Life Currently #2. In case you missed what these posts are all about, I launched the brand new sequence just a few weeks in the past here.

Principally I’m sharing tons of photographs that don’t actually need to do with recipe sharing. And never all the time to do with meals. BUT clearly this one’s just a little completely different and it’s just about all meals. Simply with out the recipes. ?

I used to be capable of fly out to Minnesota and attend a images workshop just a few weeks in the past. It was one of the vital superb experiences! After I began this weblog, I liked sharing the recipes and dreaded the entire images half. Over the weeks and months of engaged on this web site, I got here to like the method of styling meals, taking footage of it, and enhancing these footage.

However to be sincere, it’s additionally been a regularly irritating expertise. I’m 100% self taught and have spent hours googling issues, studying images books, and practising which has nonetheless left me with dozens of questions. I’ve usually thought it will be so useful to look at somebody take meals photographs. ENTER this images workshop.


For years now, I liked Lindsay’s (Pinch of Yum, instructor of the images class) images. As quickly as she introduced she’d be educating images courses I emailed the husband and mentioned “I HAVE TO GO TO THIS!” And, sure, the e-mail was all in caps. Then I used to be ever-so-kindly reminded of my ginormous 8-month pregnant stomach and that the dates of the workshop have been proper round my due date for Bentley. ?

Quick ahead to the following set of workshops and my massive preggo stomach had develop into the cutest little man you’ve ever seen and I used to be planning a visit to Minnesota!

Getting to look at Lindsay {photograph}, type, edit, and speak by way of her choices on photoshoots was such an eye fixed opening and unimaginable expertise. I realized a lot and gained a brand new want to enhance and work more durable on my photographs!



For fellow meals images fans, listed here are the highest 7 issues I realized on the workshop:

  • Lean to understand others’ images with out having to make it “your images.” This was HUGE for me. I usually occasions see meals photographs and need to have that very same look although it isn’t my type. Lindsay inspired us to seek out our type and follow it. That doesn’t imply you possibly can’t strive various things, however you shouldn’t be making an attempt to imitate each sort of picture you want. Acknowledge the distinction between needing a sure images search for your BRAND versus merely appreciating sure images from far that doesn’t suit your model message. When you settle for you could recognize images with out making an attempt to imitate it, it frees up time so that you can uncover your distinctive model and the look you might be working in the direction of attaining.
  • Examine and uncover how you can create the images you’re keen on. Lindsay inspired us to seek out the TANGIBLE issues which are completely different between our images and the kind of images we love or are aspiring to create. Create a Pinterest board for images inspiration and a board of your individual images. Evaluate the variations and make a listing of tangible issues you might be lacking or may implement to create the look you might be hoping for. Consult with this listing regularly.


  • View “meals styling” as part of the precise recipe creation. As you might be creating recipes, assume “what’s going to make the meals LOOK fascinating and interesting?” As you might be creating recipes see if it really seems to be good. If it tastes good, that’s incredible, however what are you able to do to make it additionally look scrumptious? You possibly can then probably make slight adjustments to your recipes based mostly off of the top visible look of the meals. Together with this observe, the place does the meals look its finest? Is it within the preparation phases or within the plating stage? Does it look finest tossed with dressing or earlier than it has the dressing added? Higher within the pan or on a single plate? Acknowledge the way you need to showcase the recipe by the place it seems to be finest throughout the creation of the recipe.
  • Add sensory parts. Nicely-styled meals can generally seem flat or static. So, how are you going to add life to photographs? By including sensory parts that assist the viewer “hear” “odor” “really feel” the meals. That is accomplished with steam, effervescent, smoke, water droplets, scorching, crumbs, a chew/slice taken out of the meals, and so on. Lindsay does an unimaginable job of constructing you are feeling like you might be in her kitchen watching her cook dinner. Her photographs have sensory parts and motion (forks, spoons, fingers, and so on.) that carry life to her recipes.


  • Take a look at the meals along with your eyes first. I are likely to create a recipe after which immediately begin snapping away with the digital camera. However our eyes catch an even bigger image. Take an excellent have a look at the meals. Examine how the sunshine is hitting it and the place the sunshine makes it look finest (transfer your plate round for a minute till you see the place it seems to be finest within the gentle). Stroll across the meals and your set-up. This protects a lot time and lets you see fast issues you possibly can repair earlier than losing time taking photographs you received’t find yourself liking.
  • Gradual Down. I’m a mother of two wild little boys and generally all I’ve is a couple of minutes to snap just a few photographs of the recipe. Nevertheless, after we take our time and decelerate we will actually create artwork by way of meals images. By being very intentional with the meals that has been created you’ll be able to see it in several methods. You’ll have the ability to type the meals higher, compose a extra significant shot, and work together with the meals extra deliberately as should you have been really sitting all the way down to benefit from the meals.


And final, however not least:

  • Props, textures, and backgrounds are crucial. The props and backgrounds you employ along with your photographs inform a narrative. So what story do you need to inform? Napkins can shortly add texture and coloration. Silverware provides shine and shapes. Impartial plates and bowls enable the meals to be the true focus of the picture. By no means put money into a prop, texture, or background with out asking your self, “Does this match my model message?” (Does this match the type I’m making an attempt to attain? The message I need to convey?) After getting your “key items” that share your model message you’ll have the ability to extra simply compose a shot and magnificence your meals. You don’t want a ton of props and backgrounds to have good meals photographs. The truth is, Lindsay is likely one of the finest examples of this. She’s an entire minimalist in her photographs and the meals is what shines by way of. BUT the few props and backgrounds she constantly makes use of permits her story of the meals to be instructed. It additionally illustrates a cohesive model message.


SO fellow meals images fans: In case you are contemplating attending one among Lindsay’s images workshops, I can’t say sufficient good about it. It has completely reset the best way I view meals images and motivated me to enhance and proceed to be taught. Lindsay is totally clear and tells you every little thing she does to attain the look she creates for meals photographs. She’s a superb, concise, and really clear instructor. To not point out completely hilarious and enjoyable.

The workshop is extraordinarily well-organized, the meals is scrumptious (trigger let’s be sincere, that’s tremendous necessary to us meals photographers proper?!), and the studio is a dream ambiance. Lindsay has a whole bunch of props, surfaces, linens, and so on. She’s additionally very accessible for one-on-one assist and any questions you will have. I had questions answered that I’ve puzzled about your entire time I’ve been taking meals photographs. This workshop was price each penny and extra. Whether or not your a newbie or extra superior, I’d suggest these workshops to anybody that desires to up their meals images recreation. Or should you simply need to reside in theee most beautiful studio for a pair days ?

If you would like some extra data on the workshops, try this registration page. AND, should you’re on the lookout for just a little low cost code, use “chelsea” to get $25 off your buy value (solely applies to Common Admission tickets).

xoxo. Chelsea