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Thanksgiving Snapshots

November 23, 2017
Californian Persimmons. Photo by Lori Rice. |

I know it’s more common to look back at the year and reflect on December 31st. This year, though, it feels more appropriate to do it on this day that is so strongly associated with pausing to consider what we are thankful for. 

The more I dive into the world of photography, the more I find feelings of gratitude creeping up inside me.

For me, moments are easily forgotten. When I take a second to photograph that moment and then flip back through what I’ve captured, those memories instantly become real again. It’s as if I’m there. 

And I’m thankful all over again. 

I’ll let these images speak for themselves. They are simply moments from this year that fill me with all kinds of gratitude. Some involve travel, others are in our backyard. Some involve a hint of my work, others leisure, and many food. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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My Favorite Affordable Napkins for Food Photography

August 17, 2016

This post is the first of a new series on the blog called, Tips and Topics:  Working in Food. I often find myself in conversations with fellow bloggers and colleagues that span from pitching articles to props for photography. After telling each other countless times – you should write about this! – I’ve finally decided to do just that. So every few weeks there will be a new post on the blog that I hope you will find helpful whether food is a hobby or a new profession. In this post, I thought I would share my favorite, affordable napkins for food photography. 

My Favorite Affordable Napkins for Food Photography | Fake Food Free

I call them all linens, whether they are made of actual linen or not. They are the napkins, pieces of material, cloth, scarves and just about anything else that looks good next to a bowl and used in my food photography. I have an overflowing stack in my studio and I’m happy to report that none broke the bank. 

First I should say that I love handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces and I believe that they are worth every penny. I have a few. But in reality, I am always, and I mean ALWAYS, looking for a deal. It would be impossible for me to build my prop room without working in many affordable pieces.

By affordable I mean my palms start sweating a bit when something costs $10. Who am I kidding, I will spend a half hour weighing the pros and cons of a piece at a vintage store that costs more than $3. 

I know. I’m tight, cheap, frugal – whatever term you want to use. But now that I see the prop section in my studio, I know why. Deal searching is worth it. 

That goes for linens, too. When I look at my growing stack I often wonder, if I could only keep a couple, which would they be?

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