Yesterday I finished watching a three day webinar with Jasmine Star put on through creativeLIVE. The goal of the course was to learn how to shoot a wedding editorially. But really, it was about details, details, details – how to shoot escort cards, bouquets, place settings, signature drinks… and the list goes on.
Watching three full days about shooting details got me super jazzed to get this year’s wedding season rolling (which it will this Saturday – yay!). But it also hinged well with an idea that’s been rattling around my head for the past few months about wanting to delve a little deeper into food photography. Why food photography you ask? Well, for three reasons really: I love to eat (too much, haha!), it would give me an excuse to indulge my love affair with dishes and linens and lastly, because I love to take pretty pictures.
So this morning, eager and inspired, I rolled up my sleeves and dove into baking my first-ever batch of gluten-free brownies. Turns out gluten free baking is easy. Food photography? Not so much.
I took 193 pictures of these brownies. I switched through three different lenses. I folded and re-folded about 10 dishcloths and pieces of fabric to add layers and textures. I tried using plates with forks and funky little bowls full of ingredients. But it seemed like no matter what I did, I couldn’t get it right.
As I watched my images load into Lightroom I was catapulted back to the days when I was new to photography. A time when I felt frustrated by my lack of know-how and my immediate reaction was to throw up my arms in despair and bellyache I’ll never be any good at this! What a waste of time! These are horrible!
Of course, no endeavor to learn is a waste of time. This picture might not be magazine worthy but hey, it’s not horrible. But in time, I’ll (hopefully) get better. To this end, one of my favourite quotes from the creativeLIVE course was
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint Exupéry
If there’s one thing I have is an endless longing for the sea. And hey, at least I’ll have delicious brownies to eat on the journey.