Chicken Soup for the (Lost) Soul

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When I started thinking of this post I was very far from where I am now, both physically and more importantly, mentally.  I'll start with the now, where I am with laying on a sunbed next to the pool at Club-Med in Florida, where I am on vacation with my entire family. Now the then, which was about a month ago. My man was gone for 2 weeks abroad, and I was home alone with my two little ones, a half a world away from any of my family. And I felt alone. Very alone. The winter decided to peak it's head back in for the last time, the sky's were grey and so was my mood. My days were run by what I call "survival mode",where I do just what I need to do so that my work, both motherly and professionally are done properly. But when the kids went to sleep, I grabbed the quickest, most nutritious thing I could find that would make the least amount of dirty dishes (no allotted time for dish washing in survival mode). The two times I get the most homesick for my far-away family is right after I come... 
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Weekend Food Photography and Styling Workshop-From Farm to Frame

You get to a certain point in your adult life where you don’t have nearly the amount of opportunities to meet new people. You’ve got your friends, and if you’re in a relationship then you have your partners’ friends. You have your co-workers, family, family friends, but the chance to make new friendships and really get to know new people become fewer and fewer with age. In my line of work I get to meet new people all the time- chefs, photographers, editors, account managers, etc. But usually these meetings happen once, and usually on really busy shooting days where you just don’t get the chance to get to know the person you spent the entire day with. Danya and I also teach our Food Photography and Styling 6 week course, and that does provide us with the opportunity to get to know our students, but those three and half hour classes are so packed with work, that the line between student/teacher is nearly always present. Exactly a year ago we held our first weekend Food Photography... 
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Thai Food: How I Love Thee

By: Danya Weiner Twelve years ago, I took a cooking class while on a trip in Thailand. It was just after I finished studying photography, and I took a long trip to the Far East and Australia (as many young Israelis do). At that time, I wasn’t nearly the foodie that I am today, and I took the cooking class, because that’s what most of the tourists where doing in that particular town. Twelve years ago, I barely knew anything about the Thai kitchen, couldn’t eat anything even a tad bit spicy, and I basically lived on Pad-Thai the entire time I was there. Now, twelve years later, I wish I could back and eat everything I didn’t. Upon completion of the cooking course, we received a little Thai cookbook (if you can call it that) with lots of English typos and not one picture. I kept as a keepsake from the trip and I used it a few times when I just got back. I haven’t touched it in probably over seven years and I just recently found it and now that I’m a Thai food junkie, I have a... 
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Matkonation Food Photography and Styling Course- The Magazine!

In our line of work, we get to meet new people along the way, whether it be a new client, a graphic designer working with the client, recipe developers, chefs, etc. But there is something really special about meeting our students for the first time, and the type of relationship that develops in the six weeks that we have our course. We get to meet the students in far more of a personal manner then we do all the others we meet along the way. We get to know where they work, what their personal style is, what kinda little stuff they have at home (which they bring to the course to use as props). And they get to know us. Danya and I started teaching our Food Photography and Styling Course three and half years ago, when I was nine months pregnant with my first child. Since then, we’ve taught eight additional courses, including one (fabulous) weekend workshop, had three more kids (in total- 2 Deanna, 1 Danya), moved to a new studio, and so much more. Every course is as inspiring for us as it... 
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We're Finally on Instagram

We started the blog four and half years ago as a way to express our creative freedom without the needs/wants/requests of a client. We thought it would be sort of a side venture, something to go along with our everyday work as a food stylist and food photographer. Oh, how we were wrong. From the beginning, we noticed that it took much more time and effort than we had imagined, but we were totally ok with that, being two and splitting the work of writing, recipe developing, photo shoots, etc. And we loved what we were doing and the instant reach and reaction we had from our readers. And then came social media. And that was the part that none of us signed up for, or felt comfortable and natural in dealing with it. So we kind of just pretended that we weren’t part of the social media game, until we couldn’t pretend anymore. We started a Facebook page a year and a half ago, and then came Instagram, two months ago. For Instagram we enlisted the help of social media maverick, Tamar Guzansky,... 
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