Aran Goyoaga


Food Styling, Editing and Photography

Whistler, B.C.

August 23 - 28, 2012

Aran Goyoaga, the author and photographer of the uber popular blog Cannelle et Vanille will be leading a photo styling, editing and photography workshop in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. (my stomping ground!)

At this Ace Camp you will be living in the mountains for 4 days, riding a gondola to the top of Whistler and walking for a picnic and photo shoot with food you have helped to prepare. We'll head to North Arm Farm in Pemberton for a lunch and styling session, wander through the farmers market to buy produce for your final instructional session...and more.
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 is working on her first cookbook, which will be published by Little, Brown & Co in fall 2012.

Aran Goyoaga - Food Styling and Photography
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.

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.
The group will be staying at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler - a perfect location at the bottom of Blackcomb mountain minutes from the main village of Whistler.
This workshop includes:

  • 3 day workshop with Aran Goyoaga
  • 4 nights accommodation at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada - rooms are shared
  • 4 breakfasts + 3 lunches, snacks + beverages during the workshop
  • Day trip to North Arm Farms in Pemberton, British Columbia
  • Sightseeing and gondola ride up to the top of Whistler Mountain.
  • Meet and greet cocktail party
  • Transportation around Whistler

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

Workshop is limited to 10 people.

Fee: $1749.00 - airfare is not included
Deposit: $1000.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed.
Final Payment of $749.00 due May 30, 2012
There will be no refunds for this workshop - please know you can make it before your registration.


Registration Opens - Wednesday, February 15, 2012
9:00am EST
Full Workshop Only

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Day One: Travel day - you will be sent information regarding getting to Whistler from the Vancouver airport. Whistler is 2 hours north of Vancouver.
Check in to hotel.
Meet + Greet Welcome Party - The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Dinner at The Mallard Lounge and Terrace.
(dinners are not included with registration)

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Day Two: Private Whistler home workshop + Gondola ride to the top of Whistler Mountain.

Breakfast + lunch included.
Morning workshop and cooking session at a private home in Whistler. (transportation will be provided)

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.
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. After the morning session we will head to the base of Whistler mountain and ride the gondola up for the afternoon session and lunch on the mountain.

Dinner TBD.

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Day Three: Pemberton and The North Arm Farm

Breakfast + lunch included.
Morning session:
Visit to Pemberton and North Arm Farm where we will have a cooking demonstration and learn to shoot on location. Capturing life on the farm from food to people.
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: Restaurant - TBD

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Day Four: Whistler Farmers’ Market

Breakfast + lunch included.
Morning group walk around Lost Lake - (optional)
Morning session:
Head to the Whistler 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 private home 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.

Final night dinner - Araxi.

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Day Five: Check out of hotel and travel day.

Please note: Slight modifications to the itinerary may occur. You will receive a welcome package at check-in with exact times and locations.

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.