Pretty Dishes


The reason I became interested in photography stems directly from snapping this picture at the age of 13:

It was taken at Notre Dame in Paris on a family vacation; by pure luck I captured this nice shot of my sister across the way using the family’s Canon AE-1 SLR. I had no clue what I was doing.

From then on I unofficially adopted the camera as my own. I seriously considered going to art school and pursuing a career in portrait photography, but ultimately I chose to study literature—my other passion. I did still take photography courses in college and maintained photography as a hobby throughout the years. I went all digital in 2007, upgrading to a Canon Rebel XTi. On Christmas Eve 2010, I received the next step up to semi-professional grade in the camera I shoot with today: a Canon 7D.

My interest in cooking and food photography blossomed a few years ago after I became the primary cookbook editor at work. I started to follow numerous food blogs, observing photography techniques and considering how I might go about it myself. I took on some assignments to get practice (online photo contests, the City Arts blog recipes) and even had a few photos published in a successful cookbook.

I started Pretty Dishes to document my progress, get feedback, and learn as I go. Maintaining a blog has been a fairly quiet process for me but a very rewarding one so far. I welcome any input or advice, and I hope you enjoy following along!

My first post
Here is where you can find out why I love to cook and more about why I started this site.

My gear
I shoot using the incredible Canon EOS 7D. I can’t say enough nice things about this camera; the options and possibilities are almost endless. One of my favorite features is the Live View function, which allows a real-time visual of the finished shot and use of the full LCD screen for zooming in to achieve the sharpest focus possible.

I pair this camera body most frequently with my favorite lens, a Canon 50mm f/1.4, which is extremely versatile and captures fantastic amounts of light with its wide aperture. My second favorite lens is my Canon Macro 100mm f/2.8. The quality is phenomenal, though its use is more limited to single-item shots and super detail given its close range. I also have a few other lenses that I use infrequently: 18–55mm (kit lens), 75–300mm (kit lens), 10–20mm wide angle, 70–200mm telephoto. I rarely use flash, but when I do I attach a diffuser to my Canon Speedlite 580EX II.

My secondary camera body is a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, my tried-and-true companion since 2007. This camera is now relegated to travel adventures and lower-profile shooting, the poor thing.

Want to get in touch? Email me at prettydishesblog [at]


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