Well, I have been way from the blog for almost three months. So let’s play a little catch up on what I’ve been up to.
I was fortunate enough to grab a spot in the White on Rice Couple’s two day food photography and styling workshop. WOW…what an amazing experience!!!
First of all, Dianne and Todd are some of the most giving, coolest, and down-to-earth people I have ever met. Just walking into the studio there was automatic sense of abundance. We were all welcomed with a cappuccino, homemade chicken sausage, and a super delicious fritatta…and all weekend the food kept coming. Boozie popcicles, sweet onion crack dip, butternut squash curry, salted iced coffee…they obviously love to entertain and feed people.
Although the amazingly delicious food was a great addition to the workshop, the main reason we were all there was to learn. Boy, did I learn a ton!
My biggest takeaway from the workshop was to keep it simple. I don’t know about you, my fellow food blogger friends, but I complicate my shoots and take waaaayyyyy too much time (and too many shots) for one blog post and set up. It really doesn’t need to be that difficult. It is all about taking a few minutes, even before getting the camera out, to conceptualize the shot, think about the lighting, set it up, and then take NO MORE than 5 shots per set up. For a food blog, there is no reason to spend hours futzing around with the angle of a lettuce leaf and then editing.
I’m blogging for fun and if I am spending that much time stressing over the little things, how can it be fun? Anyway, I LOVED the workshop. If you are interested in food blogging, or just food photography, I highly recommend you take their workshop. Also, check out the blogs and photography websites of the talented people I took the workshop with…they are all rock stars!
- The Simple Fare
- Cortney Kelley Photography
- Carol Holt Photography
- The Adventure Bite
- Foodness Gracious
- Sarah Lorimer Photography
Here are some shots I styled and photographed during the workshop.
I was fortunate enough to attend one of my favorite Society for Creative Anachronism events of the year. Great Western War is a large camping event held near Bakersfield, CA. I love the event and had a great time with friends eating, drinking, and cooking some delicious historical food.
Although I had a great time the two days I was at the event, I did leave early to attend the funeral of a family member. Betty Tobey was, basically, my Grandpa Al’s step-daughter. She passed away suddenly at the age of fifty, and I took it really hard. I am still not dealing with it very well…it was just so sudden. She was such a fun lady, so encouraging and sweet. We bonded over my story of partying a little too hard at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville in Vegas, we’d always have a great time scarffing down sushi when we visited grandpa, and she always wanted to hear what I was up to with my blog and in the food world. I will truly miss her and her big smile.
These past few weeks I’ve basically been taking a little vacation. I was working full time hours at Hungry-Girl as a contractor since beginning of August and decided I’d give myself a little break. I may have gotten a little overboard with it, but mid-day bubble baths and daily bike rides were one of the reasons I wanted to freelance, right? 😉 Anyway, I am working on getting back on track with some of my goals, and I am looking forward to new projects!
Talk to you all soon, and look for a new recipe next week!
Lots of love,