Instagram Food Styling Workshop at The Grounds

The Grounds Food Styling Workshop | spicyicecream

If I had to describe the The Grounds of Alexandria in one word, it would be photogenic. It comes as no surprise that its one of the most Instagrammed venues in Sydney, so I knew we were in for good things when I was invited to an Instagram Food Styling workshop hosted by Iron Chef Shellie – one of my biggest blogger girl-crushes. She is a wonderfully talented stylist and photographer and it was a total pleasure to finally meet her in person after following her blog for years and years.

The Grounds Food Styling Workshop | spicyicecream

Today was the battle of #sweetorsavoury where we got to play with some brand new Be Natural products and style two Instagram photos – one sweet and one savoury inspired – using a huge variety of ingredients, props and surfaces. Always aiming to up my Instagram game, I took this opportunity to make a mess and have fun! After going through some food styling basics, we got to work.

A video posted by Shellie Froidevaux (@ironchefshellie) on

I think with the rise of blogs, Instagram and social media, good photography has become more important than ever to stand out. Iron Chef Shellie’s Top 5 tips for food styling are…

1. Use natural light. 
2. Choose a theme.
3. Choose a colour palette. 
4. Use props.
5. Texture. 

The Grounds Food Styling Workshop | spicyicecream

I went with quite a rustic and messy look for my photos, really showcasing the colourful ingredients. When we were done, we uploaded them to Instagram and checked out each other’s efforts using the hashtag. Here are a couple that didn’t quite make the cut. After this fun, we sat down to a lovely brunch. I loved that no one wanted to touch the beautiful table setting!

The Grounds Food Styling Workshop | spicyicecream

I was totally shocked to find out that I had won – and with a savoury photo no less! Here’s my winning Instagram snap below. I do love the vibrant colours of the spices in this shot. Thanks again to Liquid Ideas and Iron Chef Shellie for a wonderful morning and for my awesome prize ๐Ÿ™‚
The Grounds Food Styling Workshop | spicyicecream

The Grounds of Alexandria, 7A, 2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW 2015

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