A few weeks ago we gathered in Utah to present at Evo Conference in stunning Park City . We presented at 2  photography  and 1 food styling workshop to some of the most amazing and generous attendees.  The setting in beautiful Park City was beyond beautiful and it was hard to not be inspired by all the community and support that the organizers at Mom It forward and Today’s Mama had set for everyone.

Part of why we love being part of the online community so much is because of the support that so many bloggers, writers and photographers have for one another.

We’re self taught photographers and early on in our photography career, it was tough to find the support and help from others. We’d often walk into camera stores or seek advice from local photographers and the responses were mostly cold and aloof. Collectively, the responses were along the lines of “It took me 30 years to learn all this and you need to go through the same learning process”.

After so many frustrated attempts, we worked even harder and became even more determined to learn everything ourselves.

Most importantly, we swore to never turn anyone away who needed help and to always remember to stay grounded, humble and offer assistance when asked.

As we gained more skills and experience, we helped others along the way with the little information that we had. Even the smallest bit of information that we had was valuable to someone else. Knowing that we were able to help someone was and is the best feeling. Ever.

This is our personal mantra, and during our food photography and food styling workshops at Evo Conference we had a simple request of the attendees.

We encouraged everyone to take the information that they learned from our workshops and to pass it on to 5 other people who needed help. To help make our community stronger, better and more informed as a group is the best way to pay it forward. If we all help each other succeed as a group, then in turn will succeed as individuals.

So taking from what we shared at our presentations, we ask the same of you all today.

Help someone with what you have now and pass it on to 5 other people who are seeking it. Whether it be material goods, inspiration, knowledge, information or a skill, share it with 5 other people around you.  This is a open chain letter that we hope you all will participate in and help our community grow as a group.

It’s always so wonderful to see our friends and everyone around us succeed and at the end of the day, we’re so much more gratified when we can cheer on everyone we care about.

Love, live and share.

hugs and love,

diane and todd

Thank you to everyone at Bushs BeansMom It Forward, Today’s Mama and Evo Conference for strengthening our community through love & inspiration.

Some images from our friends and rocking fellow bloggers: Kristen (Dine and Dish) and Jyl (Mom It Forward)

Diane shooting at food styling session. Above: Photo Credit: Jyl

Todd teaching lighting at food photography session. Above photo credit: Kristen

 

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iPhone Video #1: On Assignment with Penny – Chef Joanne Chang, Boston

by White on Rice Couple July 11, 2011
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On Assignment with Penny: Chef Joanne Chang, Myers + Chang
Video completely shot on iPhone

A photographer often dreams of traveling the world to document stories like our friend, food and culture photographer Penny De Los Santos. Geared up with a  camera strapped to her shoulder, a seasoned passport and a heart open to seeing the world in front of her, she travels on magazine assignments making photographs of food, people and the culture that »

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Freaking Good Home Made Blackberry Ice Cream & Stehly Organic Farms Story

by White on Rice Couple July 3, 2011
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Know the difference between an average blackberry and a Stehly Organic Farms blackberry? Amazement.  Pure eye-rolling amazement. As if Mother Nature herself reached down and handed you a blackberry and said, “Here. This is what a blackberry should be.”

Plump. They have a deep, round sweetness that is counterbalanced perfectly by the classic blackberry tang. But just a subtle tang, not enough to overstay its welcome and overshadow the flavor of the berry.

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My Summer Vacation, where I’m going to be fed

by White on Rice Couple May 16, 2011
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I haven’t taken a personal vacation in years. To be exact, it’s been two years and 9 months. To be even further precise, dramatic (and redundant), it’s been 1,015 days, which feels like a lifetime for me.

Every time Todd and I plan on a vacation, an opportunity arrives at our door step and we accept it, putting our personal vacation aside till next the next month. Our choice to take these gigs over vacation »

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Food Photography Manual by Matt Wright, Giveaway – 2 copies

by White on Rice Couple April 21, 2011
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We’re so proud of our amazing friend, Matt Wright of Wright Food. Not only is he a wonderful dad, husband, cook, blogger and charcuterie meister, Matt is a wonderful food photographer as well. His generosity and hard work are further obvious in his latest project for Japan’s devastating earthquake aid.

Matt has been working for months on a food photography manual, detailing is workflow, set-up, tips and tricks to his beautiful food photography.

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On Failure

by White on Rice Couple April 13, 2011
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It’s one of those months where some things just don’t seem to go right.

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What is Mezcal? Tasting Notes from Mexico

by White on Rice Couple April 8, 2011
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Mezcal. Beyond the worm…

Until recently I’ve never had much inclination to try mezcal. In the youthful and stupid years, we were more of a Jack Daniels crowd. Then as appreciation and a slightly more sophisticated palate developed, the worm-laden fire water Mezcal didn’t have much attraction. Or so I thought.

Fortunately, I’ve gotten a little less stupid over the years and have began to challenge my preconceptions. Many culinary nemesis are now favorites. “Why »

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What we’ve been up to…. in Mexico

by White on Rice Couple April 1, 2011
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With a few thousand images to filter through still, we’ll eventually get to our mega posts about our Mexico trip we just returned from. We’re excited to share with you what crazy eating adventures we’ve been up to at the Food and Wine Festival in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Mexico.

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Shooting the Chefs

by White on Rice Couple March 19, 2011
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Good people. A couple of our recent photo gigs have reminded me of why I diverged off of the University path to follow a life in food. I really like the type of people which gravitate to this industry.  They are good people.

One of these recent jobs was for the Terranea resort, shooting the chefs, interiors, and food of their signature restaurant mar’sel. In general, chefs don’t like have their photos taken. They are »

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The Whole Family Cookbok Promo Video

by White on Rice Couple February 21, 2011

How can you not love a family who’ve named their chickens “Kung Pao, Soup, Cacciatore.” ? These are our kind of people.

The “Kung Pao” family mentioned is none other than Michelle Stern of WhatsCookingWithKids.com and her lovely clan. We had a great time with them filming a promo for Michelle’s upcoming book, The Whole Family Cookbook.

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Happy Lunar New Year 2011!

by White on Rice Couple February 4, 2011
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It’s the year of the Rabbit/Cat 2011 ! Happy Lunar New Year to you all from San Francisco.

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Portrait of a Gourmand: Story of Allison & Son

by White on Rice Couple January 30, 2011
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Portrait of a Gourmand A gourmand is simply, someone who takes pleasure in food and eating. This is a continuing photographic series of gourmands, from all walks of life. There are many gourmands that inspire us in profound ways that make us experience and think about food differently. These portraits essays share their amazing stories.

You’re looking at two lovely and multi-talented people. Allison Day, founder of Sushiday.com, is a dancer and a web »

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Food Photography Shoot Out Event-Giveaway

by White on Rice Couple January 25, 2011
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*This giveaway has ended, thank you to all who have entered, it was vey very hard to choose. Rather than select only 2 people, we selected 8 and they have all been notified.  Your comments below will be put on our waiting list for next events!

Trust us, we understand the frustrations that many of you experience when photographing food.

Being self taught photographers, we struggled with many technical and creative issues related to food »

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Portrait of a Gourmand: Michael Procopio

by White on Rice Couple January 16, 2011
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Portrait of a Gourmand A gourmand is simply, someone who takes pleasure in food and eating. This is a continuing photographic series of gourmands, from all walks of life. There are many gourmands that inspire us in profound ways that make us experience and think about food differently. These portraits essays share their amazing stories.

Please welcome writer Michael Procopio, author of the witty  food blog: Food for The Thoughtless.

There are those »

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Michael Ruhlman Had Something to Say: The Dance

by White on Rice Couple January 14, 2011
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Michael had something to say again. Previously he shared personal thoughts about cooking and how to not be an asshole, then followed up with a second, eloquent insight on Chef Thomas Keller.

It’s hard not to be fascinated by Ruhlman’s ideas. Whether or not someone shares his views, his thoughts are provoking. We find ourselves drawn into his pensive mind and want to know more.  That is why we teamed up with him to do »

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Food Blog Camp 2011 & Dancing Video

by White on Rice Couple January 12, 2011
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We’re still buzzed with energy from last week’s Food Blog Camp at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico. There was plenty of beach time, pool hopping, margarita sipping and dancing at gorgeous Grand Velas Resort. Like we mentioned before, Food Blog Camp is a yearly event that we consider to be a workshop-vacation, or vice versa.

There’s always plenty of laughter, great conversation, good food and new friendships forged in Food Blog Camp events. »

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Koyasan, Japan

by White on Rice Couple January 2, 2011
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Retreats are often moments of personal time that we don’t often do enough for ourselves. When we planned our trip to Japan, a mountain retreat was instantly on our itinerary. On our memorable Japan trip, we took a few days to travel up to the secluded mountain of  Mt. Koya to stay at one of the Koyasans and the experience was amazing.

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A Thanksgiving Story – The Hungry Travelers Video

by White on Rice Couple November 24, 2010
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Many folks we know are thankful for a warm meal at Los Angeles Mission this Thanksgiving. We’re thankful for that, along with our families and dear friends.

What are you thankful for?

Hope you all have a warm, safe and terrific meal with loved ones. Everyone deserves such basic human compassion and sustenance.

-Todd & Diane


More Thanksgiving posts from our Fall Fest Friends:

  • Food Network:  Thanksgiving Bounty We’re Grateful For
  • Caron of San Diego
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Mu Haiku

by White On Rice Couple Photo November 7, 2010
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Haiku by Mu

Sunrise golden light,
Sorrows Shared.
Precious life goes on.

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The Fruit That Fell

by White On Rice Couple Photo October 31, 2010

 

Once a year, right when the Autumn air arrives and as the days become shorter, we make a trek to our favorite apple picking grounds in Solvang, California. We arrived late this year to find the orchards dotted with fallen fruit. But the fruit that still clung to their branches were sweet, crispy and absolutely wonderful to eat.

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