Gulf Shores Food Photography Workshop


Sometimes you have weekends that are almost impossibly inspiring; good for the deepest depths of your soul and quite possibly life changing.




This last weekend I attended a food photography workshop in Gulf Shores Alabama, with the amazing Helene Dujardin of Tartelette (and Senior Photographer at cookbook publisher Oxmoor House) and the equally amazing Seattle-based food photographer Clare Barboza. 





I’m still processing what exactly the workshop meant to me (there’ll be a blog post with the images I took later this week), but one of the most quietly inspiring and good-for-the-soul aspects was the location.  Who knew that Gulf Shores, Alabama was so incredibly beautiful?




Every day, we took walks on the enormous, blindingly white, sparkly sand beach – like dunes of soft sugar – and admired the seabirds and the soft pastel colours of the seagreen waves, the seashells and the pretty wooden houses on stilts, lined up like so many macarons on the water’s edge (I’m clearly in a dessert-y frame of mind). 






It was one of those places that always looks different depending on the light, but always equally enchanting.




Gulf Shores, I’m so sorry I doubted you.

Come take a walk with me.










The name of the house where we were staying seemed hugely appropriate.




And I wondered if the clouds on the flight back were telling me something.







Check out Clare Barboza’s blog post, to see what fun we had.  And here’s another blog post from my lovely classmate Jerry Deutsch. I met such fabulous people on this weekend.



  1. says

    Thank you for making the trip to Gulf Shores! It was my first time there too and I am already looking at a rental for the husband and myself this summer.
    I LOVED having you at the workshop!
    You are so bubbly, inspiring and kind.
    Thank you!

  2. Julie says

    How lovely to see these pictures this morning. My family and I have vacationed in Gulf Shores (and Orange Beach, right down the road) nearly every summer of my life. It is a magical place. One of my life’s goals is to buy one of those macaroons and retire there.

  3. says

    Julie, so many people have told me that they used to vacation there and that my pics brought back fabulous memories. I had no idea it was so beautiful! Already planning my next trip. And I want a macaron too 🙂

  4. says

    What captivating photos Paola. I had never even heard of Gulf Shores before (inveterate West Coaster here) and now would love to see for myself. I am very much interested in how this workshop changed you and your work, so please consider further posts about your experience.

  5. stakstone says

    Thanks a lot for sharing the blog orange beach, Alabama and gulf shore are one of the most attractive places and amazing attractions every tourist is looking to come here and stay in luxury condo rentals gulf shores and enjoy these attractions The photography is excellent of wonderful location.


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