A Free Food and Travel Photography Class with Penny De Los Santos

The Power of Food Photography from Penny De Los Santos on Vimeo.

Penny De Los Santos moves people.

If you love food and travel photography like I do, watch the video above and tell me this isn’t the most inspiring piece you have seen in a while.

I get this way every time I get to spend time with Penny. I was lucky to have her teach a workshop here last year and ever since, she has become a close friend. She is a constant source of inspiration for me, both personally and professionally. I have seen the effect she has on others as well.

Everyone is swept away by her passion and commitment. I witnessed it last year at BlogHer Food where she received a standing ovation after her session. Remarkable.

And all this to tell you that you could also be a part of all this, and for FREE!

Penny is teaching a FREE 3-day class in Seattle beginning on May 13th at 10am PST (hosted by Creative Live). She is looking for a few audience members to attend the class so if you are interested, please watch her video or visit her post for more details. The class will also be live-streamed, so if you cannot attend in person, you could follow online.

This really is a tremendous opportunity and a gift to all of us. I hope you can join!

All images courtesy and copyright of Penny De Los Santos and cannot be used without permission of the author.

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36 Responses to “A Free Food and Travel Photography Class with Penny De Los Santos”

  1. kimberly says:

    speaking of food photography classes… :) DYING to get my name on your list – any idea of when you will begin filling spots?
    have a fabulous weekend~

  2. kimberly says:

    speaking of food photography classes… :) DYING to get my name on your list – any idea of when you will begin filling spots?
    have a fabulous weekend~

  3. juliana says:

    todas estas cosas maravillosas pasan tan lejos de mi casa!!! el 13 de mayo voy a estar en eeuu, pero en new york, asi q seatle me va a quedar un poco lejos…

  4. I so wish I could watch this at work… but it will have to wait until the weekend. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Juliana- pero lo puedes ver por internet en directo! eso es lo genial del todo el asunto que es gratis para todo el mundo!

    I hope you guys will get to watch it either in person or live-streamed. This is amazing!

  6. Laurie Jesch-Kulseth@ Relish It says:

    A really beautiful video. So moving. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Incredibly inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Incredible! What an amazing life she must live. I wish I lived in Seattle. That would have been amazing to see her live.

  9. Dancing Branflake- maybe i didn’t explain it right in the post? even if you don’t live in seattle you can still watch it online for free! that’s the beauty of it. that is open to everyone in the world. i am still amazed of what the internet can do and how it can unify us. Do not miss it!!!

  10. Erica says:

    Thanks for letting us know. Bummer that I’ll be out of town :(.

  11. I signed up for her workshop at creativelive weeks ago… and can’t wait for it! I’m so excited!

  12. kinga says:

    To be onest, I think you are much better foodphotographer then she is! Love!

  13. Joy says:

    This is so interesting. I can’t be there but I’ll follow along online :)

  14. Very inspiring indeed! That video is beautiful. I love the atmospheres. food photography is tells stories…



  15. I have to be the luckiest person in the world to earn such accolades from you, one of my favorite blogs and people. Thank you so much for this post and more importantly your friendship. Con tanto carino, un besota grande

  16. KInga- I think you are missing the entire point of this post.

    First of all, Penny is one of today’s top food and travel photographers, being a senior contributor for Saveur magazine, National Geographic or Martha Stewart, etc. She has photographed endless books as well.

    Being a photojournalist, traveling to foreign countries and to be able to capture the essence in images is really, really difficult. Photojournalism is not about pretty pictures or beautifully styled food. It is raw and real. You are thrown into an assignment and a short period of time, you must connect with people and make them open up to you. You cannot be intimidated and you have to open up to the experience. That is a very very difficult thing to do.

    And secondly, the fact that Penny is donating her valuable time to share with all of us is a true gift. Who does that these days?

    She’s a gem!

    penny- Thank YOU for doing this for all of us! Otro besote grande para ti, amiga mia.

    Thanks all!

  17. MikeVFMK says:

    Beautiful. Thank you Aran.

    And for the people that don’t get it, you’ll be missing out on an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often, if at all.

    Don’t just click and sign up. Jump for joy at the chance to learn, be inspired and motivated by such a gifted human being.

    Thanks for this post and reminder. It’s locked on my calendar.

  18. Ruth says:

    I’m on the ‘wrong’ side of the atlantic – but it sounds great!!

  19. a. maren says:

    thanks for the tip! i hope i can follow it online…i am still trying to satisfy the basic photo tip ‘get a light, dummy’ but you know. i’ll get there. :)

  20. Great news! I will try to attend online! Thank you very much for sharing!

  21. Agnès says:

    fantastic, I will definitely attend from my mexico city screen! thanks for the info! besos

  22. Lisa says:

    I will watch the video on my lage screen but first wanted to tell you how thrilled I am about this.
    How truly fortunate you are Aran to be around such incredible talent by such incredibly wonderful artists!
    I would pretty much give anything to be able to attend the Blog Her conference that you are speaking of. How wonderful that you will be speaking also.
    Is Blog Her something that anyone can attend?
    In the meantime though, I will look forward to watching this video that you have been so great to provide.
    One more thing…my daughter and I agree that only Aran at Canelle et Vanille could make a fish look so gorgeous in your last post!
    Wishing you and your sweet family a wonderful Easter.

  23. lisa- thanks so much for your kind words! BlogHer is for bloggers mainly but I suppose anyone could attend. Why not right?

    Don’t miss Penny’s class. She is amazing!

    Thanks everyone!

  24. We are dreaming of this opportunity in sleepy old New Zealand! You dont know how much the sisters at Foodopera would LOVE LOVE LOVE to attend. Not much seems to happen here in terms of blogging and conferences like “Her Blog”. Hmmmm maybe there is an opportunity Aran and Penny come to NZ!!!
    Vanessa and Ingrid Opera

  25. Olivilla says:

    Penny you are such and incredible photographer
    love your sense of art ..your pics really inspire me!!!!

    I follow you from spain!


  26. Shelby says:

    WOW! The workshop looks amazing… I love the support for other talented food bloggers and passionate culinary artists… great post!!

  27. Aran,

    Buscando una recet sin gluten y sin huevos, pero que aun fuese delicada, elegante y deliciosa, sabia que tenia que parar aqui, en tu maravilloso espacio. Decidi hacer los pistachio sandies y quedaron PERFECTOS. Sencillamente espectaculares.

    Gracias, como siempre no me desamparas!

  28. Those pictures really are wonderful. I want to eat everything in the photos.

  29. Jesse says:

    Those sauteed tomatoes look like something you would see on the real women of philadelphia! I learned about the contest from candycane’s post on another recipe on this blog. If you like to cook and know how to use cream cheese it’s def something worth looking into!

  30. German says:

    Love the real life of villages. They are so pure and healthy.
    -Family pictures

  31. Inés says:

    Aran arrazoia duzu. Inoiz ikusi dudan bideo sugerenteena da. Mugitzen zaizkizu sentzumen guztiak. Ikusmena, entzumena (arrainarena plantxan limoi-limagaz eta saltsa, dastamena, berehalaxe somatu dut haien saporea eta usaina….benetan guztiz pizgarria da…milesker berriro Aran…

  32. Congrats!
    We thought we were smelling the images. Wooooow!
    The Wine Colours

  33. Great Video! Very inspiring. I love how she conveys the entire mood and atmosphere through a photo of what’s on the grill! Truly great.

  34. Edwina says:

    I signed up for the Creative Live work shop some time ago even though it will mean watching it from Dubai from 9pm to 2 am. I can’t wait.

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