Womenโ€™s Cooking Event - My Volunteer Photography Work

in #hive-194913 โ€ข 4 months ago


You know you love photography when youโ€™re invited to an event and all you can think about is

That would make for some nice photos! ๐Ÿ˜

My SIL invited me to go to her churchโ€™s womenโ€™s event which would be a night of learning, cooking and eating.

It was such an interesting event where we were taught different ways to cook for large groups of people that have food sensitivities and restrictions. This was something I needed to attend as we just found out my 3 year old has to have a gluten and dairy free diet. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

I know not having gluten is good for anyone but this is a big change for my family and will be a process. Almost everything has gluten in it and itโ€™s so expensive when changing oneโ€™s diet. Dairy free is not so much of a change for us as we do almond milk anyway and I have experimented with different plant butters and alternative cheese products.

Anyway, when my sister told me there will be decorated tables and presentations I knew I wanted to take some shots of this event. I havenโ€™t taken photos of an event setup in awhile and I missed doing that. I wanted to see how I would do with that along with capturing photos of the ladies and the gathering.

For respect of privacy I will not show pics of anyoneโ€™s face but only their hands.

I asked her to see if the group wanted me to gift them with photos of their event. I suggested that it would be good to use in their advertisements when trying to reach other women to come out to their services. The coordinator was very excited and gladly accepted my offer. ๐Ÿ˜Š

During the entire event I was in what I call Photography Candy Land! I was so excited and literally couldnโ€™t wait to start taking photos of the beautiful tables they were setting up.

The way the event went was the leaders demonstrated how to prepare and cook each dish we were eating that night. They talked about alternative seasonings, dressings etc. and how to shop and look for gluten free products. They shared the importance of being careful not to cross contaminate foods or utensils in order to keep things separate. Some people are highly allergic to certain foods and getting even a little in their plates could cause a serious reaction.


This was my yummy plate and I enjoyed every bite. We had garlic and basil chicken, quinoa, salad with an amazing dairy free dressing, and some tasty vegetables.

For dessert we had some no bake peanut butter cookies and a gluten free chocolate chip cookie.



Let me show you these table settings. My goal was to get the full setting and then a few closeups with different angles depending on the decorโ€ฆ

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This was amongst my favorite tables. I really loved the pop of blue and the lighting in the jar. I also loved the colorful embroidered tablecloth.




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The centerpiece and napkin holders really stood out at this table. The color scheme used was very pretty.




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This setup was the most unique to me and seemed to be quite popular that night. It was neat learning how the decorator of this table shaped and dried the oranges to get them to look like this. I loved all of the orange displayed here.




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This was my mother and sisterโ€™s western themed table. My mom wore her cowgirl hat to finish off the look.




There was a table set up with helpful and informative literature for those needing a further guide into clean eatingโ€ฆ


All throughout the event people were thanking me for taking the photos but I felt I should be saying thank you to them for allowing me to do so. I was having a lot of fun getting all these shots. This was not work to me. I was out enjoying what I love to do.

This giving of my time and service also served as a purpose of getting our business more out there. Now more people know what we do and if they want to reach out to book a session they can.

After dinner and dessert the ladies gathered around the tables for one more session of learning. This time it was a healthy breakfast meal and we got to pack it up to take with us to cook the next morning. My sister prepared my pan while I was taking photos.

It reminded me of a breakfast quiche. There was spinach, quinoa, eggs, milk, seasonings and sausage. You added the ingredients you wanted and could substitute for some of them with what you had at home.


There were a lot of eggs everywhere and mixing fun taking place.



Hereโ€™s what it looked like with more ingredients addedโ€ฆ


and finally with all the ingredients. The only thing left to do was stir.


Thatโ€™s a wrap of the night. I had a good time meeting folks, learning more about cooking for people with food allergies and special diets, watching the action and getting it all on camera. I was in my zone where Iโ€™m most comfortable.

The breakfast dish was really good. We added cheese to ours before cooking and it was a hit in my house.

Event Links:

Event 1 - Diva Birthday Party

Event 2 - Elegant Evening Birthday Celebration

Event 3 - Classy Vowel Renewal Ceremony

Event 4 - A Young Gentleman Party

Event 5 - A Pastorโ€™s Anniversary Celebration

Event 6 - L.O.L. Surprise! Birthday Party

Event 7 - Sweet 16!

Event 8 - Quinceaรฑera

Event 9 - Boss Lady Photoshoot

Event 10 - Our First Senior Photoshoot

Event 11 - Another Successful Senior Shoot


Thank You!

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Do you know the legal name of @themarkymark ???? It is needed to contact his local police station. Any information to his whereabouts would be much appreciated.

I do have the same feelings of wanting to take pictures of things at an event. Nice pictures you've got there.

I knew I wasn't the only one ;D

Thanks so much!

This is a beautiful setting and it would be a great injustice to me and everyone if you didn't bless us with such a sight hahaha. Thank you for not making us miss out on feeding our eyes. Absolutely fantastic.

I am sorry about your 3 year old. Indeed, diet change is a major adjustment and I believe she's in capable hands with you.

Hahaha thanks so much for such a nice compliment of my work! ๐Ÿ˜„

Thank you, it has been quite an adjustment. We've been changing out our pantry slowly but surely.

You are most welcome. You have wonderful eyes for details. Love it.

Everything will be fine. ๐Ÿค—

Wow this is really nice with the lovely captures taken

Thank you! The ladies did such a nice job on the decor and I really enjoyed being in the midst of it all.

I was completely in love with those Vintage table arrangements, too beautiful, they evoke romance, nostalgia... it took me back to the 1920s.

Loved your post, definitely if you love photography, because they are taken at the perfect angles.

My photos look like they are taken by Stevie Wonder ๐Ÿ˜‚ I love photography but don't have the sense to take such spectacular shots.

Yes!!!!! I felt the exact same way being there. It really put the whole atmosphere in a nostalgia state.

Thanks so much! Iโ€™m happy you liked the post and the photos. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Lol ๐Ÿ˜†! You should have seen my attempts five years ago ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜…. Only through practice and patience am I able to take shots like these now. I still have a LOT of learning and growing to do. โ˜บ๏ธ

Thanks so much for the visit and comment ~


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Thank You @hivebuzz!

You're welcome @crosheille, you deserve it well! Thanks for being so active here ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘


That's a cool event to attend to! But what I liked more are the results of your photoshoots because you really did a great job! ๐Ÿ˜

It was really cool and very informative.

Thank you so much! I was in my zone. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜„

What a wonderful event! Clean eating is best as a lifestyle and not a diet, so I am so happy that you educate people on that. There is a different mentality about a diet and the thought that you can go off it when you reach your goal.

I am truly inspired by your dedication to better living for not only your family but for anyone that you can reach out to.

The table settings are beautiful, each one had its special something or unique feature, the lights added softness, the embroidery, and the napkins. I think everyone did a great job. I have a thing about presentation for dinner or any meal my family has together. There is something special about sitting down to a table that was done with care. (that doesn't mean a fussy table, just something pleasant) I may be overstating it, but it is one of my little things. I have little vases and pick from my garden daily and put them on the table. Why not? It is good to enjoy the labors of love.

Bravo for a successful event! I hear breakfast is at your house?

Have a wonderful evening!

I know what you mean about the mentality of a diet. Using the word lifestyle is really more suitable because itโ€™s a life change.

Thanks so much. I like to share any knowledge I can that would help other people as well so it was a pleasure sharing about this.

I think everyone did a lovely job on the table settings too. Hey why not? We donโ€™t have to go out and dine to sit at a pretty table setting. I love that you pay attention to details at your table. I know how much you love flowers so I can imagine how pretty it looks.

Thanks for always making me smile with your comments. I truly enjoy your visits ~ ๐ŸŒธ

It's always a pleasure to come and check you out. I have been short on time forever, but, I am having to relearn how to manage it all - and breathe a bit.

Deep cleansing breaths.

I learned a new word two weeks ago. It was no. Who knew I would learn to use it?

Have a great day, @crosheille !


Yes! Deep cleansing breaths are what I've been practicing too.

Good for you Denise. Iโ€™ve had to use that same word a bit more lately ;)

Enjoy your holiday weekend ~

I also have lactose and gluten intolerance and it's too tough to avoid food with gluten because even the seasonings we used at home for cooking food have gluten ๐Ÿคง๐Ÿคง. Diet is expensive and I can't keep it.. Huhu. Food with gluten is tempting too.
But by the way, I love the table decorations ๐Ÿ˜.

Oh yes that's right. I forgot to mention I learned about the seasonings too. They had quite a few options on display due to that reason. It really is hard escaping completely from gluten. We told ourselves we will change out our ingredients the best we can and get away from the gluten as much as possible. Itโ€™s very expensive.

Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed the decor ~ ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you're having gluten free diet, that means, you are more into veg and fruits and just natural seasonings? Steaming for cooking method?

Yep! That's what the doc ordered for my bay girl. We do a lot of veggies and fruits. I make her a lot of fruit smoothies to get more greens in too.

Very tasty post. I enjoyed all this art and taste. The orange decoration really caught my attention and I liked it. Congratulations on your artistic taste and also on the tasteful ladies

I'm glad you enjoyed. The orange table was very intriguing and caught my attention the most as well.

Thanks for commenting ~

Appetizing food, cozy atmosphere ๐Ÿ’–
Have a nice day ๐Ÿ™‚

It truly was cozy.

Thanks so much for stopping by. You have a nice day as well ~ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Good job ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘


It is a difficult process to change the family diet, but it is a matter of adapting. I recommend you visit some of the hive communities where we post gluten-free and casein-free recipes. A few weeks ago we did a special recipe book gluten and casein free for hive blue month and the substitutes for snacks were spectacular.

Excellent photographic work... I really liked the table decorations. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜Š.

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Oh wow! I had no idea about this but will definitely check it out now. Thanks for that tip!

Thanks so much. I am always trying to improve. I really appreciate the feedback ~ ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’–