Food Blogging: You’re doing it right

When I first broached the idea of starting a food blog, I decided to do a bit of research. 

Those who know me well know that I never ever do anything without doing  my background research first.  It’s a bit of a thing for me.  Ever since I was an elementary school kid who took on my own self-study projects through the summer and spent evenings in the air-conditioned library looking for information on Marie Curie’s life, or Greece, to inform my final paper. 

At any rate, at the time, I didn’t even really know what a blog was.  Is it a web page?  What makes it a blog?  Why the frig is it called a blog?  Such a funny word.

One of the first blogs I found was Annie’s Eats, and it is, to this day, my go-to for so many things.  Annie’s posts are short and sweet with just the right personal touch, so that you feel like she could very well be your baked goods-touting best friend.  Before I really even started getting into reading her blog on a regular basis, I was thoroughly inspired (and still am) by the fact that she juggles this incredibly professional, well laid-out blog with excellent, thoughtful recipes with being a mother of two and a physician. Annie became not only my favourite resource for recipes that I knew would work, but also the hallmark for what I wanted to accomplish with my blog:  an well-presented blog that I balanced with all of the other things going on in my life and an outlet for my creative energy.

 I’ve since made and adapted so many of Annie’s recipes.  I used her croissant dough to make these pistachio, goat cheese and chili honey croissants:

This croissant dough is Annie's recipe!  Incredible!

This croissant dough is Annie’s recipe! Incredible!

When I saw this pizza on Annie's blog, I knew I had to make it.

When I saw this Strawberry Bacon Balsamic pizza on Annie’s blog, I knew I had to make it.

As I started to explore blogging a little more, and I had gotten to the point of creating a blog and had started to populate it with some recipes and photos before launching it to the world, I reached out to Kelly Neil, a local food blogger and photographer.  You see, when I Googled “Halifax food blogger,” everything came up Kelly.  Her blog is visually stunning – well, obviously, she’s a photographer – and her writing concise and thoughtful.  As if that weren’t enough, Kelly is just as lovely as her photos, and has been a great support to me.  She helped to found Halifax Food Bloggers, which has helped a lot of us local bloggers get a little recognition and make connections with each other.  She has been a big inspiration and help to me with my food photography, and is always quick to answer any technical questions I have. 

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Food Photography Course…the creation of gawk-worthy pics

So I took this incredible food photography course with my pals Kelly and Brianna, taught by the incredibly talented Beth Dunham.  

I enjoy the heck out of taking pictures of the food I make for you all to drool over, and this course really helped me to take my photos to the next level.  So, ever since, I’ve been acquiring some extra gear (a new lens and a tripod), painting backdrops, and creating a little photography space in my basement.  

It’s been fabulous.

I got to take photos like this:

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and this….you know, just to see if the strawberries looked better than the raspberries…

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…and then we learned how to tell a story with our food photographs, and we decided to pretend we were in Italy….

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and I messed around with my new lens a little…

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It was so fun, and I learned so much, and I fell in love with my 50mm lens.  What was I doing without one up till now?

I’m not sure.

At any rate, all is right with the world, and I am having so. much. fun. with my face stuck behind my camera.