When I started this blog, it never occurred to me that people might one day complement my photography.

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I was knowledgeable about nutrition and I loved to cook. I was excited to join the food blogging community. I wanted to hone my recipe development skills. I hoped to become a better writer. But a decent, maybe even a good, photographer? I never imagined I could be one of those: I had absolutely no experience in photography.

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As soon as I started taking photos for this blog, however, I fell in love. Believe me when I say there have been many days when I’d rather take and edit pictures than cook and/or write.

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I’ve always been a little lacking in the confidence department, though. I have a hard time believing that I am actually good at anything. But since readers and friends have been telling me that they like my photos, I’ve started redefining myself: I have begun telling people that (among other things) I am a photographer. And calling myself a photographer, in addition to a recipe developer and a food writer, makes me very happy.

So, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to set up a food photography portfolio. And I gave it a space separate from this blog. I tweeted about it and mentioned it on facebook, but forgot to officially announce it here, so allow me to do so now: you can find samples of my food styling and food photography at www.winnieabramson.com.

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I don’t just take photos of food, though. I love photographing animals and just about everything else in nature (especially flowers), as well.

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So over the weekend, I picked a few of my favorite pictures (some of which I’ve published on the blog and some of which I haven’t), and I added them to a portfolio on redbubble. Because they’re not serving any purpose just sitting here on my hard drive.

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So now you can order some of my photos in card and print form, if you like. I uploaded just over 20 photos for now, but I’ll be adding more soon (I’m not sure how much food-related stuff to put on redbubble, though….what do you think?). Ps: if you order anything between now and April 30, I will donate all the proceeds to the Japanese Red Cross.

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You don’t have to buy anything, of course. But I wanted you to know that the photos are there. I’m excited to see where this goes, and as always, I love having you by my side while I am on this “journey”.

I’ll be back with a recipe soon :)

 

50 Comments

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    Joy — March 28, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

    Those photos are beautiful, as yours always are. As a fellow food blogger, I’m extremely jealous. I hate the photo taking part but know readers want to see the dish. I will browse all the photos over there soon! Thanks for sharing and making them available. If I ever sell my house I may buy some for the new kitchen!

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

      That’s so flattering Joy. I remember chatting about photography over Indian food when we met. I honestly always think your food photos are beautiful :)

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    Christine Rudalevige — March 28, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    That last bird looks like it’s wearing a lovely lace gown. I’m all for redefinition. Good luck!!

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

      Thanks Christine!

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    Liz the Chef — March 28, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    Have you taken classes? It’s amazing to think you are self-taught…The quality of your work is stunning!

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

      No classes Liz. But I do read a lot. Honestly, though, I have so much still to learn :)
      Thanks so much for your support, though- I appreciate it so so much.

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    kerry — March 28, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    Love this, Winnie!

    Love the idea of hoping for one thing, getting an unexpected gift.

    And i’m particularly jazzed by this because as one of those people who has complimented your photos, i had no idea you had no experience.

    hope for all of us.

    who knew chickens were beautiful!?

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

      Kerry,
      “An unexpected gift”: I love that. Yes, sometimes I think I should call myself a food and chicken photographer…

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    The Yummy Mummy — March 28, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    I think you know how happy I am for you. Your work is beautiful.

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

      Thanks Kim…for all of your encouragement.

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    Lana — March 28, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    Isn’t it wonderful how we reinvent ourselves at odd times and quite unexpectedly? I can relate with some of your statements and only want to encourage you to go forward and see yourself a little bit changed by all this. with another dimension added.
    Yes, your photos are beautiful:) Sometimes we don’t even know that we possess the passion for something until we plunge right into it and allow it to overtake us completely.
    I love the pics of your animals! And yes, add more food photos to your portfolio:)

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

      Thank you Lana. I will add more photos for sure. I need to go back and re-edit them all, because the file sizes are currently too small…so it will take a little while :)

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    Kimmy @ Lighter and Local — March 28, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    Winnie – your photos consistently blow me away. As someone who’s just delving into it all, you’re an inspiration. I cannot wait to see what more you come up with!

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

      Thanks so much. Honestly, I never EVER thought I would be an inspiration to anyone in this regard :)

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    Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — March 28, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    What a great idea Winnie. I am in awe of your photography skills, your recipe development skills, you, pretty much. You go girl!

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

      Thanks Mardi. Your comments mean a lot to me. Always.

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    Liz — March 28, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    You are truly talented…never doubt that! Your photos are amazing!!!

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

      Thank you SO much!

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    Katrina — March 28, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    Your photography is as great as your food! ;)

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

      Thanks Katrina :)

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    Rachel — March 28, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    Winnie, your photos are stunning! Just like you, I didn’t take an interest in photography until starting a food blog. Who knew taking pictures of food would create a passion for photography and picture editing?? I spend more time in Picasa/Photoshop than I do in the kitchen. :)

    I am having trouble getting onto the new website. Was wondering if you built it in Wix? I’ve created sites using Wix and the issues I’ve encountered are slow loading times and the fact you can’t view the page on mobile devices.

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

      I did use Wix- it loads fine for me from home, though I have not tried on a mobile :(
      I am headed to check out your blog right now :)

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    Amanda — March 28, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

    That is so fun Winnie! I love that you started a new blog for this, you go girl!!

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

      Well, it’s not really a new blog– unlike you Amanda, there’s no way I could handle two blogs! It’s a site I set up through Wix- built it in less than a day- just a way to keep all my best food photos in one place :)

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    Jennifer (Savor) — March 28, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

    YAY Winnie! Congrats!

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

      Thank you :)

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — March 28, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    great post and incredible photos!

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

      Thanks so much Alison!

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    Aggie — March 28, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

    I’m loving your pictures! the chickens…the flowers…I feel a lot like you as far as not realizing how much I would love the photography aspect of blogging. I know nothing about my camera though, Auto is my friend.

    Your photography is beautiful…really love the lemon picture too. :) Good luck with your new “endeavor” !

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

      Auto was my friend for a while, too :) Then I graduated to aperture priority. Then to manual. I still have tons to learn about my camera, though. TONS!

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    Oui, Chef — March 28, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    Winnie – I’ve loved watching you blossom as a photographer, your shots improve with every post. Can’t wait to check out your new site, and am always anxious to see what great food you’ve been cooking too. – S

    • Winnie replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

      Thanks Steve. I appreciate your comments so much! The new site is just a way for me to keep all my best food pics in one place, for professional purposes, in case I decide to seek out food photography work…don’t know if anything will come of it, but I figured I’d go for it…
      The redbubble portfolio, on the other hand, is something I will keep more frequently updated with all sorts of photos, food and otherwise, in case anyone wants to buy my photos as prints :)
      Hopefully I can keep track of it all!

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    Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) — March 28, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    Your photos are inspiring and beautiful.I learn so much from your photography. Keep it up!

    • Winnie replied: — March 29th, 2011 @ 7:52 am

      Thanks Rivki. Really means a lot.

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 28, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    Congratulations Winnie, I’m very happy for you and I wish you much success with your photography. The site looks great and your work is beautiful, you are one very talented lady all around. :-)

    • Winnie replied: — March 29th, 2011 @ 7:52 am

      Thanks Sylvie- that means so much coming from you, since your photos are some of my favorites :)

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    Jayne (jaynerly) — March 29, 2011 @ 12:51 am

    Beautiful, Winnie, just beautiful! What a great idea- good luck.

    • Winnie replied: — March 29th, 2011 @ 7:51 am

      Thanks Jayne. Nothing to lose, so figured I’d give it a try.

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    Yaelian — March 29, 2011 @ 1:36 am

    Your photos are breautiful,such a feast for the eyes:)

    • Winnie replied: — March 29th, 2011 @ 7:51 am

      Thanks so much- your comment means a lot!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — March 29, 2011 @ 5:41 am

    Your photography is really stunning, Winnie. That’s the part that I struggle with so much on every post – the photos. But I keep trying and working on it. Maybe I’ll catch up to you some day :-)

    • Winnie replied: — March 29th, 2011 @ 7:51 am

      Aw, Lana. I always love your photos!

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    Lynda - TasteFood — March 29, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    Congratulations Winnie! I love your photos. Good luck with branching out – I know it will be a hit.

    • Winnie replied: — March 29th, 2011 @ 7:53 am

      Thanks Lynda. Don’t know if anything will come of branching out, but figured nothing at all would happen for sure if I didn’t try…

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — March 29, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    Good for you!! Your photos are gorgeous and I think this is the perfect next step for you! I’m going to check out your site right now :)

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    Maria — March 30, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    Beautiful photos!

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    Elizabeth — March 30, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    Really beautiful photographs! Stunning. What type of camera do you use? Did you read any photography books?

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    ButterYum — March 30, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    Stunning photography. I found your blog after we commented on each other’s flickr photos – you should put a link to your blog on those photos. You have a great blog. I can’t wait to check it out more.

    :)
    ButterYum

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 31, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    I love your photography! I have found that while I enjoy photography I still have trouble totally getting it. I have been debating taking classes at DCC for photography and photoshop. I figure it can’t hurt….

    This summer we should get together and take pictures around the Hudson Valley. I have been dying to go to the Mohonk Mountain House….

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    QuincesandthePea — April 7, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    I can totally identify! I started blogging a few months ago and I’ve gotten almost obsessive about photography. I just spend my tax refund on new lenses and other toys. It’s awoken something in me.

    Your work is beautiful and I’m so glad it makes you happy!