Over-the-moon excited and so proud of my photo!
Cutting Board and John Boos Food Photography Contest
Today I entered my very first food photography contest. Well it is actually my first photography contest PERIOD, and I am super excited about it. A week or two ago, I was cruising around on my Instagram search feed and I came across a post from Cutting Board.com. for the Cut The Cheese Photo Contest. At the time, I did not follow them so I cursed over to their feed to see what they were all about. After searching the #CutTheCheese2017 I thought to my self, “I could do this”. I’m a complete newbie but what the heck did I have to lose.
The theme for this food photography contest is to showcase the best charcuterie meats and/or cheese, nuts and fruit presentation. A cutting board must be the primary prop and clearly recognizable within the scene. So for about a week I jotted down all the ideas that popped into my mind, which were many. Of course, as I usually do, over thinking the whole thing. Looking at other work, completely stressing and almost talking (in my head) myself out of doing it. I am a true victim of self-doubt when it comes to photography. But I pushed through my head, shook all of it off and the result was amazing. So much so that I got two really good options to submit.
I picked up a bunch of yummy cheeses and meats from Trader Joe’s and then used a few other bits that I already had on hand. For sure I wanted to include my delicious Hibiscus Lemon and Anise Poached Pears. I wanted that POP of pretty Red-Pink to bring it all together. Then simply set up my wood boards and let the creative juices flow. I was going for a minimalist feel, not overly styled, yet approachable, seasonally very crisp and fall like. Which I think I achieved.
Cutting Board Photo Contest-BTS (behind the scene)
At the time of day I was able to shoot, there was great light coming in so there was a bit of pressure to work quickly, as this time of year the light is quickly lost through our tiny kitchen window. I ended up needing very little in terms of set up. Just a basic diffuser on a stand and I used the windows roll shade to adjust the amount of light coming in. It was a super simple set up. Just a little side note, I am proud to say the two shots above are completely raw, untouched, straight from the camera! Saying that reminds myself that I AM learning and growing, even when it feels like I’m not. KUDOS to ME!
Not certain if I will place in this contest, there are many many fantastic entries, by far better blogger/photographers, but this was a super fun goal that I set and reached. It has given me a boost to keep the camera in my hands, pointing, shooting and growing. Besides it was so much fun in the process! I’ll keep you posted on the results.