The Last Supper

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The Last Supper

By |2018-07-14T17:58:09+00:00August 15th, 2011|Categories: Photography|Tags: , |5 Comments

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. 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.

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Glen August 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Thank You so much for teaching us. Ending vacation a day early to read your book. The neighbor said it came today. Yea!

  2. Burt August 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Will you marry me? I would love to eat your food! Of course my wife of 39 years might have an issue with me making the change, but we can work that out, can’t we? :)

    Just got your book today from Amazon. First glance has me drooling already. Going to give a try to some of your ideas over the next month.

    Thanks for teaching us so much with your blog entries and “2 minute tips.” Those made your book impossible to skip.

  3. Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY August 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Hi Nicole, I just picked up your book today at B&N. I was just browsing at the time and the cover photo really caught my attention. I’m looking forward to reading it.

    Glad I popped over, your site is a pleasure to browse. Enjoy your weekend.

  4. James September 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    I just my copy for your book today. The first quick look is good. I am sure that it will help me get better taking food photos.

  5. Melissa Skorpil July 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Great shot Nicole! I was researching “Last Supper” for a post I’m writing and your food photography came up. What a pleasant surprise. Love the fresh color. So realistic.

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