You’re probably looking at this and thinking “seriously, Kiersten? Don’t you know it’s August and about a million degrees outside?” Well yes, I realize it’s hot out. I do live in Texas. But I also realize that soup is one of the easiest meals to make, it’s all made in one pot (meaning less dishes to clean), and it’s the best way to sneak in some amazing nutrition in the form of homemade bone broth and leafy green veggies.
If you’ve been hanging out around here for a little while, you’ll know that my photos used to not be so pretty. Not that they are super great now, but they are certainly better than they used to be.
Just look at this… harsh lighting, strong shadows, bad styling. Not cute! Since this photo was taken over a year ago, I’ve read blog articles, how to websites, books on food photography and poured over photos of food on Pinterest and my favorite blogs. What I really needed was a simple, straightforward resource that would tell me what I needed to do in easy to understand terms.
Enter Scrumptious and Styled by Caroline Potter. One of the things I love about Caroline’s photos is that she does a beautiful job of telling a story. You feel like you could step into the photo and sit down to a delicious meal or relax with a glass of wine with her. She really lets the natural beauty of real food shine. Plus her photos are just flat out gorgeous, bright, and colorful.
In her eBook, Caroline describes everything from aperture and ISO to how to work with natural light, and from setting up and styling your photoshoot to editing your photos to achieve that polished look. And since I’m a visual person, I really appreciate all the photos Caroline uses to show, rather than tell, the process of taking a beautiful photo.
I’m hoping that I can just absorb Caroline’s mad photo taking skills by laying my head on my iPad with Scrumptious and Styled open on it, but since that probably won’t work I also plan to keep this bad boy with me during photoshoots to use as my guide. And if you’re wanting to step up your photography game, whether you use a full frame DSLR or your smart phone, I suggest you do the same thing. Pick up your copy here and start taking beautiful photos that tell your story!
In vibrant health,
I feel like I’ve been a little MIA recently. Probably because I’ve spent the last few weeks with my brain fully engrossed in the land of Rosewood, PA where everyone is beautiful and a liar and you have to watch your back constantly, AKA watching far too much Pretty Little Liars. The good news is I’m all caught up now and OMG we are FINALLY going to find out who “A” is on Tuesday! I’m freaking out guys! I’m not even going to try to speculate at who “A” is because, knowing this show, I’ll be totally wrong. And I swear this better actually be the real deal “A” reveal and not another “it’s A except really they’re just working for A or they’re just another psycho with no relation to A” type of thing. Because I’m tired of that. Got that, Marlene King?!?!
I LOVE easy dinners. Anything that I can throw together really easily with minimal hands on time and as few dirty dishes as possible is A-Okay in my book!