Food Photography & Styling | April Assignment | Pasta | Longboat Key Photographer

Ready for another challenge assignment from ladies of The Inspired Plate?  I can’t believe it’s already venturing into the latter part of April….I’m not sure where the heck time went.

Anyway, this month is all about styling and photographing a pasta dish.  I looove pasta as most folks do so I was looking forward to this assignment.  But what to make????  And what would photograph well??  Since it’s spring and has been consistently in the 80s here in Florida for weeks, the thought of a heavy or rich pasta dish didn’t seem quite appealing, so I developed an easy recipe – Ditalini Caprese  – which can be served warm or at room temperature and is light and fresh in taste.  And – it’s KID-FRIENDLY which is (unfortunately still) an important feature at our house.  There is ALWAYS fresh mozzarella in our fridge – yes, always.  I made the mistake of running out once or twice and it was not a good thing  according to my 12 year old son.  You see, I somehow managed to get him to try it way back when (and he liked it!) and it’s part of the reason that he warmed up to eating salads. So now if it’s left out of a salad, uh-oh.  Oh he’ll still eat it, but it’s not quite the same.

Okay, on to the recipe and photos….



It’s really delicious for lunch, a side dish, or a take-along to gathering.

Here is a pullback of the final shot:

My settings on manual were f/4.0, shutter 1/125, and ISO 250.  I was in the shade in the front area of my garage, with my diffuser panel handy to diffuse the strong mid-morning sun.  In hindsight, I feel the green of the plate clashes with the green of the basil, so another lesson learned.  As always, things look different in different types of light!

Do you use a garlic press?  I had one years ago and then at some point they didn’t seem to be “cool” anymore.  I don’t know what happened to mine – it probably got sold along with all of my *ahem* valued food props when my husband commissioned an estate sale for much of the contents of our NY house, along with the contents of his parent’s house .  I still don’t think I’ve quite gotten over that!  Although I generally mince my garlic with a knife, I did pick up a new press at some point in time.

As always, our blogs are linked to form a circle.  Please continue on to see what pasta dishes the rest of our group styled and shot, starting with Jennifer Olson | San Luis Obispo, CA Photographer.  She’s darn good at making food look scrumptious.

Amanda Eller - April 20, 2012 - 9:13 am

Oh Stacey! I always love your shots! I love that last shot…the tomatoes are gorgeous and shiny! Looks yummy too, bet my kids will love it!

Tammy Bilodeau - April 20, 2012 - 9:54 am

Oh this looks lovely! I have never seen that type of pasta before!! Very interesting. Your pictures are beautiful, the color of your tomatoes just sings “Summertime” to me. Beautiful addition to this months theme as always. :)
Thanks for the pull back, I love seeing these and WOW on the size of that reflector hee hee hee…..

Tiffany | Develop - April 20, 2012 - 11:00 am

Gorgeous, Stacey!! Those colors!! It all looks so fresh and light and airy. Perfect springtime dish. Love that wooden bowl with the tomatoes and your entire color palette. Great job!

Jen Olson - April 20, 2012 - 11:05 am

I LOVE the colors!! This looks straight out of a magazine ad! Awesome job!! Thank you for sharing your setup, I love that!!

Laurie - April 20, 2012 - 12:57 pm

Stacey!!! I love your style.. it is so fresh and inviting! Love your photo’s and that recipe.. oh my goodness.. Caprese salad’s are one of my favs.. so the caprese pasta dish is a must to try!

Love you much friend and am so happy to share in this journey with you!! xoxo

Kat - April 20, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Beautiful job Stacey. I love your green bowl and the tomatoes and an awesome burst of color. Thanks for showing your set up as well. Your vent would make an interesting backdrop as well.

Kim - Liv LIfe - April 20, 2012 - 4:37 pm

Beautiful Stacey! I didn’t notice the green on green until you mentioned it, but I did notice the green bowl and thought how much I liked it. I have white, yep, white everything! I need to keep my eye out for new colors.
And the recipe I adore! This is one that would work in my family as well, we are still in the kid-friendly mode as well. Somehow I”m not sure those years will ever end!
Thank you for the lovely comments… you always make me smile!

Carrie Terrones (Las Vegas Photographer) - April 22, 2012 - 1:23 pm

I love the detail you put into your food posts as well as seeing the pullback. So cool and looks like a delicious dish!

Carey Pace - April 23, 2012 - 12:33 pm

I LOVE ditalini for kids and this looks yumtastic!!! I love how you included the pull back shot as well. I always love how you manage and manipulate the light for your food images. This has me aching for summer here with fresh tomatoes and basil!!!

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