I won! Food Photography lessons learned and an exotic rose drink



I hope you all had a terrific weekend. For me, it was fabulous. Not only did I get to have some truly relaxing and quality time at home with hubs, kids and my K9 companions, but also my blogger friends, my family and dear dear friends made sure I had enough votes to win CJ’s Foodstory photo contest. I am over the moon that I won, but more than that what made my day was the notes I received from so many people who loved the picture.

Carol has a unique blog. There is so much going on there all the time, that it always feels like a party. Her September Food Stories contest has started. Do make your submission to win some exciting prizes.


Those who have been following my blog since I started it about 4 months ago know how miserable my pictures were when I started. My point and shoot Sony Cybershot is fabulous not bad, but I hardly spent any time figuring out its options. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that not only does it have ‘food photography’ option, it also has editing and filter options. My pictures became better overnight. Still it wasn’t enough.




Then one day I eyed my hubby’s coveted Canon DS. He is a miser when it comes to sharing his electronic gadgets. More so when the one that I was eying had caused such a stink in the house when he was buying it. For me, photography meant aim and shoot. Literally. To me, it didn’t make sense that we had to splurge on something so expensive when I already had a great point and shoot and he had a Fuji that used to be top of the line at one time. After all, all we ever did with a camera was to look at it and smile. Right?

Wrong. I had not discovered blogging yet. Food photography to be precise. It took me about a week into blogging to realize how PATHETIC my pictures were. Amateur Photoshopping made them worse. Hence now I eyed the camera that had caused so much heart burn between hubs and me. And my normally reluctant-to-share-electronic-toys hubs benevolently lent me his camera.

He has been gloating ever since.

I still have to go a loooooong way. One only needs to visit Pinterest for 5 minutes to realize HOW long. I did learn a few lessons on photography on the way though.

a) Invest in a good camera. You don’t need to spend a LOT of money (well, I got lucky, but nevertheless, I had some great bloggers tell me they do fine with inexpensive camera with a good lens).

b) Click click click. Click as many pictures and from as many angles you possibly can. Sometimes what you THINK is the best possible angle ends up being too bright/too dark/too shiny and so on. Out of 20 clicks, you might end up with only one that you like.

c) A photographer friend of mine suggested that I should ‘FEEL’ the picture. I am still not 100% sure what she meant, but I guess it means if a click feels good from inside, it will be good.

d) Learn about lighting. This part still eludes me, but I am trying.

e) Photoshop: This is a great tool which can make your pictures more focused and crispier. If you don’t want to spend on Photoshop, then there are some free softwares too. I use Paint.net very often and love it.

If you want to be more savvy, check out these great posts:

My take on Food Styling and Photography from 6 Bittersweets

Food Photography Tips by Hotly Spiced

Nevertheless, this truly made my day. A BIG thank you to all who voted.

I also made some rose drinks during the long weekend. This one is an ice cream shake.

Falooda ice cream


5.0 from 3 reviews
Exotic Rose Ice cream shake
Recipe type: Drink/Dessert
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups Plain Milk or almond milk
  • 3 scoops Fat free Vanilla ice cream plus 2 more
  • 2 tbsp Rose syrup
  • 2 drops almond essence
  • ¼ tsp saffron strands soaked in 2 tbsp warm water
  1. Blend milk, ice cream, rose syrup, almond.
  2. Pour in a tall glass.
  3. Pop in Vanilla ice cream scoop.
  4. Drizzle saffron water on top.
  5. Serve immediately.

Coming Weekend, I will be hosting my very first Lady 8 Home Dinner Extravaganza linky party!! Starting Thursday midnight, the linky will be open till Saturday. Following Thursday, I will pick a Menu for the Dinner – 2 Appetizers, 3 Entrees, 2 desserts. In addition, the menu will include the most viewed dish. Also, the linky party also welcomes party ideas – games, tips, craft and decoration ideas. Can’t wait to see your creations!


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26 comments for “I won! Food Photography lessons learned and an exotic rose drink

  1. CCU
    September 4, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Aaaah my friend congrats congrats congrats!!! I am so excited for you 😀
    You deserved to win this award and without a doubt your photography rocks! I love how once you start food blogging, interest in photography goes hand in hand!
    Your rose drink looks incredible and I can’t wait to see your linky party! Wish I could be part of it too!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • September 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      THANK you Uru! You are the sweetest kid on the block and then some. In every way.

      I can’t wait for you to be back and link up.

  2. September 4, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Minnie – I’m so excited for you. Your pictures have come so far and I’m so jealous … Super-Congrats 🙂
    CJ at Food Stories recently posted..Greek CasseroleMy Profile

    • September 4, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      Oh come on, you are WAY too kind. But coming from you, it’s a HUGE compliment. Thank you so so much!!!!!

  3. September 4, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Congratulations, Minnie! I voted 🙂

    I think food photography takes time. I see some gorgeous photos and think, I should take some time and copy that format but then the phone rings or work beckons and I forget. I am committed to being better this year.
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef recently posted..Yummy Homemade SalsaMy Profile

  4. September 5, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    A big congratulations Minnie! I had a feeling you might win! 😀
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella recently posted..Made From Scratch: Nutella (White, Milk & Dark Versions)!My Profile

    • September 5, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      THANK you!!!! <3<3<3 :D:D:D

  5. September 5, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I love all the food photography tips too 🙂
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) recently posted..Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake + CHOBANI Review & Sweepstakes!My Profile

    • September 5, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      Thanks Kayle!!:D

  6. September 5, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Congratulations. It’s a lovely picture. Great tips on photography too.

    Mina Joshi recently posted..Mutter Paneer with Tikka masalaMy Profile

    • September 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      Thanks Mina 😀 😀

  7. Bhaskar
    September 5, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Big big big congrats again Didi. 😀

    Even here the second photograph, its awesome!! Don’t worry much, go on clicking. The more you play with the camera, you’ll see each photograph would come out great.

  8. September 5, 2012 at 9:19 PM


    Photography is such a work in progress, I struggle so much with it. The camera definitely has helped me a lot, but I have trouble “feeling” and figuring out the lighting. What a pretty drink!! Your photos look great!
    Aggie recently posted..Zucchini, Red Onion and Black Bean QuesadillasMy Profile

    • September 6, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      Thanks so much Aggie. I completely agree, same here. Lighting beats me too. Just when I am thinking I have it all set, they come out shiny and terrible. Still, hoping to get better with time.
      Minnie recently posted..Weekend Dinner Party Extravaganza!My Profile

  9. September 6, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Superb and fresh looking drink…

    • September 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      Thank you Rumana :))

  10. September 6, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Congratulations on winning, Minnie, that’s really wonderful that you won.
    Eva Taylor recently posted..Mango BBQ SauceMy Profile

    • September 7, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      Thanks Eva!!

  11. September 8, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Congrats! Shake sounds good.
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  12. September 8, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Congratulations! I did love the picture that you won with! It was gorgeous as are the pics in this post. Your rose ice cream shake looks delicious and very unique! I need to find some of that rose syrup.
    mjskit recently posted..Purple Yam Ice Cream by Wok With RayMy Profile

    • September 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Thanks a ton MJ! What lovely words!!!

      You can find that rose syrup in any Indian store, or even online. Just google for your nearest Indian,Pakistani or Bangladeshi store and ask for ‘Roo’Afza’ or rose syrup.
      Minnie recently posted..Green Cashew Rice & Grilled Tilapia with Balsamic dressingMy Profile

  13. September 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Hi Minnie!

    Congratulations so excited for you. =)

    I hadn’t had the time yet to check the August participants, but I am going to do so. I think so you are doing a good deal with your photos. Keep up the good work! 😉

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