I have to say, I really enjoyed yesterday’s FAN (Food Agribusiness Network) Workshop with the wonderfully insightful Sophie Hansen at Kandanga Farm Store / Kandanga Kitchen.

Sophie Hansen led a workshop on photography and food styling for social media, in specific, Instagram.

Sophie is the lovely individual behind Local is Lovely and My Open Kitchen, food blogs focussing on farm life and family, on the family’s deer farm in Orange.

Kandanga greeted us with a mystical misty morning, and Kandanga Farm Store itself proved a beautiful setting with perfect light, peaceful inspiration and lots of rustic spaces and backdrops.

While I was there to capture the day, as a photographer I found the workshop fun and informative, and yes, even I learned something too.

For me the great joy was in hovering over fellow workshopper’s (predominantly FAN members and regional producers) shoulders and watching them frame up their shots. I loved seeing their imaginations create some wonderful layouts that they then captured beautifully. Some wonderful hidden talents and creative eyes amongst the mix, but of course the rockstars of the day was the produce itself!

Everyone came armed with a bag of goodies in the way of props and products as well as their phones. I loved peeking into their props baskets and boxes… a few little treasures, and a bit of prop envy on my part! There were lots of laughs as well.

If you are on Instagram, search #fanfoodstyling to see some of the fantastic results of the day.

Some of the supermodels were: Ten Acres Farm bread, Hinterland Feijoas jam, QCamel milk yoghurt smoothie, Hum Honey, Kokopod Chocolate, Sue’s Gourmet Oils, Ugly Duck Preserves, all showing off their best sides. Oh, and the resident dog was showing enormous interest and made a great shot supervisor!

We had quite the cornucopial spread as well as a sensational platter of yummies by Kandanga Kitchen for morning tea (the Hemp and Honey Hommus was amazing by the way!).

Big thanks to Sophie for coming all this way and inspiring every one of us. And a big thank you to FAN for hosting another wonderful event.

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And here are some of my over-the-shoulder shots of some of our talented FAN members and producers!