Food Styling and Photography Class

First off I want to say – Happy 1 year Blog-iversary to ME!!!!!! I plan to celebrate all week long, kinda like my birthday, so feel free to send gifts and love and food my way!

It has officially been 1 year to the day when I first created this blog. When I started I thought it would just be a fun way of storing and sharing my recipes but it has turned into so much more! What’s Gaby Cooking is now my happy place – and I love being able to share my culinary journey with all of you! Each comment I get makes my day and I love having somewhere I can go to share pictures, stories and little fun facts about my life. It is absolutely amazing how many friends I have made through this blog alone… one who is not a blogger might not understand but I have created so many fantastic friendships through What’s Gaby Cooking and the food blog community! I would even go so far to say that some people have become so close to me that I would totally invite them to my wedding… whenever that is! To celebrate my 1 year anniversary I did two things…

1. I got an amazing new blog design that I am in love with.

2. I spent the weekend with some of the most fabulous people including this fellow… Matt from MattBites

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Matt as well as Denise and Cindie, both from Food Fanatics, are seriously three of the most amazing people ever! I have spent the last 2 days with them down in Long Beach at Matt’s AH-MAZING studio learning the ins and outs of the food styling and photography world.

Check out the Starlight Lounge in the studio as Denise would call it…


Matt doesn’t know it yet but one day I am just going to move in upstairs to the Starlight Lounge and hang out with all of his fabulous plates, platters and other food props…


You could spend all day just digging through all these timeless pieces – he even has a huge giant board, which I would describe as a cutting board but I am probably wrong… I’m sure it has some awesome name that I don’t know, which is 100 YEARS OLD!!!!


Seriously though – how amazing are all of these plates and bowls and cutting boards!

After running around the studio like a crazy person, snapping pictures of every single prop that I want to find and then buy myself, it was time to sit and focus on Denise and Cindie’s demos! Its pretty much safe to say that these women are experts… they work miracles with food… and seriously everything they make looks down right delicious, fabulous and mouth-watering. One small side note – its definitely NOT all edible! But its all for the sake of a picture right? There is glue and paper and chemicals on lots of the food we see in magazines and print ads. That turkey you see on the cover of all the mags this month… its RAW in the middle! We learned all these fabulous little secrets this weekend and when I got home and told my boyfriend all about them he was like, “well if you start doing all these things then what am I going to eat for dinner?” Selfish I tell you… selfish! (just kidding… kinda!)

Anyways… check out some of the demos…

Is that not the most perfect stack of pancakes ever… and the syrup… and the butter… oh the butter!


How about those grill marks… pretty fancy huh! And the green beans are super bright and shiny… love it!


Pasta is always something that I struggle with when taking my own pics for this blog… but not Cindie… she is a pro!


This pasta looks amazing too – here is a little fun trick – everything for this photo was cooked seperately. Forget time management here people, we are cooking each veggie by itself… no color bleeding on this plate thank you!


And you know those perfect burgers you see on all the billboards and magazines and just about ever which way you turn… well here is another! Bright, shiny and looks totally delicious!


And this is only day 1… wait till you see what I did on day numero dos! Pretty much the best day ever!

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  1. Maria

    I am so jealous! Glad you had a fun time. You better share the tips you learned with me:) Happy 1 year to you! I LOVE you and your blog!

  2. Monika

    These are wonderful photos. Always so much fun to learn new skills! I can’t wait to see what you post next!

  3. Joy

    First of all — HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Has it only been a year? πŸ˜‰

    So jealous you went to the class to know the ins and outs of food p0rn — haha! I have the same concern as your boyfriend. I don’t know how I’m going to cook and eat! lol. Can’t wait for the next update!

  4. matt


    It was SO great to have you! Please come back over anytime! And yes, you can move in upstairs!

  5. The Italian Dish

    Happy Blogiversary, Gaby! What a fun weekend you had with those amazing people!

  6. Neel | Learn Food Photogaphy

    Congratulations on one year birthday. I wish I was there too πŸ™ Oh well.. may be next year.

  7. Lisa

    Congrats on your first year!
    I certainly have enjoyed your recipes and pictures and enthusiastic comments!
    Keep it up, you make my day!

  8. Cheri

    Happy Anniversary! It was to meet you and hang out this weekend. I can’t wait to see you final photo!

    • Gaby

      Great to meet you too Cheri! I’ll be sending you an evite asap!

  9. Anya

    Happy Anniversary!! It looks like you have fun, and the pictures look very good!!

  10. Chez Us

    Between you and Danielle, I am going to have to sign up for this course! Sounds amazing. Can’t wait to see all your new shots!

    • Gaby

      Hey Kate!

      Yes – tons of tips – will be posting them in the next post tomorrow! xoxo

    • Gaby

      it was amazing! They are doing a class in SF in January too!

  11. Kate @ Savour Fare

    I am dying of envy over here! Especially since I have such a huge photocrush on Matt. Any tips that you picked up that can be passed on?

    And happy blogoversary!

  12. megan

    I bet you had the best time ever! You know how to celebrate! Happy blogaversary to you and I love the blog design. Cant wait to see part 2!

  13. Cay Snow

    Hi Gaby!

    It was so fun meeting you over the weekend! What a beautiful blog; you pictures are spectacular! I can’t wait to see day 2. Let me know when you travel to the bay area, I would love to see you again!


  14. lisa @dandysugar

    Hey Gaby! It was great meeting you this weekend. Let’s keep in touch. Your shots were beautiful!!

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  16. nastassia johnson

    Everything looks so amazing! What a fun class how did you hear about it? Can’t wait to see more of you pics. And happy bloggiversary!

  17. Mary

    Congrats on one year Gaby! I am amazed by all of the work you have accomplished this year and all of the delicious meals you have come up with! Feel free to come to Tucson and cook for me anytime πŸ™‚

  18. Yvette Ollada (@ollada)

    Sorry it’s late but CONGRATS on a spectacular blog-filled year! Your pictures are GORGEOUS and your posts are INCREDIBLY fun to read!

    : )

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