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Secrets of a Food Photographer

Russell French helped bring the "Slow Food" movement to Portland, Maine.
Russell French helped bring the "Slow Food" movement to Portland, Maine.

OK, so I admit it: my food photography skills need improvement.

Since I started writing about food more than six months ago, my main effort has gone into choosing exceptional dishes that are worth the effort to make and then presenting the recipe in an easy-to-follow, simplistic way. Although I’ve required every recipe to contain a photo of the dish, I haven’t spent the proper amount of time setting up the photo and getting the right lighting. And what I’ve learned since then, is that it’s unlikely I ever will.

That’s because professional food photography takes time: sometimes as long as four to eight hours to get a perfect shot of a dish. I learned that from professional food photographer Russell French — my cousin-in-law (he’s married to my cousin, artist Mary Anne Lloyd) — who I interviewed for the “Book of Odds” site.  And although I know my images will never be as good as his, he has inspired me to try to do a better job.

This is something I intend to work on in the new year. Until then, I hope your holidays are happy ones and that you are inspired by some of the special Christmas treats I plan to make and photograph over the next couple of weeks.

Merry Christmas,

Mark Micheli
Founder, RootsLiving.com


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