I feel most alive when I’m learning something new. I love a challenge, even when I struggle, or fail. My mother once told me that there’s always something to be learned no matter what you’re doing. At the time, I was crying to her about my high school summer job making collections calls for a credit card company in France.
I felt alive during that brief, brutal period in high school when I tried out for the girls’ ice hockey team (I was thankfully cut before breaking any bones), I felt alive during those terrifying sleepless nights when I first became a mom, and I’ve felt electrified for the last year that I’ve been learning about food photography.
Learning doesn’t mean excelling (especially on the ice), and that’s definitely been the case for my food photography. I’m still struggling to make the shot in my head appear through my lens. Last night for example, I read a wonderful post on the Pioneer Woman’s blog about aperture. She made it seem so easy, but today everything came out blurry. But I’m still trying, snapping away, and learning as I shoot and erase.
In a few months, I’m headed to food blogger camp in California to learn a whole lot more about food blogging and food photography. They’ve asked us to submit our rejections from the Tastespotting website. I’m scared of being held up as an object of ridicule, but this is a chance to improve. What’s a few seconds of embarrassment if I can learn?
I’ll be sharing the pictures above. The first was rejected for blurriness. The second for composition. Just one word answers when I could have used more explanation. I thought they were good… but they didn’t. Soon I’ll know why.