Announcing My Food Styling & Photography Workshop in France

And it is April already, which means there are only a few days left until my parents return back home to the Basque Country.

Where does time go?

It also means that all the new projects that I am really excited about this year are fast approaching. Yesterday, I turned in the second chapter of my cookbook. A sigh of relief and really looking forward to feedback from my editor.

And then, there is the France workshop!

It was a few weeks ago when Stephanie Brubaker of Stephmodo contacted me. “Would it be crazy if you hosted at workshop in our newly renovated maisonette in Dordogne?” she asked. “Crazy? How about fabulous!”.

I am so excited about the opportunity to do a 3-day hands on food styling and photography workshop where we will be visiting local markets, cooking with local ingredients and then photographing it all. All in an intimate setting, which will allow all of us to really learn and explore.

The workshop will take place OCTOBER 2-5, 2011 in the Valley of the Five Chateaux. The number of participants will be limited, so stay tuned as we will have sign up information and more updates in the next couple of weeks.

Stay tuned!

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135 Responses to “Announcing My Food Styling & Photography Workshop in France”

  1. Magda says:

    Sounds great, congrats! I wish I could be there :)

  2. Y says:

    France! Oo la la! Those lady apples look so yummy by the way!

  3. Veron says:

    I wish i can go. :( but so happy for you, it sounds like so much fun!

  4. That’s amazing!!! Congratulations – it sounds like it will be fantastic and perfectly intimate. And, of course, brilliant!!

  5. Winnie says:

    A class with you? In France? This sounds like just about the dreamiest 3 days imaginable!

  6. How wonderful, beautiful post aran!

  7. Verena says:

    Wow this is so exciting! I love all of your recipes and everything looks so tasty!

    Have a wonderful week!


  8. Snows says:

    Great!! You’re an artist, and the photos are perfect! The Basque County is one of the best place of the world, apart of the landscape for eating too! hugs!

  9. That sounds amazing!!! Your photos are what I dream to someday take. It would be an honor to learn from the master. :-D

  10. Abby says:

    Can’t wait to hear how I can sign up!

  11. Wow, that is awesome! I wish I could be able to take part in your worshop. You are such a wonderful photographer.



  12. argone says:

    j’adorerais participer … quel cadre magnifique ! mais le nombre de participants doit être très, très limité ! bizzz

  13. Wow j’ai hâte d’en savoir plus, j’adorerais participer à ce workshop de rêve !! Mélody

  14. Suena genial, aunque Francia está relativamente cerca, no me lo puedo ni plantear. Pero estaré atenta como de todo lo que haces. Un besazo

  15. Maïlys says:

    won’t be back home (Bordeaux/Burdeos… so not that far) at the time but still in NJ for 2 months!

  16. Rowaida says:

    Congrats Aran, sounds amazing. Best of luck and success

  17. juliana says:

    octubre es la fecha para el segundo viaje planeado para este año como resolucion de año nuevo… pero europa me parece q va a ser un poco caro para mi… ojala pudiera ir!

  18. lynette says:

    Sounds so lovely! Wish I could!

  19. Dominique says:

    Very excited about your workshop in France… I’ll come of course!

  20. kimberly says:

    I have been searching for an excuse to head over – thus I shall wait patiently for details!

  21. Oh, French macarons – one of my favourite things to bake! Your workshop does sound fabulous. I can’t wait to hear the details. What could be better than France in the fall?

  22. I just found your blog through another’s and I added you as a favourite. Your food photography is simply stunning and I cannot wait to try some of the wonderful recipes you have posted.

    I look forward to following your blog!

  23. Jasmine says:

    I’m looking forward to… signing in!

  24. Congratulations! You are living every food bloggers dream! I am very happy for you and your success. Also, I just love the little feather resting on the eggs in that one photo.

  25. Amber says:

    This workshop sounds like a dream! I can’t wait for more details.

  26. Sylvia says:

    That’s fantastic ! Enjoy it ! Always a pleasure visiting your blog and taking delight in theses wonderful photos !

  27. It’s going to be in french or english?? because i wish i could make it!!

  28. Melissa says:

    I agree, this sounds like a dream indeed. The location looks unreal.

    Can’t wait to hear more.

  29. Bea says:

    C’est une idée absolument géniale! J’attends impatiemment les détails :)

    Bonne semaine!

    (je reste – comme d’habitude – bouche bée devant tes photos… :))

  30. angie says:

    how exciting! congrats! your food photos are so amazing. :)

  31. that is fantastic news! hope to see you in France, will keep a close eye on your website in the coming weeks!

  32. Dana says:

    This is such wonderful news! I LOVE your work and would love to be able to attend this workshop!!! I went to Elizabeth Messina’s workshop in France last year, so I’d love to go back to France! Can’t wait to get all of the details! xo

  33. Francesca says:

    pallette color just gorgeous !

  34. cindy* says:

    i know your book is going to be amazing, i can’t wait! this workshop sounds like a dream, i look forward to updates!

  35. Yo. says:

    This sounds great, I will definitely stay tuned for more info…

  36. Ka Fée says:

    Un workshop prévu à Paris ? Je signes tout de suite.

  37. Oh my goodness! Are you kidding?! That sounds incredible! You are the master of food styling and to learn from you would be such a treat.

  38. This sounds AMAZING! Looking forward to details…

  39. Itxaso says:

    Ai ama! Pasa dan uden in zaurien argazkilaritzako tailer bat leku horretan eta amesetan ibili nintzen leku horregaz, zenbat gustauko jatan han egotea nire gustuko tailerbat iten. Eta oin resulta que zuk emongo dozu bat! Jo, sukaldaritzan gehiago sartute eta afizino handiegoa baneuko joango nintzen, ze seguramente horretan beharren dabizenantzako da, ezta? Ba zorionak aran, zelango aukera polite. Itxaso

  40. joanna says:

    sounds wonderful! I love your photography and would love to go but won’t be able to make it this October…but, maybe if you made it an annual event…

  41. Je suis partante, j’espère que je pourrais venir !
    Géraldine de Papillehot

  42. Wow, Aran, this is great news. Just yesterday I was telling David (my better half), that next October I´m turning 40, and wanted to celebrate in style. Today, I read this! And this is my perfect birthday celebration. You see, I am a baker, own a gluten-free bakery in Mataró (Barcelona), and David a photographer. I looooooove your photography and food stylism. David is starting to introduce me to photography, and we both love what you do, so please, keep two places for us for this workshop! I can´t think of a better way to enter my forties! xx

  43. Juliana says:

    Amazing, Aran! I have my fingers crossed that I can join you in October.

  44. Felicidades, la verdad es que suena de maravilla.
    Te felicio por las fotos tan bellas que nos muestras.

    Mil besos,

  45. Roberta says:

    I would love to join in your workshop! that sounds brilliant, congratulations!
    Thank you for the beautiful photos, atmosphere, colours and refreshing! A world of magic!

  46. Agnès says:

    THese pics are fantastic! I miss cherries and strawberries… A workshop in Dordogne! Quelle chance… It is really a beautiful area, so green… I will follow every post and let my friends from France know… Dordogne is … pfffffff. I so wish I could go to your workshop!
    congrats! Agnès from mexico

  47. Miss Giny says:

    Oh ouiii ! si tu viens, je ferais le déplacement ! ;)

  48. a. maren says:

    what a great workshop! you really do have some of the most beautiful photos on the internet. congrats on progressing on your book!

  49. So happy that you’ve shared this news! I’ve been looking for a food foto workshop in Europe taking place this year. Perfect timing! I look forward to hearing the details.

  50. ..vive la france. your pictures are so amazing…i love it.

    Greetings from Switzerland…Katja

  51. elizabeth says:


    What a great compliment to you that you have people from all over the world, repeatedly saying (in 3 different languages) that it would be a “dream” to come learn with you! And it’s true for me too! It would be a dream and I’m sure it would be a lot of fun too.

    But, you could probably do a little workshop in Florida and people would come to that as well. It’s you and your skills that are the draw – France is just bonus. :)

  52. Barbara says:

    That is terrific news Aran. I wish I was able to attend. I’m sure it will be great fun and great learning.

  53. It’s very exciting to me to see that so many of you would like to attend the workshop. Thank you all for your kind words. It means the world to me.

    Please stay tuned as I cannot put you on a waiting list or book a space for you. Stephanie will actually take care of those details.

    We will have more information soon.

    Thank you again!

  54. Joanna says:

    Sounds like such a wonderful opportunity. Congrats! Can’t wait to hear all about the details.

  55. Que lindas fotos ,me encantan los contrastes esa tabla o mesa rústica con la loza fina ,en fin todo precioso,cariños,yo tengo una humilde máquina fotográfica,pero lo que preparo lo hago con mucho amor igual que tú,abrazos.

  56. Lucy says:

    Hello, I came across your blog several months ago and couldn’t find it after. I just recently found it again and am so pleased. I love your beautiful photography and the recipes look and sound amazing. I will be attending culinary school for pastry arts and enjoy reading about what you have learned. Thanks!

  57. Aran,
    Any chance you would be able to do a short video of how to style and post it here? I’m sure so many of your readers would love to attend – but are not really able to.
    I would love to be there – big trip from Sydney though
    Amazing pics in this post – thank you

  58. Sounds too good to be true – I want to be there – just got to work out how to arrange 3 kids a husband and a trip from the other side of the world! Can’t wait for more info. Leanne xx

  59. My heart just went pitter patter! What an amazing opportunity.

  60. Zoë says:

    That is amazing. Congratulations. It sounds like it will such a great learning experience – not to mention the none-too-shabby surroundings. cheers

  61. Gozde says:

    Omg! This is amazing. I would love to participate. Very excited.

  62. OH MY GOODNESS! :) Congrats, I sooooo wish I could be there, sounds fun. And what a brilliant opportunity. Beautiful pictures. Love the macarons or little choc cookies, they are adorable.

  63. Cassandra says:

    Oh wow that sounds amazing!!!

  64. This is like dream come true!!I hope I will be lucky enough to enter a small group and participate your course!!

  65. Inés says:

    5 Gaztelu Frantzian….Aran, A
    ran…zein ondo…zorionak! Gozatu neska zuk badakizu eta.

  66. Iratxe says:


  67. Dear Aran,
    I am a big admirer of your beautiful work. You always inspire me, and I love your cute weekend family posts. My weekly treat!

    I hope I can make it to France. Would be an honor to meet you in person and learn from you!

  68. Annika says:

    The workshop sounds awesome. Hope you enjoy every minute of it!

  69. Camila says:

    hope I can come! It would be a dream come true! (and Barcelona is not that far!)

  70. Chelsea says:

    This is wonderful! I wish I could take this class, and in France! oh la la. I live in Florida and would take a food styling & photography workshop from you here in the sunshine state no questions asked! Unfortunately I can’t travel to France for it (very unfortunately). Sounds amazing though!

  71. Please come to Greece after France! The weather is beautiful now… :)

  72. pierre says:

    i wish you a happy stay in our country and you are lucky Spring is awesome right now and Paris is amazingly beautiful !!

  73. sounds incredible aran! i am so happy for you! you know what? i will be in paris at the same time…hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!

  74. Amazing! How wonderful it would be to participate in this workshop and learn with you and in such and inspiring place. I can’t wait to hear more!

  75. Mette says:

    It’s going to be a wonderful book. Lovely pictures!

  76. Marta says:

    Wow! You’re pictures are stunning.
    I’ll wait for more details about the workshop!

  77. The fotos are great…. Perhaps I should start (or should I say restart – when I was younger I liked to make fotos…) to make fotos..? To start I think I would need a good camera.. What do you use? The workshop also sounds great…would be great to attend… lets see…

  78. how exciting! i know it will be fabulous. can’t wait to hear more about it!

  79. Oh please tell me you’re doing this again next year! I’ll (hopefully!) be teaching in Paris and I would love to come! I’m only going to be there for the month of July this year, or I would be there for sure!

    I always love looking at your photos. So lovely!

  80. I’ve been really thinking about this and I want in! Please keep my name on your list as “very interested” when you release the $$$.

  81. Jacqueline says:

    OOh, that would be a dream. We are taking our 2nd trip to Italy for cooking classes, one in France would be wonderful.

    It would be so fun to learn from you.

  82. Come to New Zealand – you dont know how much we would LOVE to attend! Not much seems to happen at this side of the world when it comes to blogging conferences and the like…
    We would love to know if you hear of anybody heading down under…
    Vanessa and Ingrid Opera

  83. Anonymous says:

    Aran, que tal? Quisiera hacerte una consulta con respecto a una preparacion gluten free. Quiero hacer una receta de unos dark chocolate cupcakes, y llevan harina de sorgo (sorghum flour). Por que podria reemplazarla? Por almidon de maiz? Harina de amaranto? Harina de arroz??
    La receta tambien lleva fecula de mandioca…

    He buscado en tu blog alguna receta de alguna torta facil de chocolate, o cupcakes de chocolates para poder hacer en unos moldes de corazon y no he encontrado…no hay ningun post de eso, verdad?

    Muchas gracias! Felicitaciones por el blog! Excelente!

  84. Orchidchef says:

    I will be there, no buts or maybes. I am day-dreaming about the trip already….

  85. Anonymous- utiliza harina de quinoa y siempre haz la substitucion por peso no volumen.

    Thanks everyone! More news soon!

  86. Maja says:

    Dear Aran, congradulate! It’s amazing what you’re doing!

  87. Amélie says:

    Hey there, I’ve been visiting your blog for a while and I’m in love with it! How can I not love it when I’m so addicted on beautiful tableware and food and photos… Congratulations!! The workshop is a wonderful idea! I’m a beginner in food photography but by then I’ll be a bit better at it and have a new camera! Yahoo! I’ll try to sign in… if you accept French people of course.

  88. wow, what a great news! October… well, maybe we will meet you there, would love to take part to the workshop!Look forward to more info!

  89. Pistachio says:

    Wow, that is wonderful. I love all your photos. I am new to your blog and I am glad to have found it.

  90. Anonymous says:

    My dream comes true! I´ll do what I can to join! Take a break from Oslo and go to France!

  91. oh man this is making me so hungry! you are amazing. I especially loved the cake wrapped in wax paper and tied off. great idea.


  92. How will you ever make room for all of us? I will be there. Love your work, would welcome your guidance and, well, France.

  93. Yasemin says:

    OMG IM SO EXCITED I THINK I MIGHT CRY haha :) I’ll be in France in October!!!! And as I’m originally from Australia this would be the most amazing opportunity EVER!!!!!!

    AHhhh :) :) :)

  94. My friend emailed me the link to your blog . . . your photographs are BEAUTIFUL!!!

  95. ilona says:

    Enhorabuena, suena genial! Por cierto tu libro de cocina va a ser en inglés?


  96. Rebecca says:

    Congrats! That is amazing. Wishing I could joing as a 30th bday present to myself but I have a wedding that weekend. Cant wait to hear the details!

  97. Ishtar says:

    I love your blog! The workshop sounds amazing. I can’ t wait to learn more about the details! Best wishes from Germany… Ishtar

  98. Anders says:

    I really love this blog!

  99. Congratulations, I am sure it will be a fantastic workshop!

  100. Florencia says:

    Me encantan tus recetas, son una fuente de inspiración.
    Saludos desde Buenos Aires.

  101. Parabéns!
    Seu blog é maravilhoso e suas fotos são perfeitas!
    Beijos do Brasil.

  102. brenda says:

    WOW! You are so blessed Aran. Congratulations. Yes please keep us posted on the entire experience.

  103. Wow! A food and photography workshop with you in France! I wish I could come and bring my husband and sister! Good luck with it, I hope you have a wonderful time!

  104. Ooh lalaa! Its the nice pictures! I will do same!

  105. Melissa says:

    I check everyday for the details! This sounds surreal.

  106. Hi! Just dropping by to tell you I included this post in my weekly round-up. Thank you for always having great quality posts to choose from.

  107. You are living the dream of every food blogger. Sounds amazing.

  108. ibb says:

    Zelako ondo! Dordoñan hiru egunetako kurtsoa…ez dakit norentzat izango den interesgarriagoa, zein zuretzat edo ikasleentzat…
    Zorionak! Benetan, liburua, kurtsoak…dena dihoa ondo ondo…gozatu eta ondo igaro.

  109. Ugocrazy says:

    Hi! I would like to make a gift and this workshop is just the thing I want to give to a loved one.
    Tell me are there any ways to receive the informations (price, directions, dates, etc.) by mail?

    Kindest regards,


  110. Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait to hear more about it! Would love to join.

  111. OMG! How have I not found you before! LOVE LOVE LOVE your work! So excited to have stumbled upon you from another blog!

  112. oshngrl says:

    Cooking and photography workshop…and in France!? My dream come true! I can’t wait to hear more and see if I can come. So exciting!

  113. Un taller en Francia…. qué interesante!!! Me apunto en cuanto pueda, estaré esperando más información al respecto.
    Gracias por tu fantástico blog :-)

    I love your blog, it’ just delicious, so inspiring!
    Congratulations for the book, can’t wait to have it.

  114. I absolutely love your photos and am thrilled at the possibility of attending your workshop in France. I’ll be waiting on pins and needles for more information!

  115. Oh my gosh, this is a perfect thing for you!! Wish I could attend!! You should feel so proud of all that you’re doing right now!

  116. Audrey says:

    How exciting! I live in the Netherlands so this is a real possibility for me. This is also a perfect opportunity for me as I return back to Cordon Bleu in Paris in November for Intermediate Cuisine.

    Looking forward to hearing about sign up.

  117. Clytie says:

    Wow, gorgeous news. I just returned from Paris where I participated at some workshops and then I check your site and the best news ever pops up.
    I hope I’ll be fast enough to get a spot when you post details. Your work is just amazing and it would be fantasatic to know little secrets behind it :)

  118. Sounds great, France and food – the divine combination, good luck.

  119. Junglefrog says:

    O my god! I just read this news and I am so gonna attend!! It’s not the best of timing but I will definitely be trying to attend as it sounds just awesome… Can’t wait to hear more details!

  120. rosa says:

    Un beso

  121. Hey Aron I’m Nieves. I would love to follow your workshop! Can’t wait for details
    Do you think you can also do it in Switzerland? :) just asking…

  122. Koopatibi says:

    Wow! I hope there will be more workshops in Europe, because there are so many people who would like to learn from you! Your photos are more than beautiful! Really hope I coul’d follow your workshop some day.

  123. Bonjour, quelle bonne nouvelle !! reste-t-il des places ??? je serais interéssée mais j’aimerais avoir davantage de renseignements…

  124. KaraChiwie says:

    Oh my, oh my! I hope I’ll get a chance to be there! I leave a few hours only from the valley. I’ll be thrilled to learn food stylism from you.

  125. Is there some news about course?

  126. Sanda- we are finalizing some details and we will soon announce more details and the date when we will open registration. Thank you for your patience!

  127. Thank for update!!I woul love to come!

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