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I’ve been blogging for just over five years now, and I tend to think that many people don’t realize the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes. I’m not complaining, I just thought that it would be a good idea to share with you what a typical creative process looks like for me as I’m developing recipes, taking photos and writing! I’m always looking for new inspiration, from different ingredients to the colors shown in my photos. There is a lot of planning involved, but I find it exciting.

Finding Mealtime Inspiration

A lot of my ideas for food come from inspiration that I find in archived food magazines, Pinterest and foods that I find at restaurants. That’s where I start and then I think about what I would do differently in that particular meal. I also find inspiration from products like LIFEWTR, which can be found at 7-Eleven stores. I love the fact that it is Purified water and pH balanced with electrolytes for taste in a beautiful bottle. 

From there, I think about the colors of the foods and how things will look on the plate in the photo. Once I have my creative vision figured out and all the ingredients in hand, the rat race that is cooking/styling/photographing begins!

Finding Mealtime Inspiration

A typical shoot day for me is spent with my kitchen a mess, ingredients everywhere, and my table piled high with colorful napkins, plates, and props. With all the running around, I need to stay hydrated to keep moving so I turn to LIFEWTR. I always pick up a few bottles at a 7-Eleven by my house to stay fueled. I love how the packaging features colorful artwork created by artists. Seeing the beautiful artwork on the bottle as I drink inspires me to jump into a creative mindset for my food styling and photo shoot.

Finding Mealtime Inspiration

Sometimes things turn out perfectly on the first try, and other times I find myself clearing a project and starting fresh. Once I’m done with a shoot, I put the photos on my computer and clean up any shadows or highlights that I didn’t catch while taking the photo. I decide on how I want to present the content to you, my readers, and think about how I can inspire each of you in your own kitchen.

I know that sometimes I get into a mealtime rut, even as a food blogger! Here are some of my tips if you find yourself in the same situation:

  •       Pinterest: I know that it seems obvious, but there are literally millions of ideas floating around on Pinterest that can inspire your inner foodie.
  •       Magazines: This might seem old-school, but I still receive 4-5 different magazines each month and I archive them so that I can go back and review them later. Even if I can’t find inspiration here, it’s always nice to look at the pretty pictures.
  •       Cookbooks: This also might seem a little vintage, but there are some awesome cookbooks out there loaded with delicious meals. I tend to forget that there are some talented foodies out there that put a lot of effort into their books. Grab one at your local bookstore based on your tastes or browse something new!
  •       Cooking shows: When I have the time, I like to watch a handful of cooking shows for new meal ideas. I love to watch an ‘artist’ at work as they sauté, braise, steam and more.
  •       Restaurants: Get inspired by a meal that you ate at a restaurant or something that you saw on television. There are no right or wrong ingredients in cooking, and sometimes it just takes a pinch of this and a dash of that.

Finding Mealtime Inspiration

By the time you read this post, I will already be on to a new project, out finding new inspiration by paging through magazines or by studying the packaging of a bottle of LIFEWTR. Where are some of the places that you look for inspiration in your life?