Before we get into the deliciousness of this carrot cake apple loaf, let’s talk about food photography. I know. I know. I’ve talked about this before, but the point is:
God is enabling me to get better at it and not give up. I’ve been tempted to give up, but I haven’t.
The times when I’m tempted to just say, ‘Oh well, it doesn’t matter what my photo looks like,’ this verse comes into my head.
Colossians 3:23, ‘Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.’
That is the goal. I’m not going to just give the Lord my second best. It’s not that the things I do get me more favor or make me okay for heaven, but if the Lord God loves me as a Father, why would I not love my Heavenly Father by offering Him the best I can possibly do?
So I’ve been improving, I think…. on food photography.
Here are some of the worst food photographs I’ve put up on my Instagram..
Some of the Best Peanut Butter EVER, and this picture does not do it justice.
The ‘yellow’ factor in this photo is about 100000% ….
And I could go on, but this isn’t a pity party, so I wanted to share what I’ve learned about food photography.
1) Learn from the Best.
Some of my very favorite food photographers out there that I follow have been the ones that I’ve been observing and learning from in the past year of ‘gramming’ so that I won’t be stagnant in my photography journey. I’m thankful that the Lord God created us with minds to learn and MOST of all that He has redeemed and cleansed and is cleansing my mind daily from every evil thought, so that I can appreciate beauty (without jealousy), love other bloggers (without comparison), and learn from them (without pride.) I’m not perfect in this, but God’s working on me!
My favorites are:
In It 4 The Long Run – Georgie. Charismatic, sweet, and full of life. And her posts pour that with 200%.
Rachl Mansfield – Rachel just reached 100K, and you’ll see why!
Love Me, Feed Me – Her Nice Cream is BEAUTIFUL!
Rachael Miner – Epic Smoothie Bowls!
The Blissful Balance – Her cookie creations make me…. hungry.
Fit Mitten Kitchen – Check out her delicious single serve cookie she did a couple days ago!
Fit Philosophy – This gal knows how to do the protein pancakes! Protein pancake extraordinaire!
2) Learn from the BEST and THEN…. implement some of the things that you love about their accounts into your photos.
3) Remember that the photography, food, life journey is a journey. Don’t expect perfection yet, but remember that God is PERFECT, and by the blood of His Son Jesus Christ He cleanses and perfects the dirty soul, making it as white as snow.
4) Have FUN with it. Enjoy the colors, the beauty, the variety that God has put into this world. You don’t have to have your photos look EXACTLY like someone else, because your photos express YOU and who God made you to be.
Why should you try it?
It has veggies … but you can’t tell.
It tastes great with nut butter (a pre-requisite for many of my snacks)
Well, I originally came up with this recipe for the ‘Purely Elizabeth Granola Contest.’ The challenge was to use one of their Probiotic, Ancient Grain, or granolas to make up a unique recipe. I used their ‘Blueberry Hemp Granola’ flavor.
I decided to go for a sweet bread, and this is what I came up with… I love carrot cake, and I love apples. I thought it might be fun to combine them into one loaf.
The loaf was really good, not too sweet, not bland, and full of doughy moist flavor. (The only downside is that my paleo loafs don’t stay together as well as a regular one) Even if I don’t win the contest, I wanted to share it with you!
If you want to vote for my recipe, you can go to this link: http://woobox.com/nf9gd7/gallery/7s6rStRRGGY, but if any of them look like ones that you would rather vote for, that is TOTALLY fine with me. I will not be offended. 🙂
And like I said, it tastes wonderful with Nut Butter… 😉
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 c. coconut sugar
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or more depending on desired thickness)
- 1/4 cup Purely Elizabeth blueberry granola
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. coconut flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Line a 4x8 loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Whisk together applesauce, eggs, coconut sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla in one bowl. Sprinkle in the coconut flour. Whisk till combined, and then add the vanilla and baking soda. Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Take it out and let cool for approximately 10-20 minutes. Take it out of the pan, cut, and enjoy with a big dollop of some sort of nut butter, since I'm kind of a nut butter fan.
Do you like carrot cake?
Is food photography something you enjoy? What are some of your tips for food photography?
Do you like other kinds of photography?
What motivates you to do things well?