Friday Things

Einstein playing in the leaves!

1. Last week, we had a SERIOUS leaf problem in our yard. It’s since been taken care of, but Einstein sure enjoyed plopping himself in the middle of a big leaf pile!

2. I had my 29-week doctor’s appointment yesterday, and everything continues to be going really smoothly. My weight, blood pressure and belly measurements are all on target, I got my whooping cough vaccine, signed my delivery consent form… things are getting real!

29 Weeks!

3. This week, we got our Christmas cards ordered and I looooove them (got them on Minted)! I think I’m all set in terms of cards, now I just need to get organized in terms of gift buying. Something tells me I’m not going to feel like waddling through the mall in the middle of December!

4. Did you see these pictures of Melanie Griffith and her family’s pet lion from the 1970’s? I mean, OMG.

5. What was your favorite Halloween candy when you were a kid? I was always a Reese’s peanut butter cup girl (big surprise!), and pretty much any type of chocolate-based candy bar. I was always so bummed when I saw a box of Nerds – those were my least favorite candy, by far.

6. I drank my first hot chocolate of the season last night, complete with marshmallows. I might need to make this a nightly ritual!

7. For those of you that watched Boardwalk Empire, what did you think of the finale?! I was loving this season with the flashbacks, and wish they would have spent more episodes on it and developed everything a little bit better – it felt a little bit rushed to me. I thought the ending was inevitable, even though it bummed me out.

8. Did you watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown last night? I love, love, LOVE Charlie Brown holiday specials, and now I am officially ready for Christmas movies and music. Tomorrow is November, so it’s not totally ridiculous, right?!

9. Don’t forget that I’m hosting an awesome giveaway – if you are into photography, you’ll definitely want to enter the giveaway to win a One-Year Subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which includes Photoshop, Lightroom and Lightroom Mobile!

10. TGIF! I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween night! (Duke and Einstein know how to take it easy!)

Duke and Einstein - Snuggle buddies

Food Photography Tips + Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom GIVEAWAY!

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Looking back to when I first began blogging in 2007, it’s clear that I knew virtually nothing about taking pictures of food. My process back then went something like this:

Make something, put it on a plate or in a bowl, put it on the counter or table, snapped a picture and eat. At some point in the future, upload it and post it online. No fancy camera, no editing… it was all bare bones.

It wasn’t until months later, when I was still blogging and photographing food on a very regular basis that I realized I had quite a bit to learn about how to make the food that I knew tasted fantastic look just as good on the screen. It’s been an extremely large learning curve over the last 7-plus years, but I’ve picked up some tips and tricks along the way. I receive a lot of questions about the photography on this site, so I thought a little overview might be useful. Be sure to read the whole way to the end; the folks at Adobe are sponsoring an awesome giveaway!

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