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This month’s food photography challenge was to 1) make food with something from farmer’s market and 2) incorporate people into some of the food photographs. Some of my US friends said that their local farmer’s markets were really slow at the moment, but farmer’s markets seem to boom here in Perth all year round, and there’s plenty to choose from across the city! I suppose that’s one of the perks of living in Perth?

Photograph of banana and honey bread

I enlisted the help of my friend Aimee and we ventured out to the Wanneroo markets! I saw cherries imported from the US being sold there and wondered where the other fruits sold there really came from. In the end, I decided to make Banana Bread despite the fact that it doesn’t take advantage of the freshness of market fruits and vegetables. I really wanted to try making something with blood oranges but I wasn’t feeling too adventurous. Besides, banana bread is something Tom really loves to eat and I also felt it would be an interesting challenge to photograph as it is a rather plain-looking food. For this challenge, I ended up buying a tub of Blackbutt honey from the lady at Moore River Honey (too shy to be photographed) to incorporate into the banana bread.

Moore River Honey at the Wanneroo markets

I’ve put most of the photos behind the cut because there are a LOT of them today – if you want to see them, click through to read on. I haven’t added many words in the post today because the photos speak for themselves :) When you’re finished, be sure to follow our food photography circle all around the world to the farmer’s markets in Canada with Tammy Bilodeau, Whitecourt Photographer.

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  • August 27, 2013 - 1:30 am

    Tammy Bilodeau - Ahhh Sabrina these are great! You really captured the feel of your local market, it looks like you have a plethera of items to choose from. The banana bread looks scrumptious and I really enjoyed the simplicity of your set up, oh and can I just mention how much I LOVE that B&W with the flour being sifted! Such a great shot. Love itReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2013 - 11:29 pm

    Allison Jacobs - I just love the way you documented the whole process from shopping to cooking to the end results! The bread looks so yummy with the nuts & honey that I wish I had a slice right now for breakfast!ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2013 - 12:00 am

    Kim - Liv Life - Oh, Sab!! What gorgeous photos!! I’m actually somewhat envious of your Perth market. Even though I’m in the heart of produce country, our market has been a bit bare lately. Sort of the same thing at every stall. Tomatoes have been gorgeous though!
    Love the banana bread, and I really love that b&w photo, and I usually don’t go for black and white. Lovely!ReplyCancel

For “The Inspired Plate” challenge in July was to shoot a “seasonal dish”. Here in Perth it is Winter, so I decided to make something warm and hearty – cottage pie! I actually used this recipe for Shepherd’s Pie, but substituted lamb mince for beef.

Cottage Pie - July Food Photography Challenge

I actually doubled the recipe and cooked up 1kg of beef mince (between two people) and will be slowly ingesting this over the course of a week! That is a lot of meat. Last week, we made 1kg of beef mince into pasta sauce and now I can’t look at pasta for at least a month. Let’s hope we have some other recipes to get us by in the meantime!

Cottage Pie - Ready to eat!

Closeup photo of the pie - no food is perfect

Want some behind the scenes photos? Here’s some proof that my food was tasty:

Eating cottage pie

Here’s some proof that I get really overeager when it comes to prop shopping… guess I’ll have to make more things in those little casserole dishes!

Food photography setup - prop and lighting test shot

Here’s my food photography setup, if you’re interested:

Behind the scenes - food photography setup

Please check out the next post in our circle, Kim Kelly | Liv Life, she’s made something Summery for you all!

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  • July 29, 2013 - 11:10 pm

    Jennifer Olson | Pretty-Eats - Sab, these are gorgeous. Your colors, props, styling all are spot on!! Wonderful job on styling the potatoes. I so want to raid your prop closet!!ReplyCancel

  • July 29, 2013 - 11:37 pm

    Kim - Liv Life - Well, my summer days are getting shorter, so I’m thinking your longer days are on the way!! LOVE this cottage pie… I’ve never actually made one, but I’ve had them and always enjoyed. I have a feeling my kids would like it as well. Need to remember!
    Great shots, as always. Really like the “behind the scenes” shots… I need to try to do that!ReplyCancel

  • July 29, 2013 - 11:43 pm

    Kat - This looks very hearty and tasty for a winter’s day. I really love seeing your set up as well. I don’t know where I’ve been but I’ve not seen a black reflector used before. I really love that second image, I can reach out and take a gooey bite. Yum.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 5:14 am

    Laurie - You are amazing Sabrina!! I love how you take us on a tour of your life and photography!! Your photos are gorgeous.. and OH MY GOSH.. I LOVE this meal! I miss winter all ready and we’re only into the second month of summer here on the West Coast of America! I am a poor example of a Southern California girl!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 9:13 pm

    Stacey - Wow Sab!!! That looks soooo good and that’s in spite of the Florida heat! Love the great use of props and it’s great to see a pull-back of your shots. Beautifully done!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2013 - 10:23 am

    Tammy Bilodeau - Looks delicious Sab :) I love the simple props and the moody lighting, you’ve done a great job…. and now i want some shepard’s pie!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2013 - 3:55 am

    Fresh summer cherry crisp » Peanut Blossom - […] take a moment to visit the other lovely photographers in our group challenge circle starting with Sabrina Wong, Perth Food Photographer. Sab is down under in Australia so I’ll be curious to check out her “seasonal” […]ReplyCancel

Been doing some research on engagement photo-sessions and couples photography as I may be doing one myself soon! A handful of my recent favourites:

Cute couples session with the most wonderful tent-picnic styling on True Moua Photography‘s feature on Lemonade and Lenses

Oncewed showcased KT Merry’s gorgeous images of a couple in NYC – featuring the couple having coffee at a cafe, a gorgeous vintage bicycle and pretty cherry blossoms!

A Perth photographer I have been following, IZO Photography, photographed a couple at the Regal Theatre in Perth. Amazing use of light, composition and intimate connection comes through the lens here. Admire this work so much!

Because I can’t post without an image, here’s adorable Millie, the long-haired sausage dog:

Millie the long haired sausage dog

Please share with me your favourite engagement photographers’ work in the comments – I’d love to have some more inspiration!

Or you can post links to photos of puppies, because that fills me with joy.

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I have heard many people tell me over the years that 1) they believe that they are not good at something, 2) that they wish that they had a hobby but they are just not good at anything. I get so frustrated hearing people say this because these people I know are fully capable of being good at these things. Here’s some advice for those of you who have ever felt this way:

1. Negativity consumes your opportunities to learn

If you believe that you’re no good at something, it will come true – a self-fulfilling prophecy. Negativity will snuff out your desire to persist with a new interest. Without belief in your ability to achieve in a particular field, you will give up too easily. If you don’t think you’ll ever be good at something, you will be so consumed with thinking about the problems, obstacles and the work that isn’t up to your standards that you will use what’s wrong as evidence to confirm that you aren’t good at it and use it as a reason to quit. People who are confident in their abilities but are still learning usually respond differently to mistakes; they will acknowledge that they have made a mistake, figure out what went wrong and resolve not to do it the next time.

2. Don’t expect to be good at something straight away

Nobody is good at something the first time they do it. Absolutely no one. People who seem to be good at something the first time usually have a background that has helped them. For example, a friend of mine was amazing at Guitar Hero the first time she played it – however she was a talented cello player with an extremely strong background in music. So it makes sense that she was good at Guitar Hero with a good sense of rhythm and timing which other people, with no background in music, would take longer to develop.

Allow yourself to be a beginner. Nobody starts out being excellent.

3. Talent is a lie

Realise that the idea of someone having a magical inborn talent is completely bust and people who are good at something have worked to get there. For example, people who are amazing at drawing are likely to: have regularly doodled sketches to practice, learned about drawing through workshops, classes or books, improved by joining online groups to get critique, are constantly inspired by looking at new art pieces. You don’t see all that behind-the-scenes stuff that goes into building what seems like a magical talent, but it’s always there, whether you’re considering an olympic level athlete, your favourite acoustic singer or a girl with impeccable makeup and hair.

People like to think that talent is inborn because it excuses them from having to try. They can say to themselves “I will never be any good at drawing because it is an inborn talent which I do not possess” rather than “I am no good at drawing because I’ve never tried hard enough to draw”, which is an uncomfortable truth. But look at the flipside – it is incredibly freeing to know you can do anything you want to do. I strongly believe that you can be good at almost anything given a mix of dedication, desire to learn, openness to constructive criticism and time spent on practice.

So if there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, re-examine the reasons why you’re not doing it and give it another chance!

Is there anything you would consider having another go at?

Leave me a comment to me know,

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P.S.: I am currently revisiting drawing, I used to draw a lot but would often be frustrated by details in my doodles that looked wrong. However, I’m officially cutting myself some slack and letting myself be imperfect – and being ok with that :)

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  • July 15, 2013 - 8:05 am

    Vel'ithya - <.<ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    Skye - Awesome post Sab! Words of wisdom. Good luck with the drawing :DReplyCancel

    • July 15, 2013 - 5:47 pm

      Sab - Skye – Thanks for dropping by <3 I am currently interested in drawing portraits, let me know if you want yours drawn :DReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 5:38 pm

    Vel'ithya - ps. I think I still have a bunch of your drawings from 2001 hanging around somewhere! :PReplyCancel

    • July 15, 2013 - 5:45 pm

      Sab - Vel – Haha, what does that face mean? Haha, maybe I should draw some more fanfic for your original characters (although I’m sure you know plently people now who are really good at drawing now :P)ReplyCancel

  • August 25, 2013 - 8:37 am

    aimziip - Sab I don’t know how I missed this post but I love it! I totally agree with the bit about being good at almost anything with a little bit of practice and commitment. You are my inspiration:)ReplyCancel