Homegrown tomatoes and freshly ground flour. Those are two things my mother prized, valued, and taught us to appreciate. She had a vision for her family, and it included quality food. Even in the hardest of times, Mom would skimp on just about anything but food, a mindset she worked hard to convince her kids to adopt. Lucky for me, I married a man who encourages that perspective on living and finances. So if it’s a choice between an extra pair of shoes or fresh veggies for the month, the decision has already been made. We’ll take the green beans please!
Apart from the nutritional and practical benefit of food, I’ll be the first to admit that the draw to fresh, raw ingredients is so much more than that for me. The artist’s eye in me loves to seek out combinations, not just in flavors and spices, but in textures and colors too! The more I experimented in my own kitchen, the more I discovered my love for still life photography and styling. I love taking something fresh off the stalk and photographing its life cycle from purchase to presentation. Having the opportunity to inspire others to see that beauty makes the process even richer.
Whether it’s been through collaboration with CupcakeMAG and Pencilled Daydream, or simply updating this little space I call home, styling and sharing food photography has become a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Here are a few of my favorites to date: