Redefining Myself

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

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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 :)

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50 thoughts on “Redefining Myself”

  1. 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!

  2. 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….

  3. 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.


  4. 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 :)

    • 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…

  5. 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 :-)

  6. 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. :-)

  7. 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

    • 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!

  8. 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” !

    • 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!

    • 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 :)

  9. 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.

    • 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 :)

  10. 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!

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

  11. 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:)

    • 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 :)

  12. 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!?

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

    • 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.

  13. 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!

    • 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 :)