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Photography Lesson

Today was a really fun day.  For years I have been less than satisfied with the photography on my blog and that is quite shameful for a Wagner as everyone in my family is a good photographer.  My Brother, Dad and Grandpa have all spent time as professional photographers and they each have different styles but are very talented. My brother is perhaps the most successful and has done a lot of skateboard and other sports photography.  Recently he did a shoot in Iceland for Nike as part of the Nike Poler shoes.

So, like I said photography is pretty intense in my family and I never felt I was very good at it.  Usually I hoped that the content would be good enough to outweigh the crappy photos.  Clearly if I’ve grown in readership for nearly 6 years there is some truth to that but recently I got the opportunity to do a guest blog for my friend over at The Little Ferraro Kitchen which will be posted on Nov 13th!!

I knew if I was going to guest post on her site that my photos needed to match up with the quality on her blog, so I bought a nice camera and my Dad instructed me as he did the amazing food photography for the post (seriously you guys will be blown away).

I’m super excited and working with my Dad made me want to keep learning and trying to get better.  Yes, my photos may never be as good as his but I can improve and learn more.  So, I asked my friend Kristi Linton if she would give me a lesson today and she agreed.  Fortunately I had received 2 subscription boxes that were good test subjects for me to practice on.  We went over backdrops, lighting, using mirrors and flashlights, tripods and even took some photos on the floor next to the kitchen glass door and I think they turned out pretty well.

These items are from:

Cheryl’s cookies-  Great prices and delicious cookies.  They have a quarterly subscription cookie service and individual orders.  This tin I got on discount as an end of Halloween sale http://www.cheryls.com/

Bklyn organics- $15 box you can order through their etsy shop . Included personal note and only one month required.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/BklynOrganics

Flicker box- This is a fun candle box.  I liked all the scents. Not too overpowering. $25 a month. http://myflickerbox.sqsp.com/

I am excited to keep learning and getting better.

Cheryl's cookies.  The best sugar cookie you've ever had.
Cheryl’s cookies. The best sugar cookie you’ve ever had.
Flicker box
Flicker box.  I think this photo turned out particularly nice.
Bklyn Organics box
Bklyn Organics box.  Included a personally written list of items. 


Kristi and I had a lot of fun during our lesson.  Also me sporting Poler hoodie
Kristi and I had a lot of fun during our lesson. Also me sporting Poler hoodie

Cooking, Blogging Photography

So I have had an exhausting but fun day.  Sometimes I think the hardest days are the days doing normal stuff- cooking, cleaning, gardening etc).   My feet always hurt the most.  My body aches.  My back hurts more than in the toughest workouts.  Anyone else feel that way or is it just me in chronic pain village?

Anyway, today was very exciting.  I got to take the day off work and make the food for my piece on my guest blog at my friend Samantha Ferraro’s website http://littleferrarokitchen.com/

I’m really excited to get a chance to show what I can do and the tips I have come up with for cooking for 1 or 2.  Of course, I will go into the food when the post is put out but I’ll give you a taste


cheesecake pumpkin
Madi and my Mom helped out with a lot of the prep and cleaning. The cheesecakes were yummy
pumpkin cheesecakes
dad photography Dad taking photos of the food. The food was a little cold by the time we ate but it was well worth it.
No bake pumpkin cheesecakes. Turned out delish!

The most enjoyable part of the day for me, besides the food, was learning some things about food photography from my Dad.  He is a gifted photographer and I can’t believe how the photos turned out.  It is going to be an awesome post! cranberry sauce

Anyway, it was a really fun day and I feel excited and satisfied.  Even if a few people read it and like the recipes that’s all that matters.  Plus, it convinced me to buy a nicer camera, something I have thought about for some time.  To better blogging photos!

PS I think it would be fun to take a photography class at SLCC.  Anyone want to do it with me?