Mom, I don’t understand it. Why do they pay you to bring them food when they are actually taking photographs of food? Isn’t it a big waste?

The Bunn had come along to help me carry away my dishes from my lunchtime catering for a photographic shoot. She saw the detritus from the day’s stills; beautiful giant slices of pizza, mouthwatering shots of glorious, gleaming molten cheese and jewel;-like vegetables …

I explained (in a very rambling fashion that lead her to roll her eyes) how food stylists use tricks to make food look good for the camera. This funny child of mine was doubly enraged; by the waste of food and by the ethics of the matter. We got home and she went straight to the computer and soon called me to read this excellent article on the ethics. I’m quite proud of the kid.

That said, I am resolved to upping my food photos and have renewed my promise to myself that I will replace my point and shoot camera with a DSLR and a good lens as soon as I can afford it. But I will never resort to dirty tricks. After all, some food simply cannot made to look good.

Lousy trout eaten at Little Switzerland in the Drakensberg


Trivia of the day:

I just realised that on this date, 25 years ago, I got married for the first time. Also on this date back in 1947 B.F. Goodrich announced the development of the tubeless tire. Neither very exciting events, hey?


67 Comments Add yours

  1. Well done to your Bunn!
    I too am going to buy a decent camera – when though is the problem. It makes the world of a difference, well, just as soon as I have learnt how to use it that is.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, it seems that courses are more expensive than the actual equipment :O

  2. She gets it from her mom 🙂

      1. souldipper says:

        Don’t tell the Bunn just yet!

  3. deepercolors says:

    Sounds like a nice time with your daughter. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, it was nice, but she soon told me to shut up 😉

  4. libraryscene says:

    Rock on ~ your daughter sounds like she keeps the house lively in a wonderful way…ethics and food photos, love it! …will check the article tomorrow, must sleep ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sleep tight 🙂

  5. Tandy says:

    Good for Bunn – it is such a huge waste!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh well, I guess needs must be?

  6. Leeswammes says:

    She’s right, that is a waste of food – but what can you do? Magazine and tv pictures of food always look amazing. Actually, your pictures do too, Cindy, so maybe you’re right and no tricks are needed.

    Re: wedding day – of course your first wedding day is a momentous event! It may not have lasted but at the time it was a Big Thing.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for saying that about my photos, very kind of you 🙂

  7. Corina says:

    Happily it’s also Salvador Dali’s birthday today. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I wonder if he ever painted a tubeless tyre 😉

      1. souldipper says:

        Or hair-sprayed tomatoes? 😀

  8. Good for her – way too much food is wasted these days. I have seen the amount of food that can be wasted on a “film” shoot .. eish!! Good for You Bunny!

    1. theonlycin says:

      But I am grateful for the catering work 🙂

  9. buttercup600 says:

    I also think your pictures look pretty darn good!! My next investment too Cin…a good camera!! OB is beautiful, talented and unique….just like her Mom oxo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Aaaw … that is so sweet, thanks my darling friend *heart*

  10. earlybird says:

    Very impressive reaction from your daughter. How old is she?

    1. theonlycin says:

      She will be thirteen in July, earlybird 🙂

  11. leigh says:

    Even the bad times are good 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Long as I get to you, bayhaybeeeeee 😉

      1. leigh says:


      2. theonlycin says:

        Smiley yellow 🙂

  12. Tilly Bud says:

    Impressed by your daughter but I have to confess – that trout looks fine to me. See the difference between cooks and non-cooks?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Jeepers Tilly, look at all that bottled garlic it’s smothered in!

      1. Tilly Bud says:

        Is that the white stuff?

      2. theonlycin says:

        Yes, all the little white speckles, there were lumps of it on the rest of the plate too, and stuffed inside the fish 😦

  13. bluebee says:

    Gotta love the way the Bunn cut to the heart of the matter! A DSLR is a worthwhile investment along with a tripod for photographing without a flash in natural light (although most DSLRs now also have flash settings for different kinds of artificial light) –

    1. theonlycin says:

      I already have the tripod 🙂

  14. Good for Bunn!

    That food photo looks like – well I won’t tell you what it looks like, but suffice it to say it does not look like something that has not been eaten yet – rather the other way around, perhaps by my dog.

    Hope you get your camera! Would that we all had miracles like mine!

    As for that 25th anniversary – perhaps you could call it your “tarnished silver anniversary!” 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your’s was indeed a miracle.
      LMAO @ tarnished silver!

  15. granny1947 says:

    So what DID happen to all the food?

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s not for me to ask, they’re a very good client 😉

  16. SuziCate says:

    Good for Bunn! Your trivia made me laugh…maybe you could open another bottle of that very rare wind by accident and have something a bit more exciting to add to the date!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahaha … wind! What an appropriate typo LMAO 😀

  17. nrhatch says:

    Bunn rocks!

    So do you:

    But I will never resort to dirty tricks. After all, some food simply cannot made to look good.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Nancy 🙂

  18. Jamie Dedes says:

    Wonderful child. Takes after her mom.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re very kind, Jamie 🙂

  19. Some very delicious foods may not be not photogenic, while some very attractive foods may be less than delicious. Sometimes food that isn’t tasty has nothing to do with its preparation by the cook. Some food is so delicious that a bad cook cannot ruin it. Is this getting ridiculous? Give me a crack at it. I could ruin it. Ha! Blessings to you, Cindy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, Carol, you’re funny 🙂

  20. Liane says:

    Have to say I agree with your daughter on the issue of wasting food, but then again, after you’ve enlighten us how they make food look good, it is not exactly edible, now is it?

    Would have been 12 for me in March… my, my how different things would have been… maybe I would have been a mother today…

    1. theonlycin says:

      There is still time. my little Lee 🙂

  21. Liane says:

    Oh, have to add: your pics always look delicious! (and you can eat it 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Sweetie 🙂

  22. Oh, dear…there was me thinking the trout looked rather good…

    1. bluebee says:

      Yours and Tilly’s comments had me laughing out loud 😀

      1. theonlycin says:

        I’m glad, bluebee 😀

    2. theonlycin says:

      LOL Kate, it was perfectly dreadful 🙂

  23. Dreaming of my own DSLR too Cindy, but until the time comes, we’ll just have to manage! Siighh!! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m currently editing a book and have promised myself the camera with the proceeds 🙂

  24. souldipper says:

    Think I’ve said quite enough. Oh to heck with it…happy unaversary.

  25. slpmartin says:

    Congrats to Bunn…but more to a mother who instilled such values.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Kind words, thanks Charlie 🙂

  26. gospelwriter says:

    Oh well done, mom of the kid! She didn’t get it from nowhere, you know. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Ruth 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Doc 🙂

  27. colonialist says:

    *innocently* Did the Swiss lice add to the flavour?

  28. I would worry more about where the food goes afterwards? Is it eaten, or has it been harassed so much that there is some shyness in eating it.

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