Steamy Kitchen Food Porn Room

‘m going to give you 6 letters, out of order and I bet I can show you just ONE IMAGE and in that image you’ll be able to see, hear, feel and smell EXACTLY what those 6 letters form.

Here are the letters….in random order:

H I S O T H

Ready? Ok….read on…

See?!?!? I TOLD YOU. Well, now that it’s happened, wanna see how far I can throw a digital SLR lens what the inside of a digital SLR lens looks like?

It was an accident by one of the kids, but really, it was my fault for not realizing that:

TALL TRIPOD + EXPENSIVE CAMERA + CHILD RUNNING AT 8 MPH BEING CHASED BY ANOTHER CHILD WEARING SUPERHERO COSTUME WITH FLASHING LIGHTSABER = DISASTER.

The good news is that of all my lenses, this one was the least expensive. I’ll just deduct it from the kid’s’ college fund. Since I’ve turned the spare bedroom into ‘the place where Mama takes pictures of dinner,’ it’s been off-limits to the kids, and they generally remember not to cross the electro-magnetic force field protecting my precious space.

But when somehow when they put on their superhero costumes, they think that rules don’t apply to them anymore. Which makes me think I should just go out and buy a Wonder Woman costume for myself:

DAMN. Do I look hot or not?! Like the angelic aura of innocence? I wish I looked like that for real! If I had a body like Wonder Woman, do you REALLY think I’d be in the FOOD business????

And let me just say, honey, any male villain being chased by two big bouncing boobs, stars pointing at a crotch, a gold whip and built-in wrist-cuffs, would hee-haw to the angels up above and surrender in a heartbeat. I’d kick ass with this costume body.

Note to husband: Sweetheart, this was PHOTOSHOPPED. Don’t you dare think I’d wear this costume, even for you.

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Now, what were we talking about? Oh yes…I’m showing you the place where I take food photos…..a.k.a. my Food Porn Room.

The Steamy Kitchen Food Porn Room

which used to be the spare bedroom. See the guest bed? Self inflates in 3 minutes to a full-sized bed. Convenient. Comfy. But not too comfy so that guests to stay too long. πŸ˜‰ KIDDING!

I’ve got a box of fake tropical flowers and greenery. A big box of dishes that I got on sale at CB2 (owned by Crate & Barrel but way cheaper)

My “set” is a small square “Table in a Bag” that my brother got for me from Crate & Barrel. The cool thing is that the table is very sturdy, but the legs screw off and the top rolls up. It comes with a duffel bag to sling over your shoulder so that you can set up a table at the beach. The wicker thigy that is propped up is really just a fancy placemat.

Those lights? AWESOME. I’ll tell you about them in my next post. (what’s a Porn Room with out a little tease???) Ok done teasing! Here are my lights.

I have black and white foamboards that I use for backgrounds or to reflect light. That shiny gold lame is not my wedding dress! Really. It’s used to reflect light onto the food. The other side is silvery. Do you want a warmish glow to the food (gold) – or a cool, white glow (silver or white). Of course I have a tripod too.

click on photo for larger image if you have a Flickr account

I shop at Target, Walmart, outlet stores, Home Goods, Pottery Barn, basically any place that has a sale. I usually just get one placemat and add that to my collection. The fabric stash includes yards of gorgeous material, usually I buy on-sale remnants from fabric stores. I use them for my food shots sometimes, especially if I want a nice subtle texture (linen) or bright Asian look (Chinese embroidered silk/brocade). If you get fabric, buy 1 yard. That should be enough for a food shot.

Ok. That’s all I have time for. Gotta go teach a Japanese cooking class!

Hey, so now that I’ve shown you my porn room SHOW ME YOURS!