When I started blogging nearly eight years ago (Really? Wow.), I didn't know my own motives. It was a place where I could drain the humors that build up: Poolings of creative juices, upwellings of joy, occasional outbursts of rage. Before long I came to understand that blogging was about community. This was before Facebook opened to the masses and Twitter was even a thing, much less Instagram, Pinterest and the rest. As bloggers, we found each other by clicking through from comments and blogrolls. It seems almost laughably primitive today. (Does anyone maintain a blogroll anymore? Is commenting dead?)
So it is that I've mantained friendships with OG food bloggers like Amy, Elise, Heidi, Lydia, Kalyn and others, and picking up new ones along the way. Folks like Michael, Irvin, Genie and John have become among our nearest and dearest. And don't forget my fellow NaBloPoMovians Nicole, Sabrina, Amanda, Renee and the aforementioned Irvin.
Sometimes that community manifests benefits in unexpected ways. Like when Ben started working for Foodie by Glam, and suddenly you get invited to cool events. One of those events was this past Tuesday at Flour + Water.
For starters, the lovely and talented Danielle Tsi gave a few of us a primer on food photography principles, with an eye on shooting in restaurant environments. Then, the restaurant brought up a few dishes and we were free to rock the shutter.