How to create dessert pictures that really take the cake

posted on 20th of september, 2017

Chef’s will tell you that you eat first with your eyes – meaning that food must look as good as it tastes. And that holds double when you are the photographer of those mouth-watering desserts we all love so much. Open any magazine or search online for the perfect dessert recipe, and you’ll find images that almost leap off the page and onto your fork.

The dirty little secret of food photographers is they often have a team of chefs and food stylists working behind the scenes to help create that perfect image. The good news is that, with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can fulfill each of those roles in your home studio and produce mouth watering images that are sure to add a few pounds for the viewer.


Be a food stylist
Food styling is about more than arranging...

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Posted by Itsadream on September 21, 2017
A refreshing read. Thank you.

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Husbands, take note! – Wife Appreciation Day is here

posted on 14th of september, 2017

If it’s the 3rd Sunday in September, then it must be Wife Appreciation Day – or as we like to refer to it in my house, just your typical day!

Wife Appreciation Day was designed to celebrate wives without children – kind of like a Mother’s Day without the Labor Day. Although nobody is quite certain how it started, the general consensus is it was created by a loving husband to celebrate his childless wife. But it could just as easily have been started by the wife - or by the greeting card companies – who really knows.

What is important is that we now have a National Holiday dedicated to celebrating the long-suffering “wife”. A “wife” assumes many roles in a marriage – all of which make great concepts for stock photographers. So before you celebrate the holiday, grab your...

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Posted by Onime on September 17, 2017
Inspiring blog.. :)
Posted by Al3xlky on September 15, 2017
It's late in the evening; he's wondering what clothes to wear.
She'll put on her make-up and brushes her short blonde hair.
And then she asks me, "Do I look all right?"
And I say, "Yes, you look wonderful tonight."

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Have you hugged your Teddy today? It’s National Teddy Bear Day!

posted on 7th of september, 2017

Teddy Bear. The words alone can invoke such strong emotions - love, innocence, childhood, comfort, and so much more. Admit it, you probably had a favorite teddy bear when you were a child – you may even have a favorite one now (I won’t confess to the number of teddy bears I currently have – let’s just say that my husband had to declare his office a “bear free zone”).

As we celebrate “National Teddy Bear Day” on September 9th, I thought it would be fun to explore some of the creative ways you can include these cuddly overstuffed toys into your stock photos for some fun effects.

Use Teddy Bears as a metaphor
We all know that successful stock photos are those that convey an easily recognizable concept. This is where teddy bears can make the biggest impact. Because they are so...

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Posted by Aurelielemoigne on September 11, 2017
The tennis player teddy bear is so funny !
Posted by Seawatch1 on September 08, 2017
Fun and creative.

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Happy Belated Be Late for Something Day

posted on 5th of september, 2017

Did you know that September 5th is (was?) “National Be Late for Something Day”? As a person who is impossibly early in a fashionably late-running world, I thought I would embrace the holiday to see if I could find the advantage that the rest of the populated planet seems to have found but that I just haven’t yet uncovered.

So, here it goes. After a day of exhaustive research, I can attest that the benefits to being late are …………

Who am I kidding? I just can’t do it. I am too firm a believer that if the early bird catches the worm, the earlier one gets to enjoy the prime rib buffet instead.

So despite my slightly tardy writing on the subject, I am instead going to focus on all the benefits of being...

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Posted by Angelaostafichuk on September 12, 2017
AWesome photos. I didn't realize that there was a special day, here people seem to be late for everything. It's not the best manners.
Posted by 3000ad on September 11, 2017
A belated Thank You! for a very nice article.
Posted by Pamjreynolds on September 06, 2017
Hi Karen, I completely agree with everything you say in your article, I always hate being late for anything, I don't know why. I just don't like being late even for the Dentist, and that says something - yikes.

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Step Up to a Mid Year Challenge

posted on 30th of june, 2017

Happy Mid Year! We’ve reached the half way point of the calendar year. We are exactly half of the way through 2017, or we have half of 2017 to go, depending on your outlook on life.


Are you a little worn out from staying up late to ring in the Mid Year last night? Probably not. After all, Mid Year’s Eve isn’t observed with quite the same enthusiasm as New Year’s Eve. But Mid Year’s Day can be as important a holiday as New Year’s Day. Maybe even more so.

Think of it as an opportunity to reset.


Admit it, you started the New Year with your standard resolutions, you know – the ones you dust off and reapply to yourself year after year after year. Maybe you stuck with them for a few months, maybe for only...

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Posted by Egomezta on July 05, 2017
Good blog, I hope you can acomplish many of this things.
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on June 30, 2017
Looks like the link above isn't working. You can get the article here.

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Let the Emoji do the talking ….

posted on 27th of june, 2017

If it’s true that a picture can speak a thousand words, then an emoji must express a thousand feelings.


You know the emoiji. Those adorable little icons that started out letting you express your joy, or your anger, or your impish sense of humor in a Facebook posting, Tweet or text message. Well those little guys have now grown into a mainstream market for players large and small allowing us to represent everything we think, feel, hope, dream, aspire to or wish to convey to others.

But how did all those little smiling faces come about? The simplest roots can be traced back to the use of the emoticons in character-based computer systems. You remember the emoticon right? Where we using punctuation symbols to draw faces expressing a variety of emotions, moods or expressions....

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Posted by Debratos on July 21, 2017
I love emojis! A picture is worth a thousand words!
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on July 17, 2017
Happy World Emoji Day everyone!

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5 More Ways to Find the Perfect Image for your Next Project

posted on 7th of february, 2017

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” said Alice to the Cheshire Cat.
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


5 Tips to Finding the Perfect Image for Your Project talked about the different tools available for discovering images on dreamstime.com. The best ways to utilize keywords...

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Posted by Teyakp on April 06, 2017
Thank you for sharing...and yes, beautiful photos!
Posted by Onime on February 11, 2017
nice illustration skill you have :)
Posted by Crisdumitru on February 10, 2017
Wow, no words

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A Dreamstime Christmas Tale

posted on 22nd of december, 2016

Twas the night before dreamstime, as I clutched at my mouse,
My images were all sorted, the time’d come to pounce.
The keywords were entered with such loving care,
In hopes that the buyers soon would be there.


When suddenly my smartphone started with a clatter,
I opened the app to see what was the matter.
And what to my curious eyes did appear?
One image approved, on the screen, it’s right there.

Now Dudau, Now Francy, Now Nikitu and BCritchley,
Review all my images so they can sell quickly.
On Rolmat, On Maigi, On Malinash and Tangie,
Answer my questions, solve my problems, I can't help I'm a newbie.


With me in my curlers, and my husband with a bat,
I slashed through the assignments,...

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Posted by Hellen8 on January 01, 2017
Great photos and poem. Good luck in the New Year!
Posted by Pamjreynolds on December 30, 2016
Absolutely brilliant to read your post - certainly nudge my chuckle button. Keep that up and wish you a wonderful New Year x
Posted by Nycscripts on December 27, 2016
What a JOY to read. Brought a smile to my face :).

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5 Tips to Finding the Perfect Image for Your Project

posted on 19th of august, 2016

46 million and counting. That’s the number of images and videos available in dreamstime’s database today. So how, with all this fabulous selection, do you find the one image that is ideal for your next project?

Whether you are a newcomer to the site, or are just looking for some new tips to help with your searches, here are 5 ways to get you started towards finding that perfect image.


1.Words Matter. Keywords, that is.
Sometime your mind’s eye is clear on the image that you are looking for, and sometimes the overall target is a little fuzzier. In either case, your search starts with keywords.

Successful photographers know to include a rich selection of keywords to fully describe the who-what-when-where and why of their image. The very successful...

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Posted by Carolynwidmer15 on September 03, 2016
amazing article i like it thanks for sharing this
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Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on August 25, 2016
Hi Marcosdiningin. Welcome to dreamstime! What kind of help do you need? I would be happy to assist anyway I can - so let me know ... K-
Posted by Marcosdiningin on August 25, 2016
Hi I'm new on dreamstime, would you like to help me please ? Thanks

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Let’s raise our voices with respect

posted on 7th of august, 2016

I'm tired of American Politics. You can't turn on the TV these days without politicians or their surrogates slinging mud at each other in very loud voices, and we still have 3 months until the election.


The level of discourse in this country seems to reach a new low each day. But this has also made me think about the way we treat each other on social media. It seems that the animosity of the internet has given rise to a new social "norm" for how we speak with each other - and it isn't pretty.

Take the the forums here for example. In general - in business it's a good motto to never insult the customer. But I have seen numerous examples of contributors ridiculing - and down right degrading - buyers for asking questions...

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Posted by Chanevy on August 14, 2016
Well said!
Posted by Ernreed on August 14, 2016
Nicely put!
Posted by Joezachs on August 13, 2016
Keeping away from the media (paper & TV) does give some peace of mind.
Like that big book of sins :-)

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