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Back in April I photographed a food feature for Open Skies (Emirates Inflight Magazine). I didn't have to think too long when I was asked to suggest a restaurant for the feature. Dishoom at King's Cross is one of my all time favourite places to eat in London. I love the airy, industrial interior and drool-worthy menu which is nothing like a stereotypical curry house dishes. Chef's special Nihari is a lamb-on-the-bone stew beautifully spiced with meat so tender that it melts in your mouth.

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London Food & Lifestyle Photography Workshop in Pictures

Food & Lifestyle Photography Workshop

What started as a vague conversation over the most delicious Korean fried chicken, ended as a great day spent with a group of lovely and creative people. I still remember the afternoon when Jo and I were licking our greasy fingers and discussing the possibility of doing a photography workshop together. Only about a week later the planning process had started. We teamed up with super sweet and talented food stylist & writer Olia Hercules (she's just published her first cookbook Mamushka) for our intimate one-day hands on food photography & styling workshop. Being on the same page from the very beginning, we had envisioned a creative and inspiring day for a small group of food and photography enthusiasts.

Fast forward a few months, on the last Sunday in May, we were unpacking boxes of food and props at Lyle's in Shoreditch (the light in there leaves me in awe every time I visit), waiting for our workshop participants to arrive. To start the day off we covered some basics of composition, lighting, colour theory, working with props, mobile photography and food styling before it was time for our attendees to have a go and put theory into practice during three practice sessions.

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Big thanks go out to our generous sponsors, specifically Natoora for the most beautiful produce that we all swooned over and West Elm London for gorgeous props. We all stayed well hydrated during the day thanks to Good Beans cold brew coffee, Innocent Coconut Water and Joe's Tea. A small healthy bites were supplied by 100% Natural Foods brownies and Cereal Lovers granola. And as we all know, wine makes every event better, so even this workshop wouldn't be the same without good bubbles and wine from Campo Viejo

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Here's what our workshop attendee's say about their experience.
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Oh and Jo created a short video, have a look!


Food Lifestyle Photography workshop from Joanna Yee on Vimeo.

Freestyle Food Month

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Only two more days and June is here, which means summer is behind the door! I always get so excited just thinking of warm sunny days. There are so many reasons to love summer and the abundance of fresh local produce is just one of them. I love cooking with fresh seasonal ingredients. The summer months are the best time of year to enjoy fruit and vegetables at their best. Strawberries finally taste like strawberries and tomatoes are flavourful and juicy, ready to be savoured with a just a sprinkle of sea salt... Therefore June is a great month to go freestyle in your kitchen.

I'm joining Lurpak's Freestyle Food Month, a campaign encouraging food lovers to use quality ingredients and get creative in their kitchens. Sounds totally up my alley. I absolutely love the new TV commercial for the campaign. If you haven't seen it yet, you must watch it. Not only it makes you hungry, but it also makes you want to run into your kitchen and start playing and experimenting. I will be making quick and easy snacks perfect for warm sunny days when you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen but still want to enjoy healthy food full of flavour and nutritions. No recipes, just a few ingredients thrown together and you are good to go.

I believe in simplicity and freshness when it comes to food. Fresh quality local ingredients inspire me to try new things and experiment. If you want to see what I will be making, follow me on my Instagram for some summer food inspiration.

I'd also love to see your take on Freestyle Food Month. You can join me in June and experiment in your kitchen. Create any bready meal or snack, such as crackers, bagels, bread, toast etc. using quality seasonal ingredients and post a photo on your Twitter or Instagram with #FreestyleFood hashtag. Don't forget to mention me @sarkababicka so I can see your photo. I will select 10 winners who will receive a food hamper from Lurpak and The Original Supper Box Company.
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I hope you all had a lovely Easter! I have two exciting announcements today! First - spring has finally come to London and I couldn't be happier, second  - I will be teaching a food photography & lifestyle workshop with my friend and photographer Joanna Yee in London at the end on May. We will also have a food stylist and writer Olia Hercules joining us and sharing some of her secrets.

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Lyle's London, Image by Joanna Yee

Here's all the details. Hope to see you there!

London Food & Lifestyle photography workshop with Sarka Babicka & Joanna Yee 


Date: Sunday 31 May 2015 
Place: Lyle’s | Tea Building | 56 Shoreditch High Street | London E1 6JJ 
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM 

Join us for a creative & inspired one-day photography & styling workshop in London’s Shoreditch. Using the beautiful space at Lyle’s we’ll cover our approach to food & lifestyle photography including:

  • composition 
  • working with natural light to create different moods 
  • selecting & working with props 
  • the process of telling stories through images 
  • mobile photography tips 

Olia Hercules, Leith’s trained chef, food writer and stylist, will also be providing practical tips on food styling and demonstration. You will gain hands on experience styling and shooting based on what you learned at the workshop to create a small portfolio of work. There will also be an opportunity for you to get a private critique of your existing work from Sarka or Joanna should you opt to.

This is a workshop for those who are looking to learn or improve their food & lifestyle photography and styling skills. We hope you can join us for this creative and inspired day where you will leave with valuable tips & insights to execute on your own.

Cost: £300 
Includes: Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided.
Equipment: Bring a camera, fully charged battery and memory card(s)
Maximum of 10 participants
Tickets are non-refundable

For registration, go to our online store

About: 
Sarka Babicka is a London based food and travel photographer. She works with clients locally and internationally on a variety of editorial and commercial assignments. Her work has been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Times, The Telegraph, Woman and Home, Bon Appetit, CNN Travel, The Huffington Post and more.

Joanna Yee is a London-based freelance photographer specialising in food, travel and lifestyle photography. Her work has been featured in Good Things Magazine, Vogue Instagram, The Huffington Post and Time Out London. She is currently shooting a cookbook ‘Summers Under the Tamarind Tree’ by Sumayya Usmani.

Olia Hercules is a Leith’s trained chef, food writer and stylist. Olia grew up in Soviet Ukraine and Cyprus. She honed her cooking skills in the fiery kitchens of Ottolenghi and later working as a recipe developer and stylist for a variety of food magazines, including Sainsbury’s and Jamie’s. Her recipes are regularly featured in 10 Best column of The Guardian’s Cook supplement. Olia's first cookbook 'Mamushka' will be published on June 1st.




Happy Easter!

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In celebration of Easter and my love for eggs, I'm sharing a few photos from my favourite feature I photographed for a Czech food magazine called Gurmet.

Have an egg-tastic long Easter weekend lovely people!

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