|Gold Hill, Shaftesbury|
Another month passed by and I saw, again on Instagram, that Marte Marie Forsberg, a professional photographer from Norway, who I met last Summer in London, was hosting a one day food and lifestyle photography workshop for beginners in Shaftesbury!! I emailed her straight away and signed up for the workshop which was taking place two months later in her cosy cottage in Shaftesbury. That was my Christmas present to myself. I bought the train ticket two months in advance, that was £22/ return, If you leave to buy near the time of your travel it will be three time more expensive.
Hurray! I was finally going to Shaftesbury!
|view of the Old Chapel from Castle Hill|
|the view from Abbey Walk|
The town is small making it easy to walk everywhere. I feel in love with this place and the people.
The photography course:
It was a good full-on Saturday of introduction to food and lifestyle photography
and visual storytelling. Hope this workshop has help me to take better pictures and develop my photo taking from here on....
introduction at Marie's cottage over hot chocolate and fresh pastries
|getting started for some action at The King Alfred cafe, a great venue with stunning lighting|
Zoe was our model for the day
|the most photographed cabbage|
We then moved on to The Grovesnor Arms for lunch and more photos
|The pizza oven at The Grosvenor Arms|
|a family setting|
|a moody b&w setting|
|capturing action during service|
A pleasant Saturday learning about photography, use of natural light, composition, a little about styling, assignments and some food and drink!
Walking around Shaftesbury
(not included in the course, pictures taken before the course)
|Bright Blossoms - gorgeous florist in Bell Street|
I found Corita Rose, a fabric, furniture and furnishings company, by chance, its a beautiful and colourful studio owned by the very stylish Caroline.
Where I ate:
Quick coffee and cake break
The Artisans Bakery, based in a building dated 1890, bell street, quality, taste and elegance
Lunch: The Salt cellar - a lunch with a view! This eatery overlooks the Gold Hill, I had the chicken pie recommend by one of the locals.
Diner: La Fleur de Lys, an award winning and smart place to eat in town. They also have a B&B. I apologise for the poor pictures, I only had the iphone with me and the poor lighting didn't help either.
A quick drink at The Grosvenor Arms, what a beautiful hotel and restaurant
Pub time nice place for a drinks and food: Mitre
where I stayed:
The Old Chapel - B&B
A bit of research and found a nice and charming B&B, The Old Chapel. The owners, Sue and Philip, are so lovely and welcoming. The breakfast was massive and very tasty.There are only two huge and comfortable double rooms, in a converted chapel. I highly recommend this B&B.
|The Old Chapel breakfast|