Saturday, July 25, 2009

TasteStopping... Feasting On Seconds

We food bloggers rely heavily on sites such as Tastespotting and Foodgawker to drive traffic to our websites. For the most part, we are not professional chefs, food stylists, nor photographers. We're merely passionate about food. When the current subject of our passion is rejected, we take it personally. Sometimes to the point of tears. Why? Well maybe it's because we've stood out in the rain to garner the only available daylight to photograph our favorite muffin recipe. Or because we've had to shoo the dog away as we attempt to take a picture of a plate of cookies placed on a sunspot on the floor. Perhaps we've served dinner at 3:00 in the afternoon, simply because we know that's when the sunlight hits the dinner table perfectly. The point is, we try so hard to get the perfect photo of our passion, when the photo isn't even the point. The food is the point.

Enter TasteStopping. Finally a place to post our rejects. And I have to tell you, I've found some very good recipes that I wouldn't have otherwise found. Photo perfect, maybe not. But palate perfect, definitely. And isn't that what it's all about?

Thanks Casey, for giving our rejects another chance.


Bob said...

Being an amateur photographer of sorts I knew your pics were not just simple snapshots of food.

We've never attempted food photography ourselves other than the quick snapshots.

To me the ultimate food blog is the "total package" which comprises photography,writing and recipe/instructions.

You do all three quite nicely. Keep up the nice work!

Bob for Both.

Moogie said...

Your presentation and photographs are super great. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Mags said...

Awww Bob and Moogie, thank you so much. I really appreciate your kind words.

stonemaven said...

I found taste stopping a week or so ago and am enjoying the posts I missed on Tastespotting due to nitpicking. I agree, it should be about the food, not the food porn. This isn't art school! Oh, and thanks for the mini cheesecake post. Now I have to buy a new pan.

Mags said...

Stonemaven: You're going to love that pan, I promise!

tastestopping said...

Hi Mags,

I couldn't agree more with your assessment of trying to capture the "perfect" shot. Your depiction of the lengths to which we food bloggers will go made me laugh out loud.

Thank you for this lovely write-up as well as sending in your rejects. I'm glad to hear that you are having luck finding new recipes from the photos posted on TasteStopping. Launching the site has been a lot of fun for me, and it's always nice to know that my fellow bloggers are benefitting from the site as well!

Keep up the great work.


Mags said...

Thank you Casey!