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Isn’t he cute?  My little fig tree?  Think it was shot outside?  See the lens flare?  Gotcha!  I shot this in the studio actually.

OK, so here’s what happened.  I pulled this whole shoot together in a few hours.  It all started Saturday.  Now this is going to sound like I’m rambling here, but trust me, it will all make sense.

My good friend and food blooger, Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen,  had a super fun event that was all about fresh California figs and sponsored by California Figs.  I left that event with all of these:

Yeah, yeah, some are missing.  I at them.  Apparently the amount of figs I ate at the event were not enough.

Here are just a few of the dishes we got to sample – the food was made by Judy Lyness of Two Broads Abroad.

OK, so now I have all these figs.  I don’t do recipe development like all my food blogger and chef friends do, so I figured I would do a still life of figs and work on another future post with that.

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Doesn’t this look like an enchanted forest?  I called it the enchanted avocado forest when I was there.  Those are avocado trees – 40 year old ones.  I have never seen avocado trees growing like this, until now.

My good friend Mimi Holtz is married to an avocado farmer – a 4th generation avocado farmer named Ed.  They own and operate this family farm.  They sell avocados direct to the public through their website called California Avocados Direct.  Mimi also has a great blog called Mimi Avocado and this woman KNOWS avocados!

Avocado trees do not grow from seeds.  The seedling must be grafted to an existing tree in order to get the fruit.  Most fruits with seeds need to be grafted in order to create a new tree with fruit.  Simply planting an avocado seed will not produce a tree with fruit.  Grafting is a way of cloning the fruit to create new trees.  You can even use the roots of one tree and graft it into a different variety.  They go through a long juvenile period before bearing fruit.  When a stem with buds is grafted to a stem with roots, this “new” tree will start to produce fruit in about three years.

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How to Find Amazing Props for Your Food Photos

How to Find Amazing Props for Your Food Photos

by Christina Peters July 7, 2014

Props are just as important as the food in a food photograph.  In this post I’m going to talk about how you need to become a little prop hunter to take your food photos to the next level. The props in the image above belong to my good friend and prop stylist Amy Paliwoda.  Amy […]

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How to Edit Images Shot on Location - Before and After in Adobe Lightroom

How to Edit Images Shot on Location – Before and After in Adobe Lightroom

by Christina Peters June 25, 2014

Shooting on a bright sunny day can be very challenging.  The light can be very harsh, the shadows can be way too dark, and basically the amount of light going from your shadows to your highlights can go beyond the range of what your camera’s sensor can handle.  The sensor is the thing that has […]

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Location Shooting - Windrose Farms Spring Tour

Location Shooting – Windrose Farms Spring Tour

by Christina Peters June 5, 2014

I went to this beautiful farm in the beginning of May when I was on the Spring Farm, Food, and Wine Tour with Deb’s Kitchen. Windrose is a 50 acre family farm in San Luis Obispo County, owned by Bill and Barbara Spencer.  They have vegetables, apples, stone fruit and they also raise sheep.  The […]

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Shooting on Location - Spring Food and Wine Tour

Shooting on Location – Spring Food and Wine Tour

by Christina Peters May 23, 2014

The first weekend in May I went on a farm and wine tour given by Debbi Dubbs of Deb’s Kitchen.  We went to the Cambria/Paso Robles wine region.  We had perfect weather and it was really beautiful.  Deb and her crew are great to hang out with.  There was about 12 of us in total […]

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How To Use Props to Tell Your Story

How To Use Props to Tell Your Story

by Christina Peters May 12, 2014

Sometimes just one prop will inspire me to do a photo shoot. That’s what happened here.  I was on a great food and wine tour in Cambria, CA that a friend of mine was giving (future post), and one of the places we toured was an olive oil company.  I found this beautiful olive oil […]

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Shooting on Location - Fairfield Farms

Shooting on Location – Fairfield Farms

by Christina Peters May 5, 2014

I love seeing how our food grows.  In southern California we are very lucky to have several farms all within a few hours of Los Angeles.  Last week, Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen invited me to go on a blueberry farm tour near San Diego with other food bloggers.  The farm is Fairfield Farms.  […]

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Product Photography Behind the Scenes

Product Photography Behind the Scenes

by Christina Peters April 28, 2014

Last week a good friend hired me to photograph his yummy olive oil product line, the Arianna Trading Company.  Photographing grocery products is extremely different from photographing food, as you will see below.  Here I will show you what’s involved with doing this kind of a shoot. Prepping for the Shoot My client, George, brought […]

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How to guarantee the best exposure

How to guarantee the best exposure

by Christina Peters April 21, 2014

Learn how to see exposures I see a lot of blogs with pictures of their food that are too dark.  Learning how to get the perfect exposure takes time.  After a while you will start to see the difference in images when they are too dark or too light, you’ll just know by looking at […]

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