Ever since I started my blog in 2008,one thing which I've been constantly trying to improvise is the content.Be it the recipes,or the writing or pictures,I've tried my best to create a good post every time I sit down and hit compose.Over a period of time,my camera changed.From a basic p&s to a better p&s.I realized the pictures were getting better but still,there was something lacking.
(image source - Nithya / Kettle Facebook page)
I was delighted when I saw Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen was coming down to Chennai for a Food Photography Workshop.Only thing I was wary of was going there with a p&s.Mind you,I am very proud of my camera but I didn't want to be in an awkward position and make others(and myself)uncomfortable.But Aparna assured me that the camera is only secondary and I was most welcome to attend the workshop.
I am so glad that I went.
I was new to Anna Nagar,had never been to Kettle and was going to meet Aparna for the first time.Strangely I did have butterflies in my stomach,not that anyone knew of it:)
Kettle is a quaint little tea house in Anna Nagar which serves Teas and Desserts and food that generally pairs well with Tea.I am a big Tea drinker and my tea has to be milky,sweet and strong.We were served just that with a hint of masala in the Masala Chai served typically in a glass.The Sandwich was delicious too,only we were too immersed in the conversation to give attention to the food:)The lunch was delicious with Curried Pasta and Oreo Ice Cream for dessert.
The workshop was an informal one with Aparna sharing most of her tips and tricks.Never was there a dull moment,how can there be when pictures taken by her were shown as examples:).She is so serious about photography in general and encourages you to be too.A look at her blog and you'll know why she is so popular.She was so helpful during the shoot and asked us to practice,practice and practice some more.Thank you Aparna:)
(image source - Nithya /Kettle Facebook page)
It was also an opportunity to meet like minded folks.Nithya,Shalini,Kajal,Rajani,Aparna,Meena,Ram and Lata.In short,a long day well spent.Aparna also made sure we didn't go back empty handed.A goodie bag from Urbandazzle was the icing on the cake:)
(image courtesy - Aparna & Meena)