Dutch Masters

Spring Riot

Happy New Year… three months too late, hahaha!

While this post will mark my first blog post of the new year, this post will also detail my very first EVER workshop collaboration with my sweet friend and florist extraordinaire, Siri Thorson, in San Juan Island, Washington!

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This workshop is near and dear to my heart, and I have to thank Siri for asking me to be a part of this (THANK YOU, SIRI!!!). With Siri at the helm, you will receive guidance in creating your own floral centrepieces inspired by the still life painters of the 17th and 18th century. I, on the other hand, will be there to assist Siri and to show you some tips and tricks on the styling of your centrepieces to emulate the Dutch Masters. The photography aspect of this course will focus on natural/available light, so if you are new to photography and lighting, fear not - the photography part of this course is definitely for you! I will show you how to shape light using everyday materials, what I look for when I style dramatic vignettes, and will disclose a list of what is in my styling kit and how to implement them when you play with florals and other props on your own time! For those who are interested in post-processing techniques, we will do our best to open up a small block of time for a Q&A!

Workshop inspiration: Balthasar van der Ast

Workshop inspiration: Balthasar van der Ast

Workshop inspiration: Balthasar van der Ast

Workshop inspiration: Balthasar van der Ast

The moody style of lighting that is evident in the Dutch Masters is a lighting style I often gravitate to. When I transitioned from natural light to strobes, I played around with several ways of achieving this kind of light in my client work and in my conceptual work. There are so many dynamic trends in commercial lighting these days and I love them all, but the mood-setting light of the Dutch Masters will always be my favourite.

Below are a few photographs I took of my creative partner, Alison Page, back when I was only a few months into finally owning my very own set of strobes (which was around the autumn of 2014)! I took these shots to document our fun little behind-the-scenes-moment for a holiday creative I was asked to style for [a now defunct] food and lifestyle publication, Flavours Magazine. Alison helped me arrange some of the dried florals you see in these photographs, while I busied myself with the making of multiple sugared fruits for the shoot (you can see some of those sugared fruit in action on the third photograph of Alison. Ah… memories! (Click on each image to see an enlarged version!)

Click on the Spring Riot poster above for more information about the workshop, or visit Siri’s website here to see her portfolio and to read a little bit more about her! Until then, I will be posting a few Dutch Masters examples here to get myself worked up and even more inspired in time for the workshop! You can also follow us on Instagram to get more workshop updates and to see our work: @thelittlebanana + @isshamarie

See you all there! :-D