Friday, December 10, 2010

Freelancing

As y'all know, I love food photography.

Over the three and a half years that I've been writing this blog, I've worked to develop my food photography skills as I've documented and shared our family recipes, as well as my own creations.

It has been a ton of fun for me - creating, developing, cooking, baking, photographing - then blogging and reading your comments and feedback. I have learned so much.

Last month, something wonderfully unexpected happened to me. I was asked if I'd be interested in making and photographing recipes for various marketing/social media campaigns.

And, they wanted to pay me. Like in real money. To do what I love. I jumped up and down and ran into my husband's office and planted a smooch for the ages right on his lips.

Then I pulled myself together, put on my business hat, submitted a proposal, and after agreeing to terms, I was hired for my first freelance food photography job.

Which explains why I've been doing very little food blogging on here recently.

So, for the last month, I have been coating my kitchen in flour and sugar and butter and chocolate and whipped cream and a whole lot of other goodness - and photographing what I'm making and submitting my photos for publication.

It has been incredibly rewarding - both personally and financially.

One of the projects I've been working on is content for the Reclaiming Christmas Facebook page. Reclaiming Christmas has over 7,000 fans, and is growing every day. I'd explain it to you in my words, but it's already been said best:


In years past, you may have wanted nothing more than for the holiday season to be over, but we’re hoping this Christmas will rekindle your love of the holiday and help you find that there is more to Christmas than gifts, parties, and decorations—that the love of Jesus is all around us.

- Reclaiming Christmas




Of course, some of the best memories surrounding Christmas are centered around food - the baking that we do together, gathering around the table enjoying our family favorites, and sharing our favorite cookies with friends.

In the Reclaiming Christmas project, that's where I come in. I was asked to make and photograph some of the recipes that are featured on the Reclaiming Christmas Facebook page. Here are a couple of the shots I took that have already been featured.

Lori Copeland's Mom's Hot Rolls.


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Sirupsnippers - a recipe found in Lori Copeland's book "Unwrapping Christmas."


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The day I got the news that I would be hired for the work I'm doing, I excitedly shared the news with my friends and family. But, I wanted to share this with you all - the faithful readers of Short Stop - because without you, without your encouragement and honest feedback, without you coming to my blog and trying my recipes, I would never have had this opportunity.

You keep me going on days when I want to pack up this blog.

You are a big part of why I'm getting to do what I love - while contributing to my family's income.

You are one of the best parts of Short Stop.

I appreciate you all so very much.

13 comments:

  1. Sarah, that is such good news. Your photography is excellent, of food and otherwise as we've seen recently, and this job is such perfect for you, and them. Enjoy it all.

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  2. congrats, sarah! that is absolutely fantastic news, and so well-deserved!

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  3. That's fantastic news!! Way to go Sarah. You certainly have an eye for it. Glad somebody sought out your talent!

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  4. Congratulations! This is perfect for you. I'm thrilled!

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  5. Congratulations, my friend! So happy for you!!!

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  6. Congrats, Sarah. This is SO you. I'm so glad you can do something you love (mothering) while doing something you love (cooking/baking) while doing something you love (photography).

    Love, Em

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  7. so happy for you! you are amazing and this is the perfect opportunity for you!
    enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

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  8. what a fantastic oppurtunity sarah. i hope it is a stepping stone to much more!

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  9. Oh, Sarah - that is awesome! What a great fit and opportunity for you! God provides in mysterious ways sometimes, doesn't He? Can't wait to see what else you two are up to. =)

    I just wanted to tell you, too, that after saving for a really long time, I bought my first "real" camera this week. I took your recommendation and went with a Nikon - a D3100 package deal. I've been having fun the last few days, and hope to be shooting like a pro (you) soon!

    Merry Christmas!

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  10. Sarah that's fantastic news!!! Congrats to you and your family =) What a wonderful Christmas blessing. I just finished Lori Copeland's book Christmas Vows $5.00 Extra and it was so so cute, I loved it!

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