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I enjoy taking photos, and I think it’s pretty obvious! Just look at my Instagram feed, and you’ll see that I am normally snapping away on any ordinary day. I guess sharing photos is my creative expression these days! I don’t journal consistently anymore, nor do I have an updated scrapbook. But when pick up my DSLR or play around with the photo apps on my phone, or gather together things for a vignette or a flatlay, I am still creating, still having fun.

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Instagram has really become a community outside of blogging for me, l because I regularly spend time on the app. It’s allowed me to make friends from other parts of the world, and through it I also meet some pretty great companies and brands, too. I always enjoy a blissful collab, and last April 1st, Make it Blissul had the opportunity to collaborate with a very Instagrammable company: Early Bird Breakfast Club. I was so happy to collaborate with them on a fun workshop that married our mindsets of “making things blissful” and of starting each day beautifully.

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Together with Early Bird Breakfast Club’s creative team, Make it Blissful came up with a gathering concept that would fuse idea of “food and flatlays.” It was a food styling and mobile photography workshop, to be attended by existing groups of social media influencers who were already friends. Why friends? Because it’s more fun to create moments and capture them when you already enjoy the people you’re with! Not to mention, the food served by EBB was (as always) picture-perfect.

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To provide the prop styling accessories, I called on my friends and colleagues from Salt and Pepper Studios (a prop styling & photography studio). This dynamic duo, Jafe Enriquez and Loren De Guzman, specialize in food-related photography and styling, and I have worked with them on social media content for clients, so I knew they’d be perfect for the workshop. Jafe and Loren created a “prop buffet” for the workshop guests to use when conceptualizing their flatlays.

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Here are some scenes from that flatlay workshop. As you can see, each group had very different concepts for their flatlays, which was great because we had such a variety of shots posted to Instagram! (You can check those on the #FoodAndFlatlaysPH hashtag.) Salt & Pepper Studios also took all of the official photos — aren’t they an amazing team?! There are over a hundred photos, so I can’t post them all here, but here are the ones I got of our teams in action!

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After everyone took their flatlays, we enjoyed our meal! We had a choice of Chicken & Waffles, Chicken Tocino with Egg & Rice, and one of my personal favorites, the Bacon & Egg Nest! Of course, everything came to a sweet finish with my absolute favorite dessert here, the Yin & Yang Champorado, aaaaah! I want some right now! Here they all are coincidentally, in the winning flatlay below, by B’ley Villiones of @blogalag and @manilaeatup.

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Thank you, Kendrick and Ellen Co of Early Bird Breakfast Club and Antidote Branding (Nikki Diyco and team), for choosing Make it Blissful as a workshop host. It’s really been a goal of mine to work with your beautiful business! Here’s to more opportunities to collaborate. (An aside: Our family LOVES Early Bird Breakfast Club! Yay!)

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Thanks, Jafe and Loren for spicing things up with your props and photography! It’s really fun working with your ladies, and I look forward to our future projects together!

Thanks to the following bloggers and Instagrammers who came all the way to join us! Please check out their accounts and also the hashtags #foodandflatlaysPH #beautifulbreakfast and #saltandpaperstudios to see the flatlays we all created during the workshop:

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tenthousandthspoon / jaydelemon – Jayde de Jesus
blogalag / manilaeatup – B’ley Villiones of Manila Eatup
thebaldbakerPH – Cy Ynares
mytummycraves – Seanta Reyes

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artsyava – Ava Zabat
ashleydy – Ashley Dy
anagon – Ana Gonzales
wheninmanila / arlenebriones – Arlene Briones of When in Manila

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larkvain – Karl Presentacion
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For more photos of this workshop, hop on over to my Facebook Page: Make it Blissful with Early Bird Breakfast Club, April 2016

Early Bird Breakfast Club’s newest branch is located in Solenad 3, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna. It’s the prettiest branch, my my opinion! Next time you’re headed South, stop by! Follow their official Facebook page and stay updated on Instagram @earlybirdbreakfastclub