Plate To Pixel Book SigningPosted: June 27, 2011
Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling is Helene Dujardin’s gorgeous new book that the entire interwebs was — justifiably, I assure you — immediately in love with. The book covers everything from photography basics and technical details to natural and artificial lighting, composition, and the art of food styling.
Dujardin herself (who authors the blog Tartelette) ventured into food photography as a practical means to an end. She was a pastry chef determined to visually communicate the plating of her desserts with the night staff at the restaurant where she worked.
Having started as a novice, taught herself the craft, and reached stunning professional and artistic success, she’s the perfect person to relate to food photographers at all skill levels. Her accessibility and ingenuity is communicated on every page of Plate to Pixel.
And turns out, y’all, that she’s also super sweet. And funny! And genuine, and down-to-earth, and — all the things you hope a rockstar-chef, photography-genius, and bestselling-author will turn out to be.
The book signing was held at Amelie’s French Bakery in NoDa, where we bought goodies to eat and congregated in a back room exquisitely appointed with French artifacts (perfect for Helene, who hails from France). In addition to book signing, there was lots of laughter and chatter about food and photography (some of our favorite things, of course).
The person who wins the award for farthest distance traveled to meet Helene is Kit, who drove in from Raleigh. There were also several Charlotte food bloggers there: Brooke, Vanessa, Taylor, and Julie.
We missed you CFBers who had to work or were otherwise occupied and couldn’t make it! But we ate pastries in your honor.
It was tough, but we did it for you. What can I say? We love you guys.
So many thanks to Helene Dujardin for making the trip up to Charlotte to spend the day with us (and to her husband, who we’re told did the driving)! It’s an understatement to say it was a pleasure to meet you, and we’ll continue reaping the benefits of your work in Plate to Pixel.
Some important notes:
- Our next meeting will be Wednesday, June 29 (note the date change) — our first weeknight meetup! We’ll meet at the TCBY in Montford Abbey Shopping Center (1730 Abbey Place, Charlotte, NC 28209) at 7pm for some frozen yogurt and fun
- We’d love suggestions for conversation topics, field trips, group challenges, pot luck themes, etc. Record your field trip suggestions here.