For my final project, I chose to photograph some of my favorite recipes and design a cookbook of amazing food.

At the beginning of this semester, I thought that my niche was portrait photography. I’ve always loved shooting photos of people and life- candid shots with backlighting at sunset are what I usually tend to gravitate towards. I feel comfortable with people and feel that I can usually find good angles and a unique perspective of one’s beauty.

Over the course of this semester, I’ve come to love other forms of photography, specifically shooting food. I feel passionate about capturing fast movement, whether it be water dripping or flower sprinkling. I appreciate natural light and the beauty of creating with food. I wanted to stretch myself with this project and create a cookbook. I found recipes on Pinterest of dishes that I wanted to recreate. I think food photography is amazing and I’ve loved creating my own.

My parents recently built a home with a beautiful white kitchen that I chose to shoot in. There are many windows that let a lot of light into the kitchen. I felt that any dish I made I could shoot here. The following recipes are a pumpkin pie with a pecan buttermilk crust, lemon meringue pie, maple acorn squash salad, a vinaigrette, garlic mashed potatoes, holiday stuffing, orange cranberry relish, and roasted butternut squash and brussel sprouts. These recipes were amazing.

In post, I edited all of these photos and added a lot of warmth, contrast and texture. I had 8 recipes for my cookbook. I also designed a few graphics for my book as well that I will include. I wanted my cookbook to look clean, minimal and professional. The san serif font that I chose reflect the minimalistic design- it is called Bebas Neue.

This cookbook is a project that I am very proud to share with future clients, I feel that this reflects my personality of creative, soft and simple.

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 Emily Russell Designs- Amazing Food Photography- Brussel Sprouts-Gather to the Kitchen- Cookbook

Emily Russell Designs- Amazing Food Photography- Gather to the Kitchen- Cookbook- Pumpkin Pie

Emily Russell Designs- Amazing Food Photography- Gather to the Kitchen- Cookbook- Lemon Meringue Pie

Emily Russell Designs- Amazing Food Photography- Gather to the Kitchen- Cookbook- Maple acorn squash salad

Emily Russell Designs- Amazing Food Photography- Gather to the Kitchen- Cookbook- Maple acorn squash salad

Emily Russell Designs- Amazing Food Photography- Gather to the Kitchen- Cookbook- garlic mashed potatoes

Emily Russell Designs- Amazing Food Photography- Gather to the Kitchen- Cookbook- citrus cranberry sauce

Emily Russell Designs- Amazing Food Photography- Gather to the Kitchen- Cookbook- roasted brussel sprouts and butternut squash

Emily Russell Designs- Amazing Food Photography- Gather to the Kitchen- Cookbook- holiday stuffing

Emily Russell Designs- Amazing Food Photography- Gather to the Kitchen- Cookbook-cooking spoons