PRT163 – The Girl with the Giant Camera

This week we’re talking about photographing and scrapbooking food!

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  • Jean A. Gresick-Schugsta

    That was a fun discussion about photographing the food we eat. I’m not obsessed with taking pictures of everything I eat but this was an interesting perspective on other minds and how people think. Thanks.

  • Linsey

    Loved the discussion! I don’t photograph food very much at home, but when I’m on vacation, almost everything gets photographed. I love to try the local fare – lobster roll in Maine, crab cakes in Maryland, buffalo burrito in Colorado – not all of it is good, but I love to document the experience. To me, trying the food in a new place is almost as important as exploring the city itself. My husband usually plays it safe and gets typical “American cuisine” wherever we eat – cheeseburger, chicken strips, etc. I’ve even taken a photo of our meals side by side and scrapbooked about that difference between us. He has learned that if I have my iPhone out at the table, he better wait to dig in until I have given him the okay. Thanks for another great show!

  • Amy Tan

    I totally agree with you on trying the cuisine of the place where you are being important. Yay for people who learn to pause a moment for a photo before digging in.

  • Fatima

    Loved the episode. I’m trying to photograph more of the food I make at home, epsecially since it’s summer vacation and I have lunch to make for my boys as well. As a matter of fact, as I was listening to the episode, I was making lunch and took a picture of the tuna sandwiches I made (let’s compare tuna sandwich recipes, Kelly :0). I definitely have to check out Kelly’s stamps. Alhough, of course when she mentioned “Yes, Please,” it took me back to when Izzy had brought up a possible “No, Thank You” line. So, perhaps, Amy and Kelly could come up with one for food… like “That tasted awful,” “That restaurant sucked,” “Got Drunk”, etc. You get the idea. ;0) Izzy and Noell, so you don’t have to read yet another comment about how awesome you and your show are, I won’t mention it (but you are). Bon appetite from a Non-Schmo. :0)

  • Kari Daverson

    Hi Noell – I take so many pictures of the food we eat as a family and most of the time my friends just laugh at me. I have nine kids who are quite picky eaters. Rarely does one meal satisfy everyone’s tastes. We often end up having the same meals over and over because of this – I am NOT a short order cook! I don’t do project life, but I do have some divided page protectors. Earlier this year I decided to make an album with these page protectors entitled “What’s for Dinner?” I have been putting the photos of our standard meals and the opinions/tastes of the kids into layouts. My kids are ages 5-17 so I know this phase of life will not last long. As the kids grow and become more adventurous our meals will change too. I want to capture this somewhat annoying phase in our family life. :) I also document those special dinners that my partner and I have when we go out for a date, cook for a holiday or special occasion. I love how that shows what we enjoy compared to what our family enjoys on a regular basis. Cocktails are also a running theme in this album. We often sit outside by the pool in the evenings and enjoy a cocktail while watching the kids swim. We love to experiment with new cocktail recipes and have a nice repertoire of favorites. The kids have even taken to asking us to photograph their “cocktails” too – (lemonade surprise is their favorite!). I think it will be interesting to go back and look at this album in a few years. We will all probably groan when we realize how often we had noodles or hotdogs and mac ‘n cheese! Maybe by then, the kids will think this was a funny and annoying phase too! Thanks for doing this fun episode! The guests were awesome and you were all fun to listen to! I’ll be sure to look for light in my wine glass tonight by the pool!
    Käri Daverson – Chico, CA (it’s “car-ee” not “care -ee) :)

  • Karen Poirier-Brode (Ladydoc)

    How fun! I love to scrap about food. I just checked my latest blog post where I highlighted 14 of my most recent layouts. Half of them had to do with food. Like Katrina, I live in Sacramento where everything grows. My husband loves to garden and, in fact, has two large gardens in our yard. And, really, all the guys are grown and out of the house yet he’s got 25 tomato plants and 30 potato plants. So, at our house lots of fresh produce and stuff to scrap about there. With such great produce, we have fabulous restaurants in our area, too. They are happy to embrace the garden to table experience, so lots to scrap about great food experiences there, too. I am on a medically supervised weight loss program so may be slightly more obsessed about the great food I cannot have but I’ve checked out my scrapbooks and there is a lot about food. I have other food stories, also. The guys also love “grossing Karen out” so I have way too much material involving food in noses and ears with associated commentary. Sigh! (I did hear about the study that said men do not reach maturity until at least 40 and my husband is going to be twice that and I’m not sure he is mature yet, LOL!) Anyways, a fun listen. Some ideas I’ve used lately involve putting a food photo on a plate in a place setting – got some cute painted wood cutlery embellishments at a local shop and used a large border punch for lace edging on the sides of my “placemat”. I like coming up with interesting ways to present my food stories.

  • WOW! Your friends and neighbors probably get lots of tomatoes and potatoes from you guys. Lucky them!!!

  • Jennifer Harrison

    Amy or Kelly mentioned a few apps they use on their iphones that they use to edit and/or take pictures. Any chance we could list those in the comments?

  • L Squared

    I know that one they mentioned was snapseed – which I love to use to process photos. Another one I think was camera-awesome for taking pictures (you can choose focus and aperture points) also Rad Labs app & Pic Tap Go. Not sure if I remember any others right now…

  • L Squared

    I loved this episode, although it did make me hungry on my early commute to work. I
    love taking photos of food, and my husband is use to just waiting until I take snapshots before eating. Other times when he cooks something fancy, he requests that I take a photo. I do notice that other people don’t always “get it” as to why I want to photography food but it is one of my favorite things in life. As we’ve moved over the last few years it seems like each of our homes has a place near by that becomes our go to place to eat. This podcast has inspired me to scrap a page about those places. I now wish I’d taken more photos outside or caught a moment through the window.

    A couple of months ago we went to a special dinner out at a fancier place, and I even took my DSLR. I was super excited at the amount of window light in the restraurant and got some gorgeous photographs. Most of the time I use my iPhone to take photos while we are out eating. The best iPhoto tip I’ve gotten lately is to learn that the phone take the photo when your release the button not touch it. I now press the camera button down and hold it until I get the moment I want to capture and release.

    Thanks for another great show!

  • Marilyn Sibblies

    Awesome topic!!! First I can’t believe I’m caught up enough to leave a reasonably timed comment, I usually save up episodes to listen while I’m crafting. But lo & behold I was catching up on Project Life and totally started giggling at the number of FOOD PHOTOS in my pages!!! Guess I’m not the only one having a love affair with ma grub!
    I’m eager to try the “no flash” approach in restaurants… who knew?!? And although I told myself no more classes until I catch up on some projects, now I’m really, Really, REALLY considering the Phone Photography Project offered by Big Picture Classes… seems like it’s going to be a great resource and honestly, I’m taking 99% of my pictures on my trusty Android, so I’m thinking it will be worth the investment.
    Thx again, PRT rocks! ~ Non-Schmoe Marilyn ?

  • Nicole Hoffman

    Since I’ve been listening to current and old podcasts at the same time, I don’t know when you discussed how sharing online is a form of scrapbooking. But I thought you and your audience would appreciate that my son referred to Facebook as “scrapbook computer” when he wanted me to show his dad a picture his daycare posted for Father’s day. I’m thinking he hears me talking about scrapbooking more than Facebook. Sometimes the kids have to listen to your podcast in the car when I don’t want to wait to finish it later. Thanks for a great show!

  • Thank you for sharing that tip! I think I heard that before from one of the guests on a previous episode, but forgot!!

  • Awesome! And a little FYI – the flash ruins all pictures. It’s not jus a restaurant thing.

  • We’ll, that’s interesting!!

  • Caroline

    What a thoroughly enjoyable episode! (Not that the others aren’t, just in case you’re wondering. :) )

    I love to take pictures of food and the associated experiences (preparation, mealtimes etc.), and it was interesting to hear different takes on the types of pictures and the process of getting the shot. I love the idea of getting an establishing shot from outside a restaurant looking in – must try that sometime.

    You’ve inspired me to write a blog post about food photography which I hope to post in the next few days. One of the biggest influences for me in my forays into food photography has been adventures in other countries and cultures. Food is a huge part of entering into another culture, and documenting food adventures (and mishaps) has been an important part of my life experience. Menus (or photos of menus) are a fun way to document part of a trip to a foreign place, as are food labels – especially the unintentionally hilarious ones. :)

    Hungry for more PRT; keep it up team!
    – Non-schmoe Caroline (“ine” not “in”… you said it right last time, Izzy!)

  • Julianna

    Great episode. I don’t take a ton of photos during meals (we have a no-phones-at-the-table policy most of the time) but I do love food experiences and am looking for better ways to document those special meals and unique food from travel experiences, etc. Some great ideas, thank you to all the panelists!

    There were a lot of questions during the show about why some restaurants would frown on (or outright prohibit) photography inside, so I thought you might find this NYTimes article interesting:

    I think it’s a lot less about them not wanting amateur/ugly photos of their food out on the web, and a lot more about the chef’s perspective on the full dining experience (particularly in high-end places where we’re talking multi-hour multi-course tasting menu experiences, etc.) and the impact on the experience of other guests. I’ve read some chefs speak out against it even if you are totally discreet and don’t use flash or bother anyone.. It sounds like more of an objection on principle; they want people to slow down and enjoy the food in the moment rather than immediately share it on social media… which I thought raised an interesting issue that relates to more than just food – where do you draw the line between documenting things and fully experiencing them in the moment? do you ever worry that the process of documenting the moments is getting in the way of your actual engagement with the activity/experience?

  • Gina

    This was a fun episode to listen to. It’s funny but when you all talk about this, it sounds completely fine and interesting but my brother in law takes lots of food photos and posts them to instagram & facebook and it is SO annoying to be constantly getting these updates. I guess my question is why do people feel the need to post all these types of photos. I’ve definitely taken photos for us to remember the food or the moment but why do people think their food is interesting to other people?