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Prekrasne fotografije s gradijentom hrane preuzimaju Instagram

Prekrasne fotografije s gradijentom hrane preuzimaju Instagram

Brittany Wright podiže izraz „jedi dugu“ na viši nivo

Odlomak iz knjige BREATY YOYES od Brittany Wright. Sva prava zadržana.

Njene fotografije uključuju iskakanje boja i pažljivo izrađene nagibe.

Brittany Wright je popravljala računare za život - ali sada je pronašla ljepotu u prirodnijim kreacijama pokazujući svoj zapanjujući gradijent boja fotografisanje hrane. Ova serija fotografija zaradila je njenih 195.000 pratilaca Instagram, gdje njen slogan glasi: "Vidim hranu kao umjetnost i priliku da učinim nešto kreativno."

Wright je pionir iza trenda #foodgradients na Instagramu, koji sada ima gotovo 4.000 nedavnih objava obožavatelja i imitatora. Najviši postovi, međutim, uvijek su Wrightovi. I predivni su.

Njeno fotografiranje hrane počelo je kao mehanizam za bijeg od dosadnog dnevnog posla. Kuhanje je bilo kreativno, i to joj je dalo utičnicu koja nije slomila banku.

"Hrana je oduvijek bila veliki dio mog svijeta", Wright rekao je Insider u intervjuu. Baka i djed kupili su joj prvi fotoaparat kad je imala samo 11 godina, a od tada ga je koristila. Imalo je smisla samo spojiti njene dvije strasti u jednu zapanjujuću karijeru.

Sada prodaje svoju prvu knjigu, Gostite se svojim očima, koje možete kupiti ovdje. Puna je zasljepljujućih prikaza voća, povrća, večera, pa čak i kvarljivih stvari poput sladoleda, za koje kaže da su veći izazov za snimanje. (Samo da se sladoled ne otopi, to bi bio mnogo upravljiviji predmet.)

Ponekad, međutim, to čini jednostavnim sa spajalicama, poput zdjelica žitarica ili šalica prskanja.

Wright je jedan od mnogih fotografa hrane koji su pronašli svoju nišu na društvenim mrežama. I ovaj barte latte art oduševio nas je svojim zadivljujućim kreacijama.


Fotografija prekrasne hrane: intervju s Erin Parker

Erin Parker je nagrađivana fotoreporterka iz Dallasa. Osim što su lokalni i nacionalni mediji traženi fotograf, ona je i aktivna blogerica o hrani. Pogledajte Erin blog The Speckled Palate za jednostavno ukusne recepte i inspirativne fotografije hrane.

“ Dajte svom gledatelju zanimljivu perspektivu o nečemu što već znaju. ”

P. Vi ste nagrađivani fotoreporter koji pokriva sve aspekte svakodnevnog života. Šta vas je navelo da odaberete fotografiju hrane kao fokus svog bloga, The Speckled Palate?

Još od fakulteta, bio sam pomalo opsjednut hranom i želio sam svoju ljubav prema njoj podijeliti sa svijetom. Budući da sam već fotografirao niz zadataka, htio sam učiniti nešto drugačije na svom blogu. Ideja je u najboljem slučaju bila klimava, jer nisam imao apsolutno nikakvog iskustva u fotografiranju hrane, i to se pokazalo. Pjegavo nepce za mene je postao fotografski eksperiment i od tada je samo izraslo, postajući prirodni ispust i nešto s čime se oduševim!

P. Živeći u Dallasu u Teksasu, imate li omiljena lokalna jela koja biste mogli podijeliti s našim čitateljima? I još bolje, možete li podijeliti bilo koji blog ovih jela za inspiraciju?

Život u Teksasu ponovo je pokrenuo moju ljubav prema svim stvarima meksičkog i TexMexa. Moje lično omiljeno jelo su mešane biftek i pileće fajite na tortiljama od svežeg brašna. Tako je. GOOD. A postoji mnogo restorana koji ovo služe i rade to dobro. Prije nego što smo se doselili ovamo, moj suprug i ja razvili smo prilično zanimljiv recept od gvakamola od karameliziranog luka, a ja ću u bliskoj budućnosti na blogu podijeliti vlastitu mješavinu začina Taco i goveđe takse!

P. Bilo je mnogo buke oko fotografiranja u restoranima. Zapravo, mnogi restorani to potpuno zabranjuju. Da li ikad skrivate fotografije hrane dok ste vani? Ima li preporuka da budete diskretni?

Ne mogu#8217t reći da sam ikada osjetio potrebu da prišunjam hranu svoje hrane kad izađem da jedem, iako sam svakako svjestan da su neki restorani nedavno to zabranili i mrštili se na nju. Osobno, mislim da je glupo zabraniti fotografiranje hrane, pogotovo jer mislim da je to nešto što bi moglo dovesti druge pokrovitelje pred vrata nakon što vide kako hrana izgleda. Ali to nije ni ovdje ni ondje. Ako mi neko priđe dok fotografiram svoj obrok i kažem mi da je zabranjen, prestat ću fotografirati iz poštovanja prema restoranima i željama vlasnika. A što se tiče skrivanja slika na mjestu za koje znate da je fotografija zabranjena? To što se igra sa vatrom, a ja lično, radije bih imao dobar obrok nego da me izbace i/ili zabrane ulaska u restoran … čak i ako je njihovo pravilo glupo.

P. Imate li neki savjet o rasporedu hrane? Kako "inscenirate" svoje fotografije?

Dizajn hrane mi nikada nije bio jača strana i nisam na to obraćao pažnju kad sam tek započeo The Speckled Palate. Na kraju krajeva, ja sam fotoreporter, pa fotografišem stvari kakve jesu.

… Brzo sam shvatio da je potrebno malo insceniranja na ovim fotografijama, pogotovo ako sam htio prenijeti ukupni osjećaj i izgled jela. Jedna od stvari koje volim raditi pri oblikovanju slike za pjegavo nepce je stvaranje slojeva na fotografiji. Želim da postoji glavni element — jelo ili zalogaj/njegov komad —, ali isto tako želim da i drugi tragovi na slici pokažu ljudima šta je ušlo u recept ili sa čim bi trebalo da se posluži. Dajte svom gledatelju zanimljivu perspektivu o nečemu što već zna. Ponudite im nešto drugačije. I uvijek fotografirajte svoje jelo iz svih kutova jer nećete znati koje je na kraju dana najhladnije.

P. Koje je najsvjetlije svjetlo za fotografiranje hrane?

Osobno mislim da je prirodno svjetlo najbolje. Međutim, to ne znači da#8217t neću osvijetliti sliku ako je potrebno. Trik je u pronalaženju načina da osvijetlite svoj subjekt u najboljem mogućem svjetlu bez da izgleda umjetno.

P. Koju omiljenu hranu jedete?

Mislim da nemam omiljenu hranu za snimanje. Možda sladoled, jednostavno zato što je ugodan za jelo?

Kad sam fotografirao hranu za časopis u kojem sam radio kao slobodnjak, jedan od mojih zadataka, ne šalim se, bio je fotografirati odrezak odmah kad je izašao iz kuhinje, pojesti odrezak, a zatim fotografirati posljednji, prazan tanjur s ostatkom. sokovi. Dakle, TO je bilo prilično odlično.

P. Kad se profesionalno bavite fotografijom, jedete li sve što snimite?

Ponekad. Zaista ovisi o kuharu i jelu koje snimam, kao io tome za koga radim i njihovoj etici kada je u pitanju prihvatanje bilo čega na zadatku. Dolazeći iz pozadine fotoreporterstva, naučili su me da odbijem sve što mi se nudi besplatno jer bi se to moglo smatrati kršenjem etike ili priznanjem s moje strane, pa sam uvijek svjestan ovoga dok sam na zadatku, razgovarajući sa svojim urednicima trebam li ponuditi hranu nakon snimanja.

P. Kojim drugim izvorima idete na inspiraciju?

Ako ja ’m tražim opću inspiraciju …, stavit ću svoj iTunes na nasumično reproduciranje i dopustiti da muzika preuzme ili slušati zanimljiv podcast. Pretplaćen sam na podcaste koji se kreću od kuhanja do fotografije do povijesti i svega između njih, tako da su uvijek fascinantni i mogu mi poticati maštu. Još jedna stvar koju volim je pronaći zanimljivu knjigu i sjesti da malo pročitam. Za mene nema ništa poput gubitka u dobrom romanu, a nedavno sam ih konzumirao kao lud!

Ako ja ’m tražim fotografsku inspiraciju .. Ovih dana ima toliko prekrasnih blogova o hrani da ću ih pregledati#8217 da pronađu inspiraciju za fotografiju. (Neki od mojih najdražih su Joy the Baker, Shutterbean, A Cosy Kitchen i How Sweet It is, a na kojima nema ni 10 najboljih lista, a ja ih imam oko 50 koje vjerski čitam!) Ako ne želim da pogledam hranu, najbolje mi je proći kroz druge fotoreportere i#8217 profesionalni i lični rad, kao i slike značajnih vjenčanih fotografa. A ako ne želim gledati fotografije, dopustit ću si da neko vrijeme padnem u zečju rupu na Pinterestu, samo uživajući u tamošnjoj ljepoti.

P. Da niste fotoreporter, koji bi vas put u karijeri odveo do vaše kreativnosti?

Mislim da bih, da nisam fotoreporter, radio na umjetničkom polju — kao umjetnik, grafički dizajner ili nešto slično — ili romanopisac.


Fotografija prekrasne hrane: intervju s Erin Parker

Erin Parker je nagrađivana fotoreporterka iz Dallasa. Osim što su lokalni i nacionalni mediji traženi fotograf, ona je i aktivna blogerica o hrani. Pogledajte Erin blog The Speckled Palate za jednostavno ukusne recepte i inspirativne fotografije hrane.

“ Dajte svom gledatelju zanimljivu perspektivu o nečemu što već znaju. ”

P. Vi ste nagrađivani fotoreporter koji pokriva sve aspekte svakodnevnog života. Šta vas je navelo da odaberete fotografiju hrane kao fokus svog bloga, The Speckled Palate?

Još od fakulteta, bio sam pomalo opsjednut hranom i želio sam svoju ljubav prema njoj podijeliti sa svijetom. Budući da sam već fotografirao niz zadataka, htio sam učiniti nešto drugačije na svom blogu. Ideja je u najboljem slučaju bila klimava, jer nisam imao apsolutno nikakvog iskustva u fotografiranju hrane, i to se pokazalo. Pjegavo nepce za mene je postao fotografski eksperiment i od tada je samo izraslo, postajući prirodni ispust i nešto s čime se oduševim!

P. Živeći u Dallasu u Teksasu, imate li omiljena lokalna jela koja biste mogli podijeliti s našim čitateljima? I još bolje, možete li podijeliti bilo koji blog ovih jela za inspiraciju?

Život u Teksasu ponovo je pokrenuo moju ljubav prema svim stvarima meksičkog i TexMexa. Moje lično omiljeno jelo su miješane biftek i pileće fajite na tortiljama od svježeg brašna. Tako je. GOOD. A postoji mnogo restorana koji ovo služe i rade to dobro. Prije nego što smo se doselili ovamo, moj suprug i ja razvili smo prilično zanimljiv recept od gvakamola od karameliziranog luka, a ja ću u bliskoj budućnosti na blogu podijeliti vlastitu mješavinu začina Taco i goveđe takse!

P. Bilo je mnogo buke oko fotografiranja u restoranima. Zapravo, mnogi restorani to potpuno zabranjuju. Da li ikad skrivate fotografije hrane dok ste vani? Ima li preporuka da budete diskretni?

Ne mogu#8217t reći da sam ikada osjetio potrebu da prišunjam svoju hranu kad izađem van#8217 da jedem, iako sam svakako svjestan da su neki restorani to nedavno zabranili i mrštili se na nju. Osobno, mislim da je glupo zabraniti fotografiranje hrane, pogotovo jer mislim da je to nešto što bi moglo dovesti druge pokrovitelje na vrata nakon što vide kako hrana izgleda. Ali to nije ni ovdje ni ondje. Ako mi neko priđe dok fotografiram svoj obrok i#8217m mi je rekao da je zabranjen, prestat ću fotografirati iz poštovanja prema restoranima i željama vlasnika#8217. A što se tiče skrivanja slika na mjestu za koje znate da je fotografija zabranjena? To što se igra sa vatrom, a ja lično, radije bih imao dobar obrok nego da me izbace i/ili zabrane ulaska u restoran … čak i ako je njihovo pravilo glupo.

P. Imate li neki savjet o rasporedu hrane? Kako "inscenirate" svoje fotografije?

Styling hrane mi nikada nije bio jača strana, a ja na to nisam obraćao pažnju kad sam tek započeo The Speckled Palate. Na kraju krajeva, ja sam fotoreporter, pa fotografišem stvari kakve jesu.

… Brzo sam shvatio da je potrebno malo insceniranja na ovim fotografijama, pogotovo ako sam htio prenijeti ukupni osjećaj i izgled jela. Jedna od stvari koje volim raditi pri oblikovanju slike za pjegavo nepce je stvaranje slojeva na fotografiji. Želim da postoji glavni element — jelo ili zalogaj/njegov komad —, ali isto tako želim da i drugi tragovi na slici pokažu ljudima šta je ušlo u recept ili sa čim bi trebalo da se posluži. Dajte svom gledatelju zanimljivu perspektivu o nečemu što već zna. Ponudite im nešto drugačije. I uvijek fotografirajte svoje jelo iz svih kutova jer nećete znati koje je na kraju dana najhladnije.

P. Koje svjetlo najviše laska za fotografiranje hrane?

Osobno mislim da je prirodno svjetlo najbolje. Međutim, ovo ne znači da#8217t ne osvjetljavam sliku ako je potrebno. Trik je u pronalaženju načina da osvijetlite svoj subjekt u najboljem mogućem svjetlu bez da izgleda umjetno.

P. Koju omiljenu hranu jedete?

Mislim da nemam omiljenu hranu za snimanje. Možda sladoled, jednostavno zato što je ugodan za jelo?

Kad sam fotografirao hranu za časopis gdje sam radio kao slobodnjak, jedan od mojih zadataka, ne šalim se, bio je fotografirati odrezak odmah kad je izašao iz kuhinje, pojesti odrezak, a zatim fotografirati posljednji, prazan tanjur s ostatkom. sokovi. Dakle, TO je bilo prilično odlično.

P. Kad se profesionalno bavite fotografijom, jedete li sve što snimite?

Ponekad. Zaista ovisi o kuharu i jelu koje snimam, kao io tome za koga radim i njihovoj etici kada je u pitanju prihvatanje bilo čega na zadatku. Dolazeći iz pozadine fotoreportera, naučili su me da odbijem sve što mi se nudi besplatno jer bi se to moglo smatrati kršenjem etike ili odobrenjem s moje strane, pa sam uvijek svjestan ovoga dok sam na zadatku, razgovarajući sa svojim urednicima trebam li ponuditi hranu nakon snimanja.

P. Kojim drugim izvorima idete na inspiraciju?

Ako ja ’m tražim opću inspiraciju …, stavit ću svoj iTunes na nasumično reproduciranje i dopustiti da muzika preuzme ili slušati zanimljiv podcast. Pretplaćen sam na podcaste koji se kreću od kuhanja do fotografije do povijesti i svega između njih, tako da su uvijek fascinantni i mogu pokrenuti moju maštu. Još jedna stvar koju volim je pronaći zanimljivu knjigu i sjesti da malo pročitam. Za mene nema ništa poput gubitka u dobrom romanu, a nedavno sam ih konzumirao kao lud!

Ako ja ’m tražim fotografsku inspiraciju .. Ovih dana ima toliko prekrasnih blogova o hrani da ću ih pregledati#8217 da pronađu inspiraciju za fotografiju. (Neki od mojih najdražih su Joy the Baker, Shutterbean, A Cosy Kitchen i How Sweet It is, a na kojima nema ni 10 najboljih lista, a ja ih imam oko 50 koje vjerski čitam!) Ako ne želim da pogledam hranu, najbolje mi je proći kroz druge fotoreportere i#8217 profesionalni i lični rad, kao i slike značajnih vjenčanih fotografa. A ako ne želim gledati fotografije, dopustit ću si da neko vrijeme padnem u zečju rupu na Pinterestu, samo uživajući u tamošnjoj ljepoti.

P. Da niste fotoreporter, koji bi vas put u karijeri odveo do vaše kreativnosti?

Mislim da, da nisam fotoreporter, radio bih na umjetničkom polju — kao umjetnik, grafički dizajner ili nešto slično — ili romanopisac.


Fotografija prekrasne hrane: intervju s Erin Parker

Erin Parker je nagrađivana fotoreporterka iz Dallasa. Osim što su lokalni i nacionalni mediji traženi fotograf, ona je i aktivna blogerica o hrani. Pogledajte Erin blog The Speckled Palate za jednostavno ukusne recepte i inspirativne fotografije hrane.

“ Dajte svom gledatelju zanimljivu perspektivu o nečemu što već znaju. ”

P. Vi ste nagrađivani fotoreporter koji pokriva sve aspekte svakodnevnog života. Šta vas je navelo da odaberete fotografiju hrane kao fokus svog bloga, The Speckled Palate?

Još od fakulteta, bio sam pomalo opsjednut hranom i želio sam svoju ljubav prema njoj podijeliti sa svijetom. Budući da sam već fotografirao niz zadataka, htio sam učiniti nešto drugačije na svom blogu. Ideja je u najboljem slučaju bila klimava, jer nisam imao apsolutno nikakvog iskustva u fotografiranju hrane, i to se pokazalo. Pjegavo nepce za mene je postao fotografski eksperiment i od tada je samo izraslo, postajući prirodni ispust i nešto s čime se oduševim!

P. Živeći u Dallasu u Teksasu, imate li omiljena lokalna jela koja biste mogli podijeliti s našim čitateljima? I još bolje, možete li podijeliti bilo koji blog ovih jela za inspiraciju?

Život u Teksasu ponovo je pokrenuo moju ljubav prema svim stvarima meksičkog i TexMexa. Moje lično omiljeno jelo su miješane biftek i pileće fajite na tortiljama od svježeg brašna. Tako je. GOOD. A postoji mnogo restorana koji ovo služe i rade to dobro. Prije nego što smo se doselili ovamo, moj suprug i ja razvili smo prilično zanimljiv recept od gvakamola od karameliziranog luka, a ja ću u bliskoj budućnosti na blogu podijeliti vlastitu mješavinu začina Taco i goveđe takse!

P. Bilo je mnogo buke oko fotografiranja u restoranima. Zapravo, mnogi restorani to potpuno zabranjuju. Da li ikad skrivate fotografije hrane dok ste vani? Ima li preporuka da budete diskretni?

Ne mogu#8217t reći da sam ikada osjetio potrebu da prišunjam svoju hranu kad izađem van#8217 da jedem, iako sam svakako svjestan da su neki restorani to nedavno zabranili i mrštili se na nju. Osobno, mislim da je glupo zabraniti fotografiranje hrane, pogotovo jer mislim da je to nešto što bi moglo dovesti druge pokrovitelje pred vrata nakon što vide kako hrana izgleda. Ali to nije ni ovdje ni ondje. Ako mi neko priđe dok fotografiram svoj obrok i kažem mi da je zabranjen, prestat ću fotografirati iz poštovanja prema restoranima i željama vlasnika. A što se tiče skrivanja slika na mjestu za koje znate da je fotografija zabranjena? To što se igra sa vatrom, a ja lično, radije bih imao dobar obrok nego da me izbace i/ili zabrane ulaska u restoran … čak i ako je njihovo pravilo glupo.

P. Imate li neki savjet o aranžiranju hrane? Kako "inscenirate" svoje fotografije?

Dizajn hrane mi nikada nije bio jača strana i nisam na to obraćao pažnju kad sam tek započeo The Speckled Palate. Na kraju krajeva, ja sam fotoreporter, pa fotografišem stvari kakve jesu.

… Brzo sam shvatio da je potrebno malo insceniranja na ovim fotografijama, pogotovo ako želim prenijeti cjelokupni osjećaj i izgled jela. Jedna od stvari koje volim raditi pri oblikovanju slike za pjegavo nepce je stvaranje slojeva na fotografiji. Želim da postoji glavni element — jelo ili zalogaj/komad —, ali isto tako želim da i drugi tragovi na slici pokažu ljudima šta je ušlo u recept ili s čim bi trebalo poslužiti. Dajte svom gledatelju zanimljivu perspektivu o nečemu što već zna. Ponudite im nešto drugačije. I uvijek fotografirajte svoje jelo iz svih kutova jer nećete znati koje je na kraju dana najhladnije.

P. Koje je najsvjetlije svjetlo za fotografiranje hrane?

Osobno mislim da je prirodno svjetlo najbolje. Međutim, to ne znači da#8217t neću osvijetliti sliku ako je potrebno. Trik je u pronalaženju načina da osvijetlite svoj subjekt u najboljem mogućem svjetlu bez da izgleda umjetno.

P. Koju omiljenu hranu jedete?

Mislim da nemam omiljenu vrstu hrane za snimanje. Možda sladoled, jednostavno zato što je ugodan za jelo?

Kad sam fotografirao hranu za časopis u kojem sam radio kao slobodnjak, jedan od mojih zadataka, ne šalim se, bio je fotografirati odrezak odmah kad je izašao iz kuhinje, pojesti odrezak, a zatim fotografirati posljednji, prazan tanjur s ostatkom. sokovi. Dakle, TO je bilo prilično odlično.

P. Kad se profesionalno bavite fotografijom, jedete li sve što snimite?

Ponekad. Zaista ovisi o kuharu i jelu koje snimam, kao io tome za koga radim i njihovoj etici kada je u pitanju prihvatanje bilo čega na zadatku. Dolazeći iz pozadine fotoreportera, naučili su me da odbijem sve što mi se nudi besplatno jer bi se to moglo smatrati kršenjem etike ili odobrenjem s moje strane, pa sam uvijek svjestan ovoga dok sam na zadatku, razgovarajući sa svojim urednicima trebam li ponuditi hranu nakon snimanja.

P. Kojim drugim izvorima idete na inspiraciju?

Ako ja ’m tražim opću inspiraciju …, stavit ću svoj iTunes na nasumično reproduciranje i dopustiti da muzika preuzme ili slušati zanimljiv podcast. Pretplaćen sam na podcaste koji se kreću od kuhanja do fotografije do povijesti i svega između njih, tako da su uvijek fascinantni i mogu pokrenuti moju maštu. Još jedna stvar koju volim je pronaći zanimljivu knjigu i sjesti da malo pročitam. Za mene nema ništa poput gubitka u dobrom romanu, a nedavno sam ih konzumirao kao lud!

Ako ja ’m tražim fotografsku inspiraciju .. Ovih dana postoji toliko prekrasnih blogova o hrani da ću ih pregledati#8217 da pronađu inspiraciju za fotografiju. (Neki od mojih najdražih su Joy the Baker, Shutterbean, A Cosy Kitchen i How Sweet It is, a na kojima nema ni 10 najboljih lista, a ja ih imam oko 50 koje vjerski čitam!) Ako ne želim da pogledam hranu, najbolje mi je proći kroz druge fotoreportere i#8217 profesionalni i lični rad, kao i slike značajnih vjenčanih fotografa. A ako ne želim gledati fotografije, dopustit ću si da neko vrijeme padnem u zečju rupu na Pinterestu, samo uživajući u tamošnjoj ljepoti.

P. Da niste fotoreporter, koji bi vas put u karijeri odveo do vaše kreativnosti?

Mislim da, da nisam fotoreporter, radio bih na umjetničkom polju — kao umjetnik, grafički dizajner ili nešto slično — ili romanopisac.


Fotografija prekrasne hrane: intervju s Erin Parker

Erin Parker je nagrađivana fotoreporterka iz Dallasa. Osim što su lokalni i nacionalni mediji traženi fotograf, ona je i aktivna blogerica o hrani. Pogledajte Erin blog The Speckled Palate za jednostavno ukusne recepte i inspirativne fotografije hrane.

“ Dajte svom gledatelju zanimljivu perspektivu o nečemu što već znaju. ”

P. Vi ste nagrađivani fotoreporter koji pokriva sve aspekte svakodnevnog života. Šta vas je navelo da odaberete fotografiju hrane kao fokus svog bloga, The Speckled Palate?

Još od fakulteta, bio sam pomalo opsjednut hranom i želio sam svoju ljubav prema njoj podijeliti sa svijetom. Budući da sam već fotografirao niz zadataka, htio sam na svom blogu učiniti nešto drugačije. Ideja je u najboljem slučaju bila klimava, jer nisam imao apsolutno nikakvog iskustva u fotografiranju hrane, i to se pokazalo. Pjegavo nepce za mene je postao fotografski eksperiment i od tada je samo izraslo, postajući prirodni ispust i nešto s čime se oduševim!

P. Živeći u Dallasu u Teksasu, imate li omiljena lokalna jela koja biste mogli podijeliti s našim čitateljima? I još bolje, možete li podijeliti bilo koji blog ovih jela za inspiraciju?

Život u Teksasu ponovo je pokrenuo moju ljubav prema svim stvarima meksičkog i TexMexa. Moje lično omiljeno jelo su miješane biftek i pileće fajite na tortiljama od svježeg brašna. Tako je. GOOD. A postoji mnogo restorana koji ovo služe i rade to dobro. Prije nego što smo se doselili ovamo, moj suprug i ja razvili smo prilično zanimljiv recept od gvakamola od karameliziranog luka, a ja ću u bliskoj budućnosti na blogu podijeliti vlastitu mješavinu začina Taco i goveđe takse!

P. Bilo je mnogo buke oko fotografiranja u restoranima. Zapravo, mnogi restorani to potpuno zabranjuju. Da li ikada skrivate fotografije svoje hrane dok ste vani da jedete? Ima li preporuka da budete diskretni?

Ne mogu#8217t reći da sam ikada osjetio potrebu da prišunjam svoju hranu kad izađem van#8217 da jedem, iako sam svakako svjestan da su neki restorani to nedavno zabranili i mrštili se na nju. Osobno, mislim da je glupo zabraniti fotografiranje hrane, pogotovo jer mislim da je to nešto što bi moglo dovesti druge pokrovitelje pred vrata nakon što vide kako hrana izgleda. Ali to nije ni ovdje ni ondje. Ako mi neko priđe dok fotografiram svoj obrok i kažem mi da je zabranjen, prestat ću fotografirati iz poštovanja prema restoranima i željama vlasnika. A što se tiče skrivanja slika na mjestu za koje znate da je zabranjeno fotografiranje? To što se igraju vatrom, a ja lično, radije bih imao dobar obrok nego da me izbace i/ili zabrane ulaska u restoran … čak i ako je njihovo pravilo glupo.

P. Imate li neki savjet o aranžiranju hrane? Kako "inscenirate" svoje fotografije?

Dizajn hrane mi nikada nije bio jača strana i nisam na to obraćao pažnju kad sam tek započeo The Speckled Palate. Na kraju krajeva, ja sam fotoreporter, pa fotografišem stvari kakve jesu.

… Brzo sam shvatio da je potrebno malo insceniranja na ovim fotografijama, pogotovo ako želim prenijeti cjelokupni osjećaj i izgled jela. Jedna od stvari koje volim raditi pri oblikovanju slike za pjegavo nepce je stvaranje slojeva na fotografiji. Želim da postoji glavni element — jelo ili zalogaj/njegov komad —, ali isto tako želim da i drugi tragovi na slici pokažu ljudima šta je ušlo u recept ili sa čim bi trebalo da se posluži. Dajte svom gledatelju zanimljivu perspektivu o nečemu što već zna. Ponudite im nešto drugačije. I uvijek fotografirajte svoje jelo iz svih kutova jer nećete znati koje je na kraju dana najhladnije.

P. Koje je najsvjetlije svjetlo za fotografiranje hrane?

Osobno mislim da je prirodno svjetlo najbolje. Međutim, ovo ne znači da#8217t ne osvjetljavam sliku ako je potrebno. Trik je u pronalaženju načina da osvijetlite svoj subjekt u najboljem mogućem svjetlu bez da izgleda umjetno.

P. Koju omiljenu hranu jedete?

Mislim da nemam omiljenu hranu za snimanje. Možda sladoled, jednostavno zato što je ugodan za jelo?

Kad sam fotografirao hranu za časopis gdje sam radio kao slobodnjak, jedan od mojih zadataka, ne šalim se, bio je fotografirati odrezak odmah kad je izašao iz kuhinje, pojesti odrezak, a zatim fotografirati posljednji, prazan tanjur s ostatkom. sokovi. Dakle, TO je bilo prilično sjajno.

P. Kad se profesionalno bavite fotografijom, jedete li sve što snimite?

Ponekad. Zaista ovisi o kuharu i jelu koje snimam, kao io tome za koga radim i njihovoj etici kada je u pitanju prihvatanje bilo čega na zadatku. Dolazeći iz pozadine fotoreporterstva, naučili su me da odbijem sve što mi se nudi besplatno jer bi se to moglo smatrati kršenjem etike ili priznanjem s moje strane, pa sam uvijek svjestan ovoga dok sam na zadatku, razgovarajući sa svojim urednicima trebam li ponuditi hranu nakon snimanja.

P. Kojim drugim izvorima idete na inspiraciju?

Ako ja ’m tražim opću inspiraciju …, stavit ću svoj iTunes na nasumično reproduciranje i dopustiti da muzika preuzme ili slušati zanimljiv podcast. Pretplaćen sam na podcaste koji se kreću od kuhanja do fotografije do povijesti i svega između njih, tako da su uvijek fascinantni i mogu pokrenuti moju maštu. Još jedna stvar koju volim je pronaći zanimljivu knjigu i sjesti da malo pročitam. Za mene nema ništa poput gubitka u dobrom romanu, a nedavno sam ih konzumirao kao lud!

Ako ja ’m tražim fotografsku inspiraciju .. Ovih dana ima toliko prekrasnih blogova o hrani da ću ih pregledati#8217 da pronađu inspiraciju za fotografiju. (Neki od mojih najdražih su Joy the Baker, Shutterbean, A Cosy Kitchen i How Sweet It is, a na kojima nema ni 10 najboljih lista, a ja ih imam oko 50 koje čitam religiozno!) Ako ne želim#8217 da pogledam hranu, najbolje mi je proći kroz druge fotoreportere i#8217 profesionalni i lični rad, kao i slike značajnih vjenčanih fotografa. A ako ne želim gledati fotografije, dopustit ću si da neko vrijeme padnem u zečju rupu na Pinterestu, samo uživajući u tamošnjoj ljepoti.

P. Da niste fotoreporter, koji bi vas put u karijeri odveo do vaše kreativnosti?

Mislim da, da nisam fotoreporter, radio bih na umjetničkom polju — kao umjetnik, grafički dizajner ili nešto slično — ili romanopisac.


Fotografija prekrasne hrane: intervju s Erin Parker

Erin Parker je nagrađivana fotoreporterka iz Dallasa. Osim što su lokalni i nacionalni mediji traženi fotograf, ona je i aktivna blogerica o hrani. Pogledajte Erin blog The Speckled Palate za jednostavno ukusne recepte i inspirativne fotografije hrane.

“ Dajte svom gledatelju zanimljivu perspektivu o nečemu što već znaju. ”

P. Vi ste nagrađivani fotoreporter koji pokriva sve aspekte svakodnevnog života. Šta vas je navelo da odaberete fotografiju hrane kao fokus svog bloga, The Speckled Palate?

Još od fakulteta, bio sam pomalo opsjednut hranom i želio sam svoju ljubav prema njoj podijeliti sa svijetom. Budući da sam već fotografirao niz zadataka, htio sam učiniti nešto drugačije na svom blogu. Ideja je u najboljem slučaju bila klimava, jer nisam imao apsolutno nikakvog iskustva u fotografiranju hrane, i to se pokazalo. Pjegavo nepce za mene je postao fotografski eksperiment i od tada je samo izraslo, postajući prirodni ispust i nešto s čime se oduševim!

P. Živeći u Dallasu u Teksasu, imate li omiljena lokalna jela koja biste mogli podijeliti s našim čitateljima? I još bolje, možete li podijeliti bilo koji blog ovih jela za inspiraciju?

Život u Teksasu ponovo je pokrenuo moju ljubav prema svim stvarima meksičkog i TexMexa. Moje lično omiljeno jelo su mešane biftek i pileće fajite na tortiljama od svežeg brašna. Tako je. GOOD. A postoji mnogo restorana koji ovo služe i rade to dobro. Prije nego što smo se doselili ovamo, moj suprug i ja razvili smo prilično zanimljiv recept od gvakamola od karameliziranog luka, a ja ću u bliskoj budućnosti na blogu podijeliti vlastitu mješavinu začina Taco i goveđe takse!

P. Bilo je mnogo buke oko fotografiranja u restoranima. Zapravo, mnogi restorani to potpuno zabranjuju. Da li ikad skrivate fotografije hrane dok ste vani? Ima li preporuka da budete diskretni?

I can’t say that I have ever felt the need to sneak photos of my food when I’m out to eat, though I am certainly aware that some restaurants recently have banned and frown upon it. Personally, I think it’s silly to ban food photography, especially since I think it’s something that could bring other patrons in the door after seeing what the food looks like. But that’s neither here nor there. Should someone approach me as I’m photographing my meal and tell me it’s banned, I’d stop photographing out of respect for the restaurant’s and the owner’s wishes. And as far as sneaking images in a place where you know photography is banned? That’s playing with fire, and personally, I’d rather have a nice meal than get kicked out of and/or banned from a restaurant… even if their rule is dumb.

Q. Do you have any tips on food arrangement? How do you “stage” your photos?

Food styling was never my forte, and I didn’t really pay attention to it when I first started The Speckled Palate. After all, I’m a photojournalist, so I photograph things the way they are.

… I quickly realized that a little staging in these photographs was necessary, especially if I wanted to communicate the overall feel and look of the dish. One of the things I like to do when styling an image for The Speckled Palate is to create layers in the photograph. I want there to be the main element — the dish or a bite/piece of it — but I also want other clues in the image to show people what went into the recipe or what it should be served with. Give your viewer an interesting perspective of something they already know. Offer them something different. And always photograph your dish from all angles, as you won’t know which is the most flattering at the end of the day.

Q. What is the most flattering light for food photography?

Personally, I think natural light is the best. However, this doesn’t mean I won’t light an image if I need to. The trick is finding a way to illuminate your subject in the best possible light without making it appear artificial.

Q. What is your favorite kind of food to shoot?

I don’t think I have a favorite kind of food to shoot. Maybe ice cream, simply because it’s delightful to eat?

When I was photographing food for a magazine where I freelanced, one of my assignments, I kid you not, was to photograph a steak right as it came out of the kitchen, eat the steak, then photograph the final, empty plate with the leftover juices. So THAT was pretty awesome.

Q. When practicing photography professionally, do you get to eat everything you shoot?

Sometimes. It really depends on the chef and the dish I’m shooting, as well as who I’m working for and their ethics when it comes to accepting anything on an assignment. Coming from a photojournalism background, I was taught to turn down anything offered to me for free because it could be viewed as a breach of ethics or an endorsement on my part, so I am always cognizant of this while out on assignment, speaking to my editors beforehand should I be offered the food after the shoot is finished.

Q. What other sources do you go to for inspiration?

If I’m looking for general inspiration… I’ll put my iTunes onto shuffle, and let the music take over or listen to an interesting podcast. I am subscribed to podcasts that range the gamut of cooking to photography to history and everything in between, so they are always fascinating and can spark my imagination. Another thing I love to do is find an interesting book and sit down to read for a while. To me, there’s nothing like getting lost in a good novel, and I have been consuming them like crazy recently!

If I’m looking for photographic inspiration.. There are so many gorgeous food blogs these days that I’ll peruse those to find some food photographic inspiration. (Some of my favorites are Joy the Baker, Shutterbean, A Cozy Kitchen, and How Sweet It is, and that’s not even listing my top 10. And I have about 50 that I read religiously!) If I don’t want to look at food, I have the best time going through other photojournalists’ professional and personal work, as well as the images of notable wedding photographers. And if I don’t want to look at any specific photos, I’ll allow myself to fall down the Pinterest rabbit hole for a while, just basking in the beauty there.

Q. If you weren’t a photojournalist, what career path would your creativity lead you down?

I think if I weren’t a photojournalist, I would be working in an art field — as an artist, graphic designer, or something similar — or a novelist.


Beautiful Food Photography: Interview with Erin Parker

Erin Parker is an award-winning photojournalist based out of Dallas. Aside from being a demanded photographer by local and national media outlets, she is also an active food blogger. Check out Erin’s blog The Speckled Palate for plainly delicious food recipes and inspiring food photos.

“Give your viewer an interesting perspective of something they already know.”

Q. You’re an award-winning photojournalist covering all aspects of everyday life. What made you choose food photography as a focus for your blog, The Speckled Palate?

Ever since college, I’ve been a little obsessed with food, and I wanted to share my love of it with the world. Since I was already photographing a range of assignments, I wanted to do something different on my blog. The idea was a shaky one at best, as I had absolutely NO experience in food photography, and it showed. The Speckled Palate became a photography experiment for me, and it just grew from there, becoming a natural outlet and something I have a blast with!

Q. Living in Dallas, Texas, do you have any favorite local dishes that you could share with our readers? And better yet, can you share any blog posts of these dishes for inspiration?

Living in Texas has reignited my love for all things Mexican and TexMex. My personal favorite dish is mixed steak and chicken fajitas on fresh flour tortillas. It is SO. GOOD. And there are SO many restaurants that serve this and do it well. Before we moved here, my husband and I developed a pretty interesting Caramelized Onion Guacamole recipe, and I’ll be sharing my own Taco Seasoning blend and Beef Tacos in the near future on the blog!

Q. There has been a lot of buzz around photo taking in restaurants. In fact, many restaurants are banning it altogether. Do you ever sneak photos of your food while you’re out to eat? Any recommendations on being discreet?

I can’t say that I have ever felt the need to sneak photos of my food when I’m out to eat, though I am certainly aware that some restaurants recently have banned and frown upon it. Personally, I think it’s silly to ban food photography, especially since I think it’s something that could bring other patrons in the door after seeing what the food looks like. But that’s neither here nor there. Should someone approach me as I’m photographing my meal and tell me it’s banned, I’d stop photographing out of respect for the restaurant’s and the owner’s wishes. And as far as sneaking images in a place where you know photography is banned? That’s playing with fire, and personally, I’d rather have a nice meal than get kicked out of and/or banned from a restaurant… even if their rule is dumb.

Q. Do you have any tips on food arrangement? How do you “stage” your photos?

Food styling was never my forte, and I didn’t really pay attention to it when I first started The Speckled Palate. After all, I’m a photojournalist, so I photograph things the way they are.

… I quickly realized that a little staging in these photographs was necessary, especially if I wanted to communicate the overall feel and look of the dish. One of the things I like to do when styling an image for The Speckled Palate is to create layers in the photograph. I want there to be the main element — the dish or a bite/piece of it — but I also want other clues in the image to show people what went into the recipe or what it should be served with. Give your viewer an interesting perspective of something they already know. Offer them something different. And always photograph your dish from all angles, as you won’t know which is the most flattering at the end of the day.

Q. What is the most flattering light for food photography?

Personally, I think natural light is the best. However, this doesn’t mean I won’t light an image if I need to. The trick is finding a way to illuminate your subject in the best possible light without making it appear artificial.

Q. What is your favorite kind of food to shoot?

I don’t think I have a favorite kind of food to shoot. Maybe ice cream, simply because it’s delightful to eat?

When I was photographing food for a magazine where I freelanced, one of my assignments, I kid you not, was to photograph a steak right as it came out of the kitchen, eat the steak, then photograph the final, empty plate with the leftover juices. So THAT was pretty awesome.

Q. When practicing photography professionally, do you get to eat everything you shoot?

Sometimes. It really depends on the chef and the dish I’m shooting, as well as who I’m working for and their ethics when it comes to accepting anything on an assignment. Coming from a photojournalism background, I was taught to turn down anything offered to me for free because it could be viewed as a breach of ethics or an endorsement on my part, so I am always cognizant of this while out on assignment, speaking to my editors beforehand should I be offered the food after the shoot is finished.

Q. What other sources do you go to for inspiration?

If I’m looking for general inspiration… I’ll put my iTunes onto shuffle, and let the music take over or listen to an interesting podcast. I am subscribed to podcasts that range the gamut of cooking to photography to history and everything in between, so they are always fascinating and can spark my imagination. Another thing I love to do is find an interesting book and sit down to read for a while. To me, there’s nothing like getting lost in a good novel, and I have been consuming them like crazy recently!

If I’m looking for photographic inspiration.. There are so many gorgeous food blogs these days that I’ll peruse those to find some food photographic inspiration. (Some of my favorites are Joy the Baker, Shutterbean, A Cozy Kitchen, and How Sweet It is, and that’s not even listing my top 10. And I have about 50 that I read religiously!) If I don’t want to look at food, I have the best time going through other photojournalists’ professional and personal work, as well as the images of notable wedding photographers. And if I don’t want to look at any specific photos, I’ll allow myself to fall down the Pinterest rabbit hole for a while, just basking in the beauty there.

Q. If you weren’t a photojournalist, what career path would your creativity lead you down?

I think if I weren’t a photojournalist, I would be working in an art field — as an artist, graphic designer, or something similar — or a novelist.


Beautiful Food Photography: Interview with Erin Parker

Erin Parker is an award-winning photojournalist based out of Dallas. Aside from being a demanded photographer by local and national media outlets, she is also an active food blogger. Check out Erin’s blog The Speckled Palate for plainly delicious food recipes and inspiring food photos.

“Give your viewer an interesting perspective of something they already know.”

Q. You’re an award-winning photojournalist covering all aspects of everyday life. What made you choose food photography as a focus for your blog, The Speckled Palate?

Ever since college, I’ve been a little obsessed with food, and I wanted to share my love of it with the world. Since I was already photographing a range of assignments, I wanted to do something different on my blog. The idea was a shaky one at best, as I had absolutely NO experience in food photography, and it showed. The Speckled Palate became a photography experiment for me, and it just grew from there, becoming a natural outlet and something I have a blast with!

Q. Living in Dallas, Texas, do you have any favorite local dishes that you could share with our readers? And better yet, can you share any blog posts of these dishes for inspiration?

Living in Texas has reignited my love for all things Mexican and TexMex. My personal favorite dish is mixed steak and chicken fajitas on fresh flour tortillas. It is SO. GOOD. And there are SO many restaurants that serve this and do it well. Before we moved here, my husband and I developed a pretty interesting Caramelized Onion Guacamole recipe, and I’ll be sharing my own Taco Seasoning blend and Beef Tacos in the near future on the blog!

Q. There has been a lot of buzz around photo taking in restaurants. In fact, many restaurants are banning it altogether. Do you ever sneak photos of your food while you’re out to eat? Any recommendations on being discreet?

I can’t say that I have ever felt the need to sneak photos of my food when I’m out to eat, though I am certainly aware that some restaurants recently have banned and frown upon it. Personally, I think it’s silly to ban food photography, especially since I think it’s something that could bring other patrons in the door after seeing what the food looks like. But that’s neither here nor there. Should someone approach me as I’m photographing my meal and tell me it’s banned, I’d stop photographing out of respect for the restaurant’s and the owner’s wishes. And as far as sneaking images in a place where you know photography is banned? That’s playing with fire, and personally, I’d rather have a nice meal than get kicked out of and/or banned from a restaurant… even if their rule is dumb.

Q. Do you have any tips on food arrangement? How do you “stage” your photos?

Food styling was never my forte, and I didn’t really pay attention to it when I first started The Speckled Palate. After all, I’m a photojournalist, so I photograph things the way they are.

… I quickly realized that a little staging in these photographs was necessary, especially if I wanted to communicate the overall feel and look of the dish. One of the things I like to do when styling an image for The Speckled Palate is to create layers in the photograph. I want there to be the main element — the dish or a bite/piece of it — but I also want other clues in the image to show people what went into the recipe or what it should be served with. Give your viewer an interesting perspective of something they already know. Offer them something different. And always photograph your dish from all angles, as you won’t know which is the most flattering at the end of the day.

Q. What is the most flattering light for food photography?

Personally, I think natural light is the best. However, this doesn’t mean I won’t light an image if I need to. The trick is finding a way to illuminate your subject in the best possible light without making it appear artificial.

Q. What is your favorite kind of food to shoot?

I don’t think I have a favorite kind of food to shoot. Maybe ice cream, simply because it’s delightful to eat?

When I was photographing food for a magazine where I freelanced, one of my assignments, I kid you not, was to photograph a steak right as it came out of the kitchen, eat the steak, then photograph the final, empty plate with the leftover juices. So THAT was pretty awesome.

Q. When practicing photography professionally, do you get to eat everything you shoot?

Sometimes. It really depends on the chef and the dish I’m shooting, as well as who I’m working for and their ethics when it comes to accepting anything on an assignment. Coming from a photojournalism background, I was taught to turn down anything offered to me for free because it could be viewed as a breach of ethics or an endorsement on my part, so I am always cognizant of this while out on assignment, speaking to my editors beforehand should I be offered the food after the shoot is finished.

Q. What other sources do you go to for inspiration?

If I’m looking for general inspiration… I’ll put my iTunes onto shuffle, and let the music take over or listen to an interesting podcast. I am subscribed to podcasts that range the gamut of cooking to photography to history and everything in between, so they are always fascinating and can spark my imagination. Another thing I love to do is find an interesting book and sit down to read for a while. To me, there’s nothing like getting lost in a good novel, and I have been consuming them like crazy recently!

If I’m looking for photographic inspiration.. There are so many gorgeous food blogs these days that I’ll peruse those to find some food photographic inspiration. (Some of my favorites are Joy the Baker, Shutterbean, A Cozy Kitchen, and How Sweet It is, and that’s not even listing my top 10. And I have about 50 that I read religiously!) If I don’t want to look at food, I have the best time going through other photojournalists’ professional and personal work, as well as the images of notable wedding photographers. And if I don’t want to look at any specific photos, I’ll allow myself to fall down the Pinterest rabbit hole for a while, just basking in the beauty there.

Q. If you weren’t a photojournalist, what career path would your creativity lead you down?

I think if I weren’t a photojournalist, I would be working in an art field — as an artist, graphic designer, or something similar — or a novelist.


Beautiful Food Photography: Interview with Erin Parker

Erin Parker is an award-winning photojournalist based out of Dallas. Aside from being a demanded photographer by local and national media outlets, she is also an active food blogger. Check out Erin’s blog The Speckled Palate for plainly delicious food recipes and inspiring food photos.

“Give your viewer an interesting perspective of something they already know.”

Q. You’re an award-winning photojournalist covering all aspects of everyday life. What made you choose food photography as a focus for your blog, The Speckled Palate?

Ever since college, I’ve been a little obsessed with food, and I wanted to share my love of it with the world. Since I was already photographing a range of assignments, I wanted to do something different on my blog. The idea was a shaky one at best, as I had absolutely NO experience in food photography, and it showed. The Speckled Palate became a photography experiment for me, and it just grew from there, becoming a natural outlet and something I have a blast with!

Q. Living in Dallas, Texas, do you have any favorite local dishes that you could share with our readers? And better yet, can you share any blog posts of these dishes for inspiration?

Living in Texas has reignited my love for all things Mexican and TexMex. My personal favorite dish is mixed steak and chicken fajitas on fresh flour tortillas. It is SO. GOOD. And there are SO many restaurants that serve this and do it well. Before we moved here, my husband and I developed a pretty interesting Caramelized Onion Guacamole recipe, and I’ll be sharing my own Taco Seasoning blend and Beef Tacos in the near future on the blog!

Q. There has been a lot of buzz around photo taking in restaurants. In fact, many restaurants are banning it altogether. Do you ever sneak photos of your food while you’re out to eat? Any recommendations on being discreet?

I can’t say that I have ever felt the need to sneak photos of my food when I’m out to eat, though I am certainly aware that some restaurants recently have banned and frown upon it. Personally, I think it’s silly to ban food photography, especially since I think it’s something that could bring other patrons in the door after seeing what the food looks like. But that’s neither here nor there. Should someone approach me as I’m photographing my meal and tell me it’s banned, I’d stop photographing out of respect for the restaurant’s and the owner’s wishes. And as far as sneaking images in a place where you know photography is banned? That’s playing with fire, and personally, I’d rather have a nice meal than get kicked out of and/or banned from a restaurant… even if their rule is dumb.

Q. Do you have any tips on food arrangement? How do you “stage” your photos?

Food styling was never my forte, and I didn’t really pay attention to it when I first started The Speckled Palate. After all, I’m a photojournalist, so I photograph things the way they are.

… I quickly realized that a little staging in these photographs was necessary, especially if I wanted to communicate the overall feel and look of the dish. One of the things I like to do when styling an image for The Speckled Palate is to create layers in the photograph. I want there to be the main element — the dish or a bite/piece of it — but I also want other clues in the image to show people what went into the recipe or what it should be served with. Give your viewer an interesting perspective of something they already know. Offer them something different. And always photograph your dish from all angles, as you won’t know which is the most flattering at the end of the day.

Q. What is the most flattering light for food photography?

Personally, I think natural light is the best. However, this doesn’t mean I won’t light an image if I need to. The trick is finding a way to illuminate your subject in the best possible light without making it appear artificial.

Q. What is your favorite kind of food to shoot?

I don’t think I have a favorite kind of food to shoot. Maybe ice cream, simply because it’s delightful to eat?

When I was photographing food for a magazine where I freelanced, one of my assignments, I kid you not, was to photograph a steak right as it came out of the kitchen, eat the steak, then photograph the final, empty plate with the leftover juices. So THAT was pretty awesome.

Q. When practicing photography professionally, do you get to eat everything you shoot?

Sometimes. It really depends on the chef and the dish I’m shooting, as well as who I’m working for and their ethics when it comes to accepting anything on an assignment. Coming from a photojournalism background, I was taught to turn down anything offered to me for free because it could be viewed as a breach of ethics or an endorsement on my part, so I am always cognizant of this while out on assignment, speaking to my editors beforehand should I be offered the food after the shoot is finished.

Q. What other sources do you go to for inspiration?

If I’m looking for general inspiration… I’ll put my iTunes onto shuffle, and let the music take over or listen to an interesting podcast. I am subscribed to podcasts that range the gamut of cooking to photography to history and everything in between, so they are always fascinating and can spark my imagination. Another thing I love to do is find an interesting book and sit down to read for a while. To me, there’s nothing like getting lost in a good novel, and I have been consuming them like crazy recently!

If I’m looking for photographic inspiration.. There are so many gorgeous food blogs these days that I’ll peruse those to find some food photographic inspiration. (Some of my favorites are Joy the Baker, Shutterbean, A Cozy Kitchen, and How Sweet It is, and that’s not even listing my top 10. And I have about 50 that I read religiously!) If I don’t want to look at food, I have the best time going through other photojournalists’ professional and personal work, as well as the images of notable wedding photographers. And if I don’t want to look at any specific photos, I’ll allow myself to fall down the Pinterest rabbit hole for a while, just basking in the beauty there.

Q. If you weren’t a photojournalist, what career path would your creativity lead you down?

I think if I weren’t a photojournalist, I would be working in an art field — as an artist, graphic designer, or something similar — or a novelist.


Beautiful Food Photography: Interview with Erin Parker

Erin Parker is an award-winning photojournalist based out of Dallas. Aside from being a demanded photographer by local and national media outlets, she is also an active food blogger. Check out Erin’s blog The Speckled Palate for plainly delicious food recipes and inspiring food photos.

“Give your viewer an interesting perspective of something they already know.”

Q. You’re an award-winning photojournalist covering all aspects of everyday life. What made you choose food photography as a focus for your blog, The Speckled Palate?

Ever since college, I’ve been a little obsessed with food, and I wanted to share my love of it with the world. Since I was already photographing a range of assignments, I wanted to do something different on my blog. The idea was a shaky one at best, as I had absolutely NO experience in food photography, and it showed. The Speckled Palate became a photography experiment for me, and it just grew from there, becoming a natural outlet and something I have a blast with!

Q. Living in Dallas, Texas, do you have any favorite local dishes that you could share with our readers? And better yet, can you share any blog posts of these dishes for inspiration?

Living in Texas has reignited my love for all things Mexican and TexMex. My personal favorite dish is mixed steak and chicken fajitas on fresh flour tortillas. It is SO. GOOD. And there are SO many restaurants that serve this and do it well. Before we moved here, my husband and I developed a pretty interesting Caramelized Onion Guacamole recipe, and I’ll be sharing my own Taco Seasoning blend and Beef Tacos in the near future on the blog!

Q. There has been a lot of buzz around photo taking in restaurants. In fact, many restaurants are banning it altogether. Do you ever sneak photos of your food while you’re out to eat? Any recommendations on being discreet?

I can’t say that I have ever felt the need to sneak photos of my food when I’m out to eat, though I am certainly aware that some restaurants recently have banned and frown upon it. Personally, I think it’s silly to ban food photography, especially since I think it’s something that could bring other patrons in the door after seeing what the food looks like. But that’s neither here nor there. Should someone approach me as I’m photographing my meal and tell me it’s banned, I’d stop photographing out of respect for the restaurant’s and the owner’s wishes. And as far as sneaking images in a place where you know photography is banned? That’s playing with fire, and personally, I’d rather have a nice meal than get kicked out of and/or banned from a restaurant… even if their rule is dumb.

Q. Do you have any tips on food arrangement? How do you “stage” your photos?

Food styling was never my forte, and I didn’t really pay attention to it when I first started The Speckled Palate. After all, I’m a photojournalist, so I photograph things the way they are.

… I quickly realized that a little staging in these photographs was necessary, especially if I wanted to communicate the overall feel and look of the dish. One of the things I like to do when styling an image for The Speckled Palate is to create layers in the photograph. I want there to be the main element — the dish or a bite/piece of it — but I also want other clues in the image to show people what went into the recipe or what it should be served with. Give your viewer an interesting perspective of something they already know. Offer them something different. And always photograph your dish from all angles, as you won’t know which is the most flattering at the end of the day.

Q. What is the most flattering light for food photography?

Personally, I think natural light is the best. However, this doesn’t mean I won’t light an image if I need to. The trick is finding a way to illuminate your subject in the best possible light without making it appear artificial.

Q. What is your favorite kind of food to shoot?

I don’t think I have a favorite kind of food to shoot. Maybe ice cream, simply because it’s delightful to eat?

When I was photographing food for a magazine where I freelanced, one of my assignments, I kid you not, was to photograph a steak right as it came out of the kitchen, eat the steak, then photograph the final, empty plate with the leftover juices. So THAT was pretty awesome.

Q. When practicing photography professionally, do you get to eat everything you shoot?

Sometimes. It really depends on the chef and the dish I’m shooting, as well as who I’m working for and their ethics when it comes to accepting anything on an assignment. Coming from a photojournalism background, I was taught to turn down anything offered to me for free because it could be viewed as a breach of ethics or an endorsement on my part, so I am always cognizant of this while out on assignment, speaking to my editors beforehand should I be offered the food after the shoot is finished.

Q. What other sources do you go to for inspiration?

If I’m looking for general inspiration… I’ll put my iTunes onto shuffle, and let the music take over or listen to an interesting podcast. I am subscribed to podcasts that range the gamut of cooking to photography to history and everything in between, so they are always fascinating and can spark my imagination. Another thing I love to do is find an interesting book and sit down to read for a while. To me, there’s nothing like getting lost in a good novel, and I have been consuming them like crazy recently!

If I’m looking for photographic inspiration.. There are so many gorgeous food blogs these days that I’ll peruse those to find some food photographic inspiration. (Some of my favorites are Joy the Baker, Shutterbean, A Cozy Kitchen, and How Sweet It is, and that’s not even listing my top 10. And I have about 50 that I read religiously!) If I don’t want to look at food, I have the best time going through other photojournalists’ professional and personal work, as well as the images of notable wedding photographers. And if I don’t want to look at any specific photos, I’ll allow myself to fall down the Pinterest rabbit hole for a while, just basking in the beauty there.

Q. If you weren’t a photojournalist, what career path would your creativity lead you down?

I think if I weren’t a photojournalist, I would be working in an art field — as an artist, graphic designer, or something similar — or a novelist.


Beautiful Food Photography: Interview with Erin Parker

Erin Parker is an award-winning photojournalist based out of Dallas. Aside from being a demanded photographer by local and national media outlets, she is also an active food blogger. Check out Erin’s blog The Speckled Palate for plainly delicious food recipes and inspiring food photos.

“Give your viewer an interesting perspective of something they already know.”

Q. You’re an award-winning photojournalist covering all aspects of everyday life. What made you choose food photography as a focus for your blog, The Speckled Palate?

Ever since college, I’ve been a little obsessed with food, and I wanted to share my love of it with the world. Since I was already photographing a range of assignments, I wanted to do something different on my blog. The idea was a shaky one at best, as I had absolutely NO experience in food photography, and it showed. The Speckled Palate became a photography experiment for me, and it just grew from there, becoming a natural outlet and something I have a blast with!

Q. Living in Dallas, Texas, do you have any favorite local dishes that you could share with our readers? And better yet, can you share any blog posts of these dishes for inspiration?

Living in Texas has reignited my love for all things Mexican and TexMex. My personal favorite dish is mixed steak and chicken fajitas on fresh flour tortillas. It is SO. GOOD. And there are SO many restaurants that serve this and do it well. Before we moved here, my husband and I developed a pretty interesting Caramelized Onion Guacamole recipe, and I’ll be sharing my own Taco Seasoning blend and Beef Tacos in the near future on the blog!

Q. There has been a lot of buzz around photo taking in restaurants. In fact, many restaurants are banning it altogether. Do you ever sneak photos of your food while you’re out to eat? Any recommendations on being discreet?

I can’t say that I have ever felt the need to sneak photos of my food when I’m out to eat, though I am certainly aware that some restaurants recently have banned and frown upon it. Personally, I think it’s silly to ban food photography, especially since I think it’s something that could bring other patrons in the door after seeing what the food looks like. But that’s neither here nor there. Should someone approach me as I’m photographing my meal and tell me it’s banned, I’d stop photographing out of respect for the restaurant’s and the owner’s wishes. And as far as sneaking images in a place where you know photography is banned? That’s playing with fire, and personally, I’d rather have a nice meal than get kicked out of and/or banned from a restaurant… even if their rule is dumb.

Q. Do you have any tips on food arrangement? How do you “stage” your photos?

Food styling was never my forte, and I didn’t really pay attention to it when I first started The Speckled Palate. After all, I’m a photojournalist, so I photograph things the way they are.

… I quickly realized that a little staging in these photographs was necessary, especially if I wanted to communicate the overall feel and look of the dish. One of the things I like to do when styling an image for The Speckled Palate is to create layers in the photograph. I want there to be the main element — the dish or a bite/piece of it — but I also want other clues in the image to show people what went into the recipe or what it should be served with. Give your viewer an interesting perspective of something they already know. Offer them something different. And always photograph your dish from all angles, as you won’t know which is the most flattering at the end of the day.

Q. What is the most flattering light for food photography?

Personally, I think natural light is the best. However, this doesn’t mean I won’t light an image if I need to. The trick is finding a way to illuminate your subject in the best possible light without making it appear artificial.

Q. What is your favorite kind of food to shoot?

I don’t think I have a favorite kind of food to shoot. Maybe ice cream, simply because it’s delightful to eat?

When I was photographing food for a magazine where I freelanced, one of my assignments, I kid you not, was to photograph a steak right as it came out of the kitchen, eat the steak, then photograph the final, empty plate with the leftover juices. So THAT was pretty awesome.

Q. When practicing photography professionally, do you get to eat everything you shoot?

Sometimes. It really depends on the chef and the dish I’m shooting, as well as who I’m working for and their ethics when it comes to accepting anything on an assignment. Coming from a photojournalism background, I was taught to turn down anything offered to me for free because it could be viewed as a breach of ethics or an endorsement on my part, so I am always cognizant of this while out on assignment, speaking to my editors beforehand should I be offered the food after the shoot is finished.

Q. What other sources do you go to for inspiration?

If I’m looking for general inspiration… I’ll put my iTunes onto shuffle, and let the music take over or listen to an interesting podcast. I am subscribed to podcasts that range the gamut of cooking to photography to history and everything in between, so they are always fascinating and can spark my imagination. Another thing I love to do is find an interesting book and sit down to read for a while. To me, there’s nothing like getting lost in a good novel, and I have been consuming them like crazy recently!

If I’m looking for photographic inspiration.. There are so many gorgeous food blogs these days that I’ll peruse those to find some food photographic inspiration. (Some of my favorites are Joy the Baker, Shutterbean, A Cozy Kitchen, and How Sweet It is, and that’s not even listing my top 10. And I have about 50 that I read religiously!) If I don’t want to look at food, I have the best time going through other photojournalists’ professional and personal work, as well as the images of notable wedding photographers. And if I don’t want to look at any specific photos, I’ll allow myself to fall down the Pinterest rabbit hole for a while, just basking in the beauty there.

Q. If you weren’t a photojournalist, what career path would your creativity lead you down?

I think if I weren’t a photojournalist, I would be working in an art field — as an artist, graphic designer, or something similar — or a novelist.