About The Photos

Although I’m a photographer I haven’t yet figured out a way to wield a camera and a knife at the same time. Many times the hands you see in these photos are mine.  So who’s shooting them?  My daughter is responsible for much of the photography here.  When she’s not around I can set up the camera, hand it to my son and he fills in admirably.  It’s a family effort but we get it done.

What do we shoot with?  I’m a Nikon girl all the way.  Currently shooting with a D3, we also own a D300 and a D200, a couple of Speedlights, three great lenses (50 mm 1.4, 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8) and a few other lenses.

I’ve also got quite an assortment of studio lighting equipment but we don’t use it for the food blog.  I draw the line somewhere for my family’s sake.  And my own sake because I’m sure they’d rebel if they had to endure softboxes and lightstands in the kitchen just to get around to dinnertime. I finally decided it was easier to use one Alien Bee for lighting the entire kitchen than it was to keep putting new batteries in the Speedlight.

I don’t shoot specifically for getting photos accepted by the food photography sites.  Most of the big ones have pretty narrow preferences that don’t always match with what really happens in my kitchen.  We don’t always artfully arrange everything in front of a big window in the middle of the day before eating.  We cook, we serve and we eat.  At night.  When it’s dark.  Without all that lovely natural light.   I’m not rearranging our routines or our food just for the photo opportunities.  After all, this is about Our Life In The Kitchen and what really happens here.

Most of my cooking is pretty simple and taking the time to shoot every step of the way can make it decidedly more time consuming but we do it anyway.  It’s fun and we’re creating a really unique family journal as a bonus.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristen September 21, 2010 at 10:58 am

This is so helpful to read and I like how REAL you are! :)


2 Karen Bove September 21, 2010 at 11:25 am

LOL! I sometimes think I’m getting too old and cranky to bother with being anything other than just me. Anything else just seems like too much work :)


3 Susan April 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I love your blog (which I just found) and I love your attitude!


4 The Primlani Kitchen April 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Reading your thoughts are like thinking aloud for me. It is so refreshing to meet an honest and real person in these modern times of appearance. For me, food should always taste good regardless of it’s ‘looks’. I am chef not a photographer. And I focus all on my energy on perfecting and creating new dishes to wow my critics. It is wonderful to connect with you!! Thanks for keeping us grounded.


5 Adrienne October 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I just found you blog! I love it! I have always been a baker, and not much of a cook, but you make want to try your recipes!!


6 karenbove October 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Thank you! And I’m much more of a cook than a baker, but it all evens out, doesn’t it?


7 Emily Singleton September 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Looks yummy…..are you on Pinterest?


8 karenbove September 17, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Yep, but I haven’t been around on Pinterest too much lately.



9 Paul October 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm

really love your photography. I know what you’re saying, its more real life than staged and usually its harder to make that look good, but yours looks so good! It feels effortlessly good, but I know that’s because of the heaps of talent :) great use of flash photography.


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