Caprese Chicken Sandwich

The days are getting shorter. The kids are back in school. And my tomato plants are overflowing with ripe tomatoes. It must be the end of summer.

There are lots of tasty ways to use fresh tomatoes, but one of my all-time favorite ways it making a Caprese salad. Classical Caprese salad consists of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzerella, basil, and olive oil (with a bit of salt and pepper, of course).

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Ode to Cherries

Oh cherries. What can I say. For some people watermelon is the quintessential summer fruit. For others it's strawberries. For me, its cherries.

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You can bake them in a pie or cobbler. You can make hand pies. You can make jam. 

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But, my truly favorite way to enjoy ripe, summer cherries is strait out of the bowl (preferably while sitting under an umbrella on the beach).

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Weekly Food Project

For the last few months I have been trying to schedule and shoot a personal, styled food session. I will usually pick something that looks yummy at the grocery store or at the bakery as a subject. Every once in a while I will get inspired by something I've seen on Pinterest. I keep a board of food photography inspiration just for that purpose.

I try and produce enough images from this food shoot to create a set of three images to add to my Instagram feed.

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Kumquats

When I was growing up my great uncle had a kumquat tree in his yard. Every year we would spend Christmas day at his house. Winter is when kumquats are in season, so every Christmas day we had the pleasure of picking and eating loads of kumquats fresh from the tree.

Despite their winter season, kumquats always remind me of summer. Something about the freshness and juiciness of citrus makes my mouth water and me want to go swimming.

S'more Treats

For his birthday my son Adam picked these cute, easy S'more Treats to share with his class.

They are super easy to make and can be prepared a day or two in advance. You only need three ingredients and stick.

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Mocha Cake

First, I have to admit that this isn't the cake I was going to photograph. The cake I wanted to photograph is Great Dane Baking Company's Blue Velvet Cake. It is a luscious cake with swirls of perfectly white buttercream. It's beautiful. But...the day I went to get one all the cakes in the case had slight imperfections in the icing. The sides had bumped into something. And that just wouldn't do. So I grabbed this beauty, the Mocha Cake.

 See my "helper" peeking in behind the cake.

See my "helper" peeking in behind the cake.

This cake is layers of chocolate cake with a light and fluffy mocha mousse. The top is drizzled with melting chocolate and the edges are lined with chocolate pieces.

As with many food shots I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted to show the viewer. I waned to show off my new cake stand, but I also wanted a deep moody feel to the image.

 This capture shows the details of the cake decoration, but wasn't the mood or angle I was looking for.

This capture shows the details of the cake decoration, but wasn't the mood or angle I was looking for.

 A cut shot of the cake. I realized too late that I would have preferred for the cake to be positioned on the plate the other way (frosting toward camera right).

A cut shot of the cake. I realized too late that I would have preferred for the cake to be positioned on the plate the other way (frosting toward camera right).

 Final shot: the keeper. This image shows the mood and detail that I wanted. While the cake is not shown in whole, I think the light falloff in the shadows adds depth and dimension to the shot.

Final shot: the keeper. This image shows the mood and detail that I wanted. While the cake is not shown in whole, I think the light falloff in the shadows adds depth and dimension to the shot.

What do you think? Which is your favorite?

 

This post is part of the On Our Plate series. Please check out Aerie Photography's Teriyaki Salmon!