I got some new toys to play with several months ago, but never found the time to play with them. This is story of my stay-at-home-life. It’s no surprise, as a wife and mom, that I’m bottom on the family totem pole. When I was in high school, what seems like a lifetime ago, I wanted to be a photographer. Specifically, a sports photographer. These were the old days of film, LOL! I learned my way around a dark room, had my pictures photographed in the community paper. I was so proud seeing my name published under each photo. It was my high school mentorship at The Houston Chronicle where my eyes were opened by the staff photographers who took me with them, chasing down stories, from car accidents to college football games. These guys took me under their wing and gave me their sage advice: Don’t become a professional photographer.
The life is hard and the pay sucks.
I kept photography as a hobby shortly after that.
And of all things, food photography is my latest poison. Photographing my kids is easy, but our dinner? With terrible light, a dark kitchen and a family eagerly waiting for their meal, I threw my hands up in defeat.
I give up! I give up!
A year ago in March I bought this umbrella light set, but never found the time to practice with it.
This past December I bought myself this 50mm lens, but never found the time to really practice with it.
I finally put my foot down this past month and spent some precious time to practice and practice. I emailed fellow food bloggers, sought advice from photography friends, and deleted hundreds of bad pictures until I got the hang of it.
At least now I’m happy with my night shots, especially my dinner shots. Not every meal can be photographed during the daylight hours.
My kids giggled with delight when they saw this Spatchcocked Chicken with Mint & Garlic on the table with a spotlight, mirror and foam board surrounding it. Such drama at the dinner table!
Now if I can only get used to photographing with a tripod…..