My food pictures aren’t perfect.
I’m glad I have a motto here at Baking With Mom about Mixing Up Fun and Not Perfection because it suits me well. I’m going to guess it suits a lot of us well. Looking back at some of the pictures I took when I first started this blog, I realize how badly I need to retake them. Ouch. As with everything else in life, picture taking is a learning process.
Especially when I only have a snap shot camera.
It is something I am saving up for. My husband and I have talked about getting an expensive camera for quite a while now, however, something ALWAYS seems to be more important. Glasses for our son, braces for our son, new bedspread for our daughter…the camera gets put on the back burner often.
I have seen many food pictures that are beautiful. Fantastic photography. I compare them to my own food pictures and there really isn’t a comparison. I think mine are improving as I have learned a lot of tricks (as many as you can learn with a snapshot camera), but there really isn’t a question over which pictures are better. Something I learned over the weekend is the pictures really don’t make the food better. You can take an award winning picture but the recipe is awful. You can make award winning food but the picture isn’t perfect with perfect effects. As I mentioned in another post, I tried a recipe over the weekend that was awful. This recipe has THOUSANDS of likes on Pinterest. (Can’t go wrong with that, right?) However, I wonder, how many people have actually tried this recipe. I haven’t found a comment that has. I always pin things I see on Pinterest and never make, sew or paint them. This recipe was pinned because it was beautiful, not because it tasted good. (I am confident it was a misprint in the recipe for the crust-it happens! I am also convinced the filling wasn’t great as well. It involved cream cheese. I have never made something with cream cheese that my hubby hasn’t liked. He told me he tried to like it and couldn’t.) The picture made it pinable.
My pictures haven’t always been worthy of pins. I hope all the recipes have but without the stunning pictures to go along with it, some haven’t been pinned that often. I’m guilty of it. If something isn’t beautiful, it doesn’t get looked at as often as something that is.
From recipes (how it tastes), to people (how they act), things and people aren’t always judged for the right reasons. Inside is what counts, right? So this is the point:
If you don’t make picture perfect food, keep making it!
It may not be a stunning souffle or your cake may be lopsided but if it tastes great, hold your head up. Keep at it. I would rather bring a dessert that tastes wonderful instead of a picture perfect one that tastes okay. Keep trying. You may reach picture perfect status. You may not. Maybe you need to work on the taste of your food. Maybe you burn food often. Keep trying. If you enjoy to cook and bake, don’t get discouraged. Do what you enjoy and forget about perfection. You may surprise yourself. Maybe someday one of your pins will have thousands of likes.