Dordogne part deux

Before you read the last leg of my trip, I would highly recommend you do it when you have some time cause it's a doozy.... maybe make some tea and stay awhile, it's a long one because it's my last post on the trip. I can't tell you how hard it's been to edit through the pictures and try to cut my stories short, it's almost impossible as France had so much to show me and there is so much to share. I hope you enjoy what I have included. Stephanie Brubaker was our hostess and she was gracious enough to have the group over for a savory dinner.... did I mention her family owns a spectacular maisonnette that they renovated? Check out Stephanie's blog Stephmodo to see all the press and before/after shots of La Maisonnette Du Coteau Let me tell you ... I don't think that I will ever experience a dinner party like that ever again. Absolutely magnificent! The dinner, the setting and the people .... fantastique!!!

The next day we headed down to the farmers market near a town called Sarlat. The misty rain certainly didn't put a damper on our treasure hunting down the cobbled streets packed full of vendors selling meats, cheeses, produce and yummy baked goods.

Once we got back to the manoir, we enjoyed a lunch made up of everyone's market finds, followed up by an afternoon of shooting a "Market To Table" themed spread.

On our last day we devoted it to sightseeing, and toured the Chåteau de Beynac, a 12th century, medieval castle ....

The views were breathtaking .....

From the chateau we strolled down through the narrow street towards the river. Along the way we came upon the hill where the movie chocolat was filmed. Once we got to the bottom of the hill, Stephanie greeted us with a fabulous picnic beside the river. It was a great lunch, a beautiful view, good company and the Chateau Beynac up on the cliff above us.

Finally a trip down the Dordogne river ....

I had such an incredible trip and want to thank all of my fellow workshop participants/friends. I know we'll meet again soon.

Food Photography & Styling Workshop in Dordogne ~ Part One

After kissing my husband goodbye in Paris, I took the four hour train ride into the Dordogne region of France, a short taxi ride to {La Roque Gageac}, and finally I arrived to the place I would call my home for four days, {The Manoir de la Malatrie} , a beautiful place in the middle of ... nowhere!!! Those four days were filled with cooking, photography, sightseeing and eating. Every morning we would eat a lavish breakfast, head down into the gourmet kitchen and prepare what we were going to shoot for the day. We would then head out to explore and sightsee .... cameras in hand. At the end of the day we would have a savory dinner, lots of wine and great conversation into the night about the amazing day we had. Traveling from all over the world: Switzerland, Norway, Jordan, Milan and the States, we all created friendships, some of whom will be for a lifetime.

I want to thank Aran Goyoaga an amazing photographer, stylist, food blogger and author of a new cookbook for putting on such an amazing workshop. Stephanie Brubaker, our gracious host that showed us every nook and cranny that the Dordogne region has to offer.... her cooking is incredible too. Nadia Dole, one of the most creative people I have ever met. Her styling is impeccable and it makes photographer's hearts go pidder padder.

And here we go ......... Our first day we headed out to {Les Jardines de Marqueyssac} for some ice cream, sightseeing and picture taking. I loved the crazy, perfectly round box hedges and the views into the valley were breath taking. The lavender ice cream ..... to die for!!!

The next day we headed to {Éco-Musée de la Noix} for a picnic in an organic walnut grove. I know, right? Sounds like something out of a movie!!! But it was real and one of the most amazing afternoons. Nadia did her magic with the spread that included baguettes looking all pretty, wrapped in parchment paper and finished off with a twine of string. Strawberries, drizzled over a light, fluffy cake. Fresh meats, cheeses and fruit from the local markets. Nadia set the stage for us and we ran with it, until we got hungry and finally sat down to enjoy the picnic in the afternoon light.

...... I just received the gift that Aran had promised us, a signed copy of her new book {Small Plates & Sweet Treats} Thank you Aran !!! Next week will be the rest of my trip to Dordogne.

Goin' to France !!!

Hello again! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's day. Just thought I would share my news that I have been "over the moon" excited about. The news is that I will be heading to France in September to join 8 other people to experience not only the beauty of the Dordogne Valley but to learn how to expand my photography skills from an extremely talented photographer, stylist and culinary genius, Aran Goyoaga from Cannelle et Vanille I was fortunate enough to make it into one of Aran's workshops that she had posted back in January. The workshop filled up in less than a minute and by some kind of miracle, I made it in. September isn't that far off and with that said, I'm already getting kinda nervous..... but excited at the same time.

For now, I'll leave you with a sneak peek into a shoot I did last week with the lovely Rachel Harrison of A Good Chick To Know

Bonne Journee' !!!