Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Every Picture Tells A Story

I know this is a line from a song even though I can’t remember who did it at the moment. This thought came at me the other day when I was culling through some photos and thinking about what makes a good photograph? Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?  Usually I try not to ask opinions because if you ask 10 people you'll get 10 answers. I shoot what I like and what I think is appealing. I have a good eye but photographically speaking I am a work in progress. Frankly, do we ever stop learning at all in anything we do? I think not. For me learning whatever it is I'm doing is a progression that never ends. My philosophy is to look at those I admire and take notes. Never copy anyone but find your own  style.

The most important aspect of good photography is light. I think if you were to ask any photographer this question light would be top on the list. The way it hits the subject be it a person or a plate of food makes or breaks the image. A soft light that makes whatever you are looking at improved. I guess you would say it flatters the subject. It makes skin tones look creamier and food look like you want to eat it.

My husband and I were talking about different photos he liked or didn’t and we were chatting about the blog in general. He mentioned liking the storytelling aspect. I agreed. The first part of this equation is taking good photos. A good photo makes you linger and read on.

Last night he helped me with some photo editing. Having an art director for a husband is very handy indeed and his expertise is much appreciated.

So every picture does tell a story and that is the aspect I love most about what I am doing here on my blog. A post without pictures is boring. A post with bad pictures disaster.  I would love to be considered a food photo journalist. I love the realness behind the visual. Some of my favorite photos are things just laying around the kitchen that I love that tell a story.

The plate in this picture is an example. We had just finished our morning breakfast of  raspberry pancakes. I was clearing the breakfast bar and loved the way the berry and syrup smeared the plate. That to me is art. So I grabbed the plate and put it in my favorite window and voila.

You can stage a photo and try to get a look but the real moments have a magic to them that can’t be re-created. They just are.


  1. I can be quite a visual person and photos can definitely pull me in deeper. Lovely site :)

  2. Thanks for your comment Magic of Spice. Glad you like what I'm doing.

  3. I love the message of being true to what you like photographically. It is too easy to do what you think everyone else likes and forget what you do. Lighting is key and soooo problematic at times. Those yellow walls in my house don't help!