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

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

I used to be in a position to fly out to Minnesota and attend a pictures workshop a number of weeks in the past. It was some of the wonderful experiences! After I began this weblog, I liked sharing the recipes and dreaded the entire pictures half. Over the weeks and months of engaged on this website, 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 steadily irritating expertise. I’m 100% self taught and have spent hours googling issues, studying pictures books, and training which has nonetheless left me with dozens of questions. I’ve usually thought it could be so useful to observe somebody take meals photographs. ENTER this pictures workshop.


For years now, I liked Lindsay’s (Pinch of Yum, trainer of the pictures class) pictures. As quickly as she introduced she’d be instructing pictures 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 had been proper round my due date for Bentley. ?

Quick ahead to the following set of workshops and my huge 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 observe Lindsay {photograph}, fashion, edit, and speak by her choices on photoshoots was such an eye fixed opening and unbelievable expertise. I realized a lot and gained a brand new want to enhance and work tougher on my photographs!



For fellow meals pictures lovers, listed below are the highest 7 issues I realized on the workshop:

  • Lean to understand others’ pictures with out having to make it “your pictures.” This was HUGE for me. I usually instances see meals photographs and wish to have that very same look despite the fact that it isn’t my fashion. Lindsay inspired us to seek out our fashion and keep on with it. That doesn’t imply you possibly can’t strive various things, however you shouldn’t be attempting to imitate each kind of picture you want. Acknowledge the distinction between needing a sure pictures search for your BRAND versus merely appreciating sure pictures from far that doesn’t suit your model message. When you settle for that you would be able to admire pictures with out attempting 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 reaching.
  • Examine and uncover the best way to create the pictures you like. Lindsay inspired us to seek out the TANGIBLE issues which might be completely different between our pictures and the kind of pictures we love or are aspiring to create. Create a Pinterest board for pictures inspiration and a board of your individual pictures. Evaluate the variations and make an inventory of tangible issues you might be lacking or may implement to create the look you might be hoping for. Confer with this record steadily.


  • View “meals styling” as part of the precise recipe creation. As you might be creating recipes, suppose “what’s going to make the meals LOOK fascinating and interesting?” As you might be creating recipes see if it truly appears to be like good. If it tastes good, that’s implausible, however what are you able to do to make it additionally look scrumptious? You may then probably make slight adjustments to your recipes based mostly off of the top visible look of the meals. Together with this notice, the place does the meals look its finest? Is it within the preparation levels 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 wish to showcase the recipe by the place it appears to be like 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” “scent” “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 unbelievable job of constructing you are feeling like you might be in her kitchen watching her prepare dinner. Her photographs have sensory parts and motion (forks, spoons, fingers, and so on.) that deliver 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 digicam. 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 appears to be like 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 gained’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 a number of pictures of the recipe. Nevertheless, once we take our time and decelerate we will actually create artwork by meals pictures. By being very intentional with the meals that has been created you’ll be able to see it in numerous methods. You’ll have the ability to fashion the meals higher, compose a extra significant shot, and work together with the meals extra deliberately as in case you had been truly sitting all the way down to benefit from the meals.


And final, however not least:

  • Props, textures, and backgrounds are essential. The props and backgrounds you utilize along with your photographs inform a narrative. So what story do you wish to inform? Napkins can rapidly 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 spend money on a prop, texture, or background with out asking your self, “Does this match my model message?” (Does this match the fashion I’m attempting to realize? The message I wish to convey?) Upon getting your “key items” that share your model message you’ll have the ability to extra simply compose a shot and elegance your meals. You don’t want a ton of props and backgrounds to have good meals photographs. In reality, Lindsay is without doubt one of the finest examples of this. She’s a whole minimalist in her photographs and the meals is what shines by. 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 pictures lovers: In case you are contemplating attending one among Lindsay’s pictures workshops, I can’t say sufficient good about it. It has completely reset the best way I view meals pictures and motivated me to enhance and proceed to be taught. Lindsay is totally clear and tells you every thing she does to realize the look she creates for meals photographs. She’s a wonderful, concise, and really clear trainer. 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 out there for one-on-one assist and any questions you will have. I had questions answered that I’ve puzzled about the whole time I’ve been taking meals photographs. This workshop was value 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 pictures sport. Or in case you simply wish to dwell in theee most beautiful studio for a pair days ?

In order for you some extra data on the workshops, try this registration page. AND, in case you’re in search of slightly low cost code, use “chelsea” to get $25 off your buy worth (solely applies to Basic Admission tickets).

xoxo. Chelsea