Pass It Forward: 3 Food Bloggers

Friday, 25 January 2013
How difficult is it to snap a photo of my meal? I mean, all you have to do is take out your camera, focus and press the button. Well, that was what I used to think. And then I quickly realize that my shots look nothing like the appetizing, delectable and utterly scrumptious ones featured by some of my favorite food bloggers. Lately, I've decided to up my ante by studying the techniques used by these ladies. My conclusion is it's not easy to cook, style the shot AND photograph the darn thing before the meat and veggies shrivel up and look like my fingers after an hour in the pool. These 3 ladies are not only awesome (one is a trained chef) cooks, they're incredible photographers.


Helene Dujardin of Tartelette

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Helene's French and a native of south of France but currently resides in Alabama. She was trained and worked as a pastry chef until a few years ago before she switched to food photography. She now works as a photographer at Oxmoor House. She takes some of the most breathtaking photos I've ever seen. I've actually bought her book, Plate to Pixel last year and couldn't be more impressed with the amount of tips and techniques she'd shared, from equipment to setting up shots.




Keiko Okawa of Nordljus


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The word Nordljus is one that many avid food photographers say in a reverential tone. You'll know exactly what I mean once you've checked it out. I have been following her blog for a couple of years now and spent many productive hours just trawling through the photos. Keiko is Japanese who has set up home in the U.K. She has worked with big names such as Ottolenghi and Marks and Spencers. Word of warning. Try not to read her blog when you're hungry.




Darina Kopcok of Gratinee


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I came across Darina's blog by chance when I was trying to find a good crepe recipe. Ever since then, I've been hooked and read it now on a regular basis. I have a list of recipes of hers as long as my arm that I'm dying to try out. Darina is a Canadian who's a fiction writer but also freelances as a food and travel writer. Her natural talent in food styling and photography is obvious in every post.

13 comments:

  1. Hi there! Thanks for sharing, these foodie bloggers recipes sound most delicious, I'll have to check them out! Have a good weekend!

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  2. Thanks for the link! I don't cook....well, not a very good one. I need all the help I can get!
    These blogs make me feel so inadequate..... :(

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  3. I've been following Helene for a long time now and I adore how much she labours over each photographed dish. Nothing is left to chance and the resulting pictures speak volumes of her dedication. A few other really nifty sites I subscribe to are Browneyed Baker, Pink Parsley and David Lebovitz. I often refer to RasaMalaysia.com too :)

    xo Sheela xo

    p/s doing that shoe post today :D

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  4. I'm not a foodie as you know but I can appreciate how difficult it is to take pictures of food and make it look wonderful - it is wickedly and insanely difficult. My pictures of food put people off rather than wanting to eat. But like they always say - it tastes better than it looks!

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  5. I follow What Katie Ate, Roost Blog, Simply Breakfast, and Whole larder Love (my fav, organic farm blog)

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  6. I struggle SO bad with taking food of pics, I absolutely love Bakers Royale, constantly drooling over my screen when browsing through her recipes xx

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  7. Girl, showing this pictures to a pregnant lady should be a crime!!

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    1. LOL! At least you have an excuse to eat! I don't......pfffft. Oh well. Will diet next month.

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  8. I am honoured to be mentioned on your blog, particularly in the company of such great photographers! Food photography is a huge learning curve, one that I struggle with on a daily basis. The styling is even more challenging, I find, and when you have to do both it can be tear-provoking. All worth it if it's your passion, though. One great thing about having a blog is that you can go back and track the evolution of your skills. Feel free to message me if you need any tips.

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    1. My pleasure, Darina. Thank you for the lovely offer to share tips.

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing Marlene! This all looks so delicious. I just wish I had the patience to take some more time to cook a delicious meal... I guess I am just better at eating! ;)

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  10. My mouth is watering! Thanks for sharing these. I'm off to stop by each. Their photography really captures the beautiful meals. I agree with you that food is definitely far harder to photograph than what it looks. These ladies are truly skilled!

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  11. I stopped reading Tartelette and I don't know why - maybe the feed stopped refreshing? LOVING this pass it forward, I can never get enough of new food blogs!x

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