Today, the ninth of April, marked my first foray into food photography.
It did not begin well.
I arranged my little loaves of banana bread neatly on a yellow cloth. I added a banana and an apple, then sprinkled chocolate chips and pecans around the base of the bread. I began taking my photos from above—and they were anything but compelling.
I began to think. What is wrong? I’ve done everything correctly.
Then, I had an epiphany.
My pictures had no depth. Because I had placed everything straight onto the cloth, there was nothing to add visual interest, nor was there any sort of a story portrayed. It was simply bread and fruit on a table, without purpose.
From the moment I realized this, everything went quite smoothly. I am really proud of the results. Certainly, I failed at first. I would show you how terrible the first set was, but I deleted them out of sheer embarrassment. In hindsight, it would be nice to have a record, to show how much such a simple lesson can change. First and foremost, I reinforced for myself the fact that failure is truly positive if used as a stimulus for growth. I have learned quite a lot today—and it all began with failure.
Now, for the recipe. This is a favorite of mine. I’ve made it so many times, I know the recipe by heart.
makes 1 loaf
Adapted slightly from this recipe.
- 2 C whole wheat flour
- 1 t baking soda
- 1/4 t salt
- 1/2 + 1/3 C unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 C honey
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3 mashed overripe bananas
- Plenty of chocolate chips and chopped pecans. Seriously, don’t be afraid to dump in a whole bag of chocolate chips. It’s marvelous.