She loves salt…he’s just plain salty. Welcome to Our Salty Kitchen!
Her, Him, and The Food…
She is a bossy, wine-loving former event planner turned photoshoot producer and food stylist.
He is a sarcastic, IPA-drinking photographer and photo editor.
We’re both foodies. Yeah, we said it. We love food. But we also love our health, and the health of our planet, and are consequently conscientious omnivores. We wholly subscribe to Michael Pollen’s philosophy to “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”. As much as we can, we source local and sustainable animal products from farmers that we trust, consume seasonal fruits and vegetables, and (try to) grow our own in our little backyard garden. That being said, we’re humans too! So we’ll occasionally indulge in sweet confections laden with white sugar and gluten. Regardless of their components, the recipes you see posted on this site are meals, snacks, and sweets that we consume on a daily/weekly/seasonal basis, cooked in our kitchen, then typically shoved straight into our gullets.
Our approach to food is very simple. Delicious doesn’t need to be complicated. Our recipes are developed from local, in-season ingredients that you too can find at your local farmer’s market, health food store or grocery store. Because everyone’s tastes are unique, we try to create recipes that are customizable to your palette and lifestyle. Many recipes include suggestions to make it paleo, grain-free, vegetarian and sometimes vegan. If you have a question about a recipe, please ask!
We live in the Washington, DC metro area with our two kiddos (Kid A, who’s 7, and Kid 2.0, born in summer ’16), a dog, two cats, and a freezer stuffed with film. In addition to the food and drinks we love, these other loves will probably show up from time to time.
Cameron is a professional commercial photographer and photo editor with over a decade in the business. He knows his stuff, and loves to talk about the art of creating photos…sometimes a little too much! We’ll occasionally share technical specs (camera, lens, settings, lighting) on how an image was created so that
Danielle can get a break from hearing about it our readers can learn as much about food photography as they do about food.
Love an image? Want to use it?
First check and see if it’s available at our portfolio on Stocksy United, where the majority of our food images are syndicated. You can also send us an email and let us know how you’d like to use the image(s) and we can talk a bit more. In general, if you’d like to share an image along with our recipe…we’d love that! Just send us a note and we’ll respond right away.
Cameron could go on and on…and on…and on about gear – seriously (check out the photography podcast Cameras or Whatever he co-hosts with fellow gear geek Tyler Stalman if you don’t believe me!). But when it comes down to it, there are two essential tools you need to create great food photography – a decent camera body and a few lenses. Oh, and the occasional reflector.
With three digital cameras and a dozen or so film bodies, it’s hard to pick just one, but Cameron most often reachers for the Nikon D750 when shooting food. It’s an incredibly ergonomic and compact camera body, including a swivel back, which is invaluable for overhead shots. For the extreme nerd, the D750 also has wifi capability, which allows focus and shooting control from your iPhone. He packs three lenses for food: (1) Sigma Art 35mm ƒ1.4; (2) Sigma Art 50mm ƒ1.4; and (3) Nikon 105mm ƒ2.8 VR. All three of these lenses are super fast, and offer unparalleled sharpness and close-focus capabilities. We’ll get into the nitty gritty how and when to use each in our forthcoming eBook. Because he’s a natural light
snob purist when it comes to shooting food, he’ll occasionally use a reflector if the subject and conditions require it. His current favorite is the Lastolite Triflector.
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