Strawberry Sour Cream Kuchen
Six years ago I sat down at my computer and wrote my first post on Willow Bird Baking. Since then, I've grown as a blogger in many ways, but perhaps most significantly in my photography. Great photographs seem simple and attainable — surely we can all position a dishtowel and plate of food on a table? — but are surprisingly elusive. The good news is that there are a few simple tricks that can dramatically improve your photos.
one of my first photos (left) versus today's photos
Here are 5 of the most important things you can do to improve your photography:
Hot Strawberry Cake with Ice Cream
No, YOU've made 80 different versions of the same cake because you care more about eating cake than you do about seeming creative.
One of many awesome things about being a food blogger is that I can do whatever I want. I'm my own boss. I can make 800 variations on this cake because it's amazing and delicious and I want to eat 800 variations of it. I can use this space to tell the stories I want to tell and share the food I want to share.
But I've noticed around the interwebz that some people seem confused about what blogs are and whether blogs are the right choice for their food/reading needs. Some people would actually be better served by recipe websites like Food Network or AllRecipes. So I'm going to help you out.
Here's how to tell if you should be using a BLOG or a RECIPE WEBSITE:
Hot Raspberry Cake and Ice Cream
From Barcelona journals:
I want to stop this thin woman with air-dried hair in a soft blue sweater holding a baguette and walking through the park. I want to understand her life.
Hot Yellow Cake with Caramelized Pineapple
Aastha, one of my 7th grade students (almost 8th!), is a ballerina and a fantastic nail artist, but I can't relate to those things. Grace is a foreign concept to me and I have to use clear nail polish or I look like I've been trying to finger paint in a cement mixer.
But Aastha is also a passionate writer and baker, and those things I can relate to. For her Passion Project, a project wherein students spend an entire year exploring their personal passion and using it to improve or inform their society, she decided to create a cookbook of cupcake recipes adapted for special diets.
My thoughts are with the people of Baltimore. I'm reading and thinking a lot, and I just want to let you know that I care. May we always be humble and willing to search ourselves for hidden bias, to analyze a problem honestly, to read and listen to develop empathy, and to reform systems in our country that are working in unconstitutional ways.
Hot Yellow Cake with Crackle Icing and a Blueberry Pile
Confession: I haven't been to the dentist since 2009.
I KNOWWW. I know. I'm embarrassed to admit it. I've been insured and otherwise able to go to the dentist, so I have no good excuse. To tell the truth, I'm just terrified.