I am now two weeks blogging and I feel I should celebrate this mini-milestone. I just may need to bake a cake … or a pie, some oatmeal raisin cookies or even some decadent chocolate brownies!
Every journey has a beginning and it starts with a few first steps. ~Rod Deutschmann
I attribute this quote to my wonderful husband Rod because he actually said it this weekend to a group of students during one of our introductory manual photography courses. My head was swirling with everything that has happened during the past two weeks and while his words were meant to support and encourage our new students … they really hit home with me.
Two weeks ago, I took the first steps of a new journey when I started this food blog ~Freshly Photographed. And during this time (like in many new ventures) I have experienced a range of emotions as I tried new things, reworked skills I already knew and learned a lot about a bunch of stuff I didn’t even know I didn’t know. Now that is a great sentence!
What I have learned after two weeks blogging:
- There is a learning curve when combining cooking with photography. I am a photographer by trade and am quite comfortable with camera and flash in situations. However, there is a balance I see needs to happen when combining both photography and cooking. While I want to place my attention on creating the dish at hand, my natural instincts also fight for placing attention on creating those great images. Two passions colliding and it has been like a fabulously fun comedy of errors.
- I know how to remove batter from my 50mm lens. This is a skill I have just picked up. I am amused by the amount of food parts I am getting on my camera, lens and flash! I look at it as ‘battle scars.’ But, a quick wipe with a damp towel cleans it all up nicely.
- I have permission to cook more fun things. This may seem odd, but now that there is a purpose … other than we just need to eat … I find I have the freedom to create and cook different things and at different times of the day. The other night, we had just finished eating dinner. Though fully satisfied, my mind was on perfecting an upcoming dish *spoiler* Egg in a Hole. I turned to Rod and said, “Do you want some Egg in a Hole?” And regardless of the fact we had just eaten, or that it was 8 p.m. and without reserve he replied, “Yes.” I think he’s enjoying this free-for-all food thing, too.
- There is more to food blogging than cooking and taking photos. Yes, there is all that geeky computer stuff, too. Domains, self-hosting, SEO … oh, my! It has been a whirlwind of information and my mind is stretching and exercising like nobody’s business. Taking each component step-by-step however, has been the key to keeping it under control. There are great support systems already in place for all of these components, which has been a big help. I am happy I didn’t let the fear of the unknown keep me from following my goals. The rewards, I can already see, are amazing.
- Food blogging is fun! I mean, seriously fun. I get to use my photography in ways that I love while exploring recipes and cooking techniques. I am being led down memory lane while pouring through my mom’s, grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s handwritten cookbooks. I am achieving goals that I set up for myself … and it all feels really gratifying.
So, I guess now it’s time to celebrate this mini-milestone. I am ready to dive into the kitchen and see what I can come up with. I hope you want to join the fun and visit often to see what I’m cooking, what I’m photographing and where this journey will lead me.
Thank you for stopping by!