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Are You Ready for Your Closeup?

Posted Jan 18 2010 12:00am

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope most of you are enjoying a relaxing MLK Day and getting to sleep in and relax. For those of you who had to go to work today, I hope your day goes quickly and painlessly!

I am one of the fortunate group who has today off so I’m planning to do some work (personal), maybe a bit of yoga, and then I’ll be off to Lindsay’s for another day of food photography. Saturday’s session was an absolute blast!

After an awesome 9+ mile run with Lindsey, I headed to HH Lindsay’s place for the afternoon. I knew it was going to be fun before I’d even walked in the door because I could smell these lovely muffins from down the hall.

To start, we set the white balance on our cameras. Here’s the difference a custom setting makes. Before:


Here’s the setup with Lindsay’s camera.

And the image feeds straight from her camera to her laptop so we could make small adjustments for picture after picture without having to look at the small screen on the camera.

We also photographed lettuce wraps and cornbread, but my favorite model of the day was a stack of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Pre-wrapping:

With my bow! I’ll be honest, it makes me so excited to know that I’m getting to contribute to what will be an awesome cookbook. (And if one of the cookie photos ends up in the book, I might make my big break into professional bow tying….hehe)

As a ‘thank you’ for my assistance (though I should have been thanking HER), Lindsay sent me home with cookies, muffins, chocolate zucchini bread and vegan chorizo. We’d also enjoyed the lettuce wraps while shooting so I had a very happy, vegan-food filled belly. The only thing that made me happier than my awesome afternoon and tasty treats was the other gift Lindsay gave me. First, some history. In 2005, as I was completing my master’s degree (full time) and working at a publishing house (full time), I had to have my wisdom teeth removed. Still in nursing school at the time, my darling sister came to Boston for a long weekend to care for me. One of the highlights of my recovery was frosty, tasty peanut butter smoothies made with this bad boy.

As you can see, it was made for some mean ice crushing!

After I’d healed, the CrushMaster went back into the cabinet and reemerged this summer when I fell in love with Green Monsters. Sadly, Bodhi decided he was tired of the Crush Master disturbing his morning slumber and he went to town on the lid.

And just a few days ago, I was making a smoothie and noticed liquid beginning to pool under the blades. Not good. Well, I must have done something right in my life so far because as I headed out from Lindsay’s on Saturday, she gave me one last gift. Please say hello to Bradley the Breville!!!!

I was so excited that I rang the doorbell when I got home and then spun around when The Huz opened the door proclaiming “It’s a boy! Isn’t he beautiful??” (Note, I was also afraid The Huz would disown me as he is fairly convinced I have some kind of kitchen appliance addition so I figured laughter might help). Now, Bradley Breville is sitting handsomely on my counter. He has just made my very first perfectly blended smoothie (today is Day 1 of the Spark! detox, which I’ll write more about tomorrow) and you can be sure you’ll read about many more blended wonders in the future :)

Do you name your gadgets/appliances/electronics?

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