Photo Friday: Soups

Happy Friday to all!

I am so excited the weekend is almost here–the weather is beautiful and everyone seems to be in a good mood .  I hope this is the case for you.  Anyway, I have been thinking back on the cooking class I took a month ago at NGI, and realized I have a ton of pictures from it! I wish the lighting had been better, but I think I was able to get some pretty good pictures out of it.  That didn’t seem to stop me when we were making things though–I was snapping away at the shutter any time we prepared or tasted a dish.  Let me tell you, it was hard not to just dig straight in because all the recipes were so delicious.  However, I constantly found myself the last one to start eating because I wanted to capture the moment right before devouring a dish.  Since I took so many pictures, I decided I would just post the soups for this week.  So without further ado, here are my soups:

Zucchini and Bone Broth Soup
Zucchini and Bone Broth Soup
Lentil soup with crème fraîche
Lentil soup with crème fraîche
Chicken, Chickpea, and Cauliflower Curry
Chicken, Chickpea, and Cauliflower Curry
Broiled chicken stew with a homemade chicken bone broth
Broiled chicken stew with a homemade chicken bone broth
Delicious seafood stew
Delicious seafood stew
Two empty dishes signaling immense satisfaction
Two empty dishes signaling immense satisfaction

Thanks for stopping by.  If you have feedback (positive or negative), I would love to hear it! Have a wonderful day, and remember to make time for the things that you love and that make you happy.  You deserve to be happy.

Love,
Lucy

Food Styling

What a great day! Today was a one day course on food styling, and it was so much more relaxing and fun compared to all of the other classes.  Not that the other classes aren’t fun, because they really are, but today was a really chill day where we got to learn about how to make food look good.  And then we basically had all the time in the world to set up some of our own shots.  So basically, I was able to get creative and have fun with my camera and not worry about having a dish done by a certain time.  Plus, I got to learn a lot of cool tricks that professional stylists use (I will never look at a picture of a bowl of soup the same again!) 

In the morning, we got an introduction to food staying, and talked about the important concepts and tools used.  Then we learned how to plate a salad and a sandwich, and then got to get our hands dirty.  Who knew crisco could be an ingredient of something so innocent? It acted as the base for the lettuce, so even though it might look good, this food is mostly not edible. In fact, I did feel pretty wasteful most of the time.  Here are some of my favorite shots though!

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In the afternoon, we talked about actually taking pictures with your camera and also blogs and whatnot.  It was really exciting for me, because the longer I did this, the more I wanted to do it. This makes me really want to try to take my blog to the next level and make it a really good food blog, and try to do it as a job. Who knows if I will get there (thanks for those following now, because you give me hope!) We also got to plate some soup and some pasta.  The soup blew my mind with the techniques that stylists use (shh, I think I have to keep it a secret…) to make everything look good and keep still.  I was able to shoot my pasta dish up on the really good camera Living Light uses, and it was really cool to see it up on the big screen! I still took some pictures afterwards with all of the cool props they had laid out for other people’s use…

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I definitely put more effort into the pasta cause I knew that was going to be shot by a photographer who knew what she was doing haha. I also had more fun taking pictures and couldn’t pick the best few…

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Three things I learned today:

  1. I like food styling! It is like art with food–you even use paint brushes! 
  2. The food used in food styling is quite inedible (especially anything done professionally).  Just today, as a beginner, I used cotton balls and vaseline in my food (I bet you can’t tell where!), but people use hairspray, glycerin, and a lot of crazy stuff…
  3. Potatoes are a key ingredient of styling any soup.  that or agar agar. 

 

Tomorrow starts my last week of Living Light, and I am kind of sad and hope it goes slow.  Especially because I don’t want my demo to come yet! Anyways, I hope everyone had a lovely day, and took the time to really put your effort into something you enjoy.  Even if it means taking a couple extra minutes making your breakfast or cleaning up something for yourself, or taking a short walk outside to enjoy the weather. 

Love,
Lucy