Plate to Pixel

by Marla on June 28, 2011 · 214 comments

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Marla Meridith reviews the book Plate to Pixel

By now most of you have heard of (and probably own) a copy of Plate to Pixel. If not then you must. I need to take a moment to define this masterpiece. This book is a visual journey with lessons in digital food photography and styling. It is written by one of the most talented people this world has ever known, Helene Dujardin aka Tartelette. She has become a household name to any food blogger, cookbook author and food connoiseurs everywhere. Honestly my 7 year old daughter could tell you who she is, no joke. That is how famous she is around these parts.

I will walk you through this post with a journey through my own food photography and styling. Beware and be nice, this first collage is from the very beginning. We all need to start somewhere right?

Marla Meridith early food photography OK, stop giggling I heard that. Note how there is not much “styling” the photo quality is poor and the lighting is not very good either. The good thing is there was plenty of room for growth! Now each time I create or see a photograph it is instinct for me to critique the image to figure out what works and what I would change.

Thankfully things are getting a lot better as I learn more and more. Each day offers unique challenges and I welcome them. My camera is always glued to my side.

Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

I have been photographing food for two years now and a lot has evolved. Which is good for all of us. When I do things I need to shoot for the stars. That has become my goal with my food styling, recipe development and photography. With a type A personality half measures are never OK.

Gluten Free ratio rally mini cakes with strawberries and coconut milk

I want to share a brief history of my friendship with beautiful Helene. Not only can this gal create a gorgeous plate of food but she is one of the kindest people you will ever meet. The first time I met saw (or heard of Helen) was back at the first BlogHer Food in San Francisco back in 2009.

Hot Dogs on a stick recipe for summer Grill BBQ party

I was a newbie to the world of food blogging and my blog was very green. I had not a clue what I was getting myself into. I just knew I LOVED the world of food blogging.

Grilled Ile De France Camembert cheese

Helene was one of the first inspirations to take me away from shooting food photography with my iPhone. Our second meeting was last March she taught a workshop in LA, and then I attended Food and Light workshop in Boulder.

Healthy Avocado scones for tea parties, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day

She teaches with grace, proficiency and honesty. Helene will have many more workshops coming up including the one I will thankfully be attending at evo’11 next week.

Healthy, low carb, diet Chocolate Chip Scones by Marla Meridith

The thing I love most about Plate to Pixel is that it demystifies the often complicated task of learning how to use today’s digital SLR cameras. I have the attention span of a house fly so anything “how-to” often does not keep my interest for more than 33 seconds.

This book filled with tons of Helen’s photos that will make you swoon. The lessons capture her voice and playful personality in a way that manuals and tutorials often do not. For the small price of this book you will learn a college education’s worth of photography skills.

Vegan vegetarian summer squash with grilled marinated tofu

These days photography for me has gone way beyond food. It has opened up my world, given me ways to communicate with the world through pretty pictures. It has allowed to to express my creativity in ways that I never thought possible. I am passionate about capturing the beauty of landscapes and my most prized subjects….my children.

Pre school boy in orange gingham checked shirt

When I travel it is wonderful to be able to share the visual treats I experience with all of you….

Marla Meridith Travel Photography

I am never without my Plate to Pixel book. It is a book I will read & re-read. When not taking photos you can find me on the treadmill or the bike at the gym with this gem wide open while my body gets exercise my mind does too.

I want to share this wonderful photographic journey and life experience with you. What better way than for me to host a giveaway for a copy of Plate to Pixel.

If you cannot wait then you can also order one from my Amazon store.

Graphic with pink fleur de lis for Family Fresh Cooking

Food photography and styling book by Tartelette Giveaway Details

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for your entries. Congrats to Clea from Clea Shannon.

I will provide one reader with a copy of their very own Plate to Pixel book. This giveaway is open to USA visitors and will be open until Sunday, July 3rd at 12 midnight PST.

The winner will be chosen at Random.org and will be notified via email, so please make sure your email address is correct. You will have 48 hours to respond to me, or a new winner will be chosen.

How to Enter

Tell me your greatest photography inspiration or why you want this book. To earn additional entries, leave a separate comment for each of the steps listed below. If you don’t leave separate comments for each step, the number generator will not count them as separate entries.

  1. Re-tweet this giveaway, being sure to include my Twitter handle (@MarlaMeridith). Here’s a sample tweet you could use: Plate to Pixel by @SweetTartelette Stop by to enter the giveaway @MarlaMeridith for this amazing book. http://su.pr/1TZ1Vs Pls RT
  2. Follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter
  3. Follow @SweetTartelette on Twitter
  4. Copy and paste my Family Fresh Cooking badge into your sidebar or somewhere on your blog
  5. Stumble this post
  6. Subscribe to Family Fresh Cooking via RSS or e-mail

*You can stay in touch with Family Fresh Cooking and Helene Dujardin Photography on Facebook too

Links to the Recipes Above

Family Fresh Cooking disclosure: I am a huge fan of Helen Dujardin. She is a friend and colleague. The publisher provided me with a review copy and will send the winner a copy of Plate to Pixel.


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1 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots June 28, 2011 at 7:18 am

To tell you the truth, the way you and all of the other top food bloggers photograph your food is truly and inspiration to me. I’m just in awe of the beautiful photographs. Someday I hope to take as amazing photos as y’all. :-) Thank you for the giveaway!

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2 Grace@ Food-Fitness-FreshAir June 28, 2011 at 7:18 am

I always love your photos. They’re always so inspiring, as are the photos at Tartelette of course. I’m looking to purchase her book soon. I still have a long ways to come, and need to obtain a lot more props (!), but it’s always crazy for me to look back at my first few food photos. Yikes! With each food photo shoot I do, I find myself progressing, and I’m sure you feel the same way. What kind of camera do you shoot with?

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3 Marla June 28, 2011 at 10:43 am

Grace, about a month ago I got the Canon 7D. Prior to that it was the 10D. Amazing and very well needed upgrade! I am with you, each and everyday I feel and see my own growth. Your prop collection will grow over time. These days I have outgrown all of my cabinets & storage space. Everything is tucked away very precariously, tough to find the ones I need sometimes. It is funny those first photos, sometimes I want to take them down. It is way more fun to leave them though.

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4 Rosa June 28, 2011 at 7:20 am

I love Hélène’s gorgeous pictures! Yours are so beautiful too.

Cheers,

Rosa

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5 Marla June 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

Rosa, so are yours! By the way, you get the award for actually adding the accent marks to Helene’s name! I cannot seem to locate them on my keyboard…..

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6 Marina {Yummy Mummy} June 28, 2011 at 7:26 am

I am always horrified by my early blog photography :) I have and love Plate to Pixel. Great giveaway. Your photography is beautiful.

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7 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 28, 2011 at 7:26 am

I would love this book because I am inspired by Helene’s work and want to find out more about her creative process.

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8 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 28, 2011 at 7:26 am

I already follow you on Twitter.

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9 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 28, 2011 at 7:27 am

I also already follow Helene on Twitter.

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10 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 28, 2011 at 7:28 am

I tweeted the contest.

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11 Lynnette June 28, 2011 at 7:28 am

I want to learn as much as possible, everyday is another step closer to a better shot!

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12 Naomi June 28, 2011 at 7:31 am

Re-tweeted the giveaway

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13 Naomi June 28, 2011 at 7:31 am

This book would be a major help with my food blogging!

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14 Naomi June 28, 2011 at 7:33 am

I’m following you on twitter :)

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15 Naomi June 28, 2011 at 7:33 am

I’m following SweetTartelette on Twitter :)

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16 Naomi June 28, 2011 at 7:34 am

I subscribed to your blog via RSS.

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17 Amanda June 28, 2011 at 7:34 am

Your evolution is quite impressive my dear… at first I thought you were showing pictures from Helenes book! I would love to win one cause I am a fan or both of yours. ;) Blessings!

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18 carolinaheartstrings June 28, 2011 at 7:38 am

My greatest inspiration right now is my 16 year old daughter. She is just gorgeous, regal really. I would love to be able to really capture that on my camera. Your photography is inspiring. You have learned so much and do a great job. This book would be a welcome addition to my blog world.

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19 Marla June 28, 2011 at 10:38 am

That is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read! I feel the same way when I look at my kids. Thankfully these days I am able to catch things as I see them. Not always, but most of the time. Grab as many images of your daughter as you can. It will be so worth it to be able to look back on them as time goes on. Believe it or not some of my favorite photos of my kids have been quick ones I take with my phone & post on Instagram. There is something about an unplanned, spontaneous shot that is priceless.

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20 Dana June 28, 2011 at 7:46 am

Marla, it is truly amazing to see how far you have come in such a short time. Your works is really lovely. I love Helene too!

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21 Vedette June 28, 2011 at 7:50 am

These photos are amazing and very mouthwatering.

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22 Vallerie Perrault June 28, 2011 at 7:53 am

My greatest photography inspiration is other people’s delight whether it be on their face in a photo, on their face when looking at or receiving a photo or their pride in me for investing in and learning about the photography world. Sharing my photos with others is my greatest inspiration to take them!

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23 Marla June 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

Vallerie, that is beautiful! Isn’t it amazing how touching it is to see other peoples reactions to photography. That is what it is all about. Finding that spark and igniting the passion. Keep sharing those photos and putting smiles on faces.

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24 chelsea June 28, 2011 at 7:56 am

I love wonderful pictures of food but can’t quite get their on my own.

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25 Marla June 28, 2011 at 8:05 am

Then I bet a book like this can help you get there Chelsea! Keep practicing :)

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26 Marla June 28, 2011 at 10:30 am

You will Chelsea, just keep practicing, find the light & click away!

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27 Melissa Martin June 28, 2011 at 8:03 am

I’m inspired by the photos on several great food blogs including yours, Pioneer Woman and Bakerella. I’m struggling to improve my skills in photography.

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28 Marla June 28, 2011 at 10:29 am

Hi Melissa, ahhh you have listed some greats. I am honored to be included in that line up.

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29 Melissa Martin June 28, 2011 at 8:04 am

I re-tweeted about the giveaway!

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30 Molly Chester June 28, 2011 at 8:05 am

Gorgeous! Loved this. Tartlette has such a fresh look to her work. As do you!

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31 Melissa Martin June 28, 2011 at 8:06 am

I’m following you on Twitter

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32 Melissa Martin June 28, 2011 at 8:07 am

I’m following SweetTartlette on Twitter

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33 MikeVFMK June 28, 2011 at 8:10 am

I would love this book, unfortunately I live north of the border. However, I do live south of Minnesota. Hmm. I will just admire from a distance.

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34 Sanjeeta kk June 28, 2011 at 8:13 am

Follow you on twitter.

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35 Melissa Martin June 28, 2011 at 8:14 am

I stumbled this post

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36 Sanjeeta kk June 28, 2011 at 8:14 am

Love the wonderful pictorial journey. I follow Helene on twitter.

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37 Melissa Martin June 28, 2011 at 8:14 am

I follow you on RSS

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38 Heidi @ Food Doodles June 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

I would love to win this book! I have so much to learn. And I’m planning on buying it in the near future so winning it would be amazing!

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39 Heidi @ Food Doodles June 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

I subscribe by rss!

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40 Crystal's Cozy Kitchen June 28, 2011 at 8:24 am

I’m inspired by you and all other food bloggers who take great photographs. I’m trying to learn how to take a better photo.

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41 Marla June 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

Thanks Crystal! There is sure a wonderful amount of inspiration out there.

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42 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] June 28, 2011 at 8:30 am

Stellar photos, Marla! You’ve definitely come a long way since the beginning. Your photos will only get better and better, which they already are. :)

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43 Marla June 28, 2011 at 10:03 am

Thanks Allison, it is kinda funny putting everything out there for the world to see all the time. Cool though!

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44 Heather @ Heather's Dish June 28, 2011 at 8:44 am

My favorite photographer is jasmine star…even though she does primarily weddings and people her pictures are insanely beautiful!

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45 Marla June 28, 2011 at 10:03 am

Heather I just took a look at Jasmine Star’s photography. You are right she is an inspiration. Her wedding photos are beautiful. She is also located in the OC near me! Thanks for sharing :)

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46 Angela FRS June 28, 2011 at 8:49 am

I am fairly new to food photography and would love, love, love to learn from this book.

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47 Marla June 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

Angela, for newbies or seasoned photographers this book is the greatest handbook ever!

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48 Angela FRS June 28, 2011 at 8:49 am

I follow you on Twitter and FB.

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49 Angela FRS June 28, 2011 at 8:50 am

I follow Sweet Tartelette on Twitter.

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50 Angela FRS June 28, 2011 at 8:50 am

I have Stumbled this post.

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51 Mrs. Z June 28, 2011 at 8:53 am

My biggest photography inspiration is other food bloggers. I still have quite a bit to learn about how to take good food pictures, so this book would be very helpful!

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52 Marla June 28, 2011 at 10:25 am

Hi Mrs. Z. Food bloggers are exceptional folks in so many ways & I love ‘em too :)

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53 MH June 28, 2011 at 9:21 am

I want to learn how to get the most out of my camera… and how to set up a proper lighting station.

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54 Sarah @ pão e queijo June 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

My dream is to capture photos the way they I imagine them, the way I set up the food. It’s so difficult! Great food blogs like yours are truly an inspiration.

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55 Marla June 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

Thanks Sarah! And it is readers like you who inspire me to do my best. I love setting up the stage for food photos. It amazes me each time how a different mood can be staged with the subject, colors, lighting etc. It has taken gobs of practice to get where I am now, but with dedication I believe anything at all is possible! Keep going in your pursuits…..you will get that image and find that dream :)

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56 Elisa June 28, 2011 at 9:47 am

I’m constantly working on my photography. This book sounds like a great addition to my collection. I would love to better photograph the wide variety of food my son eats and him eating it!

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57 Elisa June 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

I already subscribe to ur emails!

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58 TidyMom June 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

I’ve been dying to get my hands on this little gem!!! I’m SO inspired by Helen’s work! It would be such a treasure!

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59 alex June 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

i love making food look delish!

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60 TidyMom June 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

I just tweeted!

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61 TidyMom June 28, 2011 at 10:01 am

I follow you on Twitter

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62 TidyMom June 28, 2011 at 10:02 am

I follow Helene on twitter too!

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63 dana June 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

I am a photographer…but only of people. I love food and reading foodie blogs and am always captivated by the images many food bloggers post and I absolutely want to learn a bit more about this “commercial” type of photography :) Thanks for the chance to win the book, it looks great!!

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64 Marla June 28, 2011 at 10:23 am

Dana, your images are beautiful! It is amazing how food comes alive we we photograph it. I actually play music when I shoot to boost the inspiration & get the food to behave nicely ;) You will learn so much with this book about the non-human subjects.

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65 dana July 5, 2011 at 8:34 am

Thx for checking them out, Marla :) I am just back online after the weekend away…did you post a winner? If so, I will have to order the book :) Thx for sharing!!

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66 dana June 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

I now follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter :)

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67 dana June 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

I now follow @SweetTartelette on Twitter
:)

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68 dana June 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

I did Stumble this post

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69 dana June 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

I already do subscribe to Family Fresh Cooking via e-mail
:)

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70 Amy @ A Little Nosh June 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

I am a TERRIBLE food photographer, yet I have a food blog. I’d love to be able to improve it.

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71 Marla June 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

Hey Amy……go easy on yourself, OK? Answer me this….Are you having fun as a food blogger? I bet the answer is a big yes! That counts for a lot girl. I see large amounts of passion on your blog and you do a great job over there. Keep up with the food photography & it is destined to improve with time. We are all improving with time & that is a great thing!

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72 Lucy June 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

Love your pics and your food styling – it’s a journey – everyday something new to learn – which is why I love what we do!

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73 Marla June 28, 2011 at 10:40 am

Lucy, I love our daily journey of self discovery & enlightenment. Gosh, I feel blessed. Can’t wait to see the photos & everything in your book. Very exciting times girl!

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74 Squash Blossom Babies June 28, 2011 at 10:43 am

My daughter inspires me to take better pictures! The pictures I take just do not do her justice! :)

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75 Daydreamer Desserts June 28, 2011 at 10:54 am

Great minds think alike… I too have my Plate to Pixel giveaway going on right now. Love how you took us through the evolvement of your food photography and styling, you’ve obviously have learned a thing or two. ;) xo

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76 Lindsay C June 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

I tweeted about your contest.

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77 Lindsay C June 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

I am now following you on twitter. I hope to win the book!

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78 Kari H. June 28, 2011 at 11:20 am

My husband has been wanting to take photography classes so I think this would be great for him.

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79 Kari H. June 28, 2011 at 11:20 am

I am following you on Twitter (@lch2004).

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80 Kari H. June 28, 2011 at 11:21 am
81 Kari H. June 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

I am following Sweet Tartelette on Twitter (@lch2004).

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82 Kari H. June 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

I am an email subscriber.

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83 Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen June 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

I want this book so I can improve my photography skills! I have so much to learn and don’t have the budget for classes right now, this book would be a fabulous replacement :)

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84 Marla June 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

Lauren, though hands on workshops are ideal this book is great too. I learn best with a combo of both. P to P really drives it all home & keeps the learning all in one place. I refer to it while taking photos all the time. A teacher alway at the ready.

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85 Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen June 28, 2011 at 11:49 am

I am subscribed :)

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86 Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen June 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

I am following both of you on Twitter @LilYellowKitchn

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87 Emily Flippin Maruna June 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

I have a blog called The Handmade Experiment and whilst I usually am photographing little girls in clothing I’ve made, I do sometimes have a recipe to share as well. My photography skills are frightfully lacking. I’m hoping this book could help me! Thanks for the opportunity.

http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com

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88 Marla June 29, 2011 at 6:18 am

Thanks for sharing Emily! This book could help you no matter what you photograph ;)

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89 Nancy@acommunaltable June 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm

So much fun to see how your photography has evolved Marla – it is very reassuring that not everyone who has gorgeous, professional quality photos on their blogs started out that way!!!
Helene is indeed an inspiration – her blog was one of the first ones I read and her photography is breathtaking!!

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90 Nancy@acommunaltable June 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I follow you on twitter!

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91 Katrina June 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Love this giveaway! I’ve been wanting this book for a while. I love your photos too. YOU need to write/create a book!!

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92 Katrina June 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I follow you on facebook!

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93 Meredith June 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Photography inspirations are my kids and also food.

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94 Meredith June 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I just subscribed to RSS

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95 aida mollenkamp June 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Thanks for sharing all your photos — seeing how far you’ve come and what a passion photography has become for you is inspiring!

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96 Fallon June 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I could definitely use this book. I purchased a DSLR last Christmas for myself and I need something that will help me work with it more. We all have to start somewhere!

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97 Maris(In Good Taste) June 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I want my pictures to look as good as yours!

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98 Jaynee June 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I want my pictures to tell a story that lasts a lifetime….

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99 Marla June 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Jaynee, now that us a great purpose. How about a lifetime & beyond…….

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100 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I ordered mine on Amazon last week and it came and I have been *loving* it! So much. I am actually getting ready to post my review of it.

So you are going to Evo. Awesome! If i wasnt going to Mexico, I’d be there.

Why do all the good trips have to overlap?! Todd & Diane, Helene, etc all there….but Mexico wont be too shabby either.

And your photography has, is, and continues to shoot for the stars as you wrote and the results are breath-taking!

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101 Marla June 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Averie, isn’t it the BEST?! Amazing how much you can learn from one book when it is a subject you LOVE so much. I know, these days there are so many great events all the time. You will have a blast and learn bunches with Penny de la Santos though in Mexico! xo

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102 caroline June 28, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Wow- what a great opportunity. I hope my pictures capture the essence of the moment, so that someone who looks at them is instantly transported to that moment of time. and i would absolutely love to get a chance to have “from plate to pixel” so i can read up on how to improve my food photography skills!!

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103 Brett June 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm

The book would be a great source of artistic inspiration. Great giveaway.

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104 Brett June 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter.

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105 Brett June 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I follow @SweetTartelette on Twitter.

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106 Amanda Thompson June 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I would love to be able to take photos half as gorgeous as yours or Helene’s ~ I think this book would help get me on the right track!

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107 Marla June 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Thanks Amanda…you are so sweet :)

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108 Amanda Thompson June 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I subscribe to FFC via email :)

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109 Roxana GreenGirl June 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Marla, all your photos are stunning. I don’t think someone could say Helene’s photos are anything perfect. I wish mine were at least half as beautiful as yours.

The book is the best photography manual so far. So happy I got my own copy, can’t wait to finish reading it and putting my knowledge to practice :)

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110 Susan June 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I’ve been glued to a camera for as long as I can remember, but am still trying to figure out how to make food look as beautiful as you and Helene do. I need that book! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

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111 Heather Brandt June 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I’d like the book because I am a photographer trying to start a biz and food is so central to my life (trying to survive being gluten-free, dairy-free, and more since my son is almond free, soy-free & eggs-free, too) that I need to improve my food photography so I can blog more about food on my photography blog (to stretch me beyond my comfort zone, portraits of people!)

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112 Jeanette June 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Marla,
Your photography has been so inspiring to me. I have been working on my food photography and it has become quite an obsession, in between shuffling the kids around! I would love to see Helene’s food photography book as I have so much more to learn!

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113 Joelen June 28, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I feel like I’ve certainly come a long way in my food photography but I know I have still so much to learn. I’d love to have this book to really use my camera more effectively along with lighting and food styling. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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114 Joelen June 28, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I tweeted about your giveaway w/links! (@WC_Chicago)

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115 Joelen June 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter (@WC_Chicago)

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116 Joelen June 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I follow @SweetTartelette on Twitter (@WC_Chicago)

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117 Joelen June 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I stumbled this page! (Joelen on Stumble)

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118 Joelen June 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I subscribed to your RSS feed

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119 sophia June 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I’ve loved food photography since a long time ago, but I think the first one I stumbled upon and loved was Steamy Kitchen. In fact, her xiao long bao is my screensaver. :-)

I can totally tell you’re type A by the perfect design and pictures on your blog. I wish I had half your talent!

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120 Leah June 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I want the book so I can learn to take better photos on my blog!

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121 sophia June 28, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Tweeted!

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122 sophia June 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I already follow you on Google. :-)

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123 Leah June 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Just added your blog to my rss feed. Nice blog!

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124 Barbara Bakes June 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I have heard so many great things about Helene’s book. I’d love to win it, but if not, I’m sure I’ll buy it.

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125 Barbara Bakes June 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I follow you on Twitter.

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126 Barbara Bakes June 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I follow Helene on Twitter

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127 Barbara Bakes June 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I stumbled your post.

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128 Steve G. June 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I’d love this book. I need all the help I can get with my camera. Thanks for the giveaway. Be Blessed!!!

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129 Quyen - Kitchen Runway June 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I’m inspired everyday to take better photos and improve – I would love to add this to my collect because there’s always room to grow.

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130 Quyen - Kitchen Runway June 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I follow you on twitter.

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131 Quyen - Kitchen Runway June 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I follow @SweetTartelette on Twitter.

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132 Clea June 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I subscribed via email.

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133 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit June 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I’m inspired by all of the gorgeous food photography I see on your blog and on others. In my summer off, I’d love to learn more about my camera and how to use it. Lighting kills me

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134 Clea June 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm

The joy of capturing a delicious meal with my camera and actually doing the food and the moment justice, allowing for a bit of energy, spontaneity and surprise or the hint of the story behind the food and the photos – these are the reasons that I would love to own this book. Thank you!

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135 yummychunklet June 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm

When I take a photo, I always want the viewer to say, “I want to eat that now!” Ha!

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136 Sawsan@chef in disguise June 28, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Already following on facebook but sadly not eligable for the giveaway..
I really should get me a copy of that book
I have been blogging for 4 months and really hope to get as good as you some day :)

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137 Faith June 29, 2011 at 2:49 am

I love this post, Marla. You are awesome for sharing some of your earliest pics with us…and I have to say, they look amazing compared to my earliest pics, lol! You’re right though, that gives us lots of room for improvement. ;) And I have to say, your photography skills shine through in your pics, which are gorgeous and always beautifully styled!

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138 chutneyandspice June 29, 2011 at 3:57 am

I shall definitely be ordering a copy, what a great sounding book and she has obviously been a real inspiration to you, and you create beautiful photographs. Thank you for sharing your journey.

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139 Clair June 29, 2011 at 4:37 am

My sister is my inspiration. She’s an amateur…taught by her husband…and she just captures the most beautiful moments.

This is a great giveaway!

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140 Marla June 29, 2011 at 5:01 am

Clair, that is so cool that your sis is such a great inspiration. It is fun to have such talented people close by and at the ready to teach us new skills.

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141 Liz - Meal Makeover Mom June 29, 2011 at 4:44 am

Were you reading my mind? I have wanted a copy of this book ever since it came out. And of course, you know what a HUGE fan I am of your blog and your photography. Amazing :) I tweeted your giveaway!

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142 Marla June 29, 2011 at 5:00 am

Thanks Liz! Your great energy, knowledge, personality & commitment to great health are a great inspiration to me too. Remember….I want to shoot your next book ;)

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143 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum June 29, 2011 at 4:55 am

My greatest photography inspiration/encouragement is my husband. He takes great pictures, knows a lot about many types of DSLR cameras, is my constant photoshop tutor, and most importantly … tells me to keep trying when I get frustrated with my photos. :) He’s a keeper.

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144 Marla June 29, 2011 at 4:59 am

Lindsey, you are so very lucky to have such a great support. It is amazing when our significant others can teach us such awesome skills. My husband is a tech guru so he handles all the admin & tech stuff on my blog. Would be nowhere without his skills ;)

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145 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum June 29, 2011 at 4:55 am

Also, I tweeted this giveaway.

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146 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum June 29, 2011 at 4:55 am

Also, I follow you on Twitter!

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147 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum June 29, 2011 at 4:56 am

One more – I follow @sweettartlette on twitter!

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148 daynajquick June 29, 2011 at 5:24 am

Thank you for bringing this book to my attention. I need it! :-) I am now following you on twitter @marlameridith. Excellent!

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149 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 29, 2011 at 5:24 am

I’ve been looking for a book like this! thanks so much Marla, I think I’m going to buy one :)

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150 daynajquick June 29, 2011 at 5:26 am

And I am know following the author (thought I was already! :-/ ?) @sweettartelette! Thanks again for this give away. I loved seeing the progression of your photography skills. Hope for me!

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151 Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious.com June 29, 2011 at 5:29 am

I follow you on Twitter!

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152 Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious.com June 29, 2011 at 5:31 am

My biggest challenge in blogging is the photography! The truth is, after I make the food, I just dread the photo part, because I am never happy with the result. I need the inspiration from this book, oh yeah.

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153 Marla June 29, 2011 at 6:10 am

Oh no, you dread the photo part?! We must change that. This book will help you get over those feelings. Really.

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154 daynajquick June 29, 2011 at 5:38 am

Just tweeted from @beautyiswhatudo!: Love food, luv photography-still have lots 2 learn abt both! Plate to Pixel by @SweetTartelette giveaway @MarlaMeridith http://su.pr/1TZ1Vs

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155 Marla June 29, 2011 at 6:11 am

Dayna, you are starting at the right spot if you all ready love food & photography. Award winning combination :)

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156 Kimby June 29, 2011 at 6:03 am

Hi, Marla!
You’ve been on my blog roll since day one. :) Loved your photo journey and keep up the good work! Your recipes and photos inspire me!
~ Kim

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157 Marla June 29, 2011 at 6:12 am

Awwww, thanks so much Kimby. Since day 1? I am truly touched. xo

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158 Kimby June 29, 2011 at 6:05 am

Just subscribed and don’t know why I didn’t before now! As for why this book would mean so much to me, I love food, I love the challenge of portraying food in an artistic way, and I don’t have a clue how to utilize my digital camera to it’s fullest! :)
Thanks!
~ Kim

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159 Beth June 29, 2011 at 8:59 am

I can’t enter because I’m Canadian, but good luck to the others! This sounds like a wonderful book. Your photos look so great.

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160 Cajun Chef Ryan June 29, 2011 at 9:03 am

I get inspiration from the various shapes of food and then being able to work in low light situations, the challenge keeps me going. The book would be an added inspiration for my photography skills can always use some help.

Bon appetit!
CCR
=:~))

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161 HeatherChristo June 29, 2011 at 9:52 am

Marla, reading that post totally inspires me to want to be a better photographer. It is really hard! I have been doing the food photography for a year, so I guess it is time to step it up!

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162 Samantha Jean June 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Having this book would be really helpful towards me. I was in Afghanistan through the holidays last year (only a lovely deployment the Marine Corps decided to send me on) and I spent my days reading food blogs from start to finish – like biographies into people’s lives. I fell in love. Cooking and baking is my passion – it brightens my day. I knew I wanted to write a food blog myself… so I came back to the states and started. I enjoyed it, throroughly… but the only thing I didn’t enjoy? Taking the pictures. They were really horrible. I think if you have horrible pictures, no one wants to check out your blog – so I never had a good outcome on readers. I ended my blog at the beginning, but each time I want to do it again, but then I’m reminded of my photography skills. I would really love to learn to take photos correctly, and allowing other people to enjoy my photography (hopefully I can become as good as you!)

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163 Marla June 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Samantha – you rockstar you! First of all you served in Afghanistan, secondly you helped yourself get through a tough time reading food blogs. LOVE that! With practice & awareness of photography essentials you will get there. You are wanting, deserving and open to great things. By the way, thank you bunches for serving out country :) xo

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164 Samantha Jean June 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Also, I subscribed to familyfreshcooking via RSS feed.

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165 Cookin' Canuck June 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I loved seeing your photography journey – you really do take beautiful photos, my friend. I already own a copy of Helene’s book, so count me out for the giveaway. However, I wanted to re-iterate what you said – this book is so helpful. There are plenty of photo examples, along with clear instructions. Not only that, but Helene is a very down-to-earth, kind person.

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166 Marla June 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Hi Dara, thanks for your sweet words. I respect you immensely & you too take beautiful photos. Not to mention you do AMAZING recipe development. Heck, you make a great grill buddy too. Can’t wait to see both you and Helene next week at evo :) xo

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167 Jennifer June 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I would absolutely love this book. I so want to learn how to take great pictures like you and Helene. You both add so much depth to the photos, while mine just seem to lay flat.

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168 Lana June 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I retweeted the giveaway as @Bibberche

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169 Lana June 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I have been following you for a while as @Bibberche

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170 Lana June 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I have been following @Sweettartelette as @Bibberche

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171 Lana June 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I would love to have this book as I have been reading Helene’s blog for years. I admire her sense of style and would appreciate some pointers to help me develop my own.

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172 Marla June 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Lana, dang does that girl have a sense of style or what!! We could all use a lil’ bit of that.

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173 The Prudent Homemaker June 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I have been wanting Helene’s book since she first mentioned it. As a food photographer with a $0 budget for food, I can’t buy the book, either. I would love to win!

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174 Marla June 29, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Oh yes, the cost of the book is worth thousands of dollars of classes. And you will learn way more from a $20 book. Guaranteed.

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175 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com June 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm

A great review and giveaway! I love Helene’s work and yours as well. The photos conveys a beautiful story. I almost met Helene, but could attend FoodBlogForum Orlando at the very last minute. Better luck next time for me :D

ps: I am already following you on Twitter :)

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176 Marla June 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Kiran, sounds like Helene has many wonderful workshops on the horizon. I bet you will be able to meet her soon. I would love to meet you too!

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177 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I never cared too much about photography until 2 months ago when I started blogging. Then I learned about sites like foodgawker, and blogs like yours and others – and the competitive side came out, and I want to be able to do that too. I have a lot to learn, but have also come a long way. Can’t imagine where I will be a year from now!

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178 Marla June 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Erin so much happens in a year. Really I can vouch for that! What do you mean “competitive side?” I know nothing of that?! LOL
This type A gal loves competition. Anything healthy compete stuff that brings me & other folks to higher levels of living is FUN!! Let’s both dream of where we will be next year :)

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179 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I tweeted

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180 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I follow Marla on twitter

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181 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I follow Tartlette on twitter

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182 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I stumbled this post

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183 Tammy June 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Oh man, I have been taking photos of food for years. I’ve noticed a lot of progression from making changes on my own, but as soon as I heard about this book I was hoping I could get it. Food is my favorite (photography) subject, and I’ve been looking forward to learning more!

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184 peachkins June 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I so like that book. I am in love with food photography and getting this book will mean so much learning and growth!

I know I can’t join this because I’m not form the US.. just commenting. I love love love your food photos too! Do you have a book yet?

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185 Marla June 30, 2011 at 5:06 am

Hi Peachkins, I do not have a book yet. You guys will know as soon as one is in the pipeline. I suspect in the next year or so, we’ll see :)

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186 Alyssa June 30, 2011 at 3:41 am

I bounce between food blogs every morning and it’s so very interesting to see different people’s styles of displaying their food creations. I never really thought about how food could be art until I was introduced to the food-blogger world.
I’d love to be a part of it and contribute, but I haven’t the slightest iddea where to start. This book seems inspiring for novices and experts alike.

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187 Marla June 30, 2011 at 5:08 am

Alyssa, before I started my blog I appreciated the beauty of a food photo but certainly did not study and critique it the way I do now. It is amazing how artful each aspect is. Now I am addicted. Yes, Plate to Pixel is a great read for any level of photographer. Besides, the photos are gorgeous!

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188 Angie June 30, 2011 at 6:24 am

I try to take most of my inspiration from magazines like the photos from myrecipes.com that are recipe reprints from mags, martha, betty crocker and southern living. I check foodgawker, tastespotting, and my fav blogs like yours too.

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189 Marla June 30, 2011 at 6:29 am

I am with you Angie, I get my inspiration from everywhere! You take beautiful photos :) You inspire me too.

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190 kate June 30, 2011 at 6:30 am

I need help with food styling, your photos are gorgeous!

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191 Cindy June 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I’d love to win this book to help learn to take better pictures of food in my little kitchen that has minimal natural light. I’d like to learn more about how to work with the tools that I have to make dishes really POP in the photos!

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192 Susie June 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I was just checking this book out on Amazon a little while ago. Definitely a book I need. Just getting into food blogging and need help and advice with the pictures. By the way, any other books you fellow bloggers would recommend? I have been looking at “Will Write for Food” on Amazon too. Any suggestions?

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193 Marla June 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Susie, “Will Write for Food” is a great choice. I collect many cookbooks and magazines that inspire me. I am also always checking out other peoples blogs for the latest recipes and photos. Foodgawker and Tastespotting will also help you learn how to compose a great shot. Just keep your eyes peeled yo everything around you :)

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194 Sunny June 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I want this book so badly as I know I need some food photography help! I want to go from “oh that’s nice” to full on food 3x. Hah!

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195 Marla June 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Nice Sunny, I love that way of thinking!

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196 Sunny June 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I stumbled this post.

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197 Sunny June 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Following you on Twitter…

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198 Sunny June 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

….and following SweetTartelette!

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199 Sunny June 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

And I love seeing you in my RSS feed :D

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200 Rachael June 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I love capturing every day moments with my family, they are my inspiration. I also really want to learn more about food photography, and this book seems AMAZING!

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201 Chrissy July 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm

tweeted your giveaway!

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202 Chrissy July 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm

following on twitter

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203 Chrissy July 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I like you on FB!

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204 Chrissy July 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I am subscribed via RSS/Google Reader

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205 Chrissy July 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I had a great Photography mentor at a young age. She would take me to all sorts or places like the zoo, botanical gardens, the beach, you name it! I feel in love with it. Up until Lauren and I started http://www.fromthelittleyellowkitchen.com, I hadn’t kept up with the photography, so now getting back into it, there is SO much to learn, re-learn and master! This book would be so helpful! Thanks for the giveaway!

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206 Megan July 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

I love Tartlettt and would love to have her book. I need all the help I can get and who better to teach me? Besides you of course. Your pictures rock too. :)

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207 Megan July 2, 2011 at 9:25 am

I stumbled

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208 Megan July 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

I follow you on Twitter!

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209 Megan July 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

I follow Tartlett too!

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210 Megan July 2, 2011 at 9:28 am

I subscribe to your feed.

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211 Tracy July 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I am inspired by beautiful food and photos and Helene’s are certainly among those that I find most inspiring. I would love to have her book and learn more about what inspires her and how she translates that to her photos.

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212 Tracy July 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Following you on Twitter (@saladgoddess).

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213 Tracy July 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm

@saladgoddess already following @sweettartelette on twitter

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