Since I was a child I was always interested in photography. Many pictures of me have me near a record player (Yes, I'm that old. No, I can't sing.) or with a camera in my hand. I LOVE taking pictures. I've had my current camera for about six years, and my best shots were always action shots. I'm proud to say all the soccer photos in my MS (middle son's) senior yearbook were shots I took, no credit, but I took them. Outside came easy - great light - action. So, when I started this blog I thought, ok, write about food, snap a few pictures, repeat. But that was not the case. I have been struggling. The staying up to wee hours kind of struggle - ok, I stayed up past 11:30 p.m. one night! But to me, that's wee hours!! My food shots were (and I still have some work to do)…horrible. But I knew if I didn't start putting something out, I'd never get anything out. So, I forged on. Knowing at some point I'd start to get better.
Enter two fabulous, talented, gentle souls - my friend and the graphic designer I hire to make me look good at work - JM - and my MS (he'll have a BFA in Visual Communications Design in December, and he is a rock star designer). They both gave the kindest critiques and offered ideas on how to improve. They had the same comments, lighting and styling. So, I began digging deep, scouring the internet at all hours of the night (well, before 11:30) and I think my styling has improved. I've also purchased a photography light and it has done wonders. So, my goal is to no longer show you those awful pictures. My goal is to make you want to try all the food you see…because the recipes really are good.
As an aside, one hilarious comment came from my critiques…I was trying to convince my MS that it was the camera - not me. He, in total honesty, without realizing how hilarious his comment would be, said - "Mom, you don't need another camera. That won't make you a better photographer. That's like saying if you used the same pencil I use you could draw". That comment was all kinds of funny - cause I can not draw - a t a l l !!! My MS and LR (oldest son) got their talent from my dad and their dad. LR has a degree in Architectural Studies.
Below is the picture I took of this recipe just a little over one week ago. And directly below that is the picture I took tonight. If I were better at PhotoShop I'd do a split screen for you…I'm working on that!!!
Until next time. Always Eat Well!