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Food photography and food styling workshop with Todd Porter and Diane Cu on CreativeLive

Four and a half months of planning with Creativelive came down to three days. Those three days were so lightening fast, it was hard to remember what happened even ten minutes prior. And to think that we considered to not partake in teaching because we didn’t think we could share anything different that hasn’t already been taught. Thankfully, we came to our senses. We all have our own unique perspectives. Even if something has been taught or said before, it can still be valuable to someone out there.

Friends, we’re finally back home, ready to un-pack and pack up again for another week long trip. But before we get caught up in the planning of heading out again, we just wanted to say two words to you and to everyone on the CreativeLive team:


Maybe that just wasn’t enough. Here’s more:


and more….


and lastly….


much love,

diane and todd

Some instagram images @ToddPorter & @DianeCu from behind the scenes on the set of Creativelive:

The light in the Seattle location is incredible

Food photography and food styling workshop with Todd Porter and Diane Cu on CreativeLive

We’ll never get bored of the Space Needle at sunset 

Food photography and food styling workshop with Todd Porter and Diane Cu on CreativeLive

 On set the day before: the team is busy painting the classroom walls. 

Food photography and food styling workshop with Todd Porter and Diane Cu on CreativeLive

 Diane brought some of her favorite props for the food images. Talk about a heavy carry-on! 

Food photography and food styling workshop with Todd Porter and Diane Cu on CreativeLive

 more incredible light for the shooting segments 

Food photography and food styling workshop with Todd Porter and Diane Cu on CreativeLive

 Jim made spring rolls for one of the pre-shows

Food photography and food styling workshop with Todd Porter and Diane Cu on CreativeLive

 … and he forgot to get the lettuce, so Diane made a quick emergency lettuce drop on air! 

Food photography and food styling workshop with Todd Porter and Diane Cu on CreativeLive


{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. youwillfindmethere

    I cried at the end of your CreativrLive course’ up to that point I had completed several food photography courses on line, however, yours is by far the best, most personal and informative. Your interaction and mindfulness of each other’s comments is very pleasant and refreshing’ sometimes there is a slight tension between business partners who are also a couple but with, there was none such to be felt. Thank you for this beautiful site and the journey with you on-line.

    1. Todd & Diane

      Thank you so much. Your words mean a lot to us and thanks for loving food photography as much as we do! hugs.

  2. Susan Menis

    Enjoying the CreativeLive all over again on the rebroadcast. So nice.

  3. Amy | Minimally Invasive

    It was a wonderful, wonderful course! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and experience with us on Creative Live. I have an editorial restaurant photo session this Friday and plan to use a lot of your tips for an effective shoot. Thanks again!

  4. Chantelle

    Watching your workshop was truly inspiring, you are both so talented and such great teachers. Diane I cried with you at the end, your passion shines through. Thanks for all the tips on how amateurs can make food photos look way better. It’s so awesome of you guys to have done that teaching session, I’m sure you touched so many people. Blessings and happy travels!

  5. Angélica

    I had the amazing opportunity to watch the 3 day workshop, and it was incredible!!! You are so generous for sharing your knowledge, tips and tricks. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    I´m learning food photography on my own (I´m a pastry chef dreaming on becoming a food photographer) and seeing you in action was wonderfull for learning how to do things.
    I´m really very grateful for this opportunity.
    Saludos from México 🙂

  6. Ami@NaiveCookCooks

    You guys! You both are so hard working and I wish you both the best for future! 🙂

  7. Denise + Moose

    Just watching brings to mind this great quote: “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
    ― Julia Child
    Truly a great class! Thanks.

  8. Gail Nickel-Kailing

    We loved every minute of it – and ran out to buy your book in the middle of the series. Thanks for inspiring us, giving us some really great tips, and showing us that simple is good and we should just have fun! If you check GoodFood World (www.goodfoodworld.com) in a few months, you will see where we go with your advice.

    Gail N-K

  9. Annie @ ciaochowbambina

    You guys are so inspiring! Thank you!!

  10. Andrea@personallyandrea

    You guys rock. I was riveted to the screen for three days and learned laughed and cried along with you. Blocking out light! Revelation. And posted my first animoto video on the blog today. Thank you for doing the workshop!!!!!

  11. Lisa @ garlicandzest.com

    I thoroughly enjoyed all three days. You’ve given me a lot to think about for my burgeoning food photography hobby. I will be looking for new ways to capture and direct the light. Can’t wait to make my husband do “yoga” on the floor with some of my food scenes to add motion. Thanks so much for your insights!

  12. The Bearfoot Baker

    I am so thankful you guys taught on Creative Live. I learned so much from you. I bought the class because there were so many wonderful things I was afraid I would forget. I can’t imagine how hard you worked to put this class together but, I am very grateful! You have changed the way I look at light and styling.
    Thank you so much!

  13. Liz@HoosierHomemade

    Todd and Diane, you both are so inspiring! I was on a business trip, so Doug watched the videos live, but we upgraded, because of course, I couldn’t miss out!
    Thank you for all you do!!

  14. Row

    Excellent job… what a fabulous workshop! Both of you have so much passion and love for what you do and it really showed during those three days. I learned so much valuable information and will try to put it to use in the future. Thanks so much! 🙂

  15. Gina

    I wasn’t able to watch live – however I am really looking forward to watching the recorded version. Being able to learn from you who have inspired me in so many ways is a joy. Thank you for continuing to push my creativity & my desire to improve! Hope to one day have the opportunity to learn from you in person.

  16. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    Todd and Diane,
    wonderful wonderful class. . you guys are so inspiring and I truly loved all the honestly and vulnerability. . thank you for all the guidance and teaching!

  17. Sandy

    Thank you so much for sharing your story, your valuable insight, and words of wisdom. You guys totally ROCKED! So much information to digest, but I truly feel inspired and motivated to getting out there. Thank you for never giving up. Have a wonderful vacation and be blessed!

  18. Esther

    I was on a family vacation when this aired, but look forward to watching it!!!

  19. zorra

    Thank you guys, it was very inspiring!

  20. Sandy

    When I first saw the announcement about the class, I had no idea of who you guys were. However, I went ahead and RSVP for the class because it was something that I was interested in and enjoyed your energy for one another on the preview. Boy, am I so glad I did. You guys totally ROCKED the class! I felt so inspired and motivated by every word and picture you all displayed. Thank you so much for sharing yourself, your valuable insight, and words of wisdom. Most importantly, thank you for never giving up.
    Have a blessed and wonderful vacation!

  21. Emily

    You two are such an inspiration. Glad the event went well!

  22. Amanda

    You both were amazing. I learned, I laughed, I experimented (posting about it tomorrow!) and I cried with you! What a gift and blessing you both are. Could not be happier for you!

  23. terri

    While it was an amazing experience to “attend” your CreativeLive workshop, I think the thing that impressed me the most is how the two of you are true to yourselves, whether in blogging or teaching or anything else. Who you are on your blog is the same as who you are in your teaching, so it felt completely natural to “see” you in this different context. Your passion and generosity of spirit come through–thank you, for who you are, and all you do.

  24. Mandi at My Cup Is Full

    What an inspiring three days! I loved every minute of what you both had to share. Getting to hear your unique perspective was incredibly encouraging in an industry that can sometimes feel very isolated and like people don’t really ‘get’ what you’re trying to do. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  25. Jerry Deutsch

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching Diane and Todd on Creative Live. I was riveted to my seat for three days. Thank you so much for sharing so much of your lives and expertise with the world. I will never go to a restaurant shoot with the same mind set again…you’ve totally changed the way I see as well as the way I see my role as a photographer. I only hope that I will be able to attend one of your workshops and really get to know you better. I feel that I have made two new friends and look forward to following you online.

  26. nicole (thespicetrain.com)

    I had planned to watch only Thursday but ended up glued to the screen for all three days. What a fantastic workshop, you guys had such great energy and I learned a ton. I was especially impressed with the restaurant shoot. Thank you both so much! 🙂

  27. Vasun

    Dear Todd & Diane,
    I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop as there was so much to take away. Your sincerity and enthusiasm has indeed been inspirational. I love the synergy between the 2 of you. May you always be blessed with continued inspiration and bountiful love. Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put in for the workshop. xo Vasun

  28. Marlene

    I saw the rebroadcasts on creativelive and you two were amazing! You have really passed on your knowledge and I now know what I can work on, and with, to evolve and take my (beginner) photography to a whole new level. Thank you for so much for sharing!

  29. Ericka @nibblesnfeasts

    I watched the whole thing! You guys did great! I feel so inspired 🙂

  30. Ellen - in my Red Kitchen

    It was so amazing and inspiring to ‘attend’ this workshop.
    You two are so adorable together but also so relaxed in working together. Everything you did or said showed you both have a passion for what you do and you are so respectful towards each other. It made me think about myself, I can act frustrated when I’m tired and I should stop that. I saw that because of you!
    Also, I will run to the store and Goodwill today to buy new linnens and plates in neutral colors to extent my prop collection 😉
    Húge thank you from LA! And enjoy your well deserved vacation!

  31. Leah Barad

    Having been a part of two food photography workshops at Creative Live, I wanted to say thank you for coming to your senses and realizing that you could present a unique perspective. Both your workshop and the one I attended previously have meant so much to me, in different (and some of the same) ways. I am eternally grateful that you decided to do the course. Thank you for an amazing three days. Enjoy your vacation; you deserve it!

  32. Lauren Carnes

    You two were absolutely awesome, so refreshing and genuine. Thank you so much for sharing with us! You’ve already inspired me to begin shooting more food and just practicing every chance I get. Hope to see you teach again some day! You’re naturals!

  33. Marcella de Tapia

    Hola from Mexico! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. It was a great workshop and I loved your positive energy! And… I won’t be afraid of shadows any more 😉

  34. Zofia Mazurek

    It was totally worth to spend 3 days in front of TV (despite different time zone) and it was a pleasure to get to know you you by this workshop! The passion and joy you have (even in tears) is gigantic! Thank you for knowledge and inspirations! Smiles for you both 🙂

  35. Nick (Macheesmo)

    So awesome. I wasn’t able to catch it live due to travel but I snapped it up at the discounted price and can’t wait to watch it.

  36. Marta Potoczek

    Oh I wish I was closer! Great job guys!

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