Thursday, November 10, 2011

a workshop in charleston, south carolina

You are going to be hearing a lot about the Cross Country Road trip Extravaganza that I mentioned a few posts back. I am in the process of adding locations and dates so I'll be back here often, updating my blog. Consider yourself warned.

So, along those lines, I am so, so, SO excited to announce a workshop that I am teaching next year alongside photographer extraordinaire, Helene Dujardin, of the well-known My Tartelette blog.

Since hiring Helene to food style the last two cookbooks I shot, she and I have become really good friends. Let it be known that Helene is a PHOTOGRAPHER, not a stylist. She just styles for ME, because I ask really, reeeeeaaaaallllly nicely. :)

Not only do Helene and I really like each other, we work incredibly well together. And, while we have a lot of similar approaches in our work, we also have many differences which is why we thought it would be fun to co-teach a class.

But this isn't any old workshop. Oh, no. Go ahead and read the description below and you'll see what I mean.

Oh! One more thing! We are thrilled to announce that Cucina Fresca jumped on the occasion to supply a hungry group of food photographers with the finest of their products, from homemade sauce and pasta to gluten free options ad delicious recipes!

If you are a company interested in sponsoring part of the event, please get in touch with either Clare at or Helene at

Join food photographers, Clare Barboza and Helene Dujardin for a 3-day/4-night photography retreat in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.

Imagine spending 4 nights in a gorgeous house located across the street from the beach in The Isle of Palms, enjoying great food and wine, learning all about food photography and styling from Clare and Helene, and taking lots and lots of photos. Over the course of the workshop, you will learn about exposure, utilizing natural light, composition, choosing props, styling, and how to tell a story through photographs.

When: Thursday, May 3 through Monday, May 7, 2012

Fee: $1250 (includes accommodations for 4 nights, all meals including dinner and drinks at an award-winning restaurant in Charleston, transportation to/from airport and on all field trips, and 3 days workshop instruction from Clare and Helene. Please note that bedrooms are SHARED.)

To Register: click HERE

Workshop Schedule (subject to change):

Thursday, May 3rd:

Meet and greet at 5pm with cocktails and nibbles.

Attendees will be treated to a homemade dinner prepared by Clare and Helene (contribution of their better halves at the grill not excluded!). Please list any food allergies or restrictions at time of registration.

Enjoy the evening walking on the beach, checking out the music scene a block down from the house or getting a good night of sleep in preparation for the coming days.


Friday, May 4th:

Enjoy breakfast on the back deck before gathering with Clare and Helene for your first session of the day!

Session #1, The Nitty Gritty of Food Photography (basic camera function, exposure, light, depth of field)

Photo shoot

Lunch prepared by your hosts

Session #2, The Nitty Gritty of Composition and Food Styling (learn simple yet essential art guidelines, camera angles, etc.)

Photo shoot

Session #3, How to tell a story with images ( in preparation for field trip the next day)

Dinner at the beach house, served family style


Saturday, May 5th:

A field trip to the Charleston farmers market, (bright and early!)

Photo shoot- photographing seasonal bounty and market finds, as well as cooking, styling, composing, shooting breakfast/ brunch


Session #4, Shooting on location

Dinner at Lana Restaurant in downtown Charleston


Sunday, May 6th:


Photo shoot- picnic on the beach (food preparation and styling, working outdoors, telling a story)

Downloading and choosing images

Critique and Review

Farewell dinner bash prepared family style


Monday, May 7th:


Clean up and departure

UPDATE  11/12/11: This workshop has officially SOLD OUT!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

a month

Where do I start? A lot has happened in the last month....

Joe and I took a spontaneous mini-road trip to Whidbey Island, and visited the FABULOUS Double Bluff Beach with Nina. Unlike the city of Seattle, this awesome beach allows dogs! OFF LEASH!

I don't know about other dogs out there but, for Nina, this is her idea of heaven.


Second, there are some changes happening in my studio.
My lovely studio mate, Lara, has recently re-located to Portland, OR. Consequently, there are a lot of moving boxes going in and out of the space. Lara had originally supplied all of the cookware for the kitchen, so I have been frantically replacing everything in there, as well as adding more props, surfaces, silverware and linens.


But Lara's move is not the only change around my studio.
Have you heard about the recent viaduct construction? Um, yeah. If you have been anywhere near it, (like me) you have heard nothing BUT the noise of the thing. It's been insane.
As loud as it's been, it's been pretty cool having a front row seat to the viaduct destruction and watching the Seattle skyline transform. I have watched the view from my studio completely change over the course of a week. See the before & after below.


And here is my new view of the skyline:


Speaking of the studio, do you know that it's available for rent on a daily basis? If you are looking for a natural light photo studio for a shoot, or if you need a space (complete with kitchen) to teach a class, drop me an email. The studio is also perfect for dinner or cocktail parties up to 20 (or so) people. Plus, there is a pretty sweet view of the city at night. :)

On another note, the styling workshop that Becky and I taught on October 9th was so much fun! We are teaching another one in February-- check out the "workshops" tab on my website to find out the details.


And since I am on the topic of workshops, I might as well tell you that Joe, Nina, and I will be hitting the road in April-May of 2012 for my Cross-Country-Workshop-Extravaganza!!!!!! Woo hoo!!
The (very rough) plan at this point is to leave sometime in mid-April and spend about a month on the road, (with the dog. Did I mention that? Any travel tips with dogs would be greatly appreciated.)

The cities are still being finalized but I can tell you that there will most likely be workshops held in the SoCal area, the Denver area (finally!), a little town in Ohio, and a charming town in the Southeast. And maybe more! In fact, if you want me to come to your town, let me know.

And finally, this past month has been filled with some great shoots. I shot a fun cupcake cookbook by Megan Seling to be published by Andrews McMeel in fall of 2012, a sweet story for Edible Seattle, and a 6-page spread for the fab new magazine, Sip Northwest.

Life is good.

UPDATE #3 11/10/11: Oops! I forgot to update several days ago when my new site launched! Have you seen it? I am pretty happy. :)

UPDATE #2 11/3/11: Figured out the problem with my website and, unfortunately, I have to build a whole new site. I am frantically working at this and hope to have it up in the next couple of days.

UPDATE 11/3/11: For the past 24 hours my website has been down. I am working with my hosting company to get it back up as quickly as possible. I apologize for the inconvenience!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

a workshop in france!

Guess what?
In June of 2012, I will be co-teaching a workshop in France! FRANCE!

I will be partnering with Susan Hermann Loomis, an award-winning journalist and cookbook author, for a 3-day cooking and photography class.
Susan lives in a restored 15th-century convent in the small town of Louviers in Normandy, which is where the classes will take place.

As Susan says, "During this three day class you will cook with me and photograph with Clare. You will learn the fine points of both arts, and you will leave equipped to prepare gorgeous meals, take gorgeous photographs, and put them together in your own individual way. Our three days together will include hands-on cooking classes, meals accompanied by small-production wines and artisanally made cheeses, hands-on photography sessions where you will learn techniques, and tips and secrets."

We will cover natural light food photography, including exposure, utilizing available light, composition, and prop styling. We will capture a sense and place and tell a story with photographs as we visit the local market, learn how to choose ingredients, bring them into the kitchen and turn them into gorgeous dishes. We will view and critique our photographs, discussing what we've created, learned, and expect to continue in our photography.

When: June 25-28, 2012
Cost: 1800 euros

If you are interested, go to this page to register.

photo by Stacey Haines

Monday, September 19, 2011

(reminder about) new food photography class

A number of workshop attendees have asked if I could offer a class with more emphasis on food styling. You asked, and I am delivering!

On October 9th, Becky Selengut and I will team up again to teach a class that focuses on food and prop styling, as well as natural light food photography. Students will have lots of time to play with dishes and linens, (have you seen the wall of props in my studio??) and will learn how to make their food look its very best for the camera.

Have you already taken my Natural Light Food Photography workshop? This is a perfect continuation of that class. It's also a great intro to food photography and styling for the student who already feels comfortable with their camera.

Come join us!
We'll eat some tasty food, take some photos, and talk about each other's work. It's a great way to spend a Sunday. :)

To find out all the details, go to my website and click the "workshops" tab.
To register, email me at clare @ clarebarboza dot com.

Below are some shots that Becky and I did together (her food styling, me prop styling & shooting) for The Informed Chef. The dishes featured here are from the upcoming I-pad book, Raghavan's Indian Flavors, by Raghavan Iyer. I can attest that they were all delicious. :)


Sunday, September 18, 2011

my handy assistant

Someone decided to accompany me on my shoot today.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

wine, antiques, & a honeymoon reunion

Joe and I have spent the past week in one of our all-time favorite places on the planet- the California wine country. It's been absolute heaven-- wine tasting, relaxing, shopping for antiques, (aka: new props!!)

This part of the US boasts the most stunning coastline, huge Redwoods, mild weather, and a food and wine culture that is among the best in the world. While we try to visit as often as possible, this trip was something special-- we stayed at the same hotel where we spent our honeymoon 8 years ago, the incredible Applewood Inn in the Russian River Valley. I cannot recommend that place highly enough. It's wonderful.

There is far too much to share from our trip, so I thought I would make a little list of the wine highlights:

St Supery in Napa-- one of our long-standing favorites, (we're members of their club)

Preston Vineyards in Healdsburg-- great wine but I am particularly enthralled with their DELICIOUS olive oil

Robert Young in the Alexander Valley-- if you like huge red wines, this is the place for you. I am currently OBSESSED with their wines. OMG.

St. Francis in Sonoma-- their old vine Zinfandels are outstanding. In fact, everything from their Wild Oak vineyard was amazing.

Amista Vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley-- one of our new finds! Great reds that are earthy, full-bodied and not overly-jammy...just how I like them.

Acacia Vineyards in Napa-- hands down, my favorite producer of Pinot Noir. Of course, this is all a matter of personal opinion, but I prefer the dark fruit and earthy qualities of Pinots from the Carneros region, rather than the more fruit-forward Pinots from the Russian River Valley.

ZD Cellars in Napa-- great Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Trentadue in the Alexander Valley--another new find for us. They produce a great everyday red, the Old Patch Red, which is a delicious score.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

farm store

A little gem attached to the fabulous, Preston Vineyards outside of Healdsburg, California...