CAFP Ryerson

CAFP Ryerson is part of a national association that provides opportunities for professionals and students to network, mentor and develop in the foodservice field.

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Recap: Food Photography Workshop

CAFP invited 4th-year photography student, Marie-Louise Moutafchieva to give a workshop on the basics of food photography.

Marie provided introductory information on shutter speed, the focus and ISO.  Specific to food photography, she said it is best to use natural light and make sure that the picture is not too busy especially if you want to showcase individual ingredients. The 3 most common shots of food are directly from above (people stand on chairs or the table to take these shots), at eye-level horizontally, and 3/4 angle from above. Students created their own sets around the Sears Atrium and took turns shooting photos from different angles using their cameras and smartphones. Marie-Louise’s last tip was to refrain from comparing your photographs with others since you never know how much experience they have accumulated. For inspiration, she likes to look at photos on Pinterest and she advises other students to do the same.

Students felt that the event had an interactive atmosphere so it felt like a workshop combined with an opportunity to socialize and connect with peers.

If you want to see Marie’s work, her website can be found here:—still-life.


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Meet Michelle Jaelin

1. How did you end up in your chosen occupation?
“I became interested in food and health sometime during my first degree in Visual Arts. I landed a job as the Nutrition Team Leader at Health Education and Promotion in my last year at York University. That same year, I was inspired by the photojournalism book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio. Using my photography skills, I took my own photographs and used them in an exhibition for a nutrition wellness event called What Students Eat. Inspired by the buzz and dialogue generated from these photos on food and nutrition, I decided to pursue my passion to become a registered dietitian.”
2. Was that always the occupation you wanted to end up in
“Not at all. Growing up I initially wanted to be a fashion designer or a chef. Then I wanted to be teacher. I guess I was always drawn to creative fields!”
3. Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you or your path to your current occupation?
“The path to pursue any dream is full of obstacles, roadblocks and failure that try to lead us down different directions – just like mine. But if you stay positive, focused and work hard on your ultimate goal, you will achieve it!”
Hear more from Michelle Jaelin at Dietitian’s Day next Thursday in the SCC. Register on ConnectRU:

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Meet Libby Roach

“I began shooting [photographs] while I was just a kid…my father was an avid amateur photographer who kept a darkroom in our basement. I was always around photography but didn’t consider it a career path until my early thirties after attending George Brown college to learn digital photography and specifically Photoshop. After taking a few courses I was really keen and stuck around to finish the program. One of the electives was food photography and I was hooked! I honestly didn’t even really realize what a big market food photography was. From websites to restaurants to commercial to media, well, the list goes on and on. When I was a child I wanted to be like Angela Bauer from Who’s the Boss, a self made woman with a handsome maid. The self made part happened, but if you know of a good house cleaner I’m all ears! It takes time to develop your style. [Don’t] give up if you don’t get it right the first time. One of my favourite aspects is that it’s mostly about problem solving. Lighting, whether natural or studio, both present pros and cons, and it’s all about how to know when to use what. If you’re a quick thinker and enjoy that aspect of problem solving then it’s a great fit. Also, it’s a fairly physical career. The gear, the setups, the squatting to get the angle, there’s a lot of moving parts that can be quite physically challenging.”
After studying Food Photography at the Digital Photography program at George Brown College, Libby quickly became completely engrossed in capturing and creating beautiful food photos. Working with popular media outlets like BlogTO, Post City Magazine and Vv Magazine allowed Libby to engage with a wide audience in Toronto, further building her connections with features in the National Post. Libby is skilled in using both natural and studio strobe lighting to perfect her photos. Clients also include local restaurants, chefs, PR companies and food manufacturers. Recently Libby has been sharing her love of food photography in her studio and in workshops with students looking to take their digital photography up a notch.
If you would like to hear more from Libby and get a chance to network with her in person come to our Dietitians of Canada Business and Industry Network on September 22, 2016 at TRS, Cara Commons. Please RSVP at