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Going Behind the Scenes – With A Food Blogger

This post was so much fun to write!

I wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most famous photos you might recognize from my website before they’d been cropped for the blog. Hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Frosted Peanut Butter Brownies

Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownies

I’m embarrassed to tell you the purple you see in the picture above is actually Method cleaning spray. Photoshoots can make a mess, so I like to clean everything before ants discover the chocolate feast. In this case, I think the purple is kind of pretty… but obviously not very appetizing!


work first

Healthy Chocolate Fudgsicles

A few years ago, this was one of THE most popular photos circulating around pinterest. It looks quite different from the cropped version, don’t you think?


blueberry pie pancakes

Blueberry Pie Pancakes

So much going on with this photo… I don’t even know where to look first. As I’ve become more skilled in photography, I’ve learned to take up the whole frame with my shot; therefore the more recent “behind the scenes” photos usually need much less cropping than in the distracting picture above. (Buying a macro lens also helped.)


gluten free chocolate cookies

Flourless Chocolate Lace Cookies

They look so tiny in comparison to the cropped version!


coffee chocolate cookies

Mocha Chocolate Oatmeal “No Bake” Cookies

Could I possibly get any further away??


reeses eggs

Copycat Chocolate Reeses Eggs

Shiny background courtesy of tin foil. I used the tin foil trick in many of my older photos when I wanted to add a little shine. Finally, I invested in a giant reflector, meaning no more funny tin foil outtakes.


brownie batter frozen yogurt

Brownie Batter Frozen Yogurt

Once again with the tin foil. A self-taught photographer, I admit to having developed quite a few unconventional tricks over the years. Hey, but they work! (The frozen yogurt also happens to be sitting on a flattened Whole Foods grocery bag, giving new meaning to the idea of recycling grocery bags.)


cookie dough dip

Do you recognize this picture? It’s simply an uncropped photo of the famous cookie dough dip.


uncropped photo

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

When I lived in Texas, beautiful light often shone through the living room window, so it’s where I set up many of my photoshoots (as seen in the above photo and in the five below). Sadly, my apartment in DC is not nearly as well-lit.


homemade Frappuccino

Healthy Starbucks Frappuccinos

For any given photoshoot, I’ll take anywhere from 20-100 pictures from many different angles. I like options.


raw peanut butter cookies

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cookies


Tiramisu that is actually GOOD for you!

Healthy Tiramisu Recipe

Using glasses—as in the picture above—or any shiny surface to reflect light is another trick I use often.


Homemade Pumpkin Reeses!

Homemade Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups

A more perfect example of why I needed a macro lens could not exist.


german chocolate cake

German Chocolate Cake In A Mug

The reflection from the glass table was later cropped out.


food photography

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Using a placemat and a paper napkin from Party City as a backdrop. I’ve also been known to use scarves, pot holders, tee shirts, cardstock, fabric scraps purchased from Jo-Ann for about a dollar each, or even my jacket—whatever happens to be lying around during the photoshoot.

For more funny behind-the-scenes pictures:

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Published on March 3, 2015

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  1. Sherry says

    I love seeing this kind of behind-the-scenes look at how you take your photos. I don’t really photograph my food (although I did a few times when I made special family recipes), but in general I often find that I wish my photos were closer-up than they are when I initially take them. It’s so interesting to me to see how some of your images took shape when you got closer and cropped all the excess away. Very cool.

    P.S. Guess what book just came in the mail for me today?? Your cookbook! I am so excited to read it all and decide what recipe to try first! Do you have a few favorites? Do you remember which recipe you wrote (or decided to include) first?

    Alas… I promised myself I’d get my work done and run my errands first; then I get to “play” with my new cookbook. LOL. *GRIN*

      • Sherry says

        I finished reading it the other day and I don’t know where to start because EVERYTHING looks good! Maybe I’ll have to turn this into a “Julie & Julia” thing: go through the entire cookbook, making each recipe, one by one. 😀

        The pistachio ice cream does sound delicious (I just looked it up again, and that picture is delectable), but which one is the coconut brownies recipe? I looked up brownies in the index and none of them say ‘coconut.’ Is it the “Secretly Healthy Brownies” (p. 38) because they have coconut oil in the recipe? Or do you mean a different recipe?

        Either way, it sounds fantastic. I love brownies and am always looking for the ‘ultimate’ recipe. *GRIN*

        Thanks again for the amazing cookbook. Sometimes I’ll get a cookbook and as I read through it, I can see specific recipes I’d love to try, but some just make me say “Eh, not really interested.” With yours, everything sounds and looks amazing. You’ve done a fantastic job! I can’t wait to get cooking.

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