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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Allow me to geek out for a moment

It's probably pretty obvious that I'm an amateur photographer.  I may have done some weddings and turned out some fairly good landscapes in my time that are hanging in people's living rooms (which makes me giddy to no end) but photographing food?  Well, that's a lot harder than it looks.  I have what we call a "2 butt kitchen."  It's remodeled but not fancy.  The counterspace is nil and natural lighting is non-existent in our south facing kitchen which usually harbors rather hard light bouncing off of my car windshield out front.

It has been my goal to one day get on a site like  I see tons of bloggers with these amazing pictures of food that looks straight out of Bon Appetit magazine and I think "I could never do that.  They have amazing props, kitchen prowess, natural light and photography skills you will never possess."  That's the spirit!  *rolling eyes*  After getting rejected a few times from them and another site, my self esteem was in the toilet and I was ready to give up.  A few that I thought were good were just not in comparison, I guess.  Finally, I got accepted!  My homemade  pineapple sauce was put up for all to gawk.

It was the first one I was truly proud of before it got accepted and now I'm even more giddy and goofy over it.  I have sooo much to learn when it comes to getting it right photographing food but this gives me the boost I need to keep learning and aiming higher.  When you're overweight and trying to get healthy, you're used to feeling that inferiority and that you're not good enough.  It's hard to shake especially when you branch out but I'm tired of being "that girl" that never believes in herself or just assumes she will fail at everything she tries.  I failed at weight loss more times than I can count but I seem to have gotten something right.  So why would photography be any different?  I already see major improvements from when I first started doing it and I know that as long as I continue to apply the same determination I have with my weight loss journey to something I have a passion for, like photography, then it will be a given I will succeed.

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  1. Rock on! I photograph my food often, and somehow even when *I* think that my 83 pics of various versions of lentil stew look uh-maaay-zing, when I see the pics, they all look like glump.

    You rocked this one! And a placement! That's fantastic! Congrats!

    (the twine tie on the cinnamon sticks -- super cute)

    (catherinel66 from spark)

  2. How tee-totally awesome for you! Congratulations!

  3. I'm jealous! I'd love to have time to really get into photography - it was always my favorite class in highschool.

    I've always said that I want my own dark room (and I still do...even if it is the digital age).

    I guess my first step would be to get a camera, but...we'll see.

    Congratulations! I really am extraordinarily excited for you!

  4. Congratulations on such a great accomplishment!! I can hear your excitement and am so happy for you. As you said, you'll go at this with the same systematic determination that started you on your weight loss journey, so success is already in the bag. Go for it!!

  5. That's fantastic! You deserve to be happy about this and "giddy" with excitement ; )

  6. Awww I'm so happy for you and what a gorgeous picture!! I remember how EXTREMELY excited I was to get my first picture accepted, great job!!!

  7. Well, I'm not going to tell you that you're awesome, because I already have! JK You know I think your photography is amazing and now the rest of the world knows as well! You go, girl. Keep up the fantabulous work! You have great, creative ideas.

  8. Great accomplishment! are you a Point and Shoot'er or an SLR with many lense collector?

    My brothers obssessed with his SLR. I think he's spend more money on accessories for that all year then anything else. I guess girls collect shoes and handbags, and he collects camera stuff. lol

  9. Congratulations on the pic! :) I totally get your giddiness, who wouldn't be! :)

  10. YAY! That is so exciting! You are one talented lady!!!! Grats my friend. Hugs.

  11. What an accomplishment, it is a BEAUTIFUL picture! I can't wait to try to make it!

  12. Thank you so much everyone for the support! It means so much to me and I hope to be able to give you pics of some super yummy and maybe sometimes healthy (imagine that!) dishes in the future. The sky is the limit and I hope to have you all along for the ride!

    Kerry- SLR girl though I try to do as much as I can with P&S. I have 3 lenses and would love to get more in the future that won't bankrupt me. Holy crap, $1400 for a lens almost made me keel!

  13. Congrats! It looks super tasty.

  14. I'm not surprised you made it. I can tell you are a very smart woman. Congratulations!


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