It seems that some of the more popular and common panels at a food centered conference are on educating bloggers about how to make your food photos seem professional looking. Gorgeous food porn that could rival that on the covers of Martha Stewart, Real Simple, and so on.
I will be the first to admit that I love a great photo of food. And in fact, if I’m looking at a recipe, a picture must be included. If there is no picture to go with the recipe, I won’t make it. I will skip that recipe. I’m a visual learner. I need to see something for it to register in my wee brain. I can read a recipe and gain an idea of what the outcome will be, but if there’s a picture then I know for sure. And everything will click into place. I have a much better understanding.
But for me the picture doesn’t have to be magazine perfect. Although, in all honesty, I will say that blurry photos drive my nerves. If the photo is blurry, I say do not post it. Seeing a blurry photo on a food blog is a bit annoying. That’s just my unprofessional opinion. But getting back to the topic, if I’m reading a magazine then absolutely I expect that food picture to be amazing.
But that is not what I look for in food blogs. And that is not how I approach pictures here on OHC. My favorite types of pictures are ones like these:
Whatever food happens to be the focus is pretty obvious. It stands out and is easily recognizable. But in the background there are little slices of life going on. In the first picture, along with my smoothie you can see Scott’s smoothie. You can also see my tablecloth and from that learn that I’m eating at my kitchen table.
In the second picture, while that chocolate muffin looks mighty fine, in the background you can see Scott and the glass of wine I’m about to have. There’s a coffee pot back there and perhaps this means I’m in my kitchen snapping this photo.
I like these types of photos and will choose them every time. Maybe Rocky will be in the background or maybe I caught Scott’s hand in a picture of my lunch. I will choose those photos if the picture is not blurry.
Why? Because this is my life. My photos not only represent my eats but also my everyday life. I am not a professional chef. I’m not a professional photographer.
I’m an everyday person living my everyday life that I just happen to want to share with you.
To me, pictures like the ones above represent everyday life. I live with my husband and my dog in my suburban home. I eat and cook a lot and I want my pictures to reflect not only food but how I live.
Having magazine worthy pictures on my blog is not my goal. I do not strive for this. Yes I want my pictures to look nice and yes I take multiple shots so I can pick the best one. But the idea behind this blog, and therefore my pictures, is sharing with you how I live. This is my life. Occasional crap lighting, background images, and all.