Food Photography & Styling | January Assignment | Fruit on White Background | Longboat Key Photographer

It’s a new year and I have a new project!  If you follow my blog or my Facebook statuses, you know that I love both creating recipes and photographing food – so it was absolutely my lucky day to stumble upon a group of like-minded foodies and photographers from The Bloom Forum who were putting together a monthly challenge group for food photography and styling.  I was a little late in joining the group, but managed to get on board with these fantastic ladies just before the January assignment was due.

On the 20th of each month, we will be posting our completed assignments on our blogs.  Each month presents a different challenge but all will be stylized food photo shoots.  Additionally, our blogs will be linked to form a “blog circle” so that the reader can click from one blog to the next very quickly and easily to view everyone’s completed assignment.  We would love to have lots of readers follow us every month!

I already love this group – we are all eager to connect, become more proficient, willing to share our areas of expertise or knowledge, and to support and kindly critique one another.  Our personal goals for embarking on this year-long  journey vary from individual to individual, but collectively I think we all like the process of improving our skills and having a platform upon which to share our images.

Drum roll please!  Our challenge assignment for January is Fruit on a White Background.  No props allowed for this one, and just one final image.

I chose the carambola for my fruit, which is also known as the starfruit.

I have the worst light in my house, so I needed to use my (new) Lowel EGO lights.  I shot in manual at f/5.0, 1/320, and ISO 640 with my 24-70 f/2.8L lens.  Here is a pullback of the shot:

Please continue through our blog circle – next up is Laurie Vengoechea; San Diego and Riverside County Food Photographer – who gets the big high five for starting our group!  Her images rock – please check out her post!

Hope to see you back here for February’s assignment – thanks for taking a look at what we’re doing.

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Kay Pickens - January 20, 2012 - 8:28 am

Stacey! I just love this shot of the star fruit!! What a fun and pretty fruit!

Tiffany | Develop - January 20, 2012 - 9:32 am

I love the composition of your stars falling in the photo. What a fun take on the fruit!!

Carey Pace - January 20, 2012 - 9:56 am

I, too, love the styling of this!!! And you rock for showing your pullback!! Didn’t even cross my mind to include that in my post!

Amanda Eller - January 20, 2012 - 10:32 am

This fruit has to be the coolest ever! How amazing, dainty and fascinating is a starfruit?! You rocked it! And I want your light setup!! Thanks for sharing your pullback!

Tammy Bilodeau - January 20, 2012 - 10:51 am

Nice use of the star fruit here. I really like your composition and lighting. I might need to get me some of those fancy lights.

Laurie - January 20, 2012 - 11:23 am

I totally agree with Amanda, these fruits are so pretty and have so much character! I love your composition!! I want to know what you did with the fruit after, did you serve them up in a delicious salad or eat them raw?? I have never had one before so I’m so interested in hearing!

So glad you’ve joined us Stacey.. And I live that you showed your pull backs too!! Looking forward to our next challenge! :)

Jennifer - January 20, 2012 - 11:28 am

Star fruit is so much fun-I’m so happy to see something fun like this. Beautiful composition that really takes advantage of leading your eye and making it a very interesting photograph.

Kim - Liv Life - January 20, 2012 - 11:46 am

Beautiful image Stacey! Don’t you just love those lights?? My blog budget is not very large, and the lowell light fit right into my world. One of these days I’m going to purchase another one so I can have balance.
Beautiful star fruit! I’ve actually never tried the fruit, but the shape is always so appealing. Nicely done!

Jen - January 20, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Great composition, like falling stars!

Kirsten - January 20, 2012 - 3:22 pm

Love how you made that first shot so whimsical! I’ve never actually had star fruit, I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing your set-up too…so helpful for us newbies!

Allison Jacobs - January 20, 2012 - 4:01 pm

Love your starfruit! I have never eaten one so it is super cool to see something new. Thanks for sharing the pullback….those lights look like fun!

Chris - January 20, 2012 - 6:00 pm

Stacey, you are by far my favorite photogrpaher. You have an eye and a mind this is just fantastic and you definitley think ‘ouside the box!’ This is another winning image, the way you displayed the furit and the elegance of the finished product is one of the many reasons I am a fan xx

Carrie Terrones (Las Vegas Photographer) - January 21, 2012 - 5:01 pm

LOVE. I’m excited to follow you on this new journey and this is a fabulous first shot! I just love the fruit you chose :)

Kat - January 21, 2012 - 8:20 pm

So glad to see what Carambola is. :) Nicely done.

F Family Vacation Session Spotlight | Longboat Key Photographer

The F family was hands down absolutely fantastic to work with and I absolutely love the images that were the result of this session.  This was held on Longboat Key the day after Thanksgiving and the families in this group were visiting from Louisiana and Maryland.  We were blessed with a gorgeous sky with just enough clouds to capture some really gorgeous light  and everyone really had an enjoyable time.

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sam - January 16, 2012 - 6:47 pm

These are beautiful. Great job :)

Danielle - January 16, 2012 - 11:53 pm

Love these beach photos! I would love to have some like this of my own family. Great job!!

sandy - January 17, 2012 - 1:05 am

Oh my, this session rocks, what a gorgeous family and I love how you’ve captured those emotional connections, I bet they love them. I totally adore that one of them running away on the beach. Beautiful Work!

Kelly - January 17, 2012 - 2:15 am

Absolutely love them. What a great treasure for the family.

Teran - January 17, 2012 - 9:15 am

These are absolutely stunning. You make me want to run out to the beach for a session for sure! The one of them running towards the water….ahhhh..LOVE!

Jessica - January 17, 2012 - 11:34 am

What a fun session. These are great, and I’m sure the family is loving them!

Robin - January 17, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Great shots, one of my favorites is of the children hiding in the sand dunes!

Becky - January 17, 2012 - 1:24 pm

These are so great! You are so talented!

Sara - January 17, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Great session – looks so fun! I especially love the photo of the kids poking their heads above the sand mounds. :)

Anna - January 17, 2012 - 3:21 pm

I love this session!! Love it that the Grandparents are part of it too! Love love love the sand dune photo, so fun!

Karyn - January 17, 2012 - 3:27 pm

These are great! You got a lot of really nice genuine moments!

Jennifer - January 17, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Gorgeous family and beautiful, fun images! LOVE the heads in the sand!

Lynn - January 17, 2012 - 4:01 pm

Beautiful pictures! No doubt they will be treasured by the family.

Jennifer - January 17, 2012 - 4:26 pm

I know the family loved these, just beautiful!

Kathryn E. - January 17, 2012 - 6:59 pm

I love the photo of the father & daughter walking into the ocean together! Great job with the beach family session!

Jane - January 17, 2012 - 7:26 pm

lovely images – looks like everyone had such fun, and now wonderful images to help them remember!

Michelle Judd - January 17, 2012 - 8:49 pm

I love the one with the kids running into the ocean, beautiful!

Tori - January 18, 2012 - 1:54 am

The black and white with dad and the girls has such genuine emotion. Love it! It looks like a fun day. :)

Margie Mobley - January 18, 2012 - 1:56 am

These are all gorgeous, but I especially love the one of them running away. Gorgeous!

reena - January 18, 2012 - 8:15 am

what a fun session and beautiful family! so jealous of you all at the beach!

Katie W - January 18, 2012 - 12:25 pm

Love the one of the kids popping out of the rocks. These are priceless, love the one of Mom and her sons!

Miranda Corbell - January 18, 2012 - 5:37 pm

Fabulous location, amazing photos!

Jenne - January 19, 2012 - 12:02 am

These are great! I absolutely love the one of the kids hiding in the sand dunes!

Hil C - January 19, 2012 - 12:44 pm

Always love your beach work Stacey!! Fabulous:)

Lynette Weber - January 19, 2012 - 1:50 pm

lol these are so much fun love the head in the sands photo. Wish I had a beach near me! :)

Sammi - January 19, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Oh, the gorgeousness!!! Awesome job Stacey!

Jo {BluElla} - January 20, 2012 - 11:17 am

Oh my…these are priceless. Love the pictures with the grandparents. These family photos will be cherished forever. Awesome memories!

Kelly R - January 20, 2012 - 2:15 pm

Beautiful job on this session! Love the light! :)

The Bloom Forum Project 52 | Week 50 | Theme: Traditions/Holidays | Longboat Key Photographer

Merry Christmas!!!

It’s Week 50 with The Bloom Forum Project 52 for our group of 13 photographers – just two more to go!  This week’s theme is Traditions/Holidays.

We have dual holidays in our household – guess one would call it “Christmakkah.”  And over the years, we have found that certain routines and things have more or less become our own traditions.

For many years, we have a had a funky white tree.  Actually, two of them – one just a smaller version that sits near the foyer.

Decorations have varied on both trees over the years, but I always hang my seahorses.

Alex lights the Menorah each season to celebrate Hanukkah.

Every Christmas Eve, we go across the street to The Bayou Tavern for a wonderful, authentic Italian dinner.

After dinner, it’s time to curl up and watch It’s a Wonderful Life.

Christmas morning in our house means brunch!  I made a Potato-Gruyere frittata this morning……

We always go for a walk at Durante Park early in the afternoon before I need to get back into the kitchen.

And – how can I forget – a tradition every year is for a family photo on the beach for my holiday cards – wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Please continue along our circle of Project 52 participants – Erin Norman, Las Vegas Photographer, is up next.  I always love to see her posts and images each week!



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jessican - December 25, 2011 - 8:05 pm

Wonderful shots and I love your traditions. Your dinner sounds yummy!

Cara - December 25, 2011 - 11:48 pm

Thank you for sharing some of your traditions and I knew there would be some mouth watering food in yours this week :D

kristin m. young - December 26, 2011 - 9:12 am

i absolutely love your traditions!

Shannon - December 26, 2011 - 10:26 am

I really enjoyed getting a sneak peek of your holiday traditions. Lovely. And that fritatta looks like heaven! :)

The Bloom Forum Project 52 | Week 49 | Theme: Animals | Longboat Key Photographer

Hello and happy Sunday!  We are certainly winding down with The Bloom Forum Project 52 for 2011!  Many of our group members, along with several new participants, will be continuing this photographic journey in 2012.  Unfortunately, as much as I would like to continue, there are other challenges requiring my attention in 2012, so I need to bow out.

You may have noticed that my blog has been updated with a new logo and a slightly new look.  The colors remind me of dawn and twilight on the beach – lots of pinks, purples, and silvery grays.  It’s always been a favorite color palette of mine and I do find that most of my favorite images have hints of these colors.

So – back to Project 52!  This week’s theme is Animals.  Love this one!  I decided to do a holiday snap or two of my sweet dogs, Bonnie and Clyde.  Sweet, but not the sharpest knives in the drawer.  Getting them to sit still for the camera is a challenge (which is why you don’t see many photos of them!)  They don’t really listen to directions, and didn’t understand why they had to sit on this little table…….

or why they had to wear Christmas hats.

I mean, seriously check out this look from Clyde………………

Now please go check out Erin Norman, Las Vegas Photographer…..I love her work!  I am looking forward to what she has this week.  Many photos of hers have animals that just seem to show up during her shoots – pretty amazing!

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Carrie Terrones (Las Vegas Photographer) - December 18, 2011 - 10:40 am

Love these two! What great expressions they have…and fun names too!

Phillette - December 18, 2011 - 11:42 am

Bonnie and Clyde are adorable! But look at that expression on Clyde’s face! He is really hoping that modeling pays off big with doggie treats! Too cute! :)

LOL!! This is exactly what I tried to do with my Lola and she gave me a look just like Clyde is giving you, like, “Mom, what did I possibly do to deserve this punishment?!” So cute! I do love that you posted a pic of Bonnie and Clyde, they are just the cutest!

Shannon - December 18, 2011 - 1:52 pm

I. Love. This. <3

Cara - December 18, 2011 - 3:02 pm

Great new logo and colour palette, it looks great. Bonnie & Clyde are cuties and I love how patient they are in the 1st shot but how expressive Clyde’s look is in the 2nd.

Rachel M - December 18, 2011 - 4:55 pm

So sad you aren’t continuing with us for 2012. But those are the cutest doggies ever!

jessican - December 18, 2011 - 7:55 pm

They are adorable! And I love your new look. So beautiful.

Kathy Hysmith - December 18, 2011 - 8:42 pm

How adorable! This would have made a great Christmas card, although yours with David & Alex was really wonderful, also.

Ali C - December 18, 2011 - 10:23 pm

OMG! They are too cute!

Tamara - December 19, 2011 - 10:21 am

So cute
Great shots for this weeks theme

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The Bloom Forum Project 52 | Week 48 | Theme: Time | Longboat Key Photographer

Wow….almost to the end!  Week 48 and the theme this week is Time.

Two basketball games this week – getting a shot of the clock seemed to be a good choice for this week’s theme since I watched it enough.  Image is grungy, noisy, and a little urban…perfect for a glimpse into middle school basketball.

If you are new to my blog, I joined a group of 14 photographers from The Bloom Forum back in January to think outside the box and challenge ourselves creatively with weekly themes that we would interpret and post an image for.  Most of us have decided we’d like to stay together and embark on another journey for 2012 – love that!

Please continue on to see what the fabulous Erin Norman, Las Vegas Photographer, has this week – I love her work!  And please remember that we always love comments – please let us know if you’ve stopped by.  Thanks!!

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jessican - December 11, 2011 - 8:01 pm

Perfect shot for time. Love this perspective.

Cara - December 11, 2011 - 10:17 pm

Great shot Stacey. I love your processing for this it gives it such a timeless feel.

kristin m. young - December 12, 2011 - 9:26 pm

omy goodness…you must be in my world too–been seeing way too many of those clocks lately!

Amy - December 14, 2011 - 9:25 pm

Perfect for this week, Stacey!

Ali C - December 18, 2011 - 10:25 pm

I love this interpretation of the theme! It has such a timeless feel!