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Sistercom: Looks like rigamortis has set in! nice meringue though . . . Ingrid
Although I quite like this, it wasn’t wasn’t what I was after! Shooting landscape but thinking portrait for the front of a card can be challenging!

The studio (back porch) wasn’t behaving its self this particular day and frequently we were challenged by bright and harsh light! We also had stuff everywhere – props, food, sarongs, saris, sheets, baby/toddler stuff – you name it we had it! This is meant to be FUN but somehow our precious Saturday time slot was bring us down…

Hmmmm we need a studio!

We need organisation!

We need control!

Plan B – we are going to turn a spare back room into a studio and store all our beautiful props aesthetically around the place and invest in some lighting. Well that was the plan a week or so ago! I have been reading on the net and food photographers in cyberspace promote natural lighting where possible…. food for thought.

My weekend challenge is to get some amazing shots of something delicious…

Vanessa X

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not! ~Author Unknown

Posted on: July 23rd, 2010 by Vanessa and Ingrid 1 Comment


My chubby boy Rhys hanging out on our photo shoot for handcut chips and aioli


When Vanessa and I began foodopera, my son, Rhys was only three months old, and so long as we didn’t plan a photoshoot anytime between 4p.m and 7p.m (his witching/ warlock hour) he was quite happy to play along with the fun. He didn’t understand food then, and he didn’t want a piece of the action, he was perfectly happy just observing us.

But 7 months on, its a different story – he’s growing into quite an eater – he seems to have a well rounded palate – pureed and bland are definately out, and roast pork and apple, and meatballs are in. We also found evidence of the cat’s biscuits in his mouth as well as coffee granules mixed with rice that had been put in the rubbish bin from the night before. I don’t quite know what to say, except that it makes me laugh and cry at the same time.
I have been trying out different recipes on Rhys, ones that I can freeze and have on hand at a minutes notice. My boy isn’t one for patience! so I thought I would share a quick and easy recipe I made for him the other day. Ingrid
Creamy corn fritters (9 months and up)
1 cup self-raising flour
2 eggs
1 can of creamed corn (no added sugar – make sure you check the can)
3 tbsp plain yoghurt
bunch of chopped coriander
Whisk eggs in bowl, add flour and yoghurt and mix to form a batter. Fold in corn and coriander.
Heat vegetable oil in a pan on a medium heat, and spoon a heaped tbsp of mixture into pan, and fry until bubbles appear, flip and cook until other side is golden.
Easy to freeze, but defrost naturally – don’t microwave, they go really hard and chewy. If you want to heat, do so in oven. My son shovels food in his mouth, so I break these up into bite size portions, basically to slow him down.
Ideas for brunch: If you want to make these for yourself, just add salt and pepper to the batter. These are a great idea for brunch with an avocado salsa, or topped with crispy bacon and sour cream.
I’m trying out an avocado salsa recipe so will post as soon as I get it right! Ingrid
Posted on: July 19th, 2010 by Vanessa and Ingrid 1 Comment


The view from home and work this morning…
Posted on: July 19th, 2010 by Vanessa and Ingrid No Comments


9am – it was all on! Jake was delivered at daycare, Rhys was freezing his toes off in the car in an attempt to keep the iceblocks from melting and Ingrid and I were in dire need of COFFEE!
The studio for now is my back porch! The set up has amazingly given us pretty professional results. We have been draping a variety of fabrics around to manipulate the light and have the camera set up to the laptop and are using a programme to give us the correct dimensions. The annoying thing for 2 busy mums is the set up and tidy up! Time is so precious at the moment and every minute counts.

We were shooting iceblocks, meringues, cute cookies cut into shapes and lemon tarts – hmmm maybe a little bit adventurous for the 9-4 slot with a crawling baby and challenging lighting conditions.

Hurray – the iceblocks works a treat – great vibrant colours, very summery considering we were chilly and even better – they didnt melt on us unlike our previous attempts with icecream.

The meringues were another story – our vision was pretty/white/pink/romance/vintage. The challenge was everything white look grey. The pics looked acceptable (see previously posted image) but we want them to look amazing and devine so back to the drawing board.
The cookies also gave us dramas. How do we make these delicious morsels look as good as they taste? How to we focus on making the cookies shine and not the beautiful background? The sisters decided to “re-group” and “re-evaluate”.
We need a studio so we can have more control over the lighting and be able to shoot indoors day or night as well as a space for our increasing array of beautiful objects used in our photography.
Ideas and options – we are a step further towards our dream!

Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness,heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.

Bethany Hamilton
greatest female surfer of our time

Posted on: July 17th, 2010 by Vanessa and Ingrid No Comments