from ideas to storyboarding, workflow to final image.

Hands on time: you will have an opportunity to practice making your food photographs.

Lunch: Fresh meal cooked from our studio kitchen, more music & discussion of morning shoot

Discussion & topics: Basic Food Styling, how to integrate color, texture, movement to make a photo stand out, shooting on location

Live Demonstration: we will be demonstrating some dishes being styled, then photographed & editing

Hands on Time: you will have opportunity to practice styling, playing with props & photographing

Dinner: Family style fresh spring roll feast (gluten free) where we will grill on the table. We will all be cooking and eating together.


*** Donation Details: The cost for this complete day is $1,000 per person, all funds go to Jennie.  Space is open to 10 attendees. If spaces fill up quick, then we might open up more spots.

How to sign up (please read carefully) : The workshop is limited to the first 10 people. Go to the Bloggers Without Borders Donation Site Here. Make your $1,000 donation by clicking the square BWOB Donation button on the side bar. Once you make your donation, you will receive a confirmation from pay pal. Send that confirmation to us at: td (at) Whiteonricecouple (dot) com to secure your spot in the workshop.

Thank you again and hope to see you there!

Our 7 day old kitchen studio where food photo/video shoots happen

play with our prop room and with Sierra

Other studio half filled with natural light to shoot in. & studio will be cleaned, promise!

Our live demonstrations will show you how we achieve these food shots

The #APieForMikey Video we made for Jennie & Mikey:


{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Nicole

    Ohhhh I just stumbled across this page and your food photography and kitchen/studio space make me drool!! Gorgeous work, gorgeous couple, and it’s so amazing that you offered this workshop to support a great cause.

  2. Jaden

    Oh wow! Beautiful space, beautiful friends, beautiful doggy….love you!

  3. Katie @ Epicurean Mom

    Yippee!! I can’t wait to go to your workshop!! SO looking forward to it! 🙂

  4. Brooke @ Foodwoolf

    Wow! Congratulations on the new studio space! It looks absolutely incredible. You’ve done such a great job creating a dream photography studio. It’s a perfect place to shoot a video, photograph food, and cook for friends who want to learn. What an incredible space for two incredible people to put on a great event for a wonderful cause. xoxo

  5. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    I just wanted to say thank you for your support of Bloggers without Borders. We appreciate it more than you know. This workshop offering is immensely generous – we all know how valuable our time is – and I know your attendees will have a fantastic time!

  6. Lori

    If there is room for one more, I would love to donate and attend the workshop!

  7. Helene

    I am so excited for you guys for your beautiful studio. I would love working in it. This is an amazing way to raise money. The 10 are so lucky 🙂

  8. Muy Bueno Cookbook

    Todd and Diane your sense of community and giving is such a blessing for us to watch. Thank you for reminding us about the power of love…BTW…your new studio is fricken’ awesome!!!

  9. Elizabeth from AsianinAmericamag

    What a spectacular studio/kitchen…it’s like a dream! I wish I lived closer to you. I’m on the east coast and right now, a bit hard for me. I hope someday, I can come and attend one of your sessions. it would be a wish-come-true for me. Must put that on my Wish List!

  10. amanda

    i stumbled upon your blog and #a pie for mikey. it was really moving. i wish i could be a part of your community, but i’m only a foodie wannabe for now. i have no great claims to being an incredible cook or baker. but i love traveling, photography & food, so i’ll be keeping up with your blog now that i found it. i’m going to bake a peanut butter pie in mikey’s honor and share it with my boyfriend. this community inspires me. it’s refreshing to know there is so much love in this world.
    thanks 🙂

  11. Chris @nestlefoodie

    If there is still space, I would love to attend and donate. 🙂

  12. Elizabeth @ Saffron Lane

    Oh, how I wish I could be there. What a lovely, light-filled space (completely inspires me to work that much harder to be in your shoes sooner than later!). Good luck with the workshop — such a generous gift!

  13. The Mostly Vegetarian Kitchen

    I would love to sign up for this! I only have a point and shoot camera. Is that adequate for what we’ll be doing that day??

  14. Joan Nova

    Spectacular offer!

  15. LiztheChef

    I want to attend and donate. Hoping this will not be over my head for a novice with a point and shoot camera. Thank you for this incredible opportunity and for your generosity!

    1. LiztheChef

      Confused as what to do next to secure my spot. I’m unable to find your event on the auction item(s) page. Help, please? Thank you –

      1. LiztheChef

        I am in and on cloud nine…

  16. judee @ Gluten Free A-Z

    Wish this workshop were on the east coast. I sure need it and it sounds amazing. good luck with the fundraiser.

  17. Lynda

    So beautiful – your new studio AND your generosity!

  18. Sally

    I want to attend and donate. Diane & Todd, I’ve been in love with your blog for quite awhile. What a wonderful thing you guys are doing here, I can’t wait to be a part of this very special workshop. Thank you!

  19. Maria

    Love the new studio! It is perfect! I really wish we could attend the workshop-but we will have a new baby! Thanks for all you do for the food blogging community! xoxo

  20. Lisa @ Life in Green

    Your workspace is just as gorgeous as your work and everything that you do!

    In awe.

  21. Yadsia @ShopCookMake

    Wow! I wish I could attend.

  22. Jen Yu

    Fan-freaking-tastic!!! And you designed it all to match Sierra!! You guys are the best ever. Best. Ever. BEST. EVER. *love*

  23. Liren

    What an inspiring workshop for such a beautiful person. How I wish I could join you in your gorgeous studio!

  24. Busyellebee

    I just wanted to say what a beautiful video this is. Brought a tear to my eye. It’s nice to know that there is still a lot of love left the world. Thank you so very much.

  25. Carol Sacks

    This is an amazing opportunity. I want to attend and donate. I look forward to hearing back from you about next steps to secure my spot in the workshop. Thank you!

    carol (@casacks on twitter)

  26. Sally cameron

    OK you two, I am officially jealous! That’s our dream, come true in your pictures. Oh to have a studio. Wait till Kent sees this. Sounds like a marvelous day! Bless you for hosting this for Jennie. I’ve been so touched by her loss.

  27. Kim Foster

    This is beautiful. The studio (how awesome is that?), the workshop, the Pie for Mikey video, everything. What a wonderful gift for Jennie. Thank you for all of it.

    xo Kim

  28. Aly

    Being an east coaster, I am so very envious of those that get to enjoy this space. What an AMAZING idea to have that beauty at your disposal… and a prop room, put butterflies in my stomach! Do you both ever do any workshops on the east coast? I would love to be in attendance. Thank you for making my morning.

  29. Melissa @ soul on a platter

    Only because He’s the photographer. I’m just the cook.

  30. Bev Weidner

    I am IN AWE of your space. I just got sexy sweaty for it. DEAR GOODNESS.

    I need to sit down.

  31. Melissa @ soul on a platter

    Amazing. If I’m the first to bid, can I bring the lovely husband?

    1. Melissa @ soul on a platter

      I want to attend and donate. Amazing birthday gift for husband and a feel good opportunity.

  32. JulieD

    I’m floored, your new studio space is gorgeous…beyond words. Your generosity and spirit inspire me, Diane & Todd. I know the workshop will be so fun…thank you so much for putting it up for auction. I so wish I could attend!

  33. susan

    your studio is gorgeous and will be the envy of anyone and everyone who loves both food and photography. I wish I was in a position to do this, because I would jump on it!

  34. Susan in the Boonies

    Fantastic light! I love all our trees, but I hate that they really limit our light!

  35. Urban Wife

    What a breathtaking studio space! If I wasn’t in Florida, I would love to attend. May this event truly be a blessing not only for Jennie & family, but also for the 10 attendees and you both.

  36. Christina

    I just got to watch the video and I’m literally in tears. I made #apieforMikey also and I think this event will continue to remind me to hug my fiance a little tighter, call my mom to tell her I love her and truly appreciate the loved one I have in my family. There really is no community more warming than the food blogging community ♥

  37. Christina

    Reading your blog makes me *wish* I lived in CA more and more!! Jennie is such an awesome chick and this is such a great thing you’re doing for her and her family! I wish I could go to your day class! If you’re ever in NY please let us East Coast bloggers know 🙂

  38. Kimberly

    Wowsers! Your new studio space is beautiful! Man, I wish I lived in California. I would so be there! Would love to connect with you guys again.

  39. Eleanor Hoh (@wokstar)

    GORGEOUS studio & prop space! I wish I could come learn photography from you, but so far away, boo. How generous and kind you are to do this for Jennifer. Congrats on new studio.

  40. Melissa | Dash of East

    *squealing in delight* Your new studio is beautiful!! I’m hoping that my trip to Cali will come sooner, rather than later so that I can see it in person 🙂

    The 10 who get to attend your workshop will be some lucky, lucky people! Thank you guys for doing this, y’all are awesome!

  41. Joy

    I am so glad you guys are doing this. The food blogging network simply amazes me and continues to surprise with the amount of warmth and kindness shared around.

  42. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Your new studio is spectacularly beautiful and this is an amazing cause. I know the 10 people who attend will have the time of their lives!

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