I really enjoy cooking. And blogging. And my dog. And my life.
But when they all come together…it isn’t always pretty.
My dear bullbaby, Lily, obviously loves food. Give yourself a pat on the back if you even attempt to count the number of face/neck/chest rolls on that girl in any of the photos contained in this post.
While she has an affinity for all things CHICKEN, and a dislike for most things green (green bell pepper being the exception), she’s otherwise an equal opportunity eater. Kinda like her mama. SHOCKER.
Okay, USUALLY gives her some. There’s a reason the vet scolded me, the dietitian dog mom, for having a slightly chubby daughter.
I take my photos in one of 2 places: the dining room with my artificial light (above), or in the kitchen in front of the sliding glass door (below) when there’s good natural light. Seeing as I work several part-time jobs comprising more than a full-time job, natural light is not always an option. Plus, you can’t always count on the weather!
I wish my set-up were something fancier, but it’s far, far from. There is nothing graceful about trying to photograph food, running from room-to-room in your home, being sure the dog doesn’t eat dinner and/or burn herself, and get a decent photo…all before dinner is lukewarm. Or even worse, cold.
Our house backs up to several other homes, and I can only imagine what the neighbors think watching meal time in this house. It’s like a Chinese fire drill gone wrong. I so wish I were exaggerating…
Food in tow or not, Lily is my shadow. I rarely sit on the COUCH because I’m usually snuggled up with my dog on the carpet. Food photography is no exception.
She usually sits by my side, getting in my way of moving from side to side.
Other times, she is more interested in the food and sniffing around. Sometimes, her tongue even ends up in my shot.
Or a paw…or 4.
More often than I’d like, I have a lot of trouble pulling off a good shot. Some foods and meals are just easier to make look great. And just like anything else, I have days where I lack creativity and um…skill.
If I seem to be taking too long, Lily will help herself to a nap. Lazy, lazy bulldog. Let me make note that a shoot never runs more than 10-15 minutes. I enjoy eating far too much for any longer of a wait.
On occasion, she completely ruins my photo set-up and will lay as a back drop.
A very cute but very distracting back drop.
Food photography fail.
P.S. Yes, I usually shoot on the floor (generally on a few wooden boards I have glued together and painted). I am short and hate using a tripod — it just takes up too much room. This works better for me — the angles are great, and obviously Miss Lil enjoys being in on the action. I’m lucky enough that she knows better as to get toooo close or help herself to any nibbles!
How’s that for some light-hearted Tuesday blogging? 🙂