Two years ago, on 9/12/14, I made you a promise. Let’s see what it was, shall we?! 🙂 I said, and I quote:
One of my favorite things to do is to cook, but I haven’t really put much of that onto the blog. Mostly because I’m pretty self-conscious about my pictures. You go on Pinterest and you see all these magazine ready photos and they’re gorgeous. I think to myself, “I’ll never be able to take pictures like that.”
It’s not that I don’t have the right camera, and since I’ve been selling on eBay for 15 years, I know very well how to take pictures of products and you’d be hard-pressed to know which is my picture and which is the manufacturer’s picture. But, for food, all those rules go out the window. There’s lighting and it has to hit just right, and reflective screens, and backgrounds, diffusers, plating, oh yeah, and the food has to look gorgeous too! It’s a lot and so, I guess that I just shot myself down and told myself I couldn’t do it before I even tried.
But, I’ve had several request for more recipes. At first, I have to be honest, I thought, “Yeah, right, that’s not going to happen. Don’t they know I stink (at food photography)!”
The more I thought about it, the more I wondered how I was being an example to my friends on the blog, YOU. If I am telling myself I can’t do something and not even trying. I mean, if someone were to ask my advice, I’d tell them to go for it. Even if you try it and fail, it’s just proving your trying. At least you’re getting out there and doing it. Well, of course, I don’t want to be found a hypocrite, so I am embarking on a photography journey that I hope you’ll come along with me.
The blog won’t leave it’s intended purpose. I’ll always encourage and motivate women who want to stay home with their kids to find ways to make that dream their reality, but let’s have some FUN along the way. My pictures of food won’t be the best out there, they might even stink. It seems like I hit one right at the right light and it looks good and the next is like AHHH, what happened. You call that food! lol. I hope that you’ll be patient with me as I learn and I promise you one thing, I WILL do my best. I WILL give it my ALL. I will try. Because that’s the kind of person I am. I’d rather be in the game failing miserably, than on the sidelines shouting at everyone in the game how stupid they are. Know those kind of people? Me too! Let’s not be them, okay! Let’s get out there and try. What do you want to try at? What have you told yourself you’ll never make it at? Leave a comment below so I can pray for you and so that I can encourage you! A year down the line, we can laugh about how silly we were, thinking we couldn’t make it, because we’re totally ROCKING IT!!!!
It was true. I could picture my toys on eBay like the manufacturers…
Believe it or not, all the above pictures were taken by me, with my own camera! That’s what I used to do before blogging to stay home with my kids as a single mom. I sold Littlest Pet Shop toys on eBay.
But when it came to picturing food, this was the best I could do…
Side by side comparison….same recipe- cuz it’s the world’s BEST…duh! 😉
SOOO much better, right?!
See, secretly, I’ve been keeping it on the down-low. I’ve been practicing and practicing and practicing and practicing some more. I learned (here’s an entire post about how I learned how to take pretty pictures of food).
I worked really hard, didn’t give up, and kept trying. It may have taken me two years and no, I don’t feel at all like I’ve “arrived” yet, but, I HAVE come a long way. I’m proud of myself and most importantly, I kept my promise to you!!!
My point is that if I hadn’t of started two years ago, I wouldn’t BE where I am today.
What are you putting off today? What do you want to start, but are afraid of failing at? Because in my opinion, it’s better to fail 100 times, than to never start at all…and I tell you…I did fail A LOT in my journey, but I didn’t give up.
I mean…because who CARES if it takes you FIVE YEARS to get to your dream….as long as you get there, right? You’re going to be doing SOMEthing with those 5 years of time…might as well make it count!
Where do you want to be in 2 years? What steps do you need to take TODAY to make sure you get there?