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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Rollup

Update 11/7/2013:

I did it, I did it, I did it. I finally got accepted into foodgawker.com!

Previous Post 11/6/2013:

Somehow over time, I’ve really become addicted to food photography. I’ve loved to cook and bake for years and have always enjoyed sharing pics of food with my friends on Facebook. When I started sharing, it was all about the food, but recently, I’ve become passionate about the styling and the photography as well.

Once upon a time, I owned the blog thelooksforless.com {sold it earlier this year} and I know a lot of my fab readers followed me here from that site. The main reason I wanted to create Fab Fatale is so that I could blog about way more than just fashion, in particular my love for food… and now my baby ;) I took an online food photography class last month at CreativeLive.com with Andrew Scrivani, a New York Times food photographer, and I feel like my images are slowly but surely starting to improve.

This weekend, I made my Pumpkin Cream Cheese Rollup for a charity bake sale and thought I’d photograph it again, just to compare my “before and after class” pics. I’m about halfway through the course and feel like I can see an improvement. The pic above was the only image I had at my Pumpkin Cream Cheese Rollup post, and now I’ve replaced it with the one below, and several others documenting the process {since it is a bit confusing to explain in the recipe}. The “before” pic was after trying to hone my styling skills for about a year {examples of my worst pics are below lol}, but still had to be touched up A LOT in Adobe Lightroom because I’d used faux outdoor lighting with umbrellas and the composition was too close. After the class, I got a better lens and tripod, picked up some new linens, took my pic using natural lighting, and I’m getting so much better at working with my camera’s manual settings. Hopefully I’ll just keep getting better because I truly do love it. I can’t wait to have a little food photography corner set up in my new office. I’m so excited!

I have this mini-goal of getting a recipe accepted into FoodGawker.com. I have no idea why, maybe because they’ve turned me down 6 times already lol {due to poor composition, lighting, styling, etc.}, but I feel like it will be a small victory and acknowledgement that maybe I am getting a bit better. Wish me luck lol. They may not accept this recipe since I’ve submitted it before {their system may not accept previously declined URLs}; however, if I get rejected again {wah wah wahhhhhh}, then I have a soup recipe coming up and I’ll try that one as well.

Update: I did it! My pic got accepted by foodgawker.com.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Rollup Recipe

Here are a couple of other images from way back that make me cringe LOL. My white balance for both images {game day slow cooker chili and burrito pie} was so blown out, that I literally had to modify the sour cream in Photoshop so that it didn’t look like a massive white blob. Eeek!!!



What hobbies are you passionate about? Do you feel you’ve perfected your skills or are you a work in progress?

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