Oh friends, thank goodness yesterday is over.
Yesterday was a bit of a hectic day for me, so thinking out loud couldn’t have come at a better time. Believe it or not I didn’t have the brain power to come up with random stuff, so I went instead for a more structured approach to today’s post. You’ll see what I mean below!
So for today’s thinking out loud I thought I would revisit an old post of mine. Remember those 5 Food Photography Facts I shared with you guys a while back? Well today I’m adding a part two – however these are more confessions than they are facts. Ready? Let’s get random!
Food Blogger Confessions
Confession #1 – Sometimes I do multiple photoshoots of the same recipe
Same recipe – different look
I wish I could tell you that I liked either of these photos, but that would be a striaght up lie. I will confess that as much as I adore these bars I just can’t seem to find the right fit for them in terms of photoshoots. I will also confess that I’ve shot these bars 4 different times and still don’t like anything I’ve come up with. Sigh.
Confession #2 – I fall into the comparison trap, even with my recipe photos
The reason why I’m so indecisive in #1? Because I tend to fall into the comparison trap when it comes to my photos. I want to stand out and not be a carbon copy of other bloggers, however I also want to have photos that are appealing. That being said, sometimes I focus too much on what other bloggers are doing instead of just doing my own thing.
This soup is a perfect example of that. I tried to shoot this soup using “backlighting”, something I clearly have never done before nor have studied enough to utilize. I see so many gorgeous photos out there using backlight so I wanted to jump on board and try it myself, however I felt 200% out of my element and unprepared. Why did I even post these photos? Again, I thought it was what I “should” do. Dumb, I know.
Confession #3 – I take way too many photos to be productive
I’m still fairly new to photography and such, which means that I have the habit of overshooting my recipes. In the beginning I was taking 100 photos per shoot – thankfully I’ve started cutting it down to 40-50 per shoot but that is still far too many to be relatively productive. Photoshoots take a good chunk of time out of my day, especially when I am taking so many photos!!
I’ve been trying to reign it in but sometimes I just get lost in what I’m doing.
Confession #4 – I often times eat cookies, cakes and brownies for breakfast
I’m not ashamed of my love of sweets. After denying myself anything filled with sugar for so long, I totally and completely embrace the cravings now. Maybe I shouldn’t embrace said cravings at 10am though…
This photoshoot was a prime example. What was I supposed to do with the ice cream and cookie after this shot? Scoop it back into the container as best I could? Ummm no. That seems completely foolish. So I did what any sane person would do and ate the ice cream as well as the surrounding cookie. But seriously tell me – what else was I supposed to do?!
Confession #5 – I am my own worst critic
You guys have been so supportive and encouraging to me on this journey. I still have so much to learn and a long way to go, but I really appreciate all the positive reviews from you guys, so please keep them coming!
That being said, I truly am my own worst critic [as I’m sure many of us are!]. I know that this stems somewhat from my ED – that feeling of never measuring up or being good enough, I just didn’t realize that it would manifest itself into my photography as well. There’s nothing that an ED doesn’t touch, is there?
Regardless I just keeping plugging away at it. I may not ever be 100% happy or satisfied with my work but what I truly care about is my heart behind it. As long as I am coming at it with the right motivations and reasons, I feel that I can walk away proud.
And that’s all the brain power I have for today. Happy almost Friday 🙂
What is your food blogger confession?