My mind has been racing lately. I have spent a lot of time researching, self-analyzing, brainstorming, planning, and contemplating. I’ve put plans onto paper, threw away those plans, revisited the plans, deleted the plans, and returned to the plans again. I’ve hemmed. I’ve hawed. I’ve swayed. I’ve rocked. And, after a lot of questions and answers, I’m beyond thrilled to announce the big news. As you can tell by the new tagline, this blog will now be all about “simplifying life in the kitchen and behind the camera.”
That’s right. I love to cook. I love to photograph food. I love to share recipes with you. However, I have always felt like this blog was missing a huge piece of my true passion: photography. Yes, the food photographs shared my love of photography … to a certain extent. But, I have really been wanting to share more.
Sharing in the love of photography with others, learning more about photography every time I pick up my camera, and teaching others about photography is an incredibly strong passion of mine. When people ask me for photography advice or tips, my eyes light up with excitement. When I discover a new perspective in photography, my mind starts racing. When I encourage others to pick up the camera with confidence, my passion explodes.
Growing up, I always loved to look at photographs. I would pick up a camera here and there to snap a few photographs. I couldn’t wait to develop the photographs and place them in my scrapbooks. When I was in college studying journalism, I decided to sign up for a photojournalism course on a whim. I figured I loved photography and writing so writing through photographs would be something of interest to me. That was one of the best decisions of my life. That class not only taught me the ins and outs of photograph during the non-digital age (yes, I was often found in the dark room developing film at all hours of the day and night), but it also led me to study photojournalism for a summer in the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic. It’s true … I traveled around Europe for months telling stories through photographs. My life was made …
… and then I returned home and tried to embrace photography while working a full-time job and finding my way through life. Fast forward a few years and you come to the start of this blog. Because I love food, writing, and photography, as well as connecting with family and friends, this blog was the perfect way to accomplish all of those hobbies in one spot.
Since I started this blog in 2009, I have enjoyed sharing tips, tricks, and recipes to simplify life in the kitchen. This blog has opened my eyes to the world of food photography and has opened photography doors for me that have been such a blessing. I have studied photography, practiced photography, taught photography at workshops and conferences, launched a photography website, and provided my photographs to clients. Now, I can’t wait to share photography tips and tricks via my little corner of the Internet. Don’t worry, I’ll still be sharing recipes … but just know that I’ll also be sharing photography tips as well. I hope that you’ll continue to follow me in this journey and enjoy “simplifying life in the kitchen and behind the camera.”
Tons of hugs for all of your support. You rock.