Working with Air Culinaire in London/Luton we created some shots for the new brochure showcasing their food for the planes. Sophie was the stylist on the shoot and she worked in harmony with the chefs to create stunning dishes that look appetizing for their new graphics. Some of the shots were as they are served on the plane and some a suggestion of.
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Health Benefits of Blueberries
I’m a huge lover of all berries – raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries and now I live in the UK I can grow my own again!
They always look so pretty in front of the camera and adding a touch of gorgeous natural light to these babies you can get some lovely images. Check out my other blog posts here on photography tips and watch out for more on food photography tips coming soon!
In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few benefits of how much these gorgeous berries are for us…..
Blueberries are sweet, nutritious and very popular with children and adults.
Often labelled a “superfood,” they are low in calories and incredibly good for you.
They are so tasty and convenient that many people consider them to be their favourite fruit.
Here are 3 health benefits of blueberries that are supported by research.
1. Blueberries are Low in Calories, But High in Nutrients
The blueberry is a flowering shrub that produces berries that are coloured blue to purple, also known as blueberries.
It is strongly related to similar shrubs, such as those that produce cranberries and huckleberries.
Blueberries are small, around 5-16 millimetres in diameter, and have a flared crown at the end.
They are green in colour at first, then change to blue-purple as they ripen.
These are the two most common types:
- Highbush blueberries are the most commonly grown species in the US.
- Lowbush blueberries are often referred to as “wild” blueberries. They are typically smaller and richer in some antioxidants.
This is what typical blueberries look like:
- Fibre 4 grams.
- Vitamin C: 24% of the RDA.
- Vitamin K: 36% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 25% of the RDA.
- Then it contains small amounts of various other nutrients.
They are also about 85% water, and an entire cup contains only 84 calories, with 15 grams of carbohydrates.
Calorie for calorie, this makes them an excellent source of several important nutrients.
2. Blueberries are the King of Antioxidant Foods
Antioxidants are important.
They protect our bodies from damage by free radicals, unstable molecules that can damage cellular structures and contribute to ageing and diseases like cancer
Blueberries are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of ALL commonly consumed fruits and vegetables.
The main antioxidant compounds in blueberries belong to a large family of polyphenols, called flavonoids.
One group of flavonoids, in particular, anthocyanins, is thought to be responsible for much of the beneficial health effects.
They have been shown to directly increase antioxidant levels inside the body.
Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids appear to be the major antioxidant compounds.
3. Blueberries Reduce DNA Damage, Which May Help Protect Against Ageing and Cancer
Oxidative DNA damage is part of everyday life.
It is said to occur tens of thousands of times per day, in every single cell in the body.
DNA damage is part of the reason we grow older, and it also plays an important role in the development of diseases like cancer.
Because blueberries are high in antioxidants, they can help neutralize some of the free radicals that cause damage to our DNA.
In one 4-week study, 168 participants were instructed to drink 1 litre (34 ounces) of a mixture of blueberry and apple juice, every day.
At the end of the study, oxidative DNA damage due to free radicals was reduced by 20%.
These findings have also been supported by smaller studies using either fresh or powdered blueberries.
Several studies have shown that blueberries and blueberry juice can protect against DNA damage, a leading driver of aging and cancer.
To read more about the health benefits of blueberries read further here….. https://authoritynutrition.com/10-proven-benefits-of-blueberries/
Learn how to use your camera and improve your photographs
After teaching in Dubai for over a year at Gulf Photo Plus I have now moved back to the UK in Hertfordshire where I am a freelance photographer and videographer. I miss teaching photography terribly and setting up my workshop here in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, will allow me to carry on my love of teaching. I will never miss that “penny” dropping or that moment when people finally get how to use their camera that they spend a ton of money and a kept in Auto for years! If your interested in photography and looking to improve your skills read on……
- Dont throw your camera manual away! In the first few months of having a new DSLR it will come in handy to remind you of camera functions, keep it in your camera bag.
- Learn to use your different modes on your camera, you don’t have to throw yourself out of auto until your comfortable, especially if you have been using a point and shoot until now. Try program, landscape, portrait, sport and macro to get used to your camera and what these modes can achieve. Once your comfortable in these modes then move onto A – aperture priority and S/TV – shutter priority to gain more control.
- Change your focus mode to single point focus so you can choose where your focus point will be, allowing you to be more in control of your photographs.
- Shoot, shoot shoot! Practice makes perfect. We now live in a digital world where we don’t have to spend a fortune on developing film and waiting to find out our mistakes. With digital the Sky is the limit so there is plenty of time to play and experiment to get our shots right.
- Consider a tripod, this will be one of the best investments you will ever make as its your biggest source of light!
- Don’t go out and but lots of gear, photography can be super expensive and its best to learn what you have before investing in more equipment. The only things I ever tell any of my students to consider is a decent tripod and possibly a 50mm lens. The 50mm lens is an amazing lens for any budding photographer as it can achieve and extremely shallow depth of field, when your starting out its great to be able to see that lovely Bokeh in your pictures.
- Share your pictures. Join photo sharing websites such as Flickr or share on your Instagram, you can always ask for creative criticism and gain confidence from other like minded people.
- Always focus on the eyes, we are always drawn to the eyes on pictures – in any aperture make sure you use the single point focus on the eyes.
- Learn to hold your camera properly, you can create a human tripod by holding your camera steady in both hands. Your images will be much sharper if you support your lens and camera body at the same time.
- Photograph what you love – this will make your photography journey more enjoyable!
- Learn all about exposure, ISO, aperture and Shutter speed all work together to create an exposure. This can be a combination of a few things: which areas of the scene your camera measured for exposure, and how different in brightness the light and dark areas are in your scene.
- Learn about the rule of thirds – This is probably the first compositional rule that any photographer comes across and for a very good reason: it’s simple and it works.
- Fill the frame – move in closer to create a more dynamic image. Filling the frame makes the subject larger and cuts down on the clutter.
Stay tuned for more tips and tricks on photography and videography here on my blog.
If your looking to improve your skills more and fancy a workshop with like minded people get in touch and find out when the next class will be. Im also offering one on one tuition for beginners and intermediate for photography and videography as well as Photoshop, Lightroom and food photography. Im always happy to create a bespoke course for everyones individual needs.
Email us or call 07472075344 to arrange a consultation
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Creative Business Portraits
I love taking my portable studio into an office on shoot day! The staff all get excited about being in front of the camera! My set up for Business and headshot photography here in Hertfordshire is a simple one, either natural lighting making the best use of gorgeous window light or I can bring a portable studio where I can set up in a corner of the office and create studio style images for the staff and the client.
Here you can see examples of natural lighting and a mini studio set up with a coloured background.
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Food Photography & videography Hertfordshire UK
This shoot was while on a trip back in Dubai, Heat Cafe – stands for Healthy Eats and Treats, all about good food and limited calories and carbs. The place is always packed with people after their gym workout for protein-rich breakfasts that are simple but packed with everything the body needs.
The brief was very simple, show off the ingredients without propping and let the quality of the food shine though…….From January Ill be based in the UK mostly as a food photographer and videographer so if you need some shots like these or with extra styling to drop me an email email@example.com
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Its always a challenge when clients ask for something different, Yugen wanted a dark atmosphere to their images to showcase their food. We used a steel worktop and lots of black cards to create a moody image to highlight the food.
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Couqley Restaurant shoot Dubai
Recently I had the pleasure to photograph one of Dubai’s little treasures – Couqley in JLT. If your a fan of French food then this is a must to try! The french onion soup was to die for – sorry yes I did eat the food – it was divine! They re pretty new in Dubai – Couqley is a French bistro with two branches, one located in ‘The Alleyway’ in Beirut’s trendy Gemmayze district and the second branch is in Blueberry Square in Dbayeh, just off the main highway. Now one in JLT Dubai.
Couqley offers traditional bistro meals by Partner & Corporate Chef Alexis Couquelet.
The brief was to have an inviting atmosphere and show part of their look – the red and green check napkins. The feel was to photograph the shots as if people were just about to sit and eat the meal, very relaxed but focused on the beauty of the food.
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Live loud Girl – Linda Dekkers
Mamas, if interiors are your thing then Linda Dekkers will need no introduction. The awesome mama behind the Live Loud Girl Blog and interior styling service is a regular source of inspo for the Sassy Mama team – we spend hours trawling her instagram feed for gorgeous pics of her latest projects and beautiful ideas. We got an exclusive peek into Linda’s gorgeous new Jumeirah villa (which made us instantly want to go home and declutter!) and spent a few wonderful moments getting to know her adorable boys Jack (aged 5) and Sam (aged 4). Here’s how she does it all, mamas!
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Freshup juice shoot in Qatar
Last week I was invited to Qatar with a lovely food stylist I know Aliaa Al Sawy, we were to work on a new concept that is shortly opening there Called Freshup. The small cafe mixes up fresh juices, smoothies and other drinks that are very healthy and have fresh ingredients, some even have protein powder for those who wish to get their intake after the gym etc. I was very surprised with the product, I didnt expect it to look as good as it did and with a mix of natural light and studio lights we managed to get a feel in the photography to represent the product.
We were pleased with the end results even though we had to shoot more than we normally would in 2 days. It was a great learning experience trying to get all my camera equipment and lighting on my flight, but it all worked out well and only one small reflector was broken.
I love being a food photographer here in Dubai but to be able to travel and shoot the things I love in other countries makes me even happier and more fulfilled.
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Hope you like the pics!