itty-bitty, round, legumes :: Seattle Food Photographer in Paris

Being in Paris, I feel like I've been living deep in the mind of a photographer...everything is new, interesting, or just simply asking to be photographed.  This of course can be experienced anywhere, even Seattle, but sometimes when things are seen on a daily basis as routine, their beauty can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Because I have food on the photo-brain, naturally, I find grocery shopping to be a very important task.  Everything is scrutinized, examined, and asked the question "would I want to photograph you?"

p.s. yes, I am that strange girl in the market spending way too long looking at a single piece of fruit from different angles and heights...sorry.

Cut to my Parisian friend, Celine, introducing me to LaFayette Gourmet.  Think, Whole Foods 'Paris' - this was my kind of grocery store!  I love being surrounded by beautiful food.

Coincidentally, I was all out of food at home, so I decided I would do a little shopping.  Given the price tags (again, think Whole Foods) I had to make an agreement with myself - whatever I buy I have to make into a photo.

After taking into consideration colors, textures, shapes/lines...and what I actually wanted to eat...I finally had a basket full of mouth-watering things that I couldn't touch until the sun was shining...oh, the woes of being a natural light photographer.

So, the first food to get the spotlight were these great little vegetables!

Again, this is something I could have easily found at the grocery or market in Seattle...but because I have photography on the brain 10-fold, somehow they finally grabbed my attention.

Afterwards, I cut these puppies up and roasted them with olive oil, chopped garlic, fresh basil leaves, a dash of salt, and some sharp cheese layered on top.  I love cooking veggies until they brown a bit along the edges - so good.  (by that point, I was so hungry...I did not photograph...sorry...next dish)