Yesterday we had a snow day from school. I awoke craving french toast (one of the best snow day foods) and darted off to the store to buy challah bread before the bad weather hit. Thus began this breakfast adventure. Blueberry basil french toast topped with greek yogurt and jam. The flavors really sang together.
So naturally, it was time to practice food photography.
It’s something I can really get into the flow of you know?
Fidgeting forks around, adding and removing props, trying different angles. It feels a lot like getting the perfect ring shot at a wedding (only I had longer than 7 minutes to do it).
I’m accustomed to photographing people. A job where you need to direct, listen, respond, and soothe. Food doesn’t need any of that. It’s quite liberating. I can rearrange to my hearts content until I get what I want without worrying about how my subject is faring.
I’ve been interested in food photography since high school. These days, it’s something I feel called to pursue. I feel called to pursue food photography and it’s different for me. I have been focused on portraits the past five years and weddings for the last two. Food is a leap in a very different direction. Will there be work for me in the foodie world? Will it just be a hobby? I don’t know but I want to do it. I want to make time to take food photos. I want to reach out to restaurants, caterers, and work my way up to cookbook publishers.
However, I’m pregnant and tired. We have a baby due in June and I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew (no pun intended). I tend to set lots of goals for myself and get frustrated when I don’t have the energy to complete them all.
So at the start of 2019, I set the intention to rest.
Resting is difficult for me.
I find little satisfaction in it.
But right now, resting feels necessary so I’m not going to set any new freelancer career goals until after the baby arrives. BUT I’m writing publicly on my photography website that in addition to my regular portraiture work and event photography, I want to take food photos.