Food Photography Shoot-Out

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Yesterday I was lucky enough to hang out in Los Angeles all day with The White on Rice Couple and learn a few tricks of the trade. I swear, just being in the same room with Todd and Diane helps make me a better photographer!

There were about twelve of us there, and it was a blast to make new friends (Bao, I’m still thinking about your amazing ice cream and Lynda, it was a pleasure sharing a cab with you!!), learn more about photography and, of course, eat great food.

These ten food photos were my absolute favorites from the hundred or so that I shot yesterday. And I’m sure you’ll realize why when you look at them (macaroons, anyone?!).

Bon Appetit!

p.s.-I did not end up in Mexico after all.

p.p.s- I remembered to leave my mace (and tennis shoes) at home.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 10, 2011 at 5:02 am

    i love the shadows shot…it’s true! they can be your friend 😉

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    Jessica @ How Sweet
    February 10, 2011 at 5:03 am

    These are all so pretty! I would die to go to one of the photog workshops. And I can’t even imagine how amazing that cinnamon salted pecan ice cream was.

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    Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl
    February 10, 2011 at 5:04 am

    I love all of the colors in your favorite shot of the day! It’s amazing how all of the different textures in the pictures make such a difference in the shot!

    I would LOVE to take a photography class! 🙂

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    megan @ blackberries for jam
    February 10, 2011 at 5:07 am

    AMAZING photos! You have a wonderful eye!

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    February 10, 2011 at 5:08 am

    I love the macaroons and oranges shots!!! How fun!! Hope you share any little tidbits that you learned! I unfortunately cannot afford to take a photography class/workshop. So I love getting any pointers I can get!

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    Christie {Abundant Self Care}
    February 10, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Yay!! I am so glad that you had such a great time and took some amazing photos! It will be interesting to see how your already beautiful photography evolves.

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    Hannah (Culture Connoisseur)
    February 10, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I love the rosemary and brie. It’s so rustic! Makes me think dining al fresco in tuscany or something. I could see that picture framed, in my kitchen. 🙂 Good work!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    February 10, 2011 at 5:14 am

    These are SUCH gorgeous photos! I’d love to attend a photography workshop to learn how to take better pictures. I love all the bright colours in yours and can’t wait to see more!

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    Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes
    February 10, 2011 at 5:17 am

    These are GORGEOUS! Glad you enjoyed your whirlwind trip to LA 🙂

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite
    February 10, 2011 at 5:17 am

    What a great opportunity! Your pictures are gorgeous!

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    February 10, 2011 at 5:25 am

    great photos! all the food looks scrumptious!

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    February 10, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Wow everything looks great! The food andd the pictures….in particular, those macaroons are perfect! Also, I never even knew an ice cream blog existed! It may be the best idea ever.

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    Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    February 10, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Beautiful photos! That must have been a fun event. The food looks amazing!

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    Marie @ Peonies&Cupcakes
    February 10, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Beautiful photos! I defnitely have some work to do on my own food pictures. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    February 10, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Well, if you had wound up in Mexico, you could have picked up a few tricks of the trade for your traveling taco truck. As it is though, I think you had a rather productive day anyway.

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    February 10, 2011 at 5:52 am

    WOW! Fabulous photos, honey 🙂

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    rebecca lustig
    February 10, 2011 at 6:02 am

    phew, glad you made it! enjoy 🙂

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    jen @ taste life
    February 10, 2011 at 6:12 am

    I like the Rosemary and Brie and Shadows ones! So cool, Jenna!

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    Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan)
    February 10, 2011 at 6:12 am

    All of your pics look great! And they are also making me hungry 😉 Glad you didn’t end up in Mexico! Haha

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    Nancy in Naples
    February 10, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Love them all but the tangerine photos are my favorite!

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    February 10, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Everything looks picture perfect. I love the oranges and the macaroons.

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    Shannon @ Freshman Yr of Life
    February 10, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Loving the rustic feel to all of them. They look like they’re straight out of a magazine. Good work!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking
    February 10, 2011 at 6:34 am

    beautiful pictures Jenna! Will you do a post about what you learned? Todd and Diane are so talented…I would love to learn from them like this! Hearing what you learned would be the next best thing 🙂

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    Eliz@The Sweet Life
    February 10, 2011 at 6:35 am

    What beautiful photos! I love the bright and vivid colors.

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    February 10, 2011 at 6:41 am

    These are all really wonderful, but I have to say #6 is my favorite. Lesson of the day: Find an apartment with windows and sunlight. Your photos will actually look appetizing.

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      February 10, 2011 at 8:41 am

      lol!! I hear ya…!

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    A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    February 10, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I bet this was so much fun! I had some exciting times with fellow foodies recently too. My farm tour post has lots of beautiful pictures, but a class would definitely be appreciated. 🙂

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    February 10, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Nice shots! I would love to take a photography class…maybe one day.

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    February 10, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Glad you had a fun day! Your photos are beautiful!

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    Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day
    February 10, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Wow..that sounds like an amazing day! Love the shot.

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    February 10, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Oh – wow- gorgeous photos! The macarons are beautiful.

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    Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    February 10, 2011 at 7:17 am

    These are beautiful, Jenna! I hope I get the opportunity to do something like that someday.

    My photography needs work. 🙂

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    Erin (Travel Eat Repeat)
    February 10, 2011 at 7:25 am

    The rosemary and brie photo is stunning. It transports me to France in that one shot.

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    February 10, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Gorgeous pics! I love the one of tart with the contrast of the black pan. I went to Food Blog Camp with Todd & Diane and they are just the nicest couple…..and so talented!

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      February 10, 2011 at 8:33 am

      awesome! I almost went to that!

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    February 10, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Amazing photos!! What is your recommendation for a good point and shoot camera?

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      February 10, 2011 at 8:33 am

      I used to have a small Canon Powershot and loved it!

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    Amber K
    February 10, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Wow those pictures are absolutely beautiful!

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    Stephanie Rose
    February 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

    i think this is in your blood missy. these are breathtaking and i could taste them all!

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    February 10, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Oh my gosh, your shots are stunning. I am just in awe!

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    February 10, 2011 at 8:03 am

    So fun! And they came out great! I love the use of wooden cheese boards – it makes it feel rustic and pretty.

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    Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    February 10, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Gorgeous Jenna! I’m in the middle of a photography class now. It’s not geared to food specifically but I figure just learning how to manually shoot on a DSLR will be a huge help. Glad you enjoyed your day in LA! 🙂

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    Meryl @ scribbled musings
    February 10, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Stunning photos!!

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    February 10, 2011 at 8:17 am

    What a wonderful experience! It must have been so cool (and dazzling!) to hang out with such talented food photographers – those two are awesome!

    Your photos are brilliant – can’t wait to hear/see more of what you learned.

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    February 10, 2011 at 8:32 am

    super impressive. Now I have no confidence in my photos, haha!

    Nice work!

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    February 10, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Do you have a semi- easy macaroon recipe? Please say yes!

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    February 10, 2011 at 8:41 am

    These photos are gorgeous!!! This is something I want to improve upon this year. Every now and again, I get a great shot, but I’d like it to me more often 🙂 Loved the macaroon shot with the muffin tin but the shadow shot with the oranges was also a fave!

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    Natalia - a side of simple
    February 10, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I’m more than a little jealous of your skills and the awesome crowd you got to hang with 🙂

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    February 10, 2011 at 9:11 am

    enjoy the california persimmons!

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    Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    February 10, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Really beautiful pictures Jenna! What a great day. Would love to have a photog work shop!! I esp loved how the background/ table, napkins, ramekins etc completmented the colors of the food. Makes it look even more delish.

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    February 10, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I think you’ll appreciate this bakery as much as I do.

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    Jess @ MTL Veggie
    February 10, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for sharing such great shots 🙂 I love the ice cream one- the bright whites against the brown made me think of a hot summer day on the beach. A great thought as I stare out the window and see the 5-foot snow banks of Montreal!

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    February 10, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Did you get to eat those delicious treats, or did you just photograph them??

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      February 10, 2011 at 9:51 am

      Yes! We all got to nibble on everything. My favorite was the ice cream!!

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    February 10, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Those photos are absolutely incredible! Glad you didn’t end up in Mexico, although you could have gotten a deal on some vanilla.

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    February 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

    All the photos are gorgeous! And I am glad you had fun and didn’t end up in Mexico! haha!

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    February 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Beautiful pictures! I’m so jealous – hopefully you got to taste all of those treats 🙂

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    Allison K
    February 10, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I think that macaron picture ( your favorite one) would be such a cute print for a kitchen!

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    February 10, 2011 at 10:28 am

    beautiful pics! i would love to take a photograph class myself. sounds like you had a blast!

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    February 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

    great pictures! looks like there is a lot to learn about photography:)

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    Kelsey Geist
    February 10, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I just wanted to let you know that after your post yesterday about the berry orange muffins… I could not stop thinking about them ALL DAY!
    So, last night I made them… with rasberries.
    Delicious. I am now in love and they are totally amazing.

    Thank you!

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    Ashley @perfectleypeared
    February 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Awesome photos! I’d love to go to a workshop like this! Love all the wood, burlap in the setting too!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    February 10, 2011 at 11:54 am

    The photos are beautiful and what an amazing experience! I would love love love to attend something like this…and yes, just being in the room with top shelf people just makes a person rise to the occasion. Clearly, you did 🙂 Amazing photos, Jenna!

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    Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    February 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I love the photos! And yum…I want to try that ice cream!!

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    French Heart
    February 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    How fun! Like a typical ardent Californian~especially love the oranges. Love classes & ‘shadows can be your friend’ reminds me of ‘Elements of Design’ ( and color theory & perspective drawing, for that matter) in design school. Even a single great class like that pays such dividends forever. They seem awesome…read their ‘Sunset Magazine’ piece on their site.

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    February 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Adore the rich colors and textures in the pics!

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    Cookin' Canuck
    February 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Wonderful shots! I think my favorite is the shadow shot – gorgeous light and colors.

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    February 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Such lovely pictures! LOVE the shot of the macarons!

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    Maria @ The Fitted Apron
    February 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing your photo experience. I have a lot to learn when it comes to taking good pictures. Do you prefer overhead shots vs. side shots? and if so why?

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    February 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    So nice to meet you Jenna!

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    February 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    So nice to meet you Jenna!

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    Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    February 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Whoa, those are seriously gorgeous. I need to apply myself better to photography. I really have a huge respect for people who can take an amazing photo!

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    February 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Love love love all these photos! So jealous you got to go to something like this!

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    February 10, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Love love love the photos!! WORC are one of my favorites when it comes to food and photography 🙂

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    February 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    These pictures are really great! Were they all done with natural light? I am a photography student and love these kinds of pictures 🙂

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    Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    February 11, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Oh my, I am in love with these shots. thanks for the inspiration, Jenna! I am especially in love with the macaron shot (number 5, and you’re right number 9 is also beautiful), & the brie shot. the ice-cream shot too *sigh*, simply gorgeous.
    Heidi xo

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    Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    February 11, 2011 at 12:03 am

    my bad, macaron shot number 4 ^^ xo

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    February 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Awesome shots…!!!!!!!

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    Kim @ Wallet Friendly Wellness
    February 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    These are some gorgeous photos. I love the macaroons shot and the oranges!

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    February 13, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Hi Jenna,

    It was wonderful to meet you on Wednesday – I can see that you’ve already put into practice what you learned!! Your photos were already beautiful and this just puts them over the top!!

    Hopefully, I’ll see you soon at another blogger get together!!

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    March 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Just found your site while looking for something completely different. Wanted to reach out to you as we also have food photography workshops, very often, in the Bay Area. Keep shooting. I love the shot with the rosemary and cheese.

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    Kristin @ thefreshfind
    April 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    This is amazing Jenna. You are truly an inspiration… I love your blog, your photography and you are a great writer. I am quite envious 🙂 Also, I’m visiting my parents in San Francisco this weekend and am definitely keeping your recommendations in mind!

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