Confessions of a Wannabe Food Photographer

Hidee ho, partners!

Ok, I apologize for that one, but you’ll see where it came from in a minute. I hope you are all having a nice, relaxing Sunday. I thought I’d pop in today and share some behind-the-scenes photos with you guys…along with some confessions about what it takes to get my most prized pictures on the blog. Please, enjoy…and feel free to laugh at my expense!

Pancake Photoshoot

It’s no secret, I can be VERY resourceful when it comes to shooting my food (Haha! See?…shoot? Bang bang? Yes, I’m a dork!)…

Makeshift Tripod

Here we have the days BEFORE Santa brought me a shiny new tripod…set up in the floor of my living room in front of my back door (open with no screen door I might add) when it was like 40 degrees out…and as for that pretty green fabric?

Thin Mint Pancakes Photo Backdrop

Well, let’s just say that’s not the first time I’ve raided my closet for props…

Samoa Pancakes Photo BackdropHey, I can’t own a placemat in EVERY color! “Cough cough” even though I have about ten  white ones in different patterns “cough cough”! 😉

Blueberry Cobbler Protein Pancakes

Yep, that is ALSO a shirt…one of my favorites actually!

French Toast Oats -

But that? THAT is a scarf! 😀

Granola Photoshoot

Sometimes the fabric UNDER the food isn’t really the question…

Photoshoot Backdrop

I can’t decide if this is an all time low…or HIGH! (haha, get it?) 😆

PB&J Granola Shots 1

And let’s not even talk about the number of pictures I take! Actually…LET’S! I mean, this IS a confessional post! On average, I take anywhere from 60 to 100 pictures during each photo shoot…playing around with different setups, dishes, or backdrops. For my most recent PB&J Granola, I actually had TWO photo shoots because after looking through the pics I got the first day, my perfectionist self wasn’t  happy with the close up shots. So yes, I set it all back up…AGAIN…and was almost late to my dentist appointment! 😯

PB&J GranolaPB&J Granola Spoon

And speaking of shots…I need one…ah HA! Just making sure you’re paying attention! But seriously, once I have ALL my pictures gathered up, I run through them and delete the out of focus shots and the crooked shots and the shots with cat hair in them (ugh, that’s what I get for shooting on the floor!) and then try to make the life-altering decision of… which birds-eye view shot I like best!

PB&J Granola BeforeAfter

And then, THEN I finally get to editing! I’d like to add that that drizzle of peanut butter down the side of the jar in the background was purely accidental, but omg, doesn’t it look fantastic?!

I don’t have a fancy schmancy photo editor like Lightroom or Photoshop…I actually just use the one in iPhoto…call me cheap, but I think it works just fine. Then I upload my FINAL selections (which can sometimes take over an hour to narrow down) into Pic Monkey to add my watermark.

And if I add a label, well then we have BIG decisions to make…

PB&J Granola PicMonkey Labels

Seriously, HOW can something so easy be SO FRICKIN’ HARD?!?!

While I could go on and on about garnishing chili with apricot-flavored yogurt, running to the store JUST for a lemon to use as a prop, OR garnishing with chopped spinach instead of parsley…I figure those are more on the food STYLIST end of things and well, I should probably keep a few secrets to myself…err, I mean…oh damn! 😉

Now it’s your turn, what do YOU confess today?

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