Food Photography Good Enough to Eat

Let's just start this blog out with dessert!!! A yummy, easy recipe for a delicious holiday cake! Can't claim this as my own recipe, because it was served at a workshop and I asked for it.  So gooey and yummy I honestly thought it was HOMEMADE!!! 
Turns out to be easy-peasy because you start with one of Duncan Hines NEW gourmet cake mixes.

Follow the directions as outlined on the box. BUT............

ADD to the cake batter portion approximately one cup of chopped walnuts and one cup of Craisins (dried cranberries.)  Before mixing the cake batter put the nuts and Craisins in the ingredients, as you don't want to over mix the batter. I have used both a 9x12 pan and bundt cake pan. It is easier to stir the second caramel/apple mixture into a flat pan...but the Bundt has a more lovely presentation.

 Food Photography, amateur style.

Lovely cake waiting to be nibbled on by Mr. and Mrs. Hedgehog.  They like the nuts the best.

Now for an update on what I have been doing. I have written previously about the gift of my BIG MAMA Canon camera.  I have read the manual, ordered thick technical how-to-books, practiced and gone berserk.  Age, right brain syndrome, I don't know, but getting the settings, bells, whistles and  buttons straight has been a struggle. 

I then discovered, here in Charlotte a fantastic Photography Class website.

Brian and his team present as many as 40 workshops and travel seminars a season. If you live anywhere in the Charlotte area I can't recommend Brian and his photographers more highly. 
So the past two weeks I have taken every class I can manage. And OH HOW HELPFUL IT HAS BEEN! 
Big Mama I love you!
My last class was Photographing Food!
I loved the workshop,  teachers, students, professional and amateur photographers alike. (HMM I am below amateur level.)

So with that I share three of the photos that I took at the workshop. Truth and disclosure, Brian and his crew set up the scenarios with professional equipment and we were able to work our own cameras and photograph the set ups. 
One of the students graciously brought the food in...and served us the delicious Banana Pudding with Meringue topping. (no didn't ask for recipe.)

In our family we ALL love to photograph the food we find amazing when dining out. But needing a little discretion in a restaurant, we use our i Phone, cell phone or small point and shoot cameras, stand over the food and snap a photo or two.
Now I am spoiled...
Do you think that McDonald's would let me in with all the bells and whistles needed to do a professional shoot?
If you don't live in my area, look around in yours, maybe you will be lucky and find great photography classes. But here in Charlotte, Osborne Photography is the premier studio. Thanks Team.

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