Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Easy As Pie

This one's all photos that tell a simple story . . . easy as pie.

 






Today's pictures are inspired by the book, Southern Pies by Nancie McDermott with photographs by Leigh Beisch. Please take a few moments and visit Leigh. Study her portfolio. 

During this pie photo session, I accidentally snapped a picture as I was moving things around to get set up. This out of focus picture, I nearly deleted, until I saw it through Leigh's eyes. Look at her personal work and you'll see what I mean. This "mistake," might just be my favorite photograph of the session . . . because it opened my eyes to the possibility that perfection might not be the goal.


I'm linking up with Kim Klassen today for Texture Tuesday.  Just a touch 2 adds light and texture to the life of pie. Thank you for sharing, Kim.

25 comments:

  1. Stunning. I agree - I like the blurry one too. I have to say, after playing with PS for so many years - I often like to alter the blurry ones. But my very fav is the side view with the black in the background - the one sitting on the tiered plate. WOW just beautiful. Reminds me on an old masters painting.

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  2. The "set-up" shots are beautiful but the out of focus shot tells the story. I wish I had the desire to make pies or the patience to make my own crusts, but I don't. My daughter is the baker, and soon she will be home to fill our house with delightful fragrances from her baking for Thanksgiving.

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  3. Oh my Donna, my mouth is watering not only with your images but of that apple pie. The props are just to die for, the tin with the words Table Talk oh my just wonderful. Each image has it's own character to it, honestly I would have thought they were out of a magazine. You are one top notch photographer. Now I am going to be thinking of apple pie the rest of the day.

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  4. you are absolutely correct - the pictures tell the story with no need for words...your beautiful images rely the pride and workmanship of not only creating a scrumptious pie but also a stunning vignette series...

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  5. Gorgeous photos...

    Ahhh yes, wouldn't all of life be wonderful, of perfection were not the only goal...

    Tessa~

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  6. i am loving your photography, and this seems different than most with a certain "darkness" in the light which i would love to learn how to do! now if only i could have a slice of that pie too, i'd be set ! gorgeous!!

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  7. The pie looks delicious! I agree with Barbara, your props are to die for! You have placed them wonderfully together and created images that belong in a cookbook. Have you ever thought about shooting photos for a cookbook? ... just a thought. :) Beautiful photos. I do like the blurry one too, the colors and shapes, life isn't always perfect and maybe our pictures don't need to be either... Have a great week!

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  8. A fantastic series, Donna - and I will look at Leigh's portfolio. Your photos are always so beautiful, and I love "the mistake" as well. I guess the pie was yummy...

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  9. Hi again Donna, oh yes I would LOVE that book you mentioned and I bookmarked it in my Wish List and I will get it around Christmas time : It makes me want to go to the Library and do a photo shoot and post about it, and I think they would let me do that and love it too :) thank you!! xo

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  10. Oh my! what wonderful images! Love the pewter plate

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  11. Not so easy as pie for some of us...LOL...I understood what you were doing from your photo's but trust me, I could not have done that...maybe with a bit of help from he Pillsbury people...your photo's are gorgeous, your house smells lovely and false and your mistake is just perfect...

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  12. Yum, my mouth is watering, your pie looks just delicious, Donna! I really LOVE all the set-up shots, you are so good at it! I don't have the patience and the talent for this kind of photos. :)

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  13. oh! what a lovely series with the apple pie as the star of the day! I love particularly the picture with the pie on the pewter plate... such a manor atmosphere, so dutch painting-like... great art Donna! and your apple pie looks so delicious...

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  14. As the fat and happy recipient of one of those apple pies, I'm glad to see the photos. I don't know how you managed to set up so many beautiful shots *and* bake the pies! It would be one or the other with me--either nice pictures (sort of) or a messy kitchen with food. I too love the Dutch-Old-Master influence in your work. It was hard to pick a favorite, but I think it's the pie on the pastry cloth. The circles and half-circles, light and dark, work so well. I looked at Leigh's blog--homemade donuts!--you're killing me with the food pictures!

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  15. These belong in a magazine, Donna! Very lovely, and yes, Leigh's portfolio was so worth the look-see! I've tried my hand at food, but never has anything looked as good as your images here! I want to thank you for visiting and leaving such an encouraging comment on my site, as well. Have a wonderful week!

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  16. Wow!! Your apple pie series is just beautiful Donna! I love your collection of old antique pieces, and I love the cake stand!! Spectacular photos!!!

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  17. They are ALL beautiful pictures! Wonderful antiques in your collection! Wonderful still-lifes, and bits of everyday life.

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  18. Thus is just the best series of photos. I adore that pie tin.

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  19. There are no words for how much I ADORE this series of photos. I think food photography is my favorite and you should definitely work in that field! That New England pie tin, swoon! The old pastry roller and your pastry cloth..every single detail is perfect. I just can't say enough how much I love this post!

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  20. Wonderful, wonderful Donna I love all of them but I know what you mean about the last image. To me it encapsulates the feeling that your images convey, beauty and peace.

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  21. Your photos are always a feast for the eyes and these are no exception! You are so inspiring!

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  22. Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!! And your pie looks mouthwatering...I can almost smell it! I am a fan of your style!

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  23. These are wonderful, Donna. Inspiring, warm, inviting! I want a triptych framed for my kitchen, lol! And I agree, the last photo definitely has a place with the others. Always a pleasure visiting you :) Blessings.

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  24. What patience, to set up and carry out such a complex photoshoot.
    And ending up with a family treat as well.

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