A Food Photography Workshop With Penny De Los Santos

I am excited beyond words to announce that one of my favorite food photographers in the world, Penny De Los Santos will be coming to South Florida to teach a hands on food photography workshop.

Penny and I have never met in person, but I have followed her work through the pages of Saveur magazine and other publications. It was when I saw her photos of Basque sheep ranchers in Idaho when I decided to contact her and let her know how much I admired her work. I was surprised and flattered that she knew of my blog and from that moment on, we have stayed in touch through blogging and Twitter.

There is something so real about how Penny photographs food and people. Her organic and non fussy style resonates with me. Her client list is impressive. National Geographic, Saveur Magazine, Martha Stewart, Newsweek, Time, Latina and many more.

Her photographs always tell a story, a bit like a documentary. Just take a look at this man’s face. This photo says so much. I am completely in love with it.

A few weeks ago, when I learned about her workshops, I realized I had to bring her to South Florida. What a treat and luxury is that! I quickly got one of my old culinary school instructors involved and we were able to have Lincoln Culinary Institute (formerly Florida Culinary Institute) to sponsor it.

The workshop will be held at the culinary school in West Palm Beach on Monday, February 22nd from 12:30pm until 4:30pm. Please visit here to register and for details or email me at aran@arangoyoaga.com.

If you want to get a better idea of how the workshop works and Penny’s approach to photography, you can read Matt’s review about Penny’s workshop in Seattle on his blog.

If you are in the South Florida area, this is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss. I hope to see you there!

All photos courtesy and copyright of Penny De Los Santos

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54 Responses to “A Food Photography Workshop With Penny De Los Santos”

  1. Ana Adams says:

    I am a long time fan of your blog, as well as of Penny’s. I can’t believe I will get to meet both of you in person at the same time!!! I just signed up for the workshop, wouldn’t miss it for anything.
    Cheers =)

  2. simplesong says:

    how great! her work is just amazing.

  3. Great shots! I love the portrait!



  4. nikki says:

    omg this post just made my day! i just started following your blog recently & first of all i just wanted to let you know that i love your work. your photos are so beautiful! i am a currenly student a Lincoln Culinary & i LOVE food photography. unfortunatly i’m going to be in class while this workshop is taking place. i’m going to ask around tomorrow and see if i can get involved in it somehow.. maybe cooking for it. that would be amazing! hopefully i will see you there :)

  5. Wish I could join the workshop… Enjoy!!

  6. Ivana says:

    que suerte!!!
    y que ilusion que le escribes y te conoce!
    Espero que nos muestres lo que aprendes y nos des consejos! ja! ja!
    besitos y envianosla!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Para las que no estamos cerca esperamos consejos!! que suerte. Bso Carmen ZH

  8. Have jus popped in here and already in love with ur wonderful blog-its so so beautiful with fantastic photography!!!
    Loving ur creations and the name of ur blog too!!!!
    Oh wish we were in FLorida at the moment-this is my first digi cam,jus a point and shoot one but could do with loads of tips if were taken in ie :-)))))
    Cheers and have fun-u sure will i know!!!!

  9. Your pictures are great! Love it!

  10. I love the images in this post and all over your blog. I wish I could attend the photography course…it sounds exciting and I could really use some help with the photos I take. Have a beautiful day!!!

  11. Kathy H says:

    I just moved to South Florida from the San Francisco Bay Area where I learned of your blog through Shuna Fish Lydon’s blog “Eggbeater” which I have been following for years.

    I already signed up for the class, can’t wait!

  12. Joyce says:

    Aran, This sounds like a perfect day! I love her work! I look forward to reading about your day. Have a golden one! xo

  13. UK Foodie says:

    I love all your photos, they are fantastic!

  14. I wish I could join. Any chances you can organize one in Montreal (Canada)? :) Or if you know of any food styling/ photography workshops who do take place in my area? Many thanks Aran.

  15. Shulie says:

    Hi Aran, Just fell over when saw your entry about Penny De Los Santos workshop in Florida. Would love to attend, too bad I live too far. Any chances of organizing one in DC?

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  17. I’m so excited to meet all of you who are attending!

    Karine and Shulie- you should check with Penny to see if she has any workshops scheduled for your areas. She’s wonderful.

    Thanks again!

  18. Catherine says:

    Hello Aran. What a great way to start the new year !!! And these pictures are so beautiful ;o)

  19. Wow, what an opportunity! I’m jealous. And I have to say, since I just entered my 3rd trimester, just looking at that bacon cheeseburger gives me indigestion – but I would definitely eat it anyway! ;)

  20. Anonymous says:

    I adore this blog, but what kind of food is on the last photo, really? Not appetizing at all.


  21. Emese- i actually think that is one of Penny’s most beautiful photos. It was a spicy radish salad that was featured on Design*Sponge so there you go.

    Thanks guys!

  22. Wish I could join you ladies. :( Any chance we could organize a class in Raleigh NC???

  23. Greetings from Ireland! Penny’s photos are beautiful, yours are AMAZING also, so gorgeous and crisp! Theres not much of a food blogging scene here in Ireland but i’ve just started my own and am motivated by such brilliant blogs like yours! Keep up the great work x Lilly

  24. my spatula says:

    i LOVE penny’s work and what a fabulous workshop to be able to attend. wish your state was closer to mine!

  25. Perfect! I just signed up. I’d love to learn how to make my food photographs look even half as great as yours! Thanks for letting us know about this!

  26. Mercè says:

    Que suerte!! Ya nos contarás lo que os ha contado!
    Yo me he apuntado al workshop que hará Helen (Tartelette) en LA! :)

  27. Cris says:

    I guess it’s one of those things about refining a food piece. You can be an excellent chef but in the blog world you really have to be able to show your work in the best light. What a good and necessary talent to have. I will someday have to find someone on the west coast with this wonderfull photographic talent to be successfull. Good luck to all I wish I could be there.Cris

  28. Ana says:

    Espero que aprendas muchísimas cosas y que nos las enseñes al resto… He seguido todas tus entradas aunque no te he comentado… ya te mandaré un mail y tu regalo…


  29. bed frames says:

    Great shots! Taking a picture of a food is also the same as taking a picture of a human. You really need to find where the best angle is to look better.

  30. Kurdistan says:

    amazing shots love it
    good job

  31. Anonymous says:

    No habia leido el post anterior…uff…que palabras tan bonitas escribes…hacen llorar.beso Carmen ZH

  32. have a great time. that sounds wonderful! i’m hungry now :)

  33. each photo is so vibrant and full of life. thank you for sharing.

  34. Lizzie says:

    Hi! I found your blog about a week ago and just made it through all of your archives. I am a college student and budding foodie and I just love your blog! (Especially the photography!!!!)

    And I just wanted to say that I grew up in Colorado Springs and love connecting with people who have an appreciation for my state. :-)

  35. wonderful shots.. super idea … Enjoy reading your blog a lot

  36. Oh, what a wonderful treat to look forward to! Her photos exude a beauty – so casually elegant and evocative. I so wish I could join you all and I can’t wait to hear about it!

  37. Ainhoa says:

    Aran, supongo que siempre se aprende con otros grandes artistas pero la verdad me cuesta imaginar como mejorar tus fotos. A ver si eres capaz de sorprendernos después del workshop. Lo que tengo claro es que va a ser un gran día y lo vas a disfrutar un montón. Muxu bat.

  38. Mélanie says:

    I regret not to be in Florida, I would truly enjoy learning from you and Penny. The both of you are a wonderful inspiration and I am amazed by your photos…

  39. cute shot i love the burger wanna try it

  40. Valentina says:

    What a shame that i am just at the other side of the atlantic ocean and will not be able to take part.

  41. Fabulous food photography! I used to work in the food industry so I know how difficult it is to do photographs like these. It’s definitely a speciality. And these are some of the best I have ever seen!

    I love food and I love this blog!

  42. I think she could make dirt look great… such lovely photos. Thanks for sharing!

  43. i love your blog, your pictures and food styling always look goegeous – exactly the way i like it: light, airy, clean, delicious. =) i’ve just started my first own blog and i hope i’ll be even have as good at what i do as you are one day! a few days ago i built my own light box from canvas… it’s a start! visiting blogs like yours has inflamed a passion in me i didn’t know i had. now i’m not only obsessed with food anymore but also with photography, food styling and blogging! thanks for the inspiration! (even though it’s giving me insomnia, haha!)

  44. ooooops, so many typos! proof that i need sleep! ;o)

  45. Maravillosas imágenes.

    Super fotos !!

    Desde Argentina,Liliana

  46. Kahlilia says:

    I search and recently came across your blog and have been reading along. It was wonderful blog.



  47. I guess it’s one of those things about refining a food piece. You can be an excellent chef but in the blog world you really have to be able to show your work in the best light.

  48. I am a big food lover and that’s why I am big fan of your Blog now onwards..

  49. Karen says:

    I found your blog today and look forward to future posts. I also read about her class at Spring Hill in Seattle on Matt’s blog. That would have been fabulous to attend. Thank you.

  50. do you have the recipe for the pistachio and millet tea cakes on your blog? I did a little searching with no luck :(

  51. I hope I can join this workshop..

    Great work..

  52. Hannah says:

    Wow I wish I’d heard about this before it happened- I live in West Palm Beach and would love to attend something like this!

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