International Food Styling and Photography Conference in Boston

This weekend I will be traveling to Boston for the International Food Styling and Food Photography Conference that will be held at Boston University. It will be an intense three-day conference with some of the world’s best professionals and I cannot wait.

After years of working in pastry kitchens, I came upon styling and photography almost by accident, but it really has been one of the best things that has happened to me. This weekend, I hope to learn some more new tricks and get insight on how others plan and work. It will be interesting.

I will be back next week with notes and hopefully behind the scene photos. And, let me know if any of you are attending. It would be great to meet you!

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81 Responses to “International Food Styling and Photography Conference in Boston”

  1. Dominique says:

    Tu nous raconteras! que j’aimerais être avec toi… bon week-end.

  2. Pei-Lin says:

    I’m eating sour grapes now hahaha …! Actually, I wanted to go and already had the idea months ago after learning about it from Bea of La Tartine Gourmande. But as a poor student, the amount of money needed really scared me off! That’s why I have to give this opportunity a miss … Sad huh?

    Anyhow, I’m looking forward to your reports on that LOL! I wish you a great fun there in advance. Enjoy the ride!!!


  3. Anonymous says:

    You obviously like photography, then check this out!

  4. surfzone says:

    Entonces… ¿tus fotos serán aún mejores? Perdona que te lo diga, pero eso casi es imposible :-D

  5. Anja says:

    I can’t wait for your report of the boston food styling conference…greetings

  6. Inés says:

    Zorionak Aran eta ondo pasa Bostonen.Guztiz egokia zuretzako bai argazkigintza arloan eta nola ez gozotegian. Irrikitan nago ea zer erakutsiko diguzun bueltan. Mux

  7. Botacook says:

    Your photos are particularly beautiful!!

  8. Sharnel says:

    I’m sure you will have a fabulous time. I love your photographs and your recipes. Thank you for sharing with us.

  9. FeeMail says:

    What do you want to learn ;-)?

  10. ibb says:

    Ondo pasa Bostonen. Eta kongresuan ongi pasa eta asko ikasteaz aparte…geroko orduak aprobetzatu, kontatuak egiteko eta hango lokal eta dendetaz gozatzeko.
    Egongo gara bueltan.

  11. I can’t wait for your post on the meet! But I can’t imagine what you expect to learn over there, your pictures are already perfect!

  12. Wow, that’s great! You are very lucky to attend such event!

    Beautiful shots, as usual!



  13. idu says:

    aurrerago diote bezala,, orain egiten duzuna ikusita, hobetu ezkero zer izango ote da.. asko ikasi, gozatu, eta ondo ibili kongresuan, eta tartetxorik uzten badizute, Bostonen.

  14. Deeva says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing what information you come back with.

    Like it was stated above your photos are already great, but I guess we could never learn too much, right?

    Have a safe fun trip.

  15. Notes, tips, behind-the-scenes photos? I can’t wait! So very jealous that you’re going to it.

  16. Chavi says:

    What stunning photographs! I need some tips!

  17. Barbara says:

    Your photographs and food styling are already fabulous so I can’t wait to see what you have to say when you get back!

  18. I am a food stylist in Montreal, and we have no such conferences here. I am kind off on my own here as the market is small and competitive. I really look forward to your notes and photographs. I have on my blog pictures styled by me that I did with a photographer and prop stylist and within my articles I post photos I have taken myself. The difference is huge in quality and I am slowly learning how to take better photographs. I imagine this learning process I am going through will only help me understand the photographers point of view (literally). Do you post photos styled and taken by you? If yes did you take photography courses? Your stuff is lovely to look at and I aspire to your level of quality pics.

  19. Anonymous says:

    as a fan of your blog aran, hop e to meet you this weekend, i will be doing a baking demo monday morning from sofra bakery and oleana rest. say hi if you plan to attend that part.

  20. I am a long time admirer of your photos on flickr! They are beautiful! But only the first time poster. I am new to the food blogging community. I am also going to the conference and very excited to see everyone :)

  21. Brienne says:

    Oh, I can’t wait for a report. I am an extreme novice when it comes to food photography and styling, but I would have loved to go to Boston and meet you. I only found out about the conference yesterday. Have a wonderful time.

  22. Dajda says:

    Please be serious – is there anything more you need to learn about food styling and food photography? :)

  23. Allen says:

    Your Images are outstanding! the photos allow the flavors of the foods to be expressed without tasting. Thank you!
    -chef Allen Pullman

  24. Aren’t you lucky! I read about the conference awhile back and dreamed of going. I could really, really use it! :) I’m surprised though–shouldn’t you be teaching? Have a great time!

  25. Aran says:

    Anonymous- which of the classes will be teaching? I will be taking Monday’s class with Francine Zaslow but I will be sure to stop by and say hi if time permitted.

    Julia- I will see you there then. Be sure to say hi if you see me first.

    Thanks everyone for your kind words (too kind). Believe me, I have tons and tons to learn!!!

  26. Tom says:

    How wonderful! I’m kinda new here, but have already been through your entire blog! Your recipes and photography are INSPIRING! Have a great time at the conference! I hope to learn even more from you!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for responding, your class on mon sound much more suited for you, i can forward you the baking handout from the class since you cannot attend, try to stop by the bakery? maura

  28. juliana says:

    estaba planeando un viaje para mas adelante, DC, Boston, NYC y Ft. Lauderdale… si hubiese sabido de esto capaz lo podia organizar distinto :(
    espero tus comentarios para ver de una vez por todas si aprendo algo!

  29. Great! It’s really a fantastic conference (Bea & I attended the last one… and the line up of speakers they have this year looks incredible). I’m heading out on my flight to Boston tonight! So, hopefully I’ll see you there.


  30. Sugar Chef says:

    Have fun!! I will be going to the World Pastry Forum next month and working for Laurent Le Daniel. Any one going to that?

  31. Aran says:

    Pam- I wish I was! I went a few years ago and it was great. Have fun!

  32. Seanna Lea says:

    I live in the Boston area, but I am way too much of a novice to attend a conference like that!

  33. Bridget says:

    Aran…you should be one of the presenters!!!

  34. Juliana says:

    I didn’t even know such a conference existed. I would love to go. Maybe next time. I hope you have a wonderful time!

  35. Junglefrog says:

    Great to hear you’re going to boston. I have been thinking about it, but it’s just too expensive and also kind of in the middle of wedding season ( I shoot weddings too) so unfortunately no way for me to attend. Looking forward to hearing and seeing your stories when you come back!

  36. Bea says:

    Will see you there. Have a safe flight! Bring a jacket. It’s still cold these days ;-)

  37. I have a hard time imagining your photography getting any more beautiful! Have a wonderful time. Looking forward to your feedback.

  38. Holly says:

    Oh, man! I hadn’t even heard about this and I live in the Boston area!

    I hope you have a great time and I look forward to your behind-the-scenes post!

  39. You are so gifted in food photography and styling! Have a great time!

  40. I love your blog – I get hungry every time I visit it. Beautiful photos – the conference should be fun. Enjoy!

  41. Natalie says:

    I can not wait to see what you learn (even though I don’t see how your pictures could get anymore beautiful).

  42. Your photos are beautiful!! I love see your blog! Ciao!!

  43. Alicia says:

    Go get them Aran!!! As I keep telling the world you are an amazing stylist, photographer & chef: you need to be lecturing but I have a sense its more in your soul than anywhere else.
    Perhaps this will be were you can discover how to sell the images I always want to buy.
    Hopefully you can get down to Quincy MAarkets food pavillion. Its unlike any other food court in America!!!

  44. I am very jealous. I used to live in Boston (for about 5 years) and love the place. I couldn’t imagine anything better than returning to see old friends as well as attending this conference. Maybe next time. I am really interested to hear what you (and some of the other bloggers around) learn. I just took a mini photography course here in Brisbane. There’s not much available unless you’re willing to pay out $$$$$. I do enjoy looking at photos and think you have an amazing eye.

  45. Enjoy your show. when you get back there is a little something for you at claim it, (or not)! I know some people are outawarded (is that even a word), and do not want to be bothered accepting any more, I get it and won’t take offense (it can be time consuming to fulfill, I know). Anyway, hope you have a terrif week and see ya soon! tinks

  46. Good luck at the conference. That is a great honour for you. I look forward to reading your experiences.

    I love the blog and your attendance at the conference is more than merited.


  47. cindy* says:

    how amazing aran! i am sure you will have a fantastic time and learn at least a little ;)

  48. Elk says:

    sounds fab, mind you you’re already something of a whizz with it

  49. you are one of the lucky ppl to get to attend!!! this sounds great and Share with us who couldnt attend all the tricks and stuff you learn about! have fun most of all!

  50. Patricia says:

    Gee….I wish I had the funds to attend this, it sounds fantastic and I so need help with my food styling and photography. Hope you have fun there and learn lots of new things, although to be honest I don’t see any room for improvement in either your styling or photography which to me looks absolutely perfect. Thanks as ever for your fabulous inspiration, Patricia

  51. Sarah says:

    wow that sounds exciting, i look forward to hearing about your adventure and what tricks of the trade you picked up. have fun!

  52. WONDERFUL Aran! Though I too think you could be teaching there.
    I wish I had known…too wrapped up in these $#@! macarons :(
    Have fun!

  53. Karin says:

    Sounds really exciting! I can’t wait to see your next post! :o)
    Have fun and enjoy it!

  54. PheMom says:

    Oh! I wanted so badly to go to that conference! It looks fantastic. Congratulations on going – I’m sure it will be amazing – of course, I think you should be teaching a class though!

  55. Have a good trip Aran. It’s the best thing that’s happened to us too…

  56. Zoë says:

    I hope you have a marvelous time! I wonder could you tell us where those darling little red and white bowls that you use often in your berry photos come from? The little one at the top with the red swirls and gorgeous baby blue interior. And I think I’ve seen a cute little stripey one, and maybe the one in your banner which is more like spots? Were they a set? Or were they just a happy accident?!

  57. can’t wait to hear all about it aran!!

  58. morgana says:

    Qué bueno poder asistir a un congreso de este tipo, de cosas que te apasionan y te encantan. Espero que lo disfrutes muchísimo (y que luego nos lo cuentes, claro).

    Un beso, buen viaje y feliz estancia.

  59. Enjoy – I’m sure you’ll find many of the people you meet surprised to hear that you are self taught.

  60. Julia says:

    I was at the conference, and I’m so disappointed I didn’t get to meet you! I’m the one who asked Bea from La Tartine Gourmande a question about how to get more traffic to a blog.
    Perhaps we can meet at the next one!

  61. Aran says:

    Julia- I remember that question. hope you enjoyed it. i am still processing everything and hopefully i will write about it in the next couple of days.

  62. so lucky. how was it? anyone from brasil? i hope not. hehe. you went to a conference–i went to the beach! but–what did they say about cutting boards and spoons? ive been told they are “over done and passe” what do you think?

  63. Anonymous says:

    Hi Aran,
    I sat with you at lunch on Saturday and you gave me your card so here I am checking out your blog. It is beautiful! I am new to food blogging so I find your blog and story very inspirational.

  64. franci says:

    I made your peaches and frangipane tarts. The were a big hit! Thank you! Your desserts are amazing, im sure it’s your european taste :)

  65. Aran says:

    Mallory-I didn’t meet anyone from Brazil. As far as cutting boards, knives, etc… I don’t think they are out. I think utensils that make sense with the dish really can enhance a photo. Sometimes this is all about trends. Things come and go.

    Anonymous- thank you very much. this was a great experience wasn’t it?

    Franci- great to hear!

    Thank you everyone!

  66. Such lovely colorful photos! You’re so talented. I appreciate all of your great posts. :)

  67. Dreamgirl says:

    I’m in awe of your pictures. I actually got so hungry that I had to go over to the fridge…
    I found you through Federica at Sweet as a Candy. She has a wonderful blog too.

    Why don’t you come visit me as well?
    At I have a great contest where you can win a subscription to House Beautiful.
    At I have a fun challenge for all bloggirls that like to decorate.

    See you soon!
    Greeting from Norway

  68. Photos are Lovely !

    Thanks for sharing !


  69. so tummy tempting.. very delicious

  70. Chiang Mai says:

    If you’re into photography and have your sights set on a career in food styling or photography, says this is the place you want to be: The International Conference on Food Styling & Photography.

  71. web design says:

    superb.. the foods look really great!

  72. sue says:

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  73. nice photos, thanks for sharing it.

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  75. Gavin says:

    Can I seriously come over for breakfast soon? …… all your food looks so yummy…..

  76. micheal says:

    I found a website which is related to photography. They are giving best photography training. The teachers are well-qualified and excellent in their work.

  77. Carrot says:

    Truly lovely, artistry and baking in one is simple outrageous. I am glad some people captures things I want to see on film! Thanks for your blog girl.

  78. I am still a novice to food photography, Im currently studing macro shots and portrait. I love these astonishing shots. cheers to you for being lucky to attend such event!


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