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Epiphanie Camera Bag Giveaway

Have An Epiphanie

Remember when all camera bags were black and basic?  It takes a truly talented and clever person to realize that we lady photographers may enjoy a more stylish mode of photography equipment transport.

Not only are Epiphanie Camera Bags fashionably aesthetic, their functionality fits the lifestyle of someone like me who writes, networks, photographs and needs to apply lip gloss.  This is what it means to have an epiphany, and I’m sure that’s exactly what happened when designer Maile Wilson, professional photographer for fifteen years, decided to create these amazing and appropriately named bags.

Epiphanie Bag in Clover

the “Clover” Epiphanie Bag in Fuchsia


My Epiphanie

My Epiphanie bag has traveled with me on media tour, and recently to BlogHer Food in Seattle, Washington.  My bag does hold quite a bit, but I’m always more amazed at how well it holds my stuff, in addition to how much…. it always fits my purpose just perfectly.

Epiphanie Bag at BlogHer Food

Having an Epiphanie at BlogHer Food in Seattle Washington


And now, I’m the proud owner of the “Lyric” Epiphanie Bag in Mustard, and am packing it up for BlogHer’12 in New York City.  With my Canon T2i, macro and zoom lenses, pocket wallet, business cards, iPad, lens wipes and- of course- lip gloss, this bag holds everything in it’s perfect place and (most importantly) will make me the most stylish blogger at this powerhouse conference.  If you’re on Twitter and Instagram, be sure to follow me for live photos throughout the event!

“Lola” Epiphanie Bag in Mustard


The Giveaway

This is probably our most exciting giveaway yet.  To kick off my trip to BlogHer in New York City, we’re hosting a giveaway of an Epiphanie Bag of the winner’s choice.  Click on over to EpiphanieBags.com to check out their shop then enter our giveaway below. We know this is going to be very popular so we gave you lot’s of ways to gain extra entries that you can do each day!


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Wordless Wednesday- Tiffany Blue Chevron Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Man Chevron Tiffany Blue Recipe

Gingerbread Man Chevron Tiffany Blue Recipe

Gingerbread Man Chevron Tiffany Blue Recipe

Gingerbread Man Chevron Tiffany Blue Recipe

Gingerbread Man Chevron Tiffany Blue Recipe

Gingerbread Man Chevron Tiffany Blue Recipe

Gingerbread Man Chevron Tiffany Blue Recipe

Gingerbread Man Chevron Tiffany Blue Recipe

Gingerbread Man Chevron Tiffany Blue

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A Food Photography Anniversary with Picaboo

A Food Photography Anniversary

A little over a year ago, a dear friend urged me to take up food photography in preparation for production of my- then- upcoming book: The Organized Cook- Busy Mom’s Remedy to Dinnertime Ruts and Runaway Grocery Bills.  Setting aside all self-doubt and lack of knowledge of all-things-photography, I began my journey to learning this art, from lighting to food preparation and aperture.

Now, one book, one blog and one year later, I’ll never look at food the same way again.  Every ray of diffused dusk lighting illuminating leafy vegetables, steam billowing from Le Crueset pot or sizzling bubbles from an oily saute sends me running to fetch my Canon T2i.

A Food Photography Celebration

To celebrate my anniversary, I’ve enlisted the help of Picaboo to create A Food Photography Celebration photo book chronicling my best culinary snapshots along with recipes and photography tips from this past year.

Creating a photo book with Picaboo was fun and simple.  I love photo books and the first and most important function I look for when using a service to create one is user-friendliness.  The upload photo feature from Picaboo was the best I’ve used yet and the only service that uploads your entire photo folder and then allows you to choose from them, saving me a lot of time- and we all know how I love to save time!

The editing features were simple and allowed me to create a beautiful book with lots of taste appeal showcasing my favorite food photos and recipes.

Win A $30 Picaboo Gift Card Gift Card

We are so excited to share the giveaway with you just in time for the holidays.  Whether you’re creating cards, calendars or photo books, Picaboo is the perfect place to shop!  There are many ways to enter:  ENTER THE GIVEAWAY.











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Recipe For A Great Food Photo

Food Photography

It’s been exactly a year since I began doing my own food photography.  So one year and one thousand food photos later I’ve discovered- through trial and error… and error- what works for me.

I’ll start first by saying that before November 2010 I was never interested in photography- neither as a hobby or professionally.  To be honest I never really gave it much thought.  I just grabbed my “point and shoot” and let it do all the work for me.

Now I’ve discovered that photography really is an art form.  And what I mean by this is that you really can see an individuals intimate style and inspiration through their photographs.  Now, I understand that many of you may be thinking “well, of course you can”.  However, I didn’t discover this until only recently.  I always only thought of photography from a technical aspect.

The Perfect Food Photo

I may not be able to speak too much about aperture, shutter speed or which mm lens to use for which photo, but I can tell you what has worked for me, especially when it comes to food preparation.  So here are my tips to creating The Perfect Food Photo:

  Tip 1:  Lighting

Lighting is obviously crucial for any photograph, but has the most impact on food’s taste appeal.  I’ve invested in a professional light box and umbrella photography lighting, and nothing- I mean nothing- compares to that diffused natural lighting you get at dusk and dawn.

Direct sunlight is too harsh and causes reflections on cookware and utensils, but that soft natural indirect light brings out all the taste appeal in your food photo.  Here is an example of dish I photographed in a professional light box and underneath that is a photo using natural indirect sunlight.

photo taken in a professional light box


photo taken with natural indirect sunlight


photo taken in direct sunlight

On days that I’m cooking and photographing I end up running around during that special hour at dusk to get all of my shots.  After a while you find certain areas that seem to get that perfect light, like the spot near my kitchen window that I know at exactly 6:23 is going to bring the most amazing lighting for my food, or the table outside in my meditation garden that at 6:43 will be even better.

And it’s truly amazing how trained your eye becomes after awhile and you can’t help but notice how certain lighting that makes even the most mundane thing look like a work of art to you.  One day I was cracking eggs to make a breakfast frittata and I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful they looked in the early morning light.  I officially became one of those people who has to stop what I’m doing to take a photograph (which can get frustrating at times for my family- “ooh, don’t eat that waffle yet, I want to photograph it first!”), but they’re used to it.

Cloudy days are a gift for me living here in the desert.  Whenever I hear a forecast of “mostly cloudy” I head off to the market to prepare for a day of cooking a photographing.  No more running around to get my shot in before the sun sets; cloudy days give me an entire day of beautiful diffused sunlight.

Tip 2:  Composition

Composition is really a matter of personal style.  Tight up-close shots require very little composition- maybe just a napkin or utensil if that.  While shots that have a lot of composition are typically time consuming and a lot of work.  But again, it’s really a matter of the style of photo you’re looking for.

a lot of composition went into this shot


no composition- just me and the food


In the beginning I thought I needed a lot of composition and spent too much money of props.  Now it’s really dependent on the style of photo I’m going for.  Look at the difference between the next two photos; does the one that shows all the adorable tableware have more or less “taste appeal” than the up-close shot?

more of the composition is included in this photo

tighter shots may have more taste appeal

Tip 3: Do Not Overcook

Food, especially vegetables, that are slightly undercooked will photograph far better that something that is fully or overcooked.  Here is an example of a photo from my  where the taste appeal of the slightly undercooked version came out far better than if it were fully cooked.

Tip 4: Refresh

If food, especially bread or meat, is looking a little dull and needs a “pick me up”, simply give it a quick misting of oil.  This is a tricky secret I learned early on.  If you have a “Misto” (olive oil sprayer), keep it nearby.

Okay, Let’s Get Technical

The camera that I use and love… and have nothing to compare it too is the Canon Rebel T2i that was chosen for me because of its video capabilities as well.

I did invest in a macro lens which was an awesome decision for food photography.

Canon macro lens

Canon macro lens 50mm or 60mm










Learning how to use and adjust your aperture is probably the first thing you want to learn before worrying about ISO or anything else.  Being able to focus on your subject and control your viewers eye can be done through aperture.

Look at where the viewers eye is being controlled in the next two photos:

food photography

controlling viewers eye to salad

food photography aperture

controlling viewers eye to Rigatoni using aperture


I shoot on the manual setting only, and only because this is what has worked best for me so far.  I am still an amateur when it comes to most of the technical capabilities of my camera.


Tip 5: Trust Your Style

Everyone has their own style… including you.  Find it and trust it.

Before I let you go I have to share one more shot that is a perfect example of artificial versus natural lighting.

artificial light

natural diffused sunlight

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