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Part two of the weekend: Okay, I am just going to warn you, this post is HUGE. Like REALLY huge. Like go & make your self a huge pot of tea + some snacks huge.
I am not much for words, but I do want to thank all the amazing staff and sponsors that made this retreat possible (all listed below). I am so lucky to have found such an amazing and hard working team who come back every year & slog it out with me. Nothing is too hard, none are too precious, and all of us are willing to wash dishes in the freezing cold at 3am (really planning to move the retreat to summer next year for this reason haha!).
The new additions this year was Nadine, who created THE most beautiful floral installations I could have imagined. She truly went above & beyond and our jaws were pretty much on the floor every time we walked into the next table set up.
But what made this retreat special and unique was our special guest Bea. I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Sydney with her and her husband. We ate our way through the city and got to know each other. I loved to know a bit about the girl behind the lens, and her beautiful, kind and generous personality was a true highlight for our guests. Thank you Bea for everything.
The photos here are from the second and third day of the weekend. We kicked Saturday morning off with a breakfast of Spanish hot chocolate & jaffles, then started the practical portions of our class. Bea taught her signature style of photography and I taught hard light (high & low apertures) and we tried our hand at some splash photography (this was messy but fun!). After a picnic box lunch, we got straight back to shooting until sunset. Then we all sat by the fire and did a Q&A, covering all things from marketing to pricing.
Then we retreated to the barn for a candle lit dinner. Louis cooked most of the food on hot coals (seriously check out the photos) which was pretty special. The night kicked on by the fire, and some of us even went to the middle of a dark road to photograph the sky – it was so beautiful.
Sunday was spent having a breakfast of black rice pudding and salep, then we headed off into the editing cave to talk all things Lightroom. We finished the day with a spot of morning tea + rolled everyone home with lunch take away packs of pastrami & Jarlsberg sandwiches + a pear & ginger meal cake.
I have included the links to our partners and the menus from the weekend (just so we never forget the DELICIOUS food cooked by Louis & Iwona). Needless to say, no one went home hungry.
~ Partners ~
Food: Boy & Spoon| Instagram
Styling: Wild Flora| Instagram
Plateware: Ecology Homewares
~ Gifts ~
~ Saturday breakfast ~
Moroccan Three Bean Jaffle
Feta & Avocado Mash, Shakshuka with Za’Tar , Quail Egg
Spanish Hot Chocolate
~ Lunch ~
Sour cherry chocolate rose bar
~ Afternoon tea ~
Three mills pastries
~ Dinner ~
Celeriac veloute, pine nut, parmesan croutons
South coast snapper, herbed yoghurt, chilli oil
Lamb shoulder, polenta
Charred vegetables, labneh, za’tar
Cabbage, anchoide, puffed grains
Jacket potatoes, blue cheese sauce
Miso cheesecake, jujube, cornflake crumb
~ Sunday breakfast ~
Black rice pudding, coconut yoghurt, wild quince, puffed quinoa
~ Farewell morning tea ~
Pastrami, roast pepper & Jarlsberg on ciabatta
Pear & ginger meal cake with pistachios
This next shot is by Megann Evans.
Next 3 shots are by Bonnie Greene.
Don’t forget to hashtag #workshopwiththemacadames when attending my retreats, I love to see your experience.
Anisa Sabet. xx