Before blogging, I was never a picture-taker. I always had a camera, but I rarely took pictures. I never felt like lugging the camera around. I have a slight confession: I still really do not care about photography.

I don’t have a DSLR, and can’t justify buying one since I would rather have 2 pairs of Christian Loboutain shoes instead. I also don’t know if I would take pictures of anything besides my food. I love taking pictures of the food, because I love food. I love making it, eating it, and looking at pictures of it.

I’m sure things may change one day when I have children and want to photograph their every move.

As for now, what I have realized is how terrible the lighting in our house is. I’m sure it is the case with most homes, but with my lack of photography skills and yellow lighting, most of the time my pictures make me cringe. I don’t have any photography skills besides clicking my macro button on, and even then my pictures still turn out blurry.

Because I am such a Type A nutcase, I pretty much refuse to post pictures taken under my home lighting. Most of the dishes I post on my main page are made during the daylight, and usually on the weekends – we cook for the week ahead.

However, I do cook dinner most nights, and sometimes they are great dishes. Last week I made some tuscan lemon chicken (which almost burnt the house down, but was tasty), and lemon-garlic green beans. I’d love to share, but can’t stand my yellow pictures. I know that is somewhat humorous because my entire blog is pretty dull and boring when it comes to design right now – that is changing very soon!

So I purchased some lowel lights that simulate natural light, and I thought I’d share my thoughts on them. I quickly realized that purchasing these were much more cost effective than installing new lighting in our home for my little hobby.

Well, I’m lying. My husband made me realize that. I still think money grows on trees.

These really are one of the best things I ever could have bought. They are around $80 a piece, but very worth it in my opinion.

They are a little on the bulky side, but I’m sure I’ll find somewhere to store them with my 200 pairs of shoes. Here is the set up on my dining room table:


I feel so funny posting about this, because my photography is a joke. And since I am not really interested in learning more or getting more into photography right this moment, I do think it is a little wild that I have accessories now. But I figure I can’t be the only one!

If you are looking for more detailed information from a real photographer, Jaden Hair did a post on this a while back. Check it out.

In the meantime, check out the difference this made for me.

Indoor lighting without Lowel light:


Blah. Blech. Gag me with a spoon.

Lowel light use:


Much better, right??

I am by no means the person to take photography advice from, but I love these things. Once I learn more about taking better pictures, I’m sure I will appreciate these even more. As for now, I’m too busy buying shoes, eating cookies, laying on the couch, and watching my husband clean the bathroom.

When my blog’s makeover is finished, I plan on making my pictures a bit larger and possibly using fewer – maybe 4-5 instead of 8-10. Until then, I will continue trashing up my blog with blurry, insignificant photos. I hope you’ll stick around.

And for anyone with a Mac, is there a way to resize photos? Or would you like to give me an email-tutorial of using iPhoto? It has gone to waste on my computer the past 18 months, much like many other things I buy. I would greatly appreciate it. :)