Hello 2017! It's hard to believe the holidays have come and gone already. We enjoyed lots of fun with family and friends this year, but at the same time it's nice to get back to a regular schedule and plan for a new year! I am, however, still holding on to the Christmas tree for one more weekend - it's just so pretty on these cold dark January mornings.
This year I decided to try something new and make gingerbread men. I have a bunch of super cute gingerbread cookies on my Pinterest boards and I decided it was time to go for it! I used my tried and true method for finding new recipes, (search Pinterest and pick the one with the prettiest pictures!) and grabbed this recipe from Gimme Some Oven which did not disappoint in the least. I ended up pulling the dough out of the fridge when Connor's friend was over and letting the kids cut out the cookies, which they loved! Since I had some ideas in mind already I iced them later while they were upstairs playing.
I knew I wanted to practice my styling and photography skills on these cute little cookies but the question was where to start. The flat scene came to me first. I set it up and tried a few shots but it wasn't quite right until I added the powered sugar "snow."
Connor says it looks like Hansel and Gretel in the forest! As is often the case once I started my creative juices started flowing and I wanted to do more. I decided to try and push myself and do two more set ups - one dark and one light.
For some reason dark food photography just makes me so happy. It grabs me and won't let go.
Mmmmm, momma likey! Starting out with a new subject to photograph is always a little daunting. After trying a few things (and probably hating them) things start to flow and it gets really fun!
The light set started out with a plaid napkin and no pine but it just didn't work like I had imagined it. Once I had pared it down to just three colors with some pine for added texture and color balance it really started to work for me. Good enough to eat!
If you're looking for a fun and not too sweet treat to break up the winter blues I highly recommend these! My goal this year is to get creative and photograph a lot. Since cooking is a huge part of my life I'm hoping to photograph some good food and even post some of my recipes. What are your goals and dreams for 2017?