Know where you can find some of the most inspiring photography on the Internet? On food blogs…
And as the weather turns chilly and wet, I find myself drawn to my favorite recipe sites to get my creative — and gastric — juices flowing. It’s a comforting and comfortable thing to do — and it often results in the urge to whip up some culinary creation — partly so I can eat it — but also so I can experiment with taking photos of it.
(I secretly aspire to be a food blogger…but that’s not in the cards for me, because my desire to be in the kitchen comes and goes with my mood — and appetite.)
So that’s how these double coconut muffins came into being. I was looking for a recipe to test out the virgin coconut oil I just bought, and I happened to have coconut on hand too.
Once I had baked the muffins and taste tested them (they passed with flying colours), I set about finding their best angle to photograph.
I styled them a few different ways and moved the muffins and the pile of coconut around here and there on the counter. I love the look of linen so I placed them on a linen napkin. I like this result. I especially like that now that the muffins are all gone, I can still enjoy them.
Here’s the recipe for Double Coconut Muffins in case you want to try them. It’s from one of my favorite recipe sites, Smitten Kitchen, where you get homespun stories and great photography along with every recipe. And blogger Deb has just published the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, which is going on my “to get” list right now.
While I’m at it, let me share a few more sites where the photography is as fabulous as the food.
101 Cookbooks (Heidi’s recipes are unique, tasty, natural and super healthy and she is a superb photographer. I especially love her Polaroids.)
Orangette (Molly just had a baby so she is not blogging as much as she used to, but I suggest you browse the archives and delight in her lovely writing, quirky photography and yummy recipes — she loves breads and desserts. I can recommend her memoir too, A Homemade Life.)
Tea and Cookies (This one is far more than a recipe site; it’s full of Tara’s thoughtful reflections on life. She’s someone I’d love to be friends with. Check out her recent post Anatomy of a Food Photo.)
If you want to improve your food photography, here’s a nice tutorial I just ran across on using Lightroom 4.
So what about you? Do you have favorite sites you go to to look at glamour shots of food? (I refuse to call it food porn!) Do you like making images of food? Why not share some links…