Happy World Photography Day! We have had a lovely day harvesting goodies from our garden and prepping food in the kitchen with the windows open and the sun shining inside. It has been a couple of weeks since we could enjoy a Saturday to ourselves, so it has been really nice to not have anywhere to be except home.
Now I’m putting my feet up and sipping this delicious twist on a classic summer drink. And, in honor of today, I thought it would be a great time to answer three unique questions about photography that have come to me from readers of the blog. I hope you enjoy my responses and please keep the questions coming, because it’s so fun to talk about photography with all of you.
1. What’s your “least” favorite thing about being a photographer?
My least favorite thing is the cost of equipment. I work really hard at staying true to my budget so I can continue to grow in my business. At the same time, I believe in investing in my business and always making sure I have what I need to get the job done beautifully. Finding that balance between knowing when to wait and knowing when to invest is a learning process. Borrowlenses.com has been instrumental for me, especially in the beginning, so if you can’t afford to buy that fancy lens yet, rent it!
2. Are you a food stylist AND a food photographer?
I am a food photographer with food styling experience. Even though I do all the cooking and styling for my blog, I will always partner with a talented food stylist for big client work. I love getting my hands dirty in the kitchen and learning how to work with the food, because it has helped me tremendously as a food photographer. But, when it comes down to it, my heart is with the photography.
3. What is the most challenging food for you to shoot?
Enjoy the lemonade and add a splash of prosecco or vodka to make it a tasty summer cocktail. Cheers to the weekend and to all of the photographers out there!
Lemonade with Lavender and Rosemary
1 cup sugar
4-5 cups of water
10-12 lemons, enough for 1 cup of fresh lemon juice
2-3 sprigs of rosemary
4 tablespoons dried lavender
Note: I got 1 ounce from Spice Merchants
Optional: Add a splash of vodka or prosecco to make it a fun summer cocktail.
1. To create a simple syrup, combine the sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan.
2. Bring to a simmer until sugar is completely dissolved.
3. Remove from heat and add the lavender and rosemary.
4. Cover and let sit for 30-40 minutes.
5. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice to a pitcher.
6. Strain the simple syrup to remove the dried lavender and rosemary from the liquid.
7. Add the simple syrup to the pitcher with the lemon juice and add 4-5 cups of water, to taste.
8. Taste to be sure the flavors are balanced.
Note: Add a little more sugar or water to reduce tartness. Add the juice of a lemon to add more tartness.
9. Add a splash of vodka, if desired, and serve with sliced lemons and sprigs of rosemary.
All images ©Regan Baroni 2017.