Every once in a while, I like to share recipes on my blog. Because I really do like to cook. And, I've had a few recipes that have been pinned a few times, which brings traffic to my blog. Win-win, right?
But, today, as I was attempting to photograph another food item for another recipe share, I decided I could never become a food blogger. Like, EVER.
Here are the reasons why.1. I like to eat food more than take pictures of it.
Try photographing your food. Sounds simple enough, right? WRONG. Food can look disgusting if the photograph is not taken with the right lighting. Take this delicious Tex-Mex meal that tasted SOOO good. I was enjoying this meal at one of my favorite restaurants on my last trip to Texas. I decided to send a picture to my husband to make him jealous. This is what it looked like.
Cat food. It looks a little bit like cat food.NEXT REASON 2. I have a family to feed.
I'm sure food bloggers feed their families too. But when? Do they make dinner at 2 p.m. to get the right lighting for their picture? Or do they cook at 10 a.m. when their kids are in school, so they don't have little ones under their feet? They must actually reheat their meals when they cook them at some other time, because my children definitely aren't going to allow me a few extra minutes to take step-by-step pictures of the process. They are weeping under my feet declaring how hungry they are, and there definitely isn't time for waiting for the right lighting, or to show someone how to chop the broccoli just right.NEXT REASON 3. I'm not good at action shots.
I swear, food bloggers must have an extra arm or four hands or be ambidextrous. Today, I tried to attempt a picture of a chip dipping into a dip, and got the dip all over my lens. It takes skills to do those action shots. And food blogging requires action shots.
And manicures. Food blogging definitely requires manicures.NEXT REASON 4. I'm not creative.
I can follow a recipe most of the time. But invent them? Forget it. That takes some serious talent. I've invented one or two that have been a success over and over again in our family, but I think reposting those every week wouldn't build an audience very quickly. I did make this layered dip today that I thought was good. But it's SO not creative. I'll share it anyway. It almost made it to a seven-layer dip, but ended up at six. See? A food blogger fail.
PS: This is the recipe I was trying to photograph to get an "action shot" of the chip dipping above.
Unoriginal Six-Layer Dip
- One can green chile refried beans
- 1 large avocado, smashed, add lemon and salt to taste
- Chobani plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- Cheddar cheese, grated
- Cilantro for garnish
Layer ingredients in order. Eat with chips. DUH!NEXT REASON 5. Food is not meant to be pretty, it's meant to be eaten.
For the most part, this is my motto in the kitchen.
So what if it doesn't look good, it's the taste that matters! But, for blogging purposes, it has to look good too. I had this lentil curry soup recipe that tasted SO good, but looked so not good. I'm sure there is a way to make it look good with an extra-cool camera or Photoshop skills (both of which I don't have), but who has the time or money for that? Not me. I'm lucky if it is lukewarm by the time it hits my mouth.
Honestly, my hat is off to you, food bloggers. I wish I could be you. I do. Your blogs look so pretty, and I'm sure Pinterest is your best friend as it drives hundreds, maybe even thousands, to your blogs because people like me are all pinning...hoping...wishing that we could create pretty meals like you. But I've come to terms with the fact that I can't. You work hard, and for that, I guess you deserve all the traffic. Keep it up, because I will keep pinning your hard work. And eating it too.
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