Canon 5D Mark II , Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens, 1/10 sec at f/8, ISO 100

As some of you may already know, I’m moving to Seattle next month. It’s been crazy … I have a ton of work piled up that I need to do and my brain is cooked (no pun intended). :) I handle change pretty well, but one thing that is really, really difficult is that “when to pack what” moment. I had one of those “oh crap” moments this weekend.

I love food. I love cooking it, photographing it and, of course, eating it. Now, I don’t always eat amazing meals every day. Being single, and living alone, most of the time I go pretty simple with my food, but when I do cook I usually get pretty fancy. So on Saturday I decided that I was going to cook up a hearty meal … steak, topped with blue cheese and some sweet caramelized onions, and a side of steamed asparagus finished in a hot pan of bacon bits and grease. I was also packing, and had run into a dilemma … I really didn’t want to pack up any of my food photography gear, cause that would mean I had to wait a month before I could shoot anything else. So, so tragic.

My solution was to photograph my steak and go out with a solid “bang”. I hadn’t cooked it yet, but decided to have an early dinner so I would have enough light to work with (here’s a link to the “behind-the-scenes” photo for this shoot). So what you see in the photo above is a fully-edible dinner, “styled” only so that it was plated nicely. Overall I’m really pleased with how the photo turned out, and photographing this “last supper”, so to speak, made me feel a little bit more comfortable packing up my food photography and styling tools.