Category Archives: Food Photography

Spinach, Apple and Fennel Salad

For this refreshing Spinach, Apple and Fennel Salad, thinly sliced fennel and apples are tossed with baby spinach, then dressed with a sweet and savory vinaigrette. Perfect for the season, you’ll put this salad on your table time after time.

Spinach, Apple and Fennel Salad | She Paused 4 Thought

Spinach, Apple and Fennel Salad is one of many recipes I tasted at a recent Melissa’s Produce for a media meet-and-greet with Denise Vivaldo & Cindie Flannigan, authors of The Food Stylist’s Handbook. Continue reading

The Great Pumpkin Party

Photography by Cathy Nelson Arkle

I have been waiting all year for Fall to arrive in Los Angeles, along with “The Great Pumpkin” from Charlie Brown. Surely the Great Pumpkin descended upon numerous food bloggers Saturday, inspiring many wonderful pumpkin dishes that were not only beautiful to photograph, but delicious to sample. And that is what we did, in that order of course.

Here are some of the pumpkin dishes.
Check link at bottom of blog for all the pumpkin recipes.  

Photography by Cathy Nelson ArklePhotography by Cathy Nelson Arkle
Sugar, spice and everything nice are blended in to this pumpkin spice cake and muffins.

Photography by Cathy Nelson ArklePhotography by Cathy Nelson Arkle
Food bloggers love to take photos. Leslie (Bake This Cake) snaps a closeup, and Susan (The Home Artist) styles her soup for a great shot. Continue reading

Photographing Food with Natural Light

strawberry parfait


Since I have been in cooking school my appetite for food photography has developed. I discovered a class called Natural Light Food Photography thanks to fellow food blogger Lynne of Cook & Be Merry. I would have titled the class “How to Shoot Your Food at Home with Whatever You Have Available and Make it Look Fabulous”. Ok, that‘s too long, but you get the idea. This class is geared for chefs, food bloggers and foodies, but I think it’s great for the home chef as well.

The class was taught by professional food photographer Christina Peters with Prop and Set stylist Amy PaliwodaContinue reading

markets of the world…
iguanas, brains, & tarantulas, oh my!

iguana and avocados in Laos

I love a good farmer’s market. I frequent them weekly looking to discover my next favorite culinary gem. As much as I enjoy treasure hunts at the Los Angeles markets, it’s the markets of the world that intrigue me. Today’s blog is a visual journey to far away places with strange sounding names… not to mention food you probably wouldn’t consider eating!
Warning: some of the pictures are graphic – please don’t view this before eating unless you are on a diet.

woman carrying fish in luang prabang, laos


Our first adventure starts at the morning market in Luang Prabang, Laos. This city is a fascinating mishmash of oriental wooden dwellings with random kisses of European architecture thrown in. All reminiscent of a time when Laos was part of the French colony of Indochine. The royal capital of Laos resided here until the communist takeover in 1975. Continue reading