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Tips To Finding Your Food Photography Inspiration

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Actress Jamie Chung once jokingly said, “If acting doesn’t work out, I plan to do food photography and just eat my way through the entire world! I’m a big foodie, and if I could make some career out of it, that would be fantastic.” She’s probably in good company. In a world that’s overwhelmed with smartphones and picture-apps like Instagram, you’d think everyone is a passionate food photographer! However, few are aware of just how difficult it is to sustain the drive. We’re giving you a few tips on re-igniting your passion and finding your food photography inspiration. Here we go!

1. Invest in a few renowned cookbooks and magazines

Where do the best food photographers ply their trade? Well in cookbooks and magazines of course! Granted, these resources aren’t free and you may have to shell out a couple of dollars to access these books, but its’ money well spent. Fortunately, you don’t have to purchase actual hard-copies which tend to be more expensive. The digital versions do nicely.

2. Dabble and experiment with other forms of photography

The world of photography is vast with numerous genres – wedding photography, product photography, fashion photography, aerial photography to name a few. What’s interesting is what you can learn from each genre. Lighting, composition, and editing are all done differently. The skills you learn by dabbling with other types of photography can give you the inspiration you’re looking for with your own food photography.

3. Study light, airy, bright photos to understand aesthetics

What makes one photo breathtaking and another bland? A quick scroll through Instagram and you’ll notice something remarkable. The most popular food photos are almost always light and bright. This is achieved largely by employing three concepts: white balance, neutral color filters, and bokeh. White balance, to quote Photography Life, is simply “adjusting colors so that the image looks more natural”. Neutral color filters help the images retain their natural look as well, while bokeh  (from the Japanese word meaning ‘to blur’) is simply the technical term for blurring out elements such as the background in your pictures. Studying beautiful photos can invoke the inspiration you’re after.

4. Look beyond food images at what’s around you

Perhaps you need to stop looking at food images for a while. You see, inspiration can come to you when you’re not even thinking about it; when you’re simply out and about living life. It may be that the more you obsess over your food photos the less likely you’ll find pleasure in your own work. Instead, look beyond food photography itself. Go visit a museum, watch an old movie, and look at some classical art. You never know where you’ll find food photography inspiration

5. Join a few social media groups and follow fellow food bloggers

The tech-centric nature of our world and globalization means you can follow anyone from anywhere. You can join social media food photography groups such as Food Bloggers Central to connect with like-minded people. With plenty of food photography inspiration to be had and conversations with photographers from all walks of life, you’re likely to have your own fire re-ignited quickly.

One final word: don’t worry about every photo being perfect. As Henri Cartier-Bresson laughingly remarked, “ Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst .” Just remember that with every photo you snap, your skills will improve!

Pink Thing of The Day: Exterior of Pink Restaurant

Pietro Nolita Photo By Gail Worley
All Photos By Gail

I’ve been hearing about Pietro Nolita since it opened (a few years ago at this point), because it is an Italian Restaurant downtown that’s Pink on the exterior and interior. I’ve always meant to visit, of course — because: Pink Restaurant — but it’s not in my neighborhood and I’m lazy, so I’ve never see the pinkness before in person, until now.

Pietro Nolita Photo By Gail Worley

The fact that Pietro Nolita had completely fallen off my radar made it that much sweeter to literally stumble upon it last week, as I walked home to the East Village from a doctor’s appointment in the Financial District and decided to shake up my route. Isn’t it adorable? Who wouldn’t want stop in and check it out?

Pietro Nolita Exterior Photo By Gail Worley

I love the details they put into it, including flower boxes bursting with Pink Silk Chrysanthemums.

pink silk mums photo by gail worley

hektad hearts photo by gail worley

Popular street artist Hektad has even contributed a flourish of his signature heart art.

hektad and baby faces photo by gail

And you might remember these little guys from a previous post! Ah, the Pinkness.

Located at 174 Elizabeth Street, Pietro Nolito is open during lockdown from Thursday through Sunday, Noon to 8 PM for Take Out and Delivery. I Promise that once it Reopens I Will Eat There and File a Full Report!

Pietro Nolita Photo By Gail Worley

Mr. Skin Offers Fans $1,200 Stimulus Relief Package with New #MrSkinChallenge

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It’s a Contest, Bitches!

MrSkin.com, the internet’s number one source for celebrity nudity, announces the launch of a brand-new social media contest, #MrSkinChallenge, for a chance to win $1,200. Fans can show off their artistic skills AND win cold hard cash by simply drawing, sketching or painting a famous nude scene or sexy celeb moment, then posting the results on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.

“While people wait for their government stimulus checks, we thought we would stimulate the economy ourselves with THREE $1,200 checks up for grabs,” said a Mr. Skin rep. “During these trying times of pandemic quarantine and self-isolation, we’re doing our part to help!”

The contest, open to U.S. state residents 21 & over with valid social media accounts, will be conducted in three phases:

Phase One (ends May 1st @ 11:59 AM CST):

On Facebook ‘Like’ Mr. Skin Facebook.com/mrskincelebs and/or Mr. Man Facebook.com/mrmancelebs and post a sketch, drawing or painting – keep it clean per Facebook rules, please! – by commenting on the Mr. Skin Challenge pinned post. Entrants MUST include the hashtag #MrSkinChallenge along with it.

To enter via Twitter, follow @MrSkinCeleb and/or @MrMan and post submissions by replying to the Mr. Skin Challenge pinned tweet. Entrants MUST include the hashtag #MrSkinChallenge and keep their Twitter profiles public during the contest period.

On Instagram, entrants must follow @MrSkinCelebs and/or @MrMan and post submissions on their Instagram feed. Entrants MUST include the hashtag #MrSkinChallenge and keep their profiles public during the contest period.

NOTE: ONLY ONE SUBMISSION ALLOWED PER SOCIAL ACCOUNT.

Phase 2 (begins May 1st @ 12:00 noon CST; ends May 3rd @ 11:59am CST)

Preliminary Judging – Ten finalists will be selected by a panel of qualified judges from all eligible entries, judged on creativity/ originality of concept; humor and delivery of the concept and clarity of the delivery of the concept. The entries with the highest scores will be deemed the finalists. Finalists will receive notification via electronic mail, on or about May 3rd, and will have 24 hours to confirm that the notification has been received.

Phase 3 (begins May 5th @ 12:00 noon CST; ends May 11th @ 12:00pm noon CST)

Finalists’ entries will be uploaded to the MrSkin.com and MrMan.com websites; registered members will judge and vote for their favorites (limit one vote per person and per email address). The three finalists with the most votes will win $1,200 each! Woo!

ABOUT MR. SKIN:

MrSkin.com is the world’s foremost authority on celebrity nudity, and MrSkin.com is the web’s #1 go-to destination for the complete skinny on Hollywood starlets at their hottest. Founded in 1999 by movie buff Jim McBride, MrSkin.com has grown exponentially, now attracting more than 10 million unique visitors every month who come to experience the site’s cast library of sexy celebrity content – including more than 20,000 actress bios, 30,000 movie and TV show reviews and over 200,000 pictures and videos.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Neon Roses

Pink Neon Roses
Photo By Gail

Wonderworld Space was an attraction that existed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a few months this past fall. Located in a big pink warehouse, Wonderworld was fitted with multiple, Instagram-able rooms, each housing a themed-fantasy scenario in which selfie-obsessed young ladies could stage impromptu photo shoots. Yawn City. In other words, it was a total waste of time for normal people like me to go there unless you could get in for $5 (regular admission price: $25), which we did. Because anything is worth $5. I got a few blog-worthy snaps out of the visit, so it was money well-spent. These Pink Neon Roses floating around the word Love were part of a room with different neon art on each of its four walls. I’m not sure how good selfies come out when taken in a room that is mostly dark, but I think this shot looks pretty cool without people in it.

Warby Parker Store Painted By Stephen “ESPO” Powers

Warby Parker Store Painted By Stephen Powers
All Photos By Gail

It is appropriate that we were on our way to eat after checking out Beyond The Streets, when we passed right by this Warby Parker eyewear store, the exterior of which just happens to be completely covered with the distinctive artwork of Stephen Powers (aka ESPO), whose work we had seen in the exhibit!

Warby Parker Store Painted By Stephen Powers

The attention-grabbing two-story mural by the graffiti and sign-painting legend (which covers all four sides of the building) makes the store very easy to spot from a distance! We didn’t go in, but I understand that Powers contributed to the store’s interior decor as well.

Warby Parker Store Painted By Stephen Powers

Check your Instagram feed now for shots of your friends posed in front of this wall.

Warby Parker Store Painted By Stephen Powers

Warby Parker Store Painted By Stephen Powers

Warby Parker By ESPO is Located at 124 North 6th Street (Corner of Berry Street) in Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY.

Warby Parker Store Painted By Stephen Powers

Golden Barbie Street Art Shrine Celebrates Barbie’s 60th Birthday!

Golden Barbie
Photos By Gail

Today March 9th, 2019, marks the 60th Anniversary of the introduction of the world’s most famous fashion doll, known to us simply as Barbie. In honor of this lovely icon of pop culture, I dug up a set of photos I took earlier this year that I have dubbed the Golden Barbie Street Art Shrine, even thought it has less to do with Barbie than it does with the mission of NYC street artist Hispano Man (@hispanoman). Check out his Instagram for more art and information!

Golden Barbie Street Shrine

Golden Barbie Street Shrine was Spotted on Elizabeth Street Near the Corner of Prince Street in the Nolita Neighborhood of NYC!

Psychedelic Christmas Tree Forest at The Standard Hotel

Colored Christmas Trees
All Photos By Gail

If you happen to be planning an outing to the Whitney Museum to see the new Andy Warhol exhibit, From A to B And Back Again, why not make a day of it: do some shopping, walk the High Line, enjoy a delicious lunch at Bubby’s, and stop by the outdoor Plaza at the Standard Hotel to check out their amazing Psychedelic Christmas Tree Forest!

Colored Christmas Trees

Colored Christmas Trees

As you can see, these trees are decorated with oversize sweets such as  Gummy Bears, Candy Canes and Gum Drops! Fun!

Colored Christmas Trees

Colored Christmas Trees

While you stroll among the trees and take assloads of selfies for your Instagram feed, you can also enjoy a hot beverage!

Find This Forest of Colorful Holiday Trees at The Standard Hotel Plaza, Located at 848 Washington at 13th Street, New York 10014

Colored Christmas Trees

Video Clip of The Week: Madison Daniel, “Love Is Love”

It is not in any way a bold statement that, in these times especially, there is no shortage of outlets where we can focus our positive energy and action. The world needs love, and it should not matter what that love looks like or what shape it takes. Bluntly put, we have more grievous issues to deal with than attempting to restrict an individual’s right to love whomever they choose. If you do not already get that, watch this simply beautiful new video from 20-year old Australian artist Madison Daniel for her song “Love Is Love,” and then tell me that it does not move you to soften your heart. I’ll wait.

Already a commercial hit in Australia, “Love Is Love” officially made its US debut by way of Spotify, and now via this inspiring music video. “Love Is Love” delves into why we as human beings need to rid ourselves and our world of judgement and bias, and allow our fellow human beings to love as they wish. The song was originally written by Madison in celebration of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia, an issue near and dear to the artist’s heart, but its message is worldwide and certainly relevant to the US political climate.

Follow Madison Daniel on Instagram at @Madsee. Enjoy!

Madison Daniel

The Egg House Pop Up Attraction on Chrystie Street!

Egg House Post Card
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Eggs? I sure do. If you like Eggs and also enjoy visiting the weird little artsy pop-up events that happen in NYC every so often, such as the Museum of Ice Cream and The Musuem of Feelings, then you will want to check out The Egg House. Celebrating its grand opening this past weekend, The Egg House is an egg-themed pop up featuring immersive installations and offering a multi-sensory, interactive experience, not to mention — but you can see I am about to — the thing that the kids seem to love most these days: endless Instagram /selfie opportunities!

Egg House Greeter

I attended the Press Preview of The Egg House the day before it opened to the public, and it was a pretty sweet time! First of all, there were all kinds of free treats, such as delicious real Egg Nog spiked with your choice Brandy or Rum!

Egg Nog

The Eggnog was supplied by subscription breakfast delivery service, Break & Co. Find out more about them at Break Co Dot NYC!

Egg Macarons

Free Egg-Shaped Macarons? I’m there!

Egg Nog and Macaron

Check out the gooey sweet center of these babies!

Egg Macaron Detail

Samples of treats like these will be available at varying times and are included in the price of your ticket, while vendors Egg Shop, along with Egg Waffle Ice Cream Shop Eggloo will have egg-themed food available for purchase.

Egg Shop Booth

At the press event, the Egg Shop kiosk also served as a DJ booth and provided the rockin’ tunes along with these Fried Egg-shaped White Chocolate Pops!

White Chocolate Fried Egg Pops

Egloo Kiosk

Everybody got one of these Waffle Sundaes from Egloo!

Igloo Waffle Sunday

In addition being a place where you can eat lots of sweet snacks, The Egg House was created to share the universal love of eggs and provide a momentary escape from the city. It is home to a character named Ellis, an egg who made his  way to New York City (note: while the official story refers to Ellis as “he,” I heard Egg House guides referring to Ellis as “she” on my visit,  so I guess there is no fixed answer on that). Like some of us, Ellis struggles, yet remains very hopeful. One afternoon, Ellis falls asleep and guests are invited to explore his house. Egg-citing! Seamlessly connected by a storyline, The Egg House features real life-sized rooms, including The Kitchen, The Foyer, The Pool, Ellis’s Bedroom and The Garden — a in a 3,300 square feet space! Please enjoy a preview of The Egg House, and what you’ll find in the various rooms, via a selection of photos from my visit!

Egg House Kitchen

The first room you come to is an interactive selfie-heaven: the Kitchen.

Egg House Kitchen

You can sit in this Egg Shell Rocking Chair!

Egg House Kitchen

You can also sit in this Giant Egg Carton and pose with the eggs! Ridiculous!

Egg House Kitchen

Op Art Floor Covering

Next, you move on to the Hallway, with its Bridget Riley-esque Op Art floor covering!

Foyer

Ask for a token which you can use to buy an Egg Shop souvenir pin from one of these old-school vending machines!
If you want to renovate your bathroom then might as well purchase some plastic panels and bathroom cladding to have a better outcome!

Egg House Pin

Egg House Swimming Pool

Next up is The Egg House’s most popular feature: the Swimming Pool, where you can frolic in a pool filed with egg-colored plastic balls! Be sure to remove your shoes first!

Egg House Swimming Pool

Ellis Sleeping

Next, you can visit Ellis’s Bedroom, but be very quiet, as he/she may be sleeping!

Ellis Awake
Or Maybe not!

Ellis Family Portrait
Ellis’s Family Portrait

Ellis In Union Square Park

If you peek through the curtain you can watch a video of Ellis’s Adventure in Union Square Park!

This Way

Head down the stairs to the Garden, which is in the basement.

Egg Swing

Wait your turn for the swing and make sure your phone is charged!

Garden Cactus

Egg Swing

After your Egg-cellent Adventure, you’re going to want some stuff to take home.

Egg House Gift Shop

There’s also a gift shop offering Egg House souvenirs and other egg-related merchandise! Check it out!

Egg House Gift Shop Tote Bags
Egg Tote Bags!

Egg House Gift Shop Socks
Egg Socks!

Egg House Gift Shop Phone Cases
Egg Phone Cases

The Egg House is lots of fun for kids of all ages. Grab your tickets now before they’re all gone!

The Egg House is Located at 195 Chrystie Street, NYC, and is scheduled to run through June 27th, 2018. Tickets are $18, which includes admission to the Egg House and Occasional Sampling. Tickets are for a pre-specified, reserved time slot and must be purchased online in advance at This Link. Everything you need to how about your visit to The Egg House is also at that link! Enjoy!

Egg House Swimming Pool

Egg House Signage