Why New Food Photographers Fail (and a FREE Book to Help You Succeed)

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With the rise in food blogging new food photographers are being born every day. Everyone wants to become an outstanding food photographer, but most people fail.

Some spend time trying to become a food photographer but month after month nothing changes. It quickly starts getting frustrating and you feel like you should quit. But quitting does work either. Every so often you still feel the urge, but nothing works.

Why do most food photographers fail? Is it luck or is it something very deep that prevents success?

Read on to understand the deep reasons why most food photographers fail and how failure sets in. Ignore this and you will fail. Embrace it and fight it and you will succeed.

7 Reasons Why You Will Fail as a Food Photographer

Here are the 7 reasons why most new food photographers fail to reach their potential. Without mincing words, lets jump right to the first reason.

Reason 1: Not Enough Food Photos

One of the common reason for you to not reach your photographic potential is that you don’t take enough photos. The more food photos you take the better photographer you become. You know your camera and your equipment better. You know the settings and what those settings do. You learn how to see like your camera. Framing and composition starts getting better.

You start seeing photographs everywhere. Don’t believe me? Ask anyone who has participated in a Photo a Day project (enrollment closing soon).

Reason 2: No Love for Food

Outstanding food photographers love food. They understand their subject. If you don’t love food, it is hard to find motivation to find a subject. If you don’t love cooking, or know someone who can cook for you, the challenge becomes how will you practice all the different possible dishes that will improve your photography.

Certainly, if you love cooking and can cook, you have greater chances to become a great food photographer. Look at all the food bloggers who have excelled at food photography.

Reason 3: Taking all the LIKES and Comments seriously

With so many places to post photos, now you can also get more likes than ever. We have talked about this before. And it is important to mention it again. Our friends and family encourage us by liking our photo and leaving comments that are nice. Most new food photographers look at these comments and starting become complacent. They think that since all their friends are liking the photo, you must be getting good.

Ask yourself – of all your friends, how many do actually take photographs and appreciate a good photo? This is where the next point is really crucial.

Reason 4: Not Understanding What A Great Food Photo Looks Like

Related to reason number 3 is, not understanding what a great food photo looks like. Understanding what good food photos look like and knowing what are the elements of a great food photograph is crucial for being successful. Start with the basics and learn about design and art.

Learn about elements of art. Learn about elements of a great food photo. Understand what makes a great food photo.

Reason 5: No Committed Schedule

Have you committed to a schedule? Every Monday photographing 2 new dishes? Every Tuesday looking at portfolios of 4 new food photographers? or something like that?

If you haven’t planned your schedule, you won’t ever do it properly. As they say, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

Reason 6: Not Feeding Your Brain

As part of the creative process, feeding your brain with great food photos, specially at the early stage is really critical. This also helps you with point 4. The more photos you look at the more understanding you get. We have talked about this in detail before. Read more about food photography inspiration.

Reason 7: Reading Lot of Blogs

How many blogs do you read? No not just food photography blog. All blogs? 50? more? less? In this information age, when information comes to us from all different direction, it is a real challenge to stay focused and get something done. And that’s just the way it is now and it will only get worse. We will get even more information from even more directions. Information Overload, I am sure you’ve heard about it.

Everyone faces these barriers to a certain extent. Everyone wants to become great at something, in our case, a better food photographer. Then why do we fail?

How We Fail?

Last few months I have faced most of these barriers. I have read more blogs than ever. Not taken a single food photo. Slipped from my schedule. This year was incredibly different for me. Every time I wanted to take a photo, there was always something that prevented me.

Sometimes it was the excuse of not having “good” light. Other times it was just, “I don’t think I have time for that today”. The funny thing is that, every time I said, I don’t have time, I found I wasted hours watching random videos on internet about information I didn’t need or watching TV.

Some days it was Patrick Jane, other days it was Mr. Reese. Some days it was Manning other days it was Brady. Kalinda too was creating not letting me do the work.

There were days when I just didn’t “feel like” it.

Have you ever struggled to take a great photo? You have your camera next to you but you just don’t “feel” it. Have ever had one of those moments? Do you hear that voice in your heard that wants you to watch more TV or play that game or spend some time browsing Pinterest?  Perhaps its facebook if not Pinterest?

How To Get a FREE BOOK and Fight Back

Steven Pressfield calls that voice in your head “Resistance”, in his book The War of Art.

The War of Art is an amazing book. It helped me. If you haven’t read it, I would highly recommend it to you. Anyone who is in the field of arts needs to read it. It’s a must read for you.

I loved this book and it helped me so much that we are giving away this book for FREE  (Update: we have announced the winner) to someone who is serious about food photography.

How to Get FREE Book

How to get this free book? It’s really simple. Leave one detailed comment telling what you struggled with this year and what you did to overcome it. That’s it.

One liner comments like “Please send me the book” will be disqualified. We will randomly pick a commenter who shares their struggles and barriers. Announcement of Winners will be on our Google Plus page and Facebook Page.

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Comments

  1. This past year started off no different from the year before…even though I thought I’d planned for it to be different. I got so busy working in the business of photography that I wasn’t making time for those personal projects (e.g. food photography) that might ultimately expand my horizons and take me in new directions. Easy to make excuses when you’re a mom of three and busy shooting on weekends for your clients….but instead of aiming for those lofty goals I’d set out to conquer in the beginning of the year, I referred to that old school of thought Kaizen – which advocates breaking large goals down into smaller, more achievable ones. Instead I began taking little steps – like spending time on food blogs at least once per month. Buying a new recipe book every three months. Subscribing to a cooking magazine and making time each issue to sit down and review the images within. Although I haven’t gotten to the serious part – shooting – quite yet, I know that the process of reviewing and deconstructing the images I find every mont is building a strong foundation that will become evident once I do begin to pick up the camera and begin shooting food art.

  2. For me the struggle has been with styling and staging. To keep at it I look at different photographers work and see what elements make their images work. It’s important to remember to take your cue from them, but find your own style. Your images won’t look exactly line theirs, but you don’t want them to, you want to stand out on your own. That’s also a tough challenge, finding your own style and it get get frustrating as well. I have made it a goal to shoot every weekend with a specific topic in mind ( focus on lighting, or focus on staging etc). When your collection of I images grows you will start to see you personal style emerge.
    If it seems overwhelming, just say one a week I will spend 2-3 hours on photographing food. This week I will practice lighting. And look at some photographers and study their lighting. Then try those techniques. The following week say I will study styling, then find some examples to try, and so on. Now you have some lighting and styling techniques. One other note, try and find a good photography forum with pros, they will provide good honest feedback that will help you grow.

  3. This year I made a concerted effort to post more often and to try to create some kind of schedule. But my biggest stumbling block has been a lack of confidence – I know what I like in other people’s photos but don’t seem to be able to express what’s in my head in my photography! I have also used the excuse that I am a technological numpty (that’s Brit-speak for “idiot”!) and can only take photographs in good natural light.

    But I have finally opened up the manual on my basic digital camera and started to understand what different settings do. I have got myself a couple of digital photography books and am very slowly working through them to try and understand how to make the most of what I have got and how to take photographs when the food is ready rather than when I am ready! Sometimes my brain hurts and I am worried that if I shake my head, all the knowledge will fall out. But very, very slowly I am beginning to learn and understand; just keeping things really simple.

  4. Alfred Kirst says:

    TIME. Having the time to sit down and work on shooting food. I’m always having a family member telling me enough pictures it’s time to eat. Or only having enough time to think about it. For 2013 I plan to wear out my camera so I can say I need a new one. Hopefully I will have gotten a few keepers in the bunch.

  5. My biggest challenge in food photography is that my hands are not steady and as the result the images are blurred if there’s not enough light (I often shoot in the evening). I have got a tripod earlier this year to move on with my food photography practice, and now there are other challenges that have to be overcome one at a time. I’m looking forward to 2013, as for me it will be a year of 2013 good pictures for my portfolio!

  6. My biggest challenge is not having the time to take photos of the food before we eat it. Every now and then, I make something that is not to be eaten right away. That way, I can take photos of it.

  7. I have had three big challenges: lighting, space, and equipment. I have done research for awhile on great food photography and the list of things you may need to make an appealing photograph (lighting, accessories, etc.) can be a bit daunting. Also, because of the layout of my apartment, I may have 2 good hours of sunlight in the morning or early evening to work with so it can be frustrating. Also sometimes my pictures just aren’t that inspiring to me. Recently I’ve been following smitten kitchen’s blog because she uses artificial lighting in a really appealing way and it doesn’t seem to be a real elaborate setup. In 2013 I would like to experiment more with alternative light sources and to also stay committed to posting once a week.

  8. I started out doing a 365 project, struggled with finding a subject for many of the assigned topics. As a stay at home mom I found it difficult to find new eyes with which to observe my surroundings. I lost my focus with my blog and became utterly frustrated with the lack of lighting in my kitchen. Realizing that I am looking at everything as a photo opportunity, I have a renewed spirit and interest. This is something that I really want and I am not going to let my surroundings and equipment deter me. I have signed up for some photography workshops and I am looking forward to learning everything I can.

  9. I think my problems this year can be summed in three words: time, planning and equipment
    . I let my schedule go and my posting and food photography frequency dropped considerably.
    With work, family and a house to manage making time to properly style and photograph food was not easy.
    I am saving up to buy a macro lens but still have a long way to go. I know the hardware does not make the photographer but I am in love with close up pictures with a shallow depth of field

    • Hi Sawsan (chef in disguise),
      I hope my words will be taken as advice, not as critique – you don’t need to have great equipment to make great images including in food photography.
      First of all – look around and get inspired, look lots of great example to get the sense of styling; observe the light that is used and how the light builds up the image; look at the props and think if they are complimenting or overpowering the food that is presented… Last of all but least important think what mood they are creating and if they look boring, or they are looking original.
      Then start visualising your image, take notes, think before you go to sleep how do you imagine your picture – POV, DOF, accessories, main meal, props, light.
      I have taken some of award winning images with the cheapest lenses available. You don’t have to break your budget, you just have to have a vision. And if you feel dry on inspirations, just take a break from shooting and spend a month or two studying some well re-known food photographers and learn from them – you don’t have to copy them…
      One last thing – if you find a nice niche to take an image, try to avoid it the next time, or you are risking to create a “letter-pressed” kind of food photography portfolio.
      I hope that helps you!

  10. I struggle with depression everyday, so this year I started exercising in the mornings,, even of I didn’t feel like it; I also started participating in a Photo a day challenge on Facebook to give me something to look forward and do everyday

  11. I graduated college over a year ago with two degrees. I’ve really struggled with trying to find a job. I’ve applied to university, city, grocery, and restaurant jobs and never get calls back. I was even hired for a job, then they cancelled the job 2 days before I was supposed to start. I finally found a job for a seasonal warehouse and worked there a month. I was told I was the best worker in my department, but I was in the first group to be let go. Within my struggle, I have realized that I just need to begin my own business. I also realized the true cost of buying things. The only person I can count on is me, and the more hardwork I put into my own business, the more it will pay off. I have been pursuing food photography for a half a year now and I hope it develops so that I may begin to have some income.

  12. Sergio Vaira Andani says:

    My main challenge is running out of time, as I only like to use natural light from the windows in my flat, living in London and having very dark and short days now is a real problem, even when I organize all in advance. Hope summer will be better and let me learn and improve more,

  13. I am my biggest critic and truthfully, it annoys the heck out of me. While my passion of food photography is my life and love, I struggle to admit that I am a good enough photographer or blogger, despite the amount of raves and likes I may get. I work as a photo assistant and a mother of two so by the end of the day, I am too tired to accomplish anything from my personal to-do list. This year, however, I am going to keep a strict schedule, comment more on the several blogs that I follow and take time for myself and my blog. Good luck to everyone and keeping my fingers crossed that I succeed!

  14. I have fought against two obstacles: Time and light.
    I really love food photography, but I love eating good food too. My path on the kitchen:
    - Prepare the camera, lights, endless background…
    - Cooking
    - Photographing
    - eating
    The problem comes when I finish my cooking and plating tasks. Then I put my plate on the photography set and I start shooting. If I spend enough time to shoot the perfect photo (I like to take my time looking for the setup which fits the plate concept) I finally eat the food cold, and I hate to eat that time-consuming food cold! Sometimes I program a chronometer to avoid that, but then I´m not comfortable shooting. I´m planning to buy a heater/resistor in 2013 to keep my food hot.
    The other problem is the light, specially the one that comes from the back. I have several backgrounds photographed (I spent some time visiting textile shops and photographed several configurations, so I don´t need to buy that textiles now) and I use and endless background to go faster, then I mix the background and the plate in Photoshop. But my endless background is opaque, so I´m planing to buy a translucent endless background which lets me put a flash behind it.

  15. Like every year, I started off with the best intentions, as we all do. My company that I work for filed for bankruptcy on Jan 5, luckily the final 3 stores were purchased on Feb 13. During that time when I thought that I would be without a full time job, panic set in. Having studied the work of Tony Robbins and others, I knew that it is not what happens to a person, it is what you do about it that makes the difference. Tony says, it is nearly impossible to drive from where you to any destination using the rear view mirror. So I put “my past” in the rear view mirror and decided that I would make the most from anything that came along. With the new company came new opportunities, I became the director of the education and workshop division for the three stores in the Washington DC area. My passion is hospitality and food photography, and I work at it when I can. I am not where I want to be, though I am learning every day something new that will get me to where I want to be in the industry. I believe success leaves clues and many clues are found in books that are written that give the reader the opportunity to leave the past in the rear view mirror.

  16. I actually started doing food photography this year. Absolutely love it, because there are many challenges in this photography niche and I think this is why I like it. I found that in food photography the one of important parts is composition. You have to be a designer to know where is better to place a fork, or which color for plate to choose for photographing salmon. I think for the photographers who work alone without food stylist the big concern should be not only how to light food, but also learn a lot about how to compose food.

    Sergey

  17. My struggle is lighting. My counters and floors are black marble. They’re beautiful, but I don’t think they look good with my food photos. I’ve been playing around with the flash and settings, but I’m such a newbie I don’t really know what I’m doing. I need lots of help with lighting in general…please help! And thank you!

    • you should look into “Light Science and Magic”…from Focal Press.
      this will change the way you thik and see light….. This is a great place to start on the lighting journey!!!

      Good Luck
      Charlie

  18. What I have always struggled with is composition. I mean placement of the bowl/ plate, what angle to take a picture in.
    My other struggle is, I have limited props and as a stay at home mom, I limit my spending -not that I am complaining, but I also feel I have limited vision when it comes to ‘dressing up food’.
    Now comes the most important part. I am an infrequent blogger, I need to get down to a schedule. I cook but do not necessarily take pictures and blog about it. I need to discipline myself.

  19. Thank you for the article. It really points out the most common blocks of becoming a good photographer. I’d say, not only a good photographer, but a good specialist in any field. My story hasn’t ended yet to name it a success story, and it tells not only about food photography, which I love, but more about creativity in general :) A year ago I quit my regular job in marketing and decided to focus on my own business. I had no clue what would that look like exactly but knew I had to do it. I was feeling down for a few months, being pessimistic about my future and with no ideas of what to do but even then I did some photoshootings with a friend, just for fun. Also I continued making the handmade home objects which slowing were becoming popular among my friends and friends of friends. When summer came I found myself doing commissioned photoshoots for an american online-magazine, local bakery and a few printed magazines in Ukraine. How did I get there? I don’t know, I was just taking every single order from friends and friends of friends, often with no pay, just to try it out, to get some experience and, maybe, improve my portfolio :) My handmade works, photography and designs brought me to a few scholarships in design schools in Europe,and I’m now studying for free at a newly opened design school of Li Edelkort in Poland!
    The lessons learned for now are: seek the community. Be it a digital or live community, doesn’t really matter that much. You need to get support and listen to the people who’ve been there and became successful. If you have a friend or a relative who is very supportive of you, enjoy his or her company.Moreover, bringing your focus within you, starting taking yoga or dance classes, meditating or listening to any spiritual teachings or music will make you feel calm and inspired even in the most unpleasant times.
    Continue experimenting. Sometimes you’re just afraid to try something new or look stupid with your ‘starting photographer’s’ photos, that fear is blocking you and you have to admit it’s there and then just continue doing your own thing. You have no idea how people will react, just stay humble and responsive to feedback and keep working.
    Be positive and help others. Everyone has something to share. By sincerely helping other people by simply writing useful blog posts,leaving nice comments or talking sweet to your close ones, opens up a whole new level of energy for you. Get the focus of yourself and your struggles and do something for the others. In food photography, you can think of the people who will see your photos and get inspired or your client who needs these photographs to make a nice ad, instead of focusing on your inner uncertainty and fear of failure. :)

  20. So many people saying time was the biggest challenge. I guess I could say that too it i think that would be a cop out. I think my biggest challenge was not finding my “mojo” . Too many times I took a few shots , looked at them on the computer and thought. Ewwww. Could have done that better. Maybe if I…. But then couldn’t find the motivation to take more shots. In the new year I hope to take more shots and keep looking for my “mojo”, my creative inner voice. Thank you for the chance to win a book that might help!

  21. One thing I struggled with this year was keeping a consistent blogging schedule. I even took a couple months off after my computer broke. Luckily, I have since gotten a new laptop, and as of January 2nd, I will be throwing myself full force into the blogging world, and into my Etsy shop!

  22. I am a professional commercial photographer and as so many of the previous commentaries I struggled with content and frequency of my blog. Then I decided to join forces with a local pastry chef and we started http://www.whipandclick.com, a blog where we serve seasonal treats with easy to follow recipes, delicious photos and and news from the New York food world. We got so excited about it that we spend 100% of our efforts on creating content for the blog. After a couple of months of work and after a couple of talks to other bloggers and marketing experts we found out that really, we should spend 20% of your time on content and 80% on marketing….which was quite a big surprise for us! So we got together and developed a marketing calendar for 2013 that involves contacting bloggers, food magazines etc. For me the best way to overcome obstacles is to reach out to friends and experts in the field and give and get support! Happy 2013 to all!

  23. biggest problem was finding time to shoot.
    i spent way to much time getting new customers and chasing my money.

  24. My biggest difficulty this year is deciding what to charge clients for “one off” shoots. Pricing commercial vs family seems like a different pricing structure. I don’t want to give myself away for too cheap, but I still want to land the gigs.

  25. For me, it’s really hard to get lighting right. I’m usually at work when the sun is up and I don’t have money for an expensive lighting set-up.

  26. the past year started with my experiments with natural and artificial lighting.Got myself 2 lights(not the strobe lights but continuous white lights).
    This has helped me immensely, also I try to take pictures in the correct time of the day(w.r.t to sunlight coming into the room through the window)
    This is a continuous learning process and looking forward to learn more and move ahead…

  27. It is very difficult to do everything by your own, especially when you are completely new to the light(as main factor in photography) and just have your camera and your vision and god gifted talent to picture things. I am happy that i have this talent. I always had an eye for photography, and i love food, it is something i worship. I started playing around with the styling, colors, taste and texture of the food i cook. Te very first blog that gave me my inspiration was this blog itself. And my favorite chapter was the food on the black plexi glass, i still look at them today. It gives me inspiration to draw new things. I dont have a flash light or speed light and softboxes. But i have tried my best to give my food a better look in day natural light. I know how much i have struggled and i am still struggling to get better clicks i am still not recognized but soon i believe with my efforts i will. I thank you for bringing back my inspiration alive and i made some wonderful food photographer friends with the help of your blog… Love again from India..

  28. I have trouble with plating, I don’t have a clear idea of how to make things look interesting. To fix this, I mostly just try for simple shots, and take lots of them and see what ends up looking good. I figure eventually I’ll learn what I like best.

  29. I found myself reading each of the comments above and constantly nodding my head in agreement.

    My primary issues are space, time and lighting. I’m working in a small space, but I’m overcoming that issue with better planning. Time to cook and photograph, well, that’s a work in progress ALWAYS. While I usually try to photograph with natural light only, scheduling and winter lighting is making it near impossible. I’m researching inexpensive artificial light solutions.

    I found myself with a new camera this holiday season (YAY!) and promptly registered for a 10-week photography course. Can’t wait!

  30. I have been a big fan of this blog. I love food photography, I enjoy cooking and simly put, I LOVE FOOD!

    I think we all have suffered from this. Wanting to photograph, the need to photograph and yet, sometimes, the desired, time or inspiration is not there!

    I believe this book will help me in my art!

  31. I struggle with doing the prepping, styling and shooting. I get burnt out and when it comes time to actually shoot, I’ve lost my desire. So although I love to cook, I took a step away froom the actal prep work and would buy things to make it easier if I could…..shortcuts if you will. This makes the experience from start to finish much more enjoyable!

  32. In the past year my food photography has improved tremendously. I finally bought a decent dslr, I took an online class and learned more about lighting. I still struggle. Finding somewhere to set up with good lighting is one of my struggles but also styling and composition.

  33. Firstly thank you for the lovely post! I implemented my goal for 2013 as soon as i read this post – kind of opened my eyes ( I do hope it stays open ) I wrote on my white board in caps ” If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” and wrote down my goals for the week ! Thanks !!

    My problem is not that i have no time, I can take out time – but I seem to get distracted on FB, pintrest and I have gotten into the bad habit of browsing rather than reading and studying more. Not that I do not enjoy cooking/ photography – my happiest days are my most productive days ! I need to snap out of this and do some good work – i know I am capable and I love to learn – I just have to push myself and do it. Hope I win this book – Really motivate me to move towards the direction I want to.

    I am kicking myself for not enrolling in project 365 – I need it !

  34. I love food, love to cook, and love to make a nice photograph of it. It is like immortalizing your creation, since food–as a result of cooking art–is perishable. Writing is my other interest which was born as result of my first job as a journalist and/or reporter. I combine these aspects in my blog which was created during my master study. Being away from my home country somehow encouraged me to explore the culinary art, otherwise I would die missing all the foods that I grew up with. The last was definitely not an option :) While the blog was an option to share my news–that time–with friends and relatives since it is a relatively easy to access media. However, after I finished my study and returned to my home country, cooking becomes something not too special. It is just an ordinary routine for my daily life. Suddenly, it lost all its charm. I still love to cook, try new recipes, but I lost my passion in taking the photograph and write down the story. Thus, I simply left my blog.

    Since I am still cooking, sometimes I need to browse through the internet to find some recipes. There I found some breath-taking blogs and websites with stunning photographs. Then I will always hear a voice inside me saying: why don’t you give another try to your blog? Then I found this website. Reading through this article made me smile and realize the behavior pattern that I had followed.

    For 2013, I want to fulfill my dream: to write a book about herbs and spices of Indonesia and to make series of photographs of traditional market. Therefore I know that I will benefit from the exercise that this website offers: to polish my skill in food photography. I have signed up for monthly photo project and hopefully will not fail to keep the spirit. Planning is indeed difficult, not in the sense of making it, but in the effort of keeping your path according to the plan.

  35. The real struggle is to overcome the first obstacles: deciding on a design for the blog, writing the first posts, taking good pictures of my food treats (when in fact I don’t know much about photography). Knowing where to start, basically… This, paired with lack of time, makes it seem impossible to achieve anything. It’s a real deal knowing the best plan and path!

  36. My biggest challenge this year is lighting and aperture. Also, I need to buy a DSLR for sure this year!

  37. My trouble, like many others, is time. I develop recipes for the specialty cheeses that our company makes. It takes me so much time to develop the recipes that I don’t have time left to do the photo any justice. I get very frustrated when I do try to take photos because I am new at it and the photos don’t have the look that I want so I just give up. That is such a disservice to what I am trying to accomplish.

  38. I got the cooking and recipes down and can make food taste great. Photography end is handled, lighting, settings and software. My hang up is styling and props or backgrounds.

  39. A great post and also a great offer! As for what I have been struggling with over the past year was a loss of my creative mojo. My wife and I moved to Vietnam about 6 months ago which needless to say is a mecca for food.

    Unfortunately, I haven’t taken that many photos since we have moved. I had to take an office job to supplement our income and found that the hardest part was finding the time to get back to working on my photography. You make the point of shooting lots of food to be a better food photographer. The hardest part was getting my creative mojo again and I feel that I haven’t reached my full potential in this. I guess it is something I am still overcoming but like all things in life, a work in progress.

  40. I took a photography class, using film. I put together a dark room in my garage. With help from a friend who was a photographer. During this time my mother had moved in with me, she could no longer care for herself. This limited me to photographing things in and around the house. Since I had to cook 3 meals a day for her food became my subject to practice on.
    My family and I moved out of state and my mom was then was in need of constant care. I had to put the photography on hold. She passed away last year.
    It’s been two years since I had the opportunity to photography, I need a game plan to regain my footing and move forward.

  41. For me I struggle with the details, do I gave the right jug? does my food look good enough?Nothing is ever perfect of course, but it does stop me from taking photographs. I think I need to sign up for that photo a day project, but I would love the book too.

  42. I decided 2 years ago (after years of being a photographer) that food photography is my passion. I take food photos everyday (almost every meal I make becomes part of my porfolio. My biggest issues are dealing with the “nay-sayers” including my family.
    My wife and her family are so supportive and has help me not to give up in the past 2 years.

  43. I Love this site. So much information! The suggestion to make a scedule for taking food pictures is a good one!

  44. Hello,

    I am a co founder of the Life Framer Photography award (http://www.life-framer.com) and i have been following your website and food photography in general for the past few weeks. We are investigating the idea to do a themed competition around western social behaviour and food in general. We are looking for idea and a guest judges. Please get in touch with us if you can help up set this up. amaury AT life-framer DOT com.

    Best,

    Amaury

  45. Heidy L. McCallum says:

    I have failed miserably this last year—I was doing everything wrong. I am learning and eager to learn and since I have not been flying by the seat of my pants and paying attention to details I have greatly improved. However I am no where near where I need to be and could use guidance.That is why I humbly came to this site—to learn. I am in the mist of looking to do some workshops and classes as well. I would appreciate any help I could get.
    Thank you in advance

  46. I just want to say I am very new to weblog and seriously enjoyed your blog site. Probably I’m planning to bookmark your site . You amazingly come with amazing articles and reviews. With thanks for sharing with us your web site.

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