#Lr_Taste photo by @sculptedkitchen || This photo captures the beauty of what nature has to offer. Looking beyond the colors and variety, it also represents a journey. • I picked up a camera after high school and started shooting weddings. Call it beginners luck, but without any experience, I began to get the knack of it. After taking a break and having children, I wanted to teach them the joy of eating well and how creating and cooking can unleash a connection with what they eat. • I started taking photographs of my food and found that food photography linked me to so many like minded people around the world. Now, I wake up every day excited to learn more about photography and editing. Any delays or stumbling blocks help me grow, and I am so excited to keep growing and seeing where my photography will go!
#Lr_Taste photo by @00coffeecat00 || What evokes that cozy, warm, comforting feeling of “home”? For me it’s definitely the scent of homemade baking, spices, and flowers. Waking up early in the morning and sipping your first cup of coffee along with some seasonal dessert is something that makes me feel really happy and inspired. • The most important thing about homemade pies is that they don’t have to look perfect – they are not about that. They are about children’s happy smiles, lazy morning hugs & kisses, and talking with the ones you love.
#Lr_Taste photo by @mississippivegan || In food photography, the goal is not only to style the food so that it looks aesthetically pleasing, but also to make it look as appetizing and inviting as possible. Creating movement and height helps to achieve this feel. • My goal is to create recipes that flow with the seasons, while incorporating local produce and fresh herbs from my garden. When I found local snow peas at the farmers market, I was inspired to create this dish. The result is a refreshing option for a summer meal with a delightful crunch. The gluten-free noodles are tossed with a sesame lime dressing and then mixed with snow peas, carrots, edamame, roasted butternut squash, cucumber, black sesame seeds, green onions, and freshly chopped Thai basil. A balance of salty, sweet, and tangy are achieved beautifully with a nice variety of texture and color. The full recipe is on my blog: mississippivegan.com!
Photo by @_psudo_ || I love capturing the beauty of Bombay. I often visit this exact location to take photographs, and every time, the photos look drastically different! • On this day, it was too bright to take a slow shutter. All of a sudden, the signal turned green and the vehicles started moving. I couldn't waste another second, so I lowered the shutter speed on my phone's pro mode, but it didn't work. Then, I took off my sunglasses and used the lens as a filter, taking a RAW picture through one eye of my sunglasses. With the help of Lightroom, it worked!
For International Day of Light, we partnered up with @dfreske Click the link in our bio to find out how he discovered his unique lighting style. Then, follow along with his video tutorial and learn how to create brilliant lighting effects of your own!
#Lr_Taste photo by @bealubas || Eating is a multisensory experience… And so is a great food photograph. • In food photography, there is no sound, smell, touch or taste to support your message. You need to get to your viewer’s soul through their eyes and sneak important visual details into your images to wake up their imagination. • It means focusing on fresh colors, interesting textures and shapes, and wrapping it all up in beautiful lighting.
#Lr_Taste photo by @heterei_fotogourmet || It’s important to me to show the delicious side of the foods I photograph. • I’m Paraguayan, and I wanted to give an authentic touch to my work, so I gave myself the nickname “Heterei” in Guaraní, our official language. Heterei means delicious. ☺️ • This is called “Pie de Limón” in Spanish. I learned how to make it from a friend who owns a gluten free bakery in Paraguay. This gluten free “Pie de Limón” tastes like heaven. 🤩
#Lr_Taste photo by @kamilekave || All my life, I wanted to become an important business woman at a big corporation. After years of studying and finally getting that dream job, it only took me one year to realize that this life made me absolutely miserable. It was just not me. So, I flipped my life upside down to become a food photographer. Every day, I spend my mornings learning about photography and the rest of the day practicing or trying to meet other photographers. • It’s shoots like these when I realize how lucky I am. You see, this shoot was an absolute disaster. It took hours to prepare these doughnuts, and they turned out looking nothing like doughnuts. Even the frosting turned out wrong: it was way too thick. By the time I prepared one decent looking doughnut, the daylight was almost gone already… But, my god, I loved every single minute of it. • My cousin held the plate up right next to the window to capture just enough light. I took the only “doughnut” that looked a least somewhat like a doughnut, trimmed it with scissors and topped with raspberries to cover the ugly hole on the inside. I took the shot and used Lightroom to enhance the colors and play with the shadows. Pretty happy with the result!
#Lr_Taste photo by @twiggstudios || I love baking bread at home; it’s such a simple, honest food with only a few ingredients. This was my first experience baking or eating Hokkaido milk bread. I saw the recipe in @tworedbowls ’s cookbook and instantly knew I needed to try it. The smell coming from the oven while it was cooking filled the kitchen with the most beautiful aroma. • When I tore it open and saw just how incredibly cotton soft it was, I was amazed. I had originally baked it to use for French toast, but it was just so perfectly soft I wanted to eat it as it was. The thought of toasting it and turning that incredible center crispy seemed like a waste. We cut a big slice and ate it with butter. I think it’s probably the best bread I have ever eaten. • I wanted to try and capture that softness in a photo. So I put camera on my tripod and took a few shots with the timer and was happy with how I managed to show the bread’s pillowy inside. I did some basic edits in Lightroom and used the vignette tool to draw the eye to the inside of the loaf as it was the star of the show.
#Lr_Taste photo by @aimeebourque || I love a good lesson from the kitchen, especially if it promotes food sustainability and zero waste. • This simple kitchen project started as a way to demonstrate to my daughter how not all vegetable scraps need to end up the compost bin – many will sprout again in water if given the chance. Part science experiment and part salad inspiration, this mini garden of repurposed produce ends brought a welcome touch of greenery to my table this spring. • Once you start looking, there are a thousand little ways we can make environmentally friendly choices in the kitchen. Re-growing vegetable scraps is just one of them.
#Lr_Taste photo by @BoxOfSpice || Eat in moderation. Buy in moderation. • The global impact of food wastage is enormous. Wasting food, especially meat, uses up valuable resources like huge amounts of land, water, and energy (largely fossil fuels ) that all contribute to climate change. Even though we may not be able to control all aspects of food waste, we are one of the many reasons food goes to waste. • I am a big proponent of eating in moderation. Though I am vegetarian, I never advocate quitting meat altogether. Instead, try going vegetarian for a few days in a week – this is always an achievable goal that people seldom shy away from. Whatever you eat, moderation is key. • Make a difference in your food footprint by simple acts: 1. Plan your meals 2. Don’t buy in bulk. It may be cheaper to do so initially, but you don’t save money when you throw most of it out. 3. Store food correctly. Overcrowding your refrigerator will result in forgetting what is stored in the back. 4. Keep an eye on expiration dates. 5. Keep track of what you might be throwing out regularly so you can buy the ingredient in smaller quantities or freeze it next time. 6. Go vegetarian 2-3 times a week. • Share your foodie images this month and tag #Lr_Taste for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page.