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Photographing Food At Home for Blogs

sivyaleah | Jan 2, 2012 06:25 AM

Today, I clicked on a link in another thread to someone's blog to see their recipes for a particular type of cooking.

I was rather appalled at the condition of their kitchen in the photos.

Why would anyone take pictures of the food they are proud of, post it to a blog and not realize how filthy their work area is? I'm not talking a spill. I'm talking caked on food everywhere, including the sides of the stove walls surrounding the area. Do they not recognize how unappealing this is to the reader?

I couldn't even get past Page 1 of the blog. Wasn't interested to see anything else. I didn't care if the recipes were good. The condition of the area overrode everything.

Now, I'm not the best housekeeper. I'm by no means obsessive at all. I don't clean up every drip the moment it happens, however, I darn well make sure that my stove and kitchen in general is as clean as possible when I'm going to blog/take photos of my food. In fact, I pull away any item which doesn't belong in the photo (the other night I was taking a picture of a lemon tart and noticed the salt shaker, an onion and the kitchen timer in the way - so out they came).

I'm proud of what I cook (and my kitchen) and if I'm going to show the public what it looks like, I want it shown in the best possible light. I want my food to look appetizing. I want you, the reader, to feel you could make that dish. I'm not a professional photographer so sometimes I succeed, sometimes not so much but it's never because of a dirty kitchen. Taking a few extra minutes to make sure this is done isn't a big deal at all.

I've noticed this elsewhere for other types of blogs. I'm a member of a home site for old homes and recently someone posted a lot of pictures of her 100+ year old home (mine, is 95+). She was SO excited to show everyone how lovely it was - but all I saw was the layers of grime, dust and dirt that was all over all of her furniture, lamps, and such. It looked like she hadn't dusted in a year. And people were fawning over the house. *shakes head*

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