Sweet Potato Breakfast with Gingerbread Pecan Crisp

Why'd you have to go and make things so complicated?

I wasn't sure why that song had been looping through my head, endlessly, for days on end.

But now I think I know.

I spend so much time and energy thinking about and planning the look of my food photos - choosing and setting up the background, deciding on props, playing with and adjusting light(s), tethering to my laptop, adjusting my tripod, switching out lenses - ugh. The list of small details involved in getting a decent shot goes on and on and on...

Yesterday morning I said, 'Fuck it'.

If you scroll down to my previous post, you'll see I received a copy of Allison Day's gorgeous new cookbook, Whole Bowls. It's a truly lovely book and one of the recipes I'd bookmarked was the Sweet Potato Breakfast with Gingerbread Pecan Crisp. In my mind's eye, I knew that the bright orange of the sweet potato and citrus would be so luscious and vibrant, I should grab my camera and snap a quick shot.

So I did.

I chose a bowl from my prop closet, quickly assembled the dish and then photographed it in less than 5 minutes. Set up on the small green table, with no props, from the top of a stepladder, and using one small piece of white foam board to bounce a bit of like back in to the shadows, it's so...

simple.

And I'm so happy about that.

This was a great exercise for me to just let go, relax, and have a quick bit of fun before I sat down and ate the most delicious breakfast ever.

Click here to learn more about Allison and her blog, Yummy Beet, or here to check out her book, Whole Bowls : Complete Gluten-Free Vegetarian Meals to Power Your Day.