My First Food Photos Ever

by Andie Mitchell on January 30, 2012

In two years of sharing my food with you, across the interwebs, I’ve come to love the baking photos best:





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These are the sweets I keep in a special folder,

quarantined from the riff raff.

But then,

sometimes I open my oldest digital photo album, and I find these:



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These photos are the first I ever snapped of food that I had made. Looking at them now is a joy. A smile, really.

Mostly because, I think about myself back then- in 2009- working on production of the film “How Do You Know?” in Philadelphia and how fun it was to stay up past midnight day in and day out, baking, so that I could bring a new dessert to set every single day for sixty straight and unrelenting days.


*True story.



And when I see the flash of my point-and-shoot Canon reflecting on every cupcake, every pie slice, every last styled crumb, I remember how



just down right

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beautiful I thought these photos were at the time.

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I’m *as proud as my mother on the night I met [and hugged] Leonardo DiCaprio in 2008.

*just about

I love that, by staring at these glossies, I can know the start of my food writing. I love that I can see the way I decorated then, the way I’ve changed in years since. I love that I have visual record of how obscene I am. How excessively and eccentrically I live my life- never thinking twice about baking for sixty days straight. Never even pausing to consider whether or not I could possibly run out of sweet ideas.


They’re happy photos.

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Elena January 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Is Paul Rudd just as dreamy in real life? -swoon-


admin January 31, 2012 at 4:11 am

SO dreamy. And down to earth :)


Hannah January 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I love these photos. I feel like I can almost taste the deliciousness through the screen! I can’t believe these were your firsts–apparently, you’ve always been amazing.


Lea @ Healthy Coconut January 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I want to meet Reese Witherspoon some day, she seems very down to earth. I just watched Water For Elephants on DVD recently and loved her look in the period costumes.

Ahhh, I too have long lost photos taken of cupcakes. I loved them then, I still love them now. But I’ve learned a few things about food photography along the way and I love to continue to learn new things.

Food is a beautiful thing.


admin January 31, 2012 at 4:12 am

Reese is very sweet and humble!


Rodzilla January 30, 2012 at 9:26 pm

They’ve gotten much better, but these early ones are still making me hungry – especially the last one.


Halley January 30, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Wow, sixty days straight. No wonder Leonardo wanted to hug you.


Betsy January 30, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I love this. I like to look back at where I’ve come from myself. its a great motivator!


Skye (Skye Loves..) January 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I can’t help but want one of those adorable little rainbow cakes. Do you have a recipe?


admin January 31, 2012 at 4:12 am
Mindy January 31, 2012 at 3:00 am

These photos warm by baker’s heart! And baking 60 days straight – bliss!

I’m hoping to kick off 14 days of Valentine’s treats starting tomorrow if I can kick this head cold to the curb.

Have a sweet day!


admin January 31, 2012 at 4:13 am

Sounds like a delicious VDay plan!


johnny January 31, 2012 at 3:15 am

You have always wowed me with your photos even the ones at the very begining! They still look delicious! :)


Emily Tardy January 31, 2012 at 3:37 am

I would love to have every one of the recipes for these pictures! I think my family would go nuts for them =D


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 31, 2012 at 4:18 am

I bet you were the popular girl onset having people run up asking what you made that day! Gorgeous pics now and then!


Jen @ pretty plate January 31, 2012 at 4:22 am

I love this post. Love to see the progress made from such great food photographers!

: ))


Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy January 31, 2012 at 5:27 am

It’s a shock you even had time to bake anything with sexy Leo running around. I’d probably end up designating all my free time to stalking. That in itself is a great feat!


Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count January 31, 2012 at 5:33 am

If I baked more, I’d have this kind of photo too,but then someone would have to eat what I baked and that would probably be me. Maybe it’s better this way…


Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) January 31, 2012 at 5:46 am

Your “first” photos are still better than mine :) My first step in improving my food photography was getting a better camera, the next step is getting my own kitchen (Mid-March! A lovely apartment near Umass–Cliffside, perhaps you know it?), and the final step will be finagling some of that “food styling” I hear so much about. I cannot wait :)


Melissa January 31, 2012 at 6:24 am

Oh, I love all of these photos! It’s so wonderful to be able to look back and see how far you’ve come. Next time I’m feeling blue, I’m going to do just that–not with photos, but in other ways. Thanks, Andie! Just love you to pieces! XO


Carrie January 31, 2012 at 8:06 am

The best part of documenting your ideas/creations is that you can track your growth


Megan (Braise The Roof) January 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

I love that even your oldest food photos look amazing! Mine were…not so pretty. ;)


Elena January 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

I love this post! I love looking back at old photos I’ve taken and how much I’ve grown from them.


Meg January 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

You definitely didn’t suck then and you are even more to the awesome now. I don’t overly care for sweets (I’m more of a dip and main course kind of girl) but you make tie died cupcakes look good!


Joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 31, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Love those tie-dye cupcakes!

This post reminds me how very much I want to improve on my photography…


JJ January 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm

This post is everything I want to do in my life right now. Photograph food? No. Bake 60 days straight? Are you crazy?! Meet celebs? Yes, but not possible unless they show up where I teach or I become paparazzi. Dive into the pictures and eat every last morsel? Ohhhh yes, but, the REAL thing I want to do: Celebrate the things that make me happy! Just like you did with this post! (And just like I did by clicking on your link for a few minutes in a hectic evening! Thanks for being here!)


Courtney January 31, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I think I just gained 5 pounds READING this post. Yum!


Tamar January 31, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Wow, I think your old pictures look awesome, too. What are the gems in the very last photograph? Something with pb &j?


Andie February 1, 2012 at 4:51 am

Hey Tamar! Thanks :) The last photo is of peanut butter and jelly bars by Martha Stewart!


Jen February 1, 2012 at 10:20 am

Yum! All of these look scrumptious. Especially the cupcakes.

I love your blog, Andie. I just discovered it a couple weeks ago, and I read your posts every day now 8^)


Abby February 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I can (and will) vouch for every single delicious day of the 60. I think the grasshopper brownies were my favorite. Or the carrot cake cupcakes. Or, you know, all of them.

Glad to see you are doing so well – I love peeking in on your blog (found you on Pinterest!) and seeing what deliciousness you’ve posted recently.


Lizzy February 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm

The photo of the Rainbow tye dyed cupcake is exactly how I discovered this site almost one year ago. My daughter was turning 10 and she had seen these cupcakes somewhere and your recipe, although I believe referenced, came up in the first few on Google…Your photo was the most vibrant,inviting one of them all.On Feb. 24th, she turns 11…and guess what? She recently said to me….”for my birthday this year, can we make those rainbow cupcakes again?”….you bet !!!!


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