22 March 2012
Thoughts on Food Styling & Photography
So, last year I purchased a fancy camera with intentions and high hopes for doing some food styling for this blog. Yeah, well....
I had an epiphany this morning. I like to eat and cook food, I like to grow it and pick it. I like to read about it and try new things. I am not a food stylist nor do I think I want to be. I look at blogs that have lovely half eaten dishes, cutesy tableware and hands holding the "bounty" of whatever and think "THAT is just not me". I am a real person that is trying to keep the dog out of the trash, a complete meal (hot, please) on the table that everyone enjoys, laundry, gardening, a blog, running multiple businesses, paying bills and possibly time for romance in my 23 year old marriage. I won't mention children, parents, employees or political telephone calls.
I've decided I just want to share our food with you. Recipes that taste great and get you interested in new foods, flavors or techniques. I won't "highlight" any words for my recipes that will take you on a wild goose chase, I won't have perfectly plated dishes or perfectly grown vegetables, we have dishes that don't always match, weeds and bugs. I will snap a photo with my hands holding the camera, not a "staging" area with lights and "props"....it's like human modeling for food. Beautiful, but probably unrealistic in my realm.
I have a multitude of photographer friends that are amazing with a camera. I don't think I love photography enough to spend too much time on it, and I love food too much to let it grow cold or limp in pursuit of a lovely picture. It's all about balance.
If you're into food styling, great, go for it! I love to look at cookbooks, magazines, etc. Isn't life always about choosing what works and is right for you? I hope you enjoy my less than perfect attempts at food styling and the recipes I share. (Notice I didn't put any photos in this one! :))