Food Blogging is only one of two things – fun or frustrating.
1. Deciding where to eat.
There are so many factors to consider when deciding where to eat. There’s the food, of course, then there’s lighting, ambiance and even plating. For some people it may be the quickest decision that they make all day but not you. You want to go to a restaurant that serves delicious food that is photogenic in a well lit area with nice tables, chairs and maybe even a brick wall or two because you can’t really go wrong if there’s a brick wall in your background. This decision making process can take anywhere between 5 minutes to 50 minutes and it can get frustrating.
2. When your friends ask you to recommend a restaurant and your mind suddenly goes blank
Being known as the foodie among your group of friends has its perks like 1. You always get to choose which restaurant you all go to and 2. If they hear about a new restaurant or a new dish, they immediately tell you about it or 3. When they can’t decide where to eat, they ask you for a recommendation (which is just another excuse for you talk about food). Every once in a while though, you’re left completely stumped because you know your friend and you know what they like so you want to recommend the perfect restaurant for them to eat at. It’s at the tip of your tongue but you just can’t seem to get it out so you’re left standing there looking at your friend or worse – spitting out one recommendation after another.
3. Being shy to take pictures in public
No matter how many times you’ve done this before, you can’t help but feel a little shy every time you want to take photos of food in public because you know that the person at the next table is definitely watching you. They’re also probably thinking something along the lines of “Has she never been to a restaurant before?” Well, you know what, sometimes you just need to take 5 or 6 shots from the same angle because if you look close enough, they aren’t all the same!! There are also times wherein you may need to stand up or even stand on your chair to get the perfect food shot and for like 5 seconds there, you actually care what people think but it only takes 5 seconds to get over that so you do it anyway.
4. Always wanting to meet for lunch because natural light is your best friend
Whenever your friends try to make plans with you, you always push for it to be during lunch hour because that’s honestly when the sun looks best and makes your food photos look awesome. I am aware that not all my pictures are great but the ones that are great have been taken during lunch time. There you have it, the secret to good photos is a good amount of natural light.
5. Restaurants with bad lighting
Sometimes bad lighting is enough to ruin my appetite (just kidding, nothing can ruin my appetite). But seriously, there are some restaurants out there with lighting so bad that nothing you do can save your food photos. It’s either too dark, or they’ve chosen all the colors for their lighting except white or warm or the light placements are in such a way that every photo you take has a shadow – sometimes there’s just no saving it.
6. When your dishes come out one at a time
I honestly thought I was the only one who felt this way until I spoke to my friend, Helga, and she mentioned it. Sometimes it can be good that they come out one at a time so you can take a few good shots of this dish, try it and focus all your attention on the different flavors until the next one comes out but then sometimes you want a nice group shot of all the food together but surprise!! You can’t have it because they’re most definitely going to take their time in bringing out your food one by one. Unless you’re willing to just sit there staring at your food (I’m never willing to do that), your chances at a nice top group shot are gone.
7. When your dishes come out all at once
Once everything you’ve ordered is on the table at the same time, it’s difficult to decide what you want to try first. What is even more difficult though is the fact that you have to take a really good flat lay of the food on your table and we all know that’s going to take another 5-10 minutes. Even though you may be used to taking multiple photos while your food gets cold but you obviously have company with you if you’ve ordered multiple dishes and they usually tend to get irritable after a couple dozen food shots. Now, I’ve gotten pretty good at tuning them out (sorry, guys) but trust me, they’ll eventually tell you to “hurry up” because the food is getting cold and ask “how many photos do you possibly need to take?” or something like that.
8. Body Goals vs Food Goals
You want to have a bikini body but you also want to eat everything. Sometimes finding the balance between eating amazing food or having an amazing body seems like the most difficult thing in the world and even when you think you’ve found it, there is always that one dish that breaks your 2 day self discipline streak. I think the trick here is to make sure that you’re eating a balanced diet, working out regularly and basically just being confident in who you are. There are those days though that you wish you could just let go and eat – sometimes you just gotta give in.
9. Reading other blog posts about food / food reviews when you’re nowhere near any food
Whether you’re doing this for research or for fun, this is basically self inflicted torture. Not to mention that this is something you can do for hours and hours and not feel like you’ve wasted a single minute. This always only results in one thing though, after reading all those food reviews… You will either feel the need to go to at least one of the restaurants you read about, try a recipe that you were reading about or even go to the nearest restaurant. We may all take different roads but our destination is always the same – FOOD!
10. Finally getting around to writing your blog post only to have to get up once or twice (or like five times) because writing about food only makes you want more food.