I remember when I first decided to take on this gig as a SAHM (stay at home mom for those who don't know) I knew I had to find a hobby. I'm a workaholic and I had no idea what I was going to do at home all day long with an infant and a toddler. The first thing that came to mind was photography. I had been wanting to take a photography class for ages but just never did it. And I don't know what made me think that I would be able to do it with two little ones clinging to me. So those dreams went down the drain.
Instead I decided to start a blog. This was something that was more up my alley. I love to write and I"m actually okay at it. So why not do something I love? The only problem was I wanted my blog to be personal. I started off blogging about products, doing reviews and giveaways. I felt the only way to really do reviews was by showing personal pictures that I would take. Well, this had a positive and a negative. It was great to have an actual picture of the items but it wasn't always easy to get a nice clear picture on my blog.
Well, I did some research, talked to other mommy bloggers and learned that I could edit my pictures using a program called picnik. This program was great! I could clear up my pictures and make them look better and clearer. I could even do collages. I loved using picnik so much that I decided to start doing blog posts about what I would cook, especially new recipes I liked to try.
This didn't last long. First, I had no ideas what to take pictures of. Second, I can multitask but it just never works when I'm cooking. I have to fully concentrate on cooking so then I forget to take pictures! Third, I'm awful at staging food. The meals would taste great but when I took pictures of the actual plates they just weren't that great looking. Who is going to cook a meal that doesn't look appetizing? I've already started to learn a few basics. I went from this:
So what's my answer. Well, lucky me, I'm in this awesome online social community called Collective Bias. You may have seen some of the work I've done for them. They are all about helping their community members improve their blogs and their skills so they just started this awesome online school called SoFabU (Social Fabric University). The first course is Food Photography by Sony, an online food photography course and I have the pleasure of being a student. The course is completely online and it's all about teaching into and intermediate (I'm scared) photography techniques to help showcase photos for cooking posts. I'm hoping that this course will teach me how to take better photos of food (including staging and lighting) and some of the basic tricks of digital editing. I want to be able to proudly write my cooking posts and display fabulous pictures of the dishes I create. So stay tuned and wish me luck.