A Sweet Weekend on Set with Sweet Paul

Ever read a Real Simple, Martha Stewart, or Bon Appetit and find yourself drooling over the photos of the food?  Though I hope my photography is getting better since the inception of this blog, it’s still eons away from these divine magazines. This weekend I had the absolute pleasure of learning from the creator of my favorite blog and digital magazine: Sweet Paul. Paul Lowe gave tips on food styling including plating and props. I learned the importance of texture, both on the plate and surrounding it.  Colin Cooke then showed us how to photograph the creations using natural light.

I am so inspired and can’t wait to test out all that I learned. Please be patient as I practice and learn. Here are some photos I took behind the scenes of the shoot:



Here are the photos I took of the finished products. Look out for Sweet Paul’s summer issue for the recipes and Colin Cooke’s sure-to-be-stunning photographs:



Grilled halumi salad with corn, asparagus, and tomatoes



Tomato and pancetta salad with goat cheese


Chicken, coconut and lime salad


Roasted cauliflower with carrots and feta


Potato and shrimp with chimichurri and spinach


Baked trout with beets and capers


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  1. Your foodporn can be improved upon…. who eats veggies with a knife? or leave pieces of bread scattered around their plate?

    • loveumadly says:

      Thanks for the tips. I am certainly still learning. There are some big items in the veggie plate, so I would personally use a knife. The bread… you have a point! (Though at the end of any meal in my house we seem to have food everywhere!) Thanks for reading.

  2. Oh Kim, your pictures turned out amazing! I really enjoyed meeting you and love your beautiful blog! So fun!

  3. Every one of these dishes calls to me. Such great combinations of ingredients.
    Would absolutely love to attend a workshop like that one!

    • loveumadly says:

      Thanks Lori Lynn. The workshop was really so awesome. I highly recommend checking out the next one. Your site is really beautiful too. Love your making leftovers elegant post!

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