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01.31.2017

Blurb Book Food Photography Portfolio

I think it is safe to say that the big boom of digital photography has really wreaked havoc on photo album collections around the world. I, for one, am no exception… During my school days, I was the one who brought my point and shoot film camera to school every day. My collection of albums from days past are still piled high at my parents house, but it is not hard to estimate when I received my first digital camera. It was sandwiched somewhere between my trip to France and my first year of University. Since then, I am ashamed to say, I have not hopped on the digital album train. Instead, my pictures sit idol on my computer, which now reminds me daily that I am running out of space.

My real photography story started about 3 years ago. It was around that time when I also found a love for baking, something that wasn’t very present in my life up until then. I eventually discovered my minimalist-white-style and my Instagram gallery began to flourish. I have thousands of food photos stockpiled on my computer, each telling a story of the baking process with my children. As I flip through my folders, I can recall so many memories of these days, of teaching my children how to measure, mix, and portion. Really though, what good are digital photos when I am the only one who really has access to look through projects past? There is something special about being able to hold a hardcover book, flipping your fingers through the thick pages, pointing out all the little features that make each photo real. In my head, digital albums took forever to plan and design, which was time I didn’t have to budget even though I yearned to hold a physical copy of my hard work.

Enter, Blurb Books.

Blurb Book Food Photography Portfolio

Blurb Book Food Photography Portfolio

I was approached by Blurb Books to make an portfolio of my food photography. It was the question I had been waiting for, an excuse to make time to create a portfolio of my work. After very little thought, I set to work, choosing my most favourite photos from the past 3 years. I downloaded Blurb’s bookmaking tool “BookWright” and literally, within 30 minutes, I had designed and ordered a simple 55 page portfolio. As my daughter would say “Bing, Bang, Boom”, you’re all done!

Blurb Books and their bookmaking tool BookWright take hassle out of designing your album. Nestled in the tool are over a hundred premade templates that allow you to drag and drop your photos or type your text. You can search the templates by the number of photos or text you wish to feature on each page, or you also have to option to start with a clean slate and design your own layout. In addition to BookWright, design experts can also use Blurb’s Adobe In Design plug-in or Lightroom integration for even more creative control over your final book design.

Blurb Books steps it up another notch by offering a swatch kit of their paper options to look through before ordering your book for a small fee of $7.95. When you receive your swatch kit in the mail, you are given a promo code to use toward your book which applies that small fee of $7.95 right back on your book order… So really, that swatch kit is free and so worth it! They have so many drool-worthy paper options. In my opinion, the thicker, the better!

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When my favourite UPS man drove in my long driveway, it felt like Christmas morning! He couldn’t get to my door fast enough. I was excited, but oddly nervous, to see the quality of my printed photos. Because I opted for Large Landscape book (13″ x 11″), I was praying my images wouldn’t turn out blurry. I carefully opened the box, and unwrapped my hardcover book. When I saw the high quality print of one of my favourite images (my Mint Julep pie) on the front cover, I knew it was going to be a spectacular book. I slowly flipped through the thick pages, running my hands over the images, and smiling every time I saw a chubby little hand reaching for a taste. I forgot the nostalgic feeling of looking through a photo album. It truly is magical. 

Blurb Book Food Photography Portfolio

Blurb Book Food Photography Portfolio

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I think I can easily say that I am converted. Blurb Books makes creating an album so simple and effortless. I think that hardest part is picking your photos. The high quality of their final product has made me feel more professional as I show off my food photography portfolio!

Lets hear it for Blurb Books

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This post was created in partnership with Blurb Books! You can make your own photography book or magazine by clicking the link here.  My book features a hardcover image wrap with thick proline uncoated paper & light grey proline end sheets. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep me doing what I love!!

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11.13.2016
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This time of year I often find myself perched in my deep windowsills, wrapped in a warm blanket, comfort food in hand, staring out my window at the overloaded apple tree. I can never get enough of autumn. The colours, the cool crisp air, the flavours… Everything hits you at once following a hot, busy summer, but it is so welcomed. To me, this season feels most like home. I am so often brought back to my childhood once the leaves start changing. From the first days of a new season of skating, to big Thanksgiving meals with extended families, autumn is definitely my jam. These cooler months are often filled with my favourite comfort foods. I try to make
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10.31.2016
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     It snowed last week. It is Halloween, and there has already been snow on the ground!  It is almost instinct now. As soon as the first few specks of white start falling from the clouds, I find myself in the kitchen, kneading some cinnamon bun dough. For me, snow and cinnamon go hand-in-hand. The only thing that was lacking were the christmas carols in the background. It is amazing how, in an instant, ones perspective can change as soon as a different season makes itself known. One moment I was thinking about pumpkin-spiced-everything, the next I am dreaming of snow cover hills.   Is there something that you find yourself engulfed in as soon as the seasons change?
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09.21.2016
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So much has changed since the last Distant Kitchens post just a few short weeks ago. I have returned back to work after a year off with my little growing family and Erin and her husband have been up to their eyeballs in shows and work for Richard Clarkson Studios. It is certainly taking some adjustment for me to get back into the working mom routine and keeping up to date on the blog and instagram. Suddenly I am not allowed to sleep in past 4:30am and I don’t have near as much free time during the day to do the things I love the most, however, I am managing, for now! If you are new to Distant Kitchens, Erin and
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09.12.2016
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Big changes are happening to our family. After spending a year at home with my favourite little people, I am back to my cubical in Ottawa. I already miss seeing my babies every morning, sharing breakfast while talking about our plans for the day. I have already spent a few days out of my kitchen without baking anything, which just feels wrong. I am trying to get my head back into the engineering mode, but it is quite hard when I have a picture on my desk of two little cuties smiling back at me. Oh how times have changed. It truly is amazing how your view on life changes after having children. I vividly remember a time (well before
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09.01.2016
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Summer is quickly creeping away on us. I feel like I’m dreadfully waiting for school to start as I count down the days until I return to work after a wonderful year off with my family. Things are changing here, whether we like it or not, so I guess it is time to embrace it, right? I am never good with change.  We have had such a dry summer here in Ontario, and with that, comes fire bans. The last few summers, we always had a well stocked s’mores kit to attack whenever we felt like lighting up the campfire and indulging in a gooey chocolate treat in the back yard… But not this summer. This summer we have been trapped
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