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I am a Freelance Journalist and Photographer based in Bunbury, Western Australia. My published work specialises in Western Australian travel articles and stories about inspiring everyday people. My passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography.
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Monday, 14 April 2014

Secret Garden Affairs and photographing cupcakes!

I am late blogging this Monday. We have had a busy few days starting with my Saturday morning when I went to photograph cup cakes for a lady who is starting up a new home based business making cupcakes. Her son is producing her brochure and starting up a Facebook-blog. 

Visitors to my blog will know that I have been playing around with food photography for a couple of years. I did some childrens' recipe pics a couple of years ago for a friend who had a blog for young mums. 

But these cupcakes were my first official paid food photography work! Very exciting. I would be interested to know what you think of the result....the brief was to photograph the different sample varieties she had made with packaging.  The room wasn't particularly well lit, so I was glad I brought along my lightbox to photograph the cup cakes in.  Minor post-processing in Lighroom for exposure, sharpening and straightening.



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The rest of our Saturday and Sunday morning was taken up with looking after our grandsons, so I did a bit of Easter chocolate making with them. Please don't judge me on THIS food photography!....



 Then Sunday afternoon it was off to Perth to see my husband's mother who is in a care facility, and then to friends for the night.  Monday morning we had an appointment, after which we went to lunch at one of my favourite cafe's in Angelo Street in South Perth - the Secret Garden.  Here is their link - The Secret Garden Cafe


Which happens to be next door to a gorgeous little plant nursery and garden decoration and gift shop called Garden Affair. I lovely place to browse especially if you are looking for a garden theme gift. Don't you just love this umbrella?  Here is their link - Garden Affair



We also visited the State Library to see the 2013 WA Press Photographer of the Year Awards exhibition showcasing major news events, sporting moments and feature stories. It was wonderful to see such high quality press photography expecially the compelling portrait images....as you would expect....  Here is a quick snap, thought I better not get too close....  If you happen to be in Perth, the exhibition is on till 12 May and entry is free.



I hope you have enjoyed this little look into my weekend.  Have a wonderful week. I look forward to hearing from you. 


I am linking up to Mosaic Monday, Travel Photos Monday, Our World Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, Travel Photo Thursday, What's It Wednesday, and Oh the Places I've Been. Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!

Mosaic Monday
Travel Photo Mondays
Our World Tuesday
Wednesday Around the World  
What's It Wednesday
Travel Photo Thursday
 Oh The Places I've Been


35 comments:

  1. Hi Jill,

    What pretty cupcake portraits! Love the pastel hues on the icing; quite timely with the Easter celebrations! Your mosaic is charming, too!

    Your neck of the woods looks so tempting, with all those wonderful cafes and happy haunts. Thanks for sharing and wishing you a wonderful Easter!

    Poppy

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    1. thank you Poppy. Yes we do have some lovely cafes in our capital city Perth, as well as in our local area. It's great for diners and people on holidays.

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  2. The colors are vibrant! You made the cupcakes look great! :)

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  3. a nice post and your cupcake commission looks certain to have made the grade with your customer. The restaurant and nursery both look to be nice visits too, as also the photographic exhibition

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  4. Jill, you did a beautiful job photographing the cupcakes. They look yummy to me..Congrats on your new paying job. Enjoy your new week!

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  5. These have come out well.
    Congrats on your start! Hope you get more assignments!

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  6. Your cupcakes caught my eye, what a lovely day that must have been for you all!

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  7. Wonderful shots - love the cupcakes!

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  8. Great photos but not so sure about the cakes.

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  9. Lovely Jill. My daughter, who is a med student, does cake decorating as a hobby, so I was interested to see those beautifully decorated cupcakes. I will share them with her. Looks like you had an interesting weekend!

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    1. does your daughter have a facebook or website Kathy? or is it just word-of-mouth?

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  10. Whoa..your cupcakes are amazingly beautiful and fancy. What a great week you've had!

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  11. I would have enjoyed all the activities of your weekend. I don't thinking could bite into those beautiful cupcakes, though. They are works of art.

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    1. yes, it was a very busy but good long weekend!

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  12. Your cupcakes are stunning and I would love to visit these shops! Happy Fall!
    sherry

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  13. Those kind of nurseries are dangerous places! Am likely to forget all my rules about spending there!

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  14. You cupcakes are beautiful. Looks like a fun day. Please come share at the Anything Goes weekly linky party.

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  15. Gorgeous cupcakes! How fun!

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  16. You had me at the cupcakes. Excellent job. Food photography isn't as easy as it seems - very well done.

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    1. Thank you Nicki - you are right Nicki! food photography is not just about putting cherries in a bowl!

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  17. Wow, you deserve to get paid for those shots! The cupcakes look amazing!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  18. Those cupcakes are such works of art I would never be able to bite into one! And your photos are also works of art, Jill!

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  19. Those cupcakes looks yummy, want to sample - very nice image captures they almost pop out at me.

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  20. I loved the cupcake display. Beautiful arrangements and the cupcakes look divine - good enough to eat. Did the photographer get to try?

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  21. I love strolling through garden themed shops. I dream of having a beautiful garden one day.

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  22. I was wondering if we were going to get to see the results of your cupcake photo session. I would buy those cupcakes! I think my most challenging food photography was pink dragonfruit sorbet. It kept getting frosted condensation all over it that hid the pink color of the scoops. Your weekend looks fantastic. It reminds me of my hometown of Austin, Texas and all its wonderful restaurants and nurseries with gardening gifts.

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    1. thanks Michele. Yes food photography is not as easy as some people might think. But it is fun!

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  23. Your cupcake shots are lovely, Jill. I love visiting photo exhibits. I'm lucky to live fairly close to an international city. Seoul hosts some fantastic exhibits. Thanks for linking up to Travel Photo Thursday this week!

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  24. You did an awesome job with the cup cakes. Are you thinking of making that your nitch. I find food so hard to photograph - it's so precise! Happy Easter to you:)

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  25. Hi Jill, great job photographing the cupcakes. You make them look so inviting and so delicious. Your client certainly had her money's worth. Two thumbs up!

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    1. thanks! It was a fun morning, and I am going back to do some more for her next week.

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  26. I would love to see the intricate shadows that the garden umbrella created! They would be so cool. I enjoyed looking at your photos. I am very interested in photography as well as poetry. You can see some of my many photos on my website of zoo animals, tulips at tulip festive and other nature shots in older posts. http://poetrose24.blogspot.com/
    I hope you enjoy them!

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