A New Little Love

I have to tell you, I have a new love.  No, it’s not a sweet someone or a cute furry little friend.  It’s photographing food.  Ohhhh…love it!  So much so, that I just got a new book about food styling and photography the other day and I can’t wait to devour all the words of wisdom it holds inside.
Today, I thought I’d combine my love of  food and flowers into a photo frenzy of pretty, purple profusion.  Try saying that three times fast πŸ™‚  A few weeks ago, my Jackmanii clematis was laden with blooms…just look at them all. 
Wanting to make use of their prettiness, I paired them with some deliciously plump blueberries. Together, they felt so summery.  I took these photos when it was so hot, hot, hot outside and since the berries were frozen, they thawed out and got all nice and frosty in no time.
My sister, the baker extraordinaire, whipped up these yummy little blueberry-topped cheesecakes for birthday week.  It was my mom’s, dad’s and brother-in-law’s birthdays, all just a few days apart.  I think I gained a few pounds on the day we celebrated, since she also made strawberry shortcake and chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches.  Sometimes I just can’t control myself.
Don’t they look delicious? 
(The photo above is my entry for the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge)

Well, sweet friends, that’s all I got for ya today.  Hope you’re having a great week.
Until next time…
xo Tricia
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  • Sarah @ Modern Country Style

    Gorgeous Tricia,

    These photos are HEAVENLY!! I want to gobble it all up – yes, and the clematis!!! *That's* how good they are!!


    August 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm Reply
  • once in a blue moon

    gorgeous combo, my clem blooms is april so i never get to combine you wonderful meal for the soul~

    August 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm Reply
  • sarah atmyyellowhouse

    find some more to give us tomorrow … these are beautiful!!! This is definately your calling. You are amazing with your camera!
    Hope you're having fun…looks like you are. πŸ™‚

    August 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm Reply
  • PΓ‘ginas de Rose

    I love photography too. Your photos are beautiful!
    Imagine if this land was all just beautiful …
    One day will be, and so together we can enjoy its beauty.
    Thank you for sharing your love.




    August 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm Reply
  • Jaymi

    beautiful pics, you are REALLY good at food photography. I just bought a book on food photography too! Was it the one mentioned on Pioneer Woman? haha πŸ™‚

    August 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm Reply
  • Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal

    What a great combination! They are all so gorgeous. I miss my clematis I used to have. I'd love to learn more about food photography. Does this mean I'd have to cool more? πŸ˜‰ I know the lighting is very important. Otherwise the food is not very appetizing!

    August 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm Reply
  • Rachel Noelle

    You have some serious talent Tricia~ πŸ˜‰ You make everything look beautiful and that isnt easy..xo Rachel

    August 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm Reply
  • Deanna

    Your series on blueberries and clematis is supurb. Love the combination of the two together.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm Reply
  • julie - eab designs

    Was your new book "Plate to Pixel" by any chance? I have that title on my Christmas wish list. I'm trying to be good and not purchase it before then.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm Reply
  • Evelyn S.

    I truly believe that you could do food photography as a profession! Actually, you could do any photography as a profession, Tricia. Amazing!!!

    August 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm Reply
  • Lynda

    Love the frosty blueberries! Have fun with your food styling & photography … you're off to a great start!

    August 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm Reply
  • Barb

    Oh, I'm drooling . . . your photography is to die for!

    August 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm Reply
  • Ashley Sisk

    You're such a natural too…these are beautiful.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm Reply
  • letrecivette

    These photos are fantastic!

    August 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm Reply
  • Kristiana

    Lovely!!!!! Oh sooo lovely!!! Gorgeous photography!!

    I am currently saving up for my very own camera and was curious as to what kind you have?

    Many Blessings!

    August 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm Reply
  • Lara

    Hi Tricia πŸ™‚

    You got it! Yay! Isn't it just the best book? I am so happy I bought it; I have learned so much about natural lighting from it. Your photos are so beautiful and charming.. love the blueberries! The muffin looks incredible! You know something? I am falling a little in love with food photography, too. Not so much the cooking/baking part, but assembling and the colors. I think my future holds a little bit of exploring food photography. I keep checking out all the up-to-date cookbooks.. Donna Hay.. Martha.. ect.. I can not stop soaking in all the gorgeous food photographs! Your clematis plant is vibrant! It looks so good in the pics!


    August 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm Reply
  • Kaitlyn

    Well, you are definitely good at it!!!!

    In our sea of love

    August 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm Reply
  • Deborah

    You are doing fantastic at photographing food and everything else I might add!
    I ama fan of photographing food too, but mine dont look like this!! πŸ™‚
    Beautiful berries and blooms Tricia and the cheesecakes are calling me!!
    Hugs xo

    Deborah xoxoxoox

    August 4, 2011 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious

    Wowsie! Tricia these photos are spectacular and the food looks delicious. You just might be sought out one day to do photography for a magazine. You definitely have been gifted!! You are good at so many things girl!

    Your clematis are so beautiful!!!! I love the color.

    I think I am going to the fridge to eat the blueberries I have in there now!
    β™₯Lee Ann

    August 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • A Cozy Cottage in the City

    Your photography is always so breathtaking! Amazing to say the least!!! πŸ˜‰ Wonderful color fusion, and lovely clematis blooms!


    August 4, 2011 at 10:13 pm Reply
  • pudding 'n lace

    lovely photos. keep up the great work.


    August 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm Reply
  • Kathy

    What a lovely photo, I felt I could reach out and touch. Great photography. First time visitor and fairly new to blogging, so happy I found you. Kathy

    August 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm Reply
  • Dawna

    Love the frost on the blueberries! What wonderful pictures you take,,,everytime!! Maybe I will have to go and experiment with some blueberries!!

    August 4, 2011 at 10:55 pm Reply
  • Mary @ Redo 101

    And very gifted you *are* at photographing food – wow! Great pictures!

    August 4, 2011 at 11:37 pm Reply
  • Linda

    OH this post is gorgeous! A book on food styling? How fun!

    August 5, 2011 at 12:58 am Reply
  • Amy Kinser

    Your pictures are just amazing! I totally love everything you do!

    August 5, 2011 at 1:08 am Reply
  • Lounging with a Latte

    Your photos are beautiful as always. You have a great talent and eye for bringing it all together. Enjoy reading the book!

    August 5, 2011 at 1:09 am Reply
  • Olga

    These pictures are just stunning! I love them all!

    August 5, 2011 at 1:24 am Reply
  • missing moments

    outstanding food photos!!!!

    August 5, 2011 at 3:18 am Reply
  • Pat

    Your pictures are glorious. I love how you set up each shoot.

    August 5, 2011 at 9:34 am Reply
  • Nadege,

    You have an amazing eye for your subject. I think you will be very successful at this as you are with your other projects. Stunning images.

    August 5, 2011 at 9:58 am Reply
  • Ann

    And you are so good at it…

    You make your photos come alive β™₯

    August 5, 2011 at 10:08 am Reply
  • lisa

    Photographing food is something I have never tried Tricia, and yours are absolutely wonderful! Also, I do not think I have ever seen that many blooms on a clematis. Surely not mine anyway πŸ™‚

    Have a fantastic weekend!

    August 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm Reply
  • Sandra van Doorn

    your photos are wonderful i love photographing food too; (it drives my husband crazy!!) xo sandra

    August 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm Reply
  • Tanya Anurag

    The flowers and berries look so pretty on that white plate. I liked the spoon-picture too. The photographs are very beautiful.

    Saw your link on 'French Country Cottage'. I am hosting my first Link-up party – Tea Time Thursdays. Would be glad to see some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see ya at the party πŸ™‚


    August 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm Reply
  • Kelly

    What a beautiful set. LOVE the tones on them. I just ordered a food styling book as well….It's something I REALLY want to "focus" on….never a pun intended! You are a whiz w/your camera & i'm always inspired after looking at your thread. It's like a daily dose of inspiration!

    August 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm Reply
  • Kia

    Oh so lovely, gorgeous photographs πŸ™‚
    The food looks delicious (I am drooling here, LOL!) and the tones are awesome. πŸ™‚

    August 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm Reply
  • hootnonny

    Your future in food photography has arrived! Love that you mixed it with floral photography!

    August 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm Reply
  • Kristi R Artisan Jewelry

    oh my gosh Trish, I really do think you have a gift for photography. I don't know why you ever question your obvious talent…I really mean it. Especially when you love it the way you do!

    August 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm Reply
  • Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

    Just lovely, Tricia! The multiple hues contrasting against the stark white is beautiful. You PLAY with your food nicely. πŸ˜‰

    I would love to have you link to my party. Just click the button in my sidebar to find it.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

    August 5, 2011 at 7:20 pm Reply
  • Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle)

    You're off to a great start! Love the combination of flowers with food. Especially berries and flowers. Nice exposure on all of these. πŸ™‚

    August 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm Reply
  • jessica

    Tricia, you are such an amazing photographer!! I love looking at food probably more than anything else…well almost!! lol Great job! You can really 'taste' the photos…. πŸ™‚
    Have a wonderful weekend.


    August 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm Reply
  • Sweet Young Journey

    Oh Tricia, no matter what you photograph it's going to be beautiful. You have a special gift! I can't wait to see what new book you are reading.
    Oh, I wouldn't be able to control myself either around those delicious cupcakes!
    Hugs, Cheryl

    August 5, 2011 at 11:55 pm Reply
  • Teresa

    I just love all those pictures~love the way you pair the food and flowers.

    August 6, 2011 at 2:45 am Reply
  • Faded Charm

    And your so good at it too. I don't think you could take a bad photo of anything Tricia…you are sooo talented and I'm always inspired when see your posts:-)

    Enjoy your weekend.


    August 6, 2011 at 4:13 am Reply
  • elizabeth

    Oh I love looking at and trying my hand at food photography. I am getting the book! Lara blogged about it today.

    August 6, 2011 at 4:48 am Reply
  • elizabeth

    Your photos are always AMAZING by the way! You are my inspiration. πŸ™‚

    August 6, 2011 at 4:49 am Reply
  • Hearing protection peltor

    Your arrangement is wonderful and great combination of colours. They are all so gorgeous. I miss my clematis I used to have. I also too much crazy for taking photographs of nature.

    August 6, 2011 at 5:03 am Reply
  • Cedar

    Gorgeous, gorgeous shots! Fantastic combination of flower and blueberries! Really sweet!

    August 6, 2011 at 6:21 am Reply
  • Cindy

    You amaze me! Your photos are heavenly! love the colors..

    August 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm Reply
  • Castles Crowns and Cottages

    Sweet Tricia!

    First of all, thank you so much for visiting me last night! I do NOT believe we have met, and I see you are from MINNESOTA TOO??? I am in the Twin Cities. Your post is absolutely stunning. I love good photography and I wish I could take good pictures! Your kind comments are truly appreciated and I hope to see more of your work! YOu capture the lovely hues of summer in a memorable way.


    August 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm Reply
  • Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

    Wow, what gorgeous photos. I need to learn how to make the photos bright like that. I love how the color pops. Thanks so much for your comment. Coming from a pro that means a lot.

    August 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm Reply
  • Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage

    Hi Tricia! I love your take on blueberries! That lead photo is delicious in every way.

    August 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm Reply
  • Chic Homeschool Mama

    SO GORGEOUS! You did a lovely job & I am sitting here in awe! Very nicely done!

    August 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm Reply
  • Rosemary Aubut

    Great photography, yum. The clarity in your photos is such a joy to view. Love them all.

    August 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm Reply
  • lila Check

    Amazing…what a fabulous work!!!!

    August 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm Reply
  • K @ Aurora Blythe

    Your clematis is so thick and full! Ours is still trying in earnest to grow that big.

    August 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm Reply
  • Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com

    It's such a joy to stop in and visit your prettiness. Love your blueberry pictures, they are amazing!

    August 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm Reply
  • bikim

    gorgeous pics!
    lovely post!
    happy weekend,

    August 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm Reply
  • Sara

    Love them, you really are a style extraordinaire!

    August 7, 2011 at 3:09 am Reply
  • Courtney ~ French Country Cottage

    Gorgeous photos Tricia~ and oh my does the food look fantastic!! You are such a great photographer! Thanks for sharing at my party! πŸ™‚

    August 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm Reply
  • A Brush with Color

    We have that exact same clematis, and I think it's so dramatic and stunning when it blooms. Lovely with the blueberries! I once posted on my blog that my boyfriend never remembers the name 'clematis.' He always says, "you know, that 'clitoris' plant."


    August 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm Reply
  • Gail @ Victorian at Heart

    Your photos are breathtaking. You should write the book. Your photos show your love. Keep up the beautiful photos and inspiration. I'm now a follower.

    August 8, 2011 at 11:58 pm Reply
  • Henrietta

    My gosh how beautiful set up. Good thinking to put clematis and blueberries together, I love them:)

    August 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • alicia

    This looks almost too beautiful to eat. Just gorgeous. You should share some tips for food photography. I don't do it so well. Thanks so much for joining our Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge! Yum!

    August 10, 2011 at 2:47 am Reply
  • Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud

    Every single shot in this collection is on point! Love them all. Also, I want blueberries now. πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for joining Alicia and me in the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge. I hope you'll be back again on Friday when we move on to a new theme, "fun with friends". Have a great day. πŸ™‚

    August 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm Reply
  • Karen

    Dear Tricia,
    I'm your newest follower. I followed a link from Modern country style and I love your blog. Cherries are in season here in Australia too, so I have been inspired to buy some for the family today too.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:57 am Reply
  • Elena

    Gorgeous pics and oh so yummy! I love a good blueberry!

    August 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm Reply
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