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The Why behind my food photography

I take pictures of food because I have an innate desire to capture tiny moments of perfection. I take pictures of food because I want to help others feel less alone. I take pictures of food to build a community that loves and encourages one another. I take pictures of food because I cannot help it. I take pictures of food because I was meant to. If you are interested in learning more about taking photos of food, I hope you will join us for our first Food Photography Workshop in Birmingham, AL on July 29th! We will have multiple speakers and an hour long hands-on photography session to help...

What Inspires me in my food photography

This week is the third post in my series about food photograpy. Today I want to invite you into my world of inspiration. I'm inspired by vivid colors that appear in nature. I'm inspired by Julia Child and her infectious tenacity. I'm inspired by my grandmothers and the love and hard work they put into so many meals over the years. I'm inspired by the rushing, cascading beauty of a waterfall. I'm inspired by the calmness and serenity of gray skies. I'm inspired by the pure joy and energy that radiates from my nephew's laugh. Photo by Melissa Furniss I'm inspired by the bouncing bubbles in my...

When I take pictures of food

Every morning when I wake up I make myself a hand brewed cup of coffee. I love grinding the beans, waiting on the kettle to warm up, and slowly pouring my cup. This ritual forces me to start my day slowly and intentionally instead of rushed. Slow intentional moments are a great time to take photos. I am able to focus and take it slowly, change angles, add more light, and try several different shots. Most evenings we prepare dinner at home. Using fresh fruits and vegetables is a priority for us and gives the bonus of playful textures and colors for photos. Food prep is a good time to take...

I take pictures of food

My name is Jessica and I take pictures of food. I take pictures of food when I'm at home drinking my coffee, I take pictures of food when I'm prepping dinner, I take pictures of food when I'm out to eat, I take pictures of food when I'm at the farmer's market. I'm inspired by the colors that appear in nature. I'm inspired by Julia Child and her infectious tenacity. I'm inspired by my grandmothers and the love and hard work they put into so many meals over the years. I'm inspired by waterfalls, childhood memories, gray skies, my nephew's laugh, the bubbles in my glass of champagne, and the...

Bone Broth

As cold and flu season starts this year one of the many things I try to include in my immune boosting arsenal is Bone Broth. Here is a simple video we made to show you how to cook it youself at home!

My "healthy" obsession with mushrooms

If you follow me on Instagram then you know that mushrooms are in my food ALL THE TIME. I love them. All different varieties. The earthy flavor and the smooth, rich texture are only some of the reasons I use them so often. Mushrooms are full of nutrition and immune boosting properites. Here is some info from Mercola on the health benefits of this delicious obsession of mine. Mushrooms from a farmer at our local market Pepperplace Market . The FASEB Journal recently published nine studies on mushrooms that were also presented at Experimental Biology 2013, which detailed a wide variety of...

Starbucks CEO to all Partners after the Trump election

Dear Partners, Last night, like so many of you, I watched the election returns with family and friends. And like so many of our fellow Americans – both Democrats and Republicans – I am stunned. We cannot know what the precise impact will be on our country and the rest of the world. I am hopeful that we will overcome the vitriol and division of this unprecedented election season. As Americans, we must honor the democratic process. We have a president-elect in Donald Trump, and it is our responsibility as citizens to give him the opportunity to govern well and bring our country together...


Are you following us on Flickr ? You may have noticed that recently we have a sidebar with lovely photos. This is the feed to our Flickr account. It's a great way to share tiny moments that may not fit into a blog post. I hope you will check it out! Spiffy Eats Flickr

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The first thing I want to say is THANK YOU! Thank you to all our readers, twitter followers, facebook friends, and instagram followers. Thank you for liking, sharing, commenting and overall encouraging! We read every comment and they all touch our hearts. Each and every one of you mean so much to us. We would not be where we are without you. Thank you for following along the last few years as I have developed my voice in this blogging world. Thank you for putting up with all the iPhone photos, and the facebook posts with hundreds of food pictures. From the bottom of my heart- THANK YOU! Now...

Real & Rosemary

From the moment I saw the lovely exterior of this new spot, I knew it was perfection. The mix of southern charm and industrial pieces fits perfectly with the small town of Homewood Alabama. As we walked in to the cafe, we were met with friendly faces and warm greetings. Before I even stepped up to the counter to order my food, a staff member had placed a warm cup of Alabama's own Royal Cup Coffee into my hand. As I sipped, my friend and I decided what food we would order. Everything at Real and Rosemary is whole food options. We had the opportunity to meet Jennifer Mims, one of the owners...