Food styling and photography with Marte Marie Forsberg

Back in November, I did a very brave and uncharacteristically rush and spontaneous decision. I bought, within minutes of seeing it going live, a spot in Marte Marie Forsberg’s “Flowers and Food Visual Storytelling” photography retreat. I remember somewhat frantically emailing Marie “where is it exactly”, having barely ventured outside of London in my UK travels. If you are like me, and follow Marte Marie on her Instagram for a couple of years now, you know the story of the thatched cottage, the rolling hills, the moody pubs…Traveling there seems like stepping into the mysterious fairytale though, bit like boarding the train in Harry Potter movie. Luckily, Marte Marie responded reassuringly right away. It was just two hours train journey out of London, in Dorset. Just enough to have a cup of tea and catch up on letter writing. I can handle that. Fast forward few months and last week I joined a very small group of like-minded women to photograph cake and flowers. Welcome to part one: food photography.

Wabi-sabi flowers | totallybydesign.com

The props and our very own model, lovely Heather of Wonky Cakes magically appeared. The colors and the mood were perfect!

Cake making | totallybydesign.comBowl and flour | totallybydesign.comwhite cake frosting | totallybydesign.comtin can | totallybydesign.comwhite chocolate sliver | totallybydesignWhite chocolate cake | totallybydesign.comGold Leaf cake | totallybydesign.com

After a lunch break and walk over to Gold Hill to get some fresh air, we returned to the table. By now the cake was sliced, the clotted cream tea was poured, the scones were brought in. With mouths full we had to stop asking, as least for now, “Marte Marie – what is the ISO here?”

cake slices | totallybydesign.com

Next time: flowers arranging and Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea in a secret location…

 

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