As a hobby food photographer and blogger, I take best practices and techniques from professional photographers and food bloggers and use them with what I’ve got to make my recipes—and family stories around—them come to life.
I make all the food you see.
If I make and shoot on the same day during the week, we’re eating that meal as soon as I put the camera down, often with the girls at my heels telling me to hurry up. The longer, slow-cooked dishes are typically done on Sundays when I can relax, cook, and blog at one go.
I use natural lighting when I can. The photo of the fideo (above) was shot in natural lighting (below). I don’t normally use this setup. I was working quickly to be able to use the available light, so I set up a temporary set in–of all places–a bedroom.
I typically use my kitchen table to shoot most of my photos. Since I make and shoot many of my dishes at night, I have to use artificial lighting quite a bit.
Many of the really nice, professional blogs have teams of people working on them, and the photographers use full-frame, high-end cameras.
Not me and my hobby blog! I’m a one-woman show. 🙂
I shoot on a Sony Alpha a6000 camera. It is a DSLR camera aimed at enthusiasts, so it suits me quite nicely. I chose this camera because it is a mirrorless, which means it is lightweight. This is important because I use it for all my photography, not just food, and I dislike carrying around heavy equipment. The tradeoff is that there aren’t a lot of lenses (unlike it’s Nikon and Canon counterparts). That’s okay…I primarily use a 50 mm portrait lens for my food photos.
I do all my own posts and blog management. There are times when I need extra help for the more intricate CSS coding, and that’s when I call in the pros to help me out.