Food, Photos, Blogs and Life

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The other day I was prepping my What I Ate Wednesday post and Michael commented on my photos.  “Our food looks so good in real life but your photos don’t do it any favors and the colored plates are awful.”  This is not a new comment from him, I’ve heard this from the day I started taking food photos for the blog.  From a “pretty” perspective I totally get it.  Photos like these make me drool and pretty much convince me that I NEED to make that recipe…

Amazing Looking Food!

Amazing Looking Food!

Mine end up looking more like this…

Dinner

Less Pretty Food Photos

Sure, I could put some more effort into the photos.  I could use my real camera and learn to use the correct settings and leave the iPhone behind.  I could always put my food on our nice white plates and arrange it so it looks pretty.  I could get some placements and fabric to put under the plate to add some dimension.  I could get better lighting in the kitchen and dining room to make the photos look better.  I could plan to take photos of the “pretty” meals and post only those.

I could do all that but you know what? It wouldn’t be realistic.  It’s not realistic to think that everyone uses nice white plates with the perfect fabric or place mat under to add dimension all the time.  And really I’m usually just proud of myself for getting home after work and making a healthy meal that looks as good as it tastes.  Most of the time it’s a miracle that I remembered to take a photo before I started eating.

Beyond that though, I like taking my quick iPhone snaps of what I’m eating.  To me eating well, and healthy  has to be something that’s easy and accessible.  If it turns into a big production then I think I’d end up ordering pizza and take out every night and that is NOT healthy.  And if I say that and consider myself a healthy living blogger, what would someone who isn’t committed to a healthy life and just trying their best to make some healthy changes do?!  I always try my hardest to “capture” aspects of my life to share here.  I don’t usually plan posts or spend hours taking amazing photos and editing them (obviously).  I take a quick photo of healthy food, or something I’m loving and get my thoughts down as quick as I can.  And if I don’t do it right away well then it usually just turns into a long-lost photo on my phone or a blog post written in my mind but never published.

So what’s my point? My point is that Michael reminded me of the whole purpose of this blog.  To capture my life and share my lessons with all of you.  Sometimes it’s healthy, and sometimes it’s not (hey, it’s all about balance).  My life isn’t always fancy meals on white plates or perfect photos of my favorite things.  In fact it’s usually a quick photo on my phone because to me, that’s realistic.  And really, if I was spending my free time taking perfect photos I wouldn’t be out living this life I love to share with all of you.

I hope you’ll keep coming back for my real, honest lessons from my healthy, busy life.

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12 responses »

  1. This is so true!! The way my father always put it (he was a stay-at-home-dad and did most of the cooking), “It may not look good, but it’s edible.” Gorgeous looking food is great, but it’s all about taste and health to us!

    • Thank you! Life and blogging for that matter is about so much more than just good photos! And personally, good or bad photos don’t make me like a blogger more or less. It’s about what they say and the message they convey!

  2. ahhh I love this message so much!! SO TRUE! we need to live, no apologies need. it isn’t always perfect. if it was, that wouldn’t be real in the slightest :)

  3. Oh my god yes, I couldn’t agree more. I would SO much rather snap a quick pic of something I’ve created that I’m particularly proud of food-wise and share it on the blog or on instagram vs. waiting until I get the perfect shot or whatever. life is TOO short (at least IMHO) to be wasted spending time on those details — it goes back to being so tethered to all things digital and ‘living’ our lives too much online vs. spending them ‘living’ IRL instead. You know??

    • I totally agree. Seriously most times I forget to take photos because I’m so hungry! Plus photos don’t make me like a blogger more or less! It’s about what they SAY. And I love a blogger who blogs less and lives more! It’s all about balance!

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