Aran Goyoaga | Food Styling and Photography | Katrineholm, Sweden | June 5 - 10, 2013


Aran Goyoaga will be leading another workshop in 2013 in Sweden - yes, Sweden!  We will be staying in a beautiful Swedish home on a lake in Katrineholm - which is 1 hour 40 minutes by car (60 minutes by train) south of Stockholm.  The workshop will include demonstrations in food photography as well as cooking, fishing, foraging in the woods with a local chef where we will make a meal with the wild food we find, a tour of a market and a picnic on an island.  Aran is the author of Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family's Journey to Gluten Free Cooking and photographer + food stylist of the very popular blog Cannelle et Vanille.  It is such a pleasure to work with Aran + Nadia Dole again.


At this workshop you will be living with the group in a home (see photos above) on a lake and sharing breakfast, lunches and dinners.  The house has access to boats, a sauna and various other amenities to make your stay fun filled and adventurous.  For those of you not familiar with the town of Katrineholm - it is one of Sweden's oldest towns known for its lush countryside located amongst an abundance of historic manor homes, castles, and gardens. Stockholm Skavsta Airport is situated 7 km from Nyköping and 100 km from Stockholm. The house is approximately a 40 minute drive from Nyköping near the town of Katrineholm. Participants can choose to come earlier or stay later and visit Stockholm.

This workshop will review Aran’s process from procuring ingredients, cooking, styling, understanding light and how to manipulate it, composing a shot, and photographing it, all in various indoor + outdoor settings. Students will get to watch Aran work through her personal creative process and learn styling, editing and food photography tips with Aran's own personal guidance. 

image:  Eva Dailberl / Whistler Ace Camp 2012

image:  Eva Dailberl / Whistler Ace Camp 2012

Requirements: Students must have thorough understanding of their camera settings and basics of photography like aperture and shutter speed. Also, they should bring their SLR camera with favorite lenses. Tripod and laptop (with photo processing software) recommended, but not required. Bring an apron as we will all be contributing to the making of the meals. 



Aran Goyoaga is the writer, stylist, and photographer behind the award-winning blog Cannelle Et Vanille. Named second best food blog in the world by UK’s The Times and one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s personal favorites, Cannelle Et Vanille is also part of Martha Stewart’s “Martha’s Circle” of blogs. 

Since she started her site in January 2008, she’s garnered the attention of magazines and newspapers from Norway, Australia and even pastry-proud France as well as American publications such as Saveur and Real Simple Online. 

Aran was born in Bilbao, in the Spanish side of the Basque Country, surrounded by the Pyrenees on one side and the Atlantic on the other. She grew up in her grandparents’ pastry shop, which is still run by her family. She studied Business and Economics and even received an MBA, but she realized pastry was her passion. She enrolled in culinary school when she moved to Florida and worked for many fine dining restaurants and hotels. She left the professional kitchen when she became a mother and soon after started Cannelle Et Vanille. She currently resides in South Florida with her husband and two children and has finished her first cookbook, which was published by Little, Brown & Co in fall 2012. 


This Ace Camp includes:

  • 4 day workshop with Aran Goyoaga
  • 5 nights at an exclusive home on the countryside in Sweden (based on double occupancy)
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners including final night dinner party.
  • Snacks + beverages during the workshop
  • Transportation to and from location shoots
  • Boat trip for island shoot

You will be sent a list of supplies to bring upon registration.

Workshop is limited to 10 people.

Fee: $2250.00 - airfare is not included 
Deposit: $1250.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed. 
Final Payment of $1000.00 due March 15, 2013 
There will be no refunds for this workshop - please know you can make it before your registration.

Registration Opens:

November 12, 2012 at 9:00am EST 

If you would like to be reminded the day before please fill out the form below - 

Name *

This workshop will be added to the registration form on November 12, 2012.

image:  Aran Goyoaga from Coastal Living, September 2012  - Simple Suppers

image:  Aran Goyoaga from Coastal Living, September 2012  - Simple Suppers



image:  Mardi Michels - Aran demonstrating in Whistler, B.C. 2012 Ace Camp

image:  Mardi Michels - Aran demonstrating in Whistler, B.C. 2012 Ace Camp

You can purchase Aran Goyoaga's book Small Plates & Sweet Treats by clicking on the image above.

You can purchase Aran Goyoaga's book Small Plates & Sweet Treats by clicking on the image above.



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Day One: Travel day - you will be sent information regarding transportation to the house as well as further travel information from Stockholm.

Dinner -  Welcome Meet + Greet dinner at the house.

Thursday, June 6, 2013 

Day Two: Demonstration and discussion

Breakfast + lunch included. 

Morning workshop and cooking session at home. 

Discussion and introduction: Aran will discuss her philosophy on food styling and photography. The basics of food styling, composition, and photography. Understanding aperture, exposure, and shutter speed. Shooting RAW. Practice styling and shooting simple ingredients, selecting the best lenses to get the job done, understanding and manipulating light, choosing best angles, and selecting props.

Afternoon group cooking and photo shoot.

Other discussions will be held on the importance of selecting ingredients, how to preserve them during the shoot, and styling food for camera from an editorial perspective.

Dinner at cafe in Nykoping.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Day Three:   Cooking and styling with lake picnic + lifestyle shoot around the lake house
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Morning session:  Cooking and preparing for spring picnic shoot + lunch
How to tell a story of people, time, and place through images. 

Afternoon session:  Styling and photographing a summer country picnic. Storytelling through food and props. 

Evening:  Dinner at house.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Day Four:  Foraging, hiking + cooking.

Breakfast + lunch included.

Morning session:  The group will go hiking and foraging with an expert for a few hours and return to the house to cook and style your found wild foods. You will learn what to look for in the forest and how to capture the harvest through photographs.

Evening:  Dinner at a restaurant in town.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Day 5: Market Day 

Breakfast, lunch and final night dinner included. 

Morning session:

Head to the market where we will photograph the local fresh produce, artisans + activities and gather food for the afternoon shoot + discussion. 

Lunch - TBD 

Afternoon session:

Back to the house to learn how to style and photograph the fresh produce we purchased. 

Further knowledge to be discussed about selecting props, composing, reviewing angles, and shooting time.

Review images of the day.

Evening:  Final night dinner and farewell party at the house

Monday, June 10, 2013

Day Five: Check out of house and travel day. 

Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.


This workshop will be added to the registration form on November 12, 2012.