Playing with Food

June 1, 2013 § 3 Comments

Fine and Feathered Food Photography

I've loved baking and cooking since I was little. My mom always made chocolate chip cookies from scratch, so those were one of the first things I ever learned to make. When I was a teenager I got really into photography. Almost every weekend I was begging my sisters or parents to take me to a local band's show just so I could snap some photos. Even though my first blog was mostly about food, my love for photography and food never really crossed like I think I had hoped would happen naturally.

I do love sharing the occasional recipe on here when I come across something really good, but recently I was going through some of my old recipes and was really unhappy with the photos I had posted with most of them. I don't expect myself to be some amazing food stylist and photographer, but I've really just been plain old lazy about my food photos – sometimes just rushing myself through them even when I didn't have to.

Fine and Feathered Drink Photography Fine and Feathered Cocktail Photography

One of my little goals this year is to really push myself with photography, and one of the things I already had in mind when making that goal was to really focus on improving my food photos. I love looking at food blogs with great photography, and even though this isn't a food blog, when I do share recipes I love I want to be able to convey to everyone how great it really is.

I was experimenting with making a little cocktail last night and the house was pretty quiet so I decided it was time for me to really spend some time experimenting with a little styling and photography on it. Of course, the cocktail actually didn't come out so well (much too strong, perhaps I'll tweak and maybe share a recipe when I work it out) but I feel like I really did learn a lot from spending a good half hour doing nothing but taking photos of it. For one of the first times I really brought in some "props", tried several different spots to play with lighting, and experimented with different angles. I took over 100 photos and the farther I got into looking at the photos, the better they really were (the ones up top are from the very end of my shooting). Now I'm really wandering why I never took this time before, why I've been so darn lazy!

Fine and Feathered Food Photography
Fine and Feathered Food Photography

I am certainly no Joy the Baker (and probably never will be), but I now realize how I need to do this more – slow down, think about things, experiment, and not afraid to try something new or different. Practice makes perfect – with everything, so why not dive in and have some fun?

Anyone else out there playing with food photography? Or really exploring any new area of photography!

Simple Trifles

May 29, 2013 § 3 Comments

Fine and Feathered Fruit Trifles

Trfiles are one of those great little desserts that don't get nearly enough attention. Actually, most people I know had no idea that's what these are called. They're great though, simple, light, sweet and easy to change up to fit with whatever is seasonal or handy – that's a recipe for a great summer dessert in my book.

Fine and Feathered - Fruit Trifle Recipe

WHAT

I used this recipe for Classic Yellow Butter Cake from The Sisters Cafe blog (if you've never made cake from scratch just trust me and make this cake! It's pretty simple, not to mention even better then a box mix – I promise!), my go-to recipe for Homemade Whipped Cream (scroll to the bottom of the post for the recipe), and strawberries and blueberries I let macerate in a little demerara sugar for about a half hour.

HOW

Make the cake in a long sheet tray (you might need two for reglar size trays), let cool and turn out of the trays onto parchment paper. Using cookie cutters (or mason jar lids if you're doing them in a mason jar) cut round of cake out and add to the bottom of your jar, layer with a heaping spoonfull of whipped cream and fruit and repear until your jars are full, ending with fruit.

Fine and Feathered Red White and Blue Trifles

I made these for a Memorial Day party and everyone said they loved them! I stuck with a red, white a blue theme for these guys but am excited to try different variations in the future:)

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