In August, we are heading to Seattle, Washington for an Ace Camp with Aran Goyoaga.  This workshop will take place in Aran's personal studio which is near Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.  Join us for a 3-day 5-night experience learning Food Photography + Styling in the Pacific Northwest, USA.

We will begin the Ace Camp by meeting at our accommodation followed a chef's dinner. Three days of workshops follow, which include a trip to Vashon Island (by ferry), a bicycle journey for an outdoor crab and seafood themed picnic, head out for a meal at one of Seattle's finest restaurants Sitka + Spruce, a "farm to table" establishment located inside Melrose Market and wrap up the workshop with a fantastic dinner made in the studio with food purchased at Ballard Farmer's Market.

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

image:  Aran Goyoaga

image:  Aran Goyoaga

image:  Aran Goyoaga

image:  Aran Goyoaga

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 3 day workshop with Aran Goyoaga
  • A one-on-one personal session with Aran Goyoaga
  • 4 nights at an exclusive home in Seattle, Washington (based on double occupancy)
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 4 dinners including dinner at Sitka + Spruce
  • Snacks + beverages during the workshop
  • Transportation to and from location shoots
  • Ferry trip to Vashon Island
  • Vashon Island bike rental


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

You should be able to ride a bicycle for a few miles.

Workshop is limited to 12 people.

Fee:  $1995.00 - airfare is not included

Deposit:  $1000.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed 

Final Payment of $995.00 due March 15, 2014


August 7-11, 2014 - SOLD OUT

August 12-16, 2014 - SOLD OUT

There will be no refunds for this workshop - please know you can make it before your registration.

All participants of this Ace Camp will be staying in a beautiful modern home in Seattle.  Most of the participants will have their own room - this is on a first come, first serve basis.  That is, those that register first will have the option of their own room.

For those of you not familiar with Seattle, Washington, it is a coastal seaport city in the Pacific Northwest. It's home of Pike Place Market, Seattle Centre, Seattle Art Museum, and the waterfront park.

In reality, Seattle gets less rain than New York, Miami and dozens of other U.S. cities - but we hope everyone comes prepared ...just in case.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, universally nicknamed "Sea-Tac", is located in the city's southern suburbs. Ace Camps will help you to arrange shared taxis to the accommodation for the workshop after flight details with us have been shared.

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images:  Aran Goyoaga

images:  Aran Goyoaga

image:  Lena Hyde

image:  Lena Hyde

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. 


Thursday, August 7, 2014 | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Travel day - make your way to the house for check-in at 5:00pm. There will be snacks, beverages and appetizers waiting for you.

7:30pm - Dinner at the house.

Friday, August 8, 2014 | Wednesday, August 13, 2014

We head to Aran's studio for a demonstration and discussion.

Breakfast, lunch + dinner 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.

Sitka + Spruce for dinner following the workshop.



Saturday, August 9, 2014 | Thursday, August 14, 2014

Off to Vashon Island for a crabbing picnic and photo shoot. Early morning start.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Morning session: Transportation to Vashon Island via ferry with out props and food.  After the ferry ride we will pick up our bicycles and head to the beach. 

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

Evening:  Dinner at house.

Sunday, August 10, 2914 | Friday, August 15, 2014

Studio Day + trip to Ballard Farmer's Market

Breakfast, lunch + dinner included.

Morning session: Head to Ballard Market for a photo shoot.

Evening:  Dinner in the studio.

Monday, August 11, 2014 | Saturday August 16, 2014

Day Five: Check out of house and travel day. 

Breakfast included.

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.