There are many funny things that happen when you are a food blogger. You learn to wait for your food. The family gets the boring plates while the one styled plate is being photographed. You often eat your food cold and sometimes so does the rest of the family if the photo involves the entire casserole dish. If you are entertaining, people wait and ask if you are getting your camera out. "No, I don't photograph everything I eat! Dig in!" I reply.
But my children have been witnessing me taking pictures of food for as long as they can remember. They are used to seeing my camera and equipment around the dining room/kitchen that I don't worry about them knocking anything over. Often times they helped me by being photo assistants, holding up reflectors to bounce light for me. They patiently waited, with spoons in hand and eyes the size of saucers, until I said the word and then they would dive into the dessert I finished photographing.
"My mom takes pictures of food" says my son in a very matter-of-fact voice to his teacher. I've seen my daughter taking pictures of fruit with her little camera and tell her friends her mom puts pictures of food "on the computer". They now want to pose with a dish if we are out to eat. "Mom, get your camera out! We need to take a picture of this hamburger and fries!" It doesn't matter that we're at McDonalds.
Earlier this week, my daughter came downstairs one early morning and told us we were not allowed in the kitchen. She was going to make breakfast for all of us. Of course, thinking she would be putting out bowls of cereal for all of us, we waited patiently. Finally, she reappeared and called us to the dining room. In a small bowl, she spooned out yogurt for the four of us and with only two remaining chocolate chip cookies, she broke them in half and added them to the side of the dish, like garnish. She folded napkins and placed them to the side of each little dish. She was beaming with pride with what she had done.
We all sat down in our chairs and with a gasp, she yelled out "MOM! What are you doing!"
"WHAT? What is the matter?" I answer back.
"You have to take a picture!" looking at me with a confused look on her face.
"Of course! What was I thinking! Of course we need to take a picture!" getting my camera. "A picture with you and the food you made? "
"Are you going to put it on the computer?" she asks.
"You mean on my blog? Yes, yes. Of course."
Lemon meringue parfait flavored yogurt with 1/2 of a homemade chocolate chip cookie on the side. Sorry, I don't have the recipe for that particular cookie.
And there you have it. When Mom is a food blogger.