T minus 10 and counting. Every time I write this down I get another degree of shock. It seemed like yesterday that I wrote T minus 20 on my facebook status and I was shocked then. So imagine it now? But at the same time it is a time that I love! My house is looking very much like a warehouse, I am receiving exciting new goodies to peek at, my To Do List is long but getting less, all the loose ends are being tied up tightly. I have a meeting tomorrow for final discussions about the venue, the catering, the packaging of goodie bags, the registration….everything that goes into making an event like this run smoothly. And it is so exciting to see it all coming together. And reading about everyone’s excitement on twitter and facebook just spurs me on now when I am feeling quite exhausted. Every year I say to my family “I don’t know why I do this”….and then every year I know why when it comes to this time!
It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you all two gorgeous ladies who will be presenting workshops during the breakaway sessions in the later half of the day.
Tasha Seccombe is a wedding, family and food photographer from the Western Cape and she is presenting the photography side of the Food Styling and Photography Workshop in Session A of the breakaway groups on the Agenda
“I think any write up about me can be prefaced with a very strong ‘I love photography!’ I’ve been messing around with cameras for a long time now, but made the decision to turn my love into my lifestyle when we moved back from the UK in 2009 and Tasha Seccombe Photography was born in 2010. I mostly shoot weddings which I love but can’t resist keeping my finger in the food photography pie! My father is a chef and has a gourmet country house in the Drakensberg called Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse, so my childhood was spent sitting around the stove talking about everything ‘food’ and it’s been an abiding passion ever since! At the moment I shoot a weekly food column for the lovely Pretty Blog with Ilse van der Merwe of Food Fox fame. We meet up to shoot four dishes at a time and it’s the highlight of my month! So much laughter, delicious food and happy work – such a good mix. I also shoot quite a variety of wine related work which is great fun and always brings new experiences with it. This year I am also going to be setting up a studio for bottle shots and product photography if I can carve out some time from the busy wedding schedule!”
As well as running the workshop Tasha has also very generously given a one on one photography session with one person who wins a bid for it in the charity auction that is taking place at the end of the day. The funds generated from this auction will be donated to The Lavender in Lavender Hill project which I will be profiling this week still.
The other half of the duo for the worskshop is Sam Linsell, blogger and food stylist extraordinaire
Samantha Linsell left a 20 year career in hospitality management and food marketing to start her own business and now works as a professional food stylist and recipe developer based in Cape Town. Sam spends a great deal of time hunting down the delicious things in life and tracks her food adventures on her blog DrizzleandDip She has written her first cook book with the same title which is soon to be published (July 2012).
I cannot wait to see this particular cook book!
Sam will also be presenting the workshop Food Styling and Props during Session B of the breakaway groups. This has proven to be a very popular workshop and was the first one to be booked out!! I am sure that those fortunate enough to get into it are going to have a great time.
Thank you to these two awesome ladies for taking time out of their busy schedules and investing it into teaching what they know and love to others!