Aran Goyoaga and Ace Camps are teaming up and heading for a journey and workshop in Iceland.  This 3 day workshop will include teaching of photography and styling food from Iceland. This 4 night, 3 day Ace Camp has been many months in the works and we're really excited to head to Reykjavik to learn more about the food culture of Iceland.

We will begin the Ace Camp by meeting at our accommodation and heading out for dinner. Three days of workshops follow, which include a morning trip to Videy Island and a boat cruise. The group will have the opportunity to explore Reykjavik's food establishments while seeking out props and food for our photo shoots. This wandering will give you a chance to take photographs that pertain to your assignment - a final production of the food and lifestyle of Iceland.

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:  Belathee Photography by Dorthee Brand

image:  Belathee Photography by Dorthee Brand

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 3 day workshop with Aran Goyoaga
  • A one-on-one personal session with Aran Goyoaga
  • 4 nights* at Hlemmur Square in Reykjavik (based on shared occupancy)
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Snacks + beverages during the workshop
  • Boat trip to Videy Island

*Rooms are shared and due to the cost of accommodations in Iceland there is no opportunity for single rooms.

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

Workshop is limited to 10 people.

Fee:  $2149.00 - airfare is not included

Deposit:  $1149.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed 

Final Payment of $1000.00 due April 5, 2014

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 at Hlemmur Square in Reykjavik.  It has been named one of the best hostels in the world and with keeping costs down so we can do more adventures in Iceland we thought this would be our best bet.

OPTIONAL:  A night out at the brand new HARPA CONCERT HALL to see the show:  "How to Become Icelandic in 60 Minutes.  After registration we will send out response information and ask if this is an event you might like to see on June 28, 2014 in the evening.  It is optional. On the last day prior to your flight departure you can plan a visit to the BLUE LAGOON.

HOW TO GET TO REYKJAVIK:  Unless you’re a citizen of a Scandinavian country all visitors to Iceland must carry a valid passport. Here's a link about traveling to Iceland and how to get from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik.

image:  Aran Goyoaga

image:  Aran Goyoaga

image:  Aran Goyoaga

image:  Aran Goyoaga

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image:  Lena Hyde

image:  Lena Hyde


ARAN GOYOAGA is a 2-time James Beard-finalist food stylist and photographer based in Seattle and creator of award-winning blog Cannelle Et Vanille.

Aran grew up in the Basque Country in Northern Spain in a family of professional pastry chefs and cooks. Her love of food began in her maternal grandparents’ pastry shop and in the fields of her paternal grandparents’ farm.

Aran is also the author of “Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family’s Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking” (Little, Brown & Co), which was named one of the top 6 cookbooks of 2012 on Good Morning America.

Aran’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, Whole Living, Coastal Living, Fine Cooking, In Style, CNN, Miami Herald, Living Without,, ELLE Sweden, Design*Sponge, Sweet Paul magazine,, Daily Candy, NBC Latino, Cooking Channel and more.


images:  Kris Atomic

images:  Kris Atomic


Thursday, June 26 2014

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

Information will be sent to you regarding transportation from Keflavik International Airport to the accommodation.

7:30pm - Meet + Greet and Dinner TBD

Friday, June 27, 2014 

Breakfast, lunch + dinner included

Morning workshop. 

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.

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Morning workshop with Aran followed by visit to Kolaportið indoor market where you can buy Icelandic delicacies and work on your storytelling project.

You will be sent out on a photo shoot looking for specific scenes, food related images and will visit some of the highly recommended places in Reykjavik in small groups - like Ísbúðin Háaleiti (the ice cream shop), Bændamarkaður frú Laugu - the farmer's market, Hallgrímskirkja, the Photography Museum of Reykjavík and more.

We will all meet for lunch at a specific time and head back to the studio.

Late afternoon private sessions with Aran Goyoaga. Location TBD

Dinner on your own.

Optional Evening:  Event at Harpa Concert Hall


Sunday, June 29, 2914

Off to Videy Island for a ferry ride and adventure.  

Breakfast, lunch + dinner included

Morning session: Transportation to Videy Island via ferry.  A wander around the island to see Icelandic horses and livestock.  Photography demo + discussions.


Afternoon session:  Styling and photographing a picnic. Storytelling of Nordic cuisine through food and props. Weather permitting.

Head back to Reykjavik to work on project and further discussions.

Late afternoon private sessions with Aran Goyoaga.  Location TBD

Final presentation of all participants work with discussion. Each person must present 5 dyptych's of Reykjavik with a mixture of food, people and place.

Dinner:  TBD

Monday, June 30, 2014


Travel Day

Check out of hotel.

You may want to plan a trip to the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport.

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.