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, ‘Screw 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…
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.