Meals in Motion
Jul
15
to Jul 21

Meals in Motion

Over the last couple of weeks we have served it up and worked with food, now we get to the fun part - the preparing and the eating! You may have heard of the saying the camera eats first, well this week we want you to eat along with it. Get hands on as you prepare and serve your meal and bring your family or some friends along for the ride to celebrate and enjoy dining together. Sometimes being candid is more of a challenge than achieving a perfectly styled table top so don’t be afraid to let go and have fun this week!

You may even add motion to your meal literally! You could create a stop motion of serving up your favourite meal or better still, seeing it disappear from the plate as you devour it! You can also allude to movement in your images simply by capturing pouring, sifting, stirring, dripping...all the motions of cooking and eating!

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Ways to challenge yourself this week:

  • Treat yourself to a meal at a cafe or restaurant and have a go at styling the table top on location

  • Create a stop motion as food disappears off the plate

  • Allude to motion in your images by capturing movements such as pouring, dripping or sifting

  • Have fun with a hands-on or interactive food like fondue or whipped cream

  • Cook dinner for your favourite people and capture some candid images of the meal being enjoyed

  • Get colourful and messy with your food

  • Get creative with ways to enjoy an informal takeout meal away from the kitchen table

How to participate

During the week of July 15-21, 2019 create a new image inspired by the weekly theme and share it on Instagram tagging @creativelysquared and #cs_mealsinmotion. Our talented mentor Effi Tsoukatos will be selecting her favourite entries to feature on the @creativelysquared Instagram account during the week.

Resources from our Creative Journal

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Meet your Mentor: Effi Tsoukatos

Our mentor this week is Effi Tsoukatos, one half of the duo from @sydneyfoodsisters. She has a great appreciation for seasonal produce, so she is the perfect mentor to move onto, excuse the pun, from our farm to table challenge last week. Amongst her mouth-watering food styling, she also has a beautiful knack of adding motion to her images or cleverly alluding to movement. It makes you just want to dive into the image and start feasting!

So put your meals on wheels and get moving...and get eating! Let’s have some deliciously good feasting fun this week.


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Play with your Food
Jul
22
to Jul 28

Play with your Food

Forget everything you’ve learned about good manners because this week we want you to get your hands dirty and play with your food. It’s time to get more artistic and experimental with your next dish and it doesn’t matter if it’s completely indelible because we only care about the aesthetics. Let your imagination run wild and share your best conceptual or ‘cute food’ idea.

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Farm to Table
Jul
8
to Jul 14

Farm to Table

Food Styling - Week 2: Farm to Table

Look no further than the fridge or local farmers market for your inspiration this week. Food makes the perfect photography subject from still life to countertop photography. It is accessible, comes in all different shapes, sizes and textures and the best part is you can eat it once you are done! This week we are taking a closer look at the fresh produce and ingredients in their most raw and pure forms.

Preparing broad beans fresh from the garden. Source:  @twiggstudios

Preparing broad beans fresh from the garden. Source: @twiggstudios

Ways to challenge yourself this week:

  • Celebrate which fresh fruit and vegetables are in season in your part of the world

  • Hero your favourite piece of produce

  • Style a still life photo featuring fruit

  • Deconstruct your favourite dish and find a creative way to photograph the ingredients

  • Share your favourite recipe under construction

  • Shoot a countertop ‘making of’ video as you prepare a meal

  • Create a pattern featuring raw ingredients

  • Show the flavour profile of your favourite wine or other food item

  • Using the skills learned in our Lighting Techniques month experiment with adding mood and light emitting objects to your table setting

How to participate

During the week of July 8-14, 2019 create a new image inspired by the weekly theme and share it on Instagram tagging @creativelysquared and #cs_farmtotable. Our inspirational mentor Aimee Twigger will be selecting her favourite entries to feature on the @creativelysquared Instagram account during the week.

Resources from our Creative Journal

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Meet your Mentor: Aimee Twigger

This week we are appreciating where your food comes from and we have the perfect mentor on board to help along the way. Aimee Twigger from @twiggstudios sure does appreciate her produce and where is comes from. Hailing from Devon in England, her beautiful styled captures pay homage to the process of preparing and cooking whilst having a tremendous respect to the food; its origins, its journey and what’s in season. From visiting the cheese maker to making lilac sugar from the beautiful flower, from making pasta to making gin, Aimee is a breath of freshness and inspiration.

Find out more about Aimee and her creative process in our Interview: Honouring the ingredients with Aimee Twigger

So open your fridge, raid your fruit bowl or visit your weekend market and pay homage to those everyday ingredients that go into those beautiful meals we salivate over. Show us how you farm to table!


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Styled and Served
Jul
1
to Jul 7

Styled and Served

Food Styling - Week 1: Styled and Served

There are many inspiring elements of tabletop styling, your serving ware, linens, centrepieces and of course the most important piece - the food itself! There is plenty of room for creative expression when serving food from every day meals to styled special occasions.

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Ways to challenge yourself this week:

  • Create a special event at home and style up a table top to celebrate it

  • Experiment texturally by layering different fabrics and linens

  • Treat yourself to your favourite meal and serve up a setting for one

  • Reflect the origins of your food of choice in the styling and table setting

  • Style a table setting or centrepiece using unexpected items

  • Remove the table altogether and style a meal somewhere else such as a picnic lunch or breakfast in bed

  • Using the skills learned in our Lighting Techniques month experiment with adding mood and light emitting objects to your table setting

How to participate

During the week of July 1-7, 2019 create a new image inspired by the weekly theme and share it on Instagram tagging @creativelysquared and #cs_styledandserved. Our inspirational mentor Christall Lowe will be selecting her favourite entries to feature on the @creativelysquared Instagram account during the week.

Resources from our Creative Journal

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Meet your Mentor: Christall Lowe

When it comes to crafting compelling food stories, Christall Lowe from The Style Tales knows a thing or two about scene building. Christall is an expert food stylist and food photographer, and a whiz in the kitchen who specialises in creating detail rich, moody photographs with a lot of depth. She is resourceful at finding ways to add warmth, contrast and texture using everyday items, without taking away from the star of the shot (the food!) and we are lucky to have her sharing her expert tips with us this week!

Find out more about Christall and her creative process in our Interview: Serving up stylish food stories with Christall Lowe


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Chase the Sun
Jun
3
to Jun 9

Chase the Sun

Sunlight is a photographers best friend - it’s abundant and free to use. Although with the weather being unexpected sometimes the sun can become your frenemy and the challenge becomes learning to work with whatever conditions come your way.


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