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Quarantine Cuisine — Staying Creative in a Time of Isolation

Updated: Jul 30, 2021



Crazy times we’re in, huh? Especially for creatives. Honestly, I haven’t even wanted to pick up my camera the last 3 weeks of isolation during COVID-19, and I think that’s ok. Ask anyone that knows me well—I’m a person of alignment and flow. If it doesn’t feel right, I’m not going to force it. Luckily, I am a graphic designer as well as a photographer so design work has been able to float me during this time of not being able to meet up in person with clients. BUT this weekend I finally felt like picking up my camera, this time just for fun. I bring you, *drumroll please* the Earl Grey Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Salted Maple Butter that took me 3.5 hours because I decided to play. LOL #worthit I’ve been leaning into cooking during all of this. It’s always been a thing of mine — very therapeutic, meditative even. The process, the smells, the ingredients, colors, sounds, tastes, all of it. (Fun fact, I used to teach cooking classes back in my Montana days at Olivelle!) I knew these earl grey pancakes by Half Baked Harvest would be gorge so I decided, let’s document this! Why the heck not? Once I started, I decided to go all out. I dug out the tripod and quickly taught myself how to control my Sony A9 with my iPhone. #casual So I bring you, Quarantine Cuisine, Earl Grey Pancakes, a series.



If you’re at all interested in shooting remotely with your iPhone, here’s a few tidbits. For my Sony A9, I downloaded the Image Edge Mobile app. You are able to connect to your camera via it’s own WiFi, view the viewfinder on your iPhone through the app, change any settings via your phone including the Fstop, shutter speed, and ISO. Here’s a YouTube video I watched to assist with setup. It’s pretty freaking cool to be hands free, in front of the camera, and watching in real time. It’s pretty freaking cool to be hands free, in front of the camera, and watching in real time. I not only did this ofr my cooking self portraits, but also for the other styling shots too! Styling is so much easier now that I don’t have to go back and forth to my camera to check how things are framed.



I can honestly say, you MUST go make these pancakes. I promise it won’t take you 3.5 hours like it did me (unless of course you want it to).

So many of you have inspired me to learn new things and also just create for fun during this time. For that I thank you. What are you creating during this time? Are you coloring, painting, playing with legos, doing puzzles? Let me know below! Also if you have any questions, drop em!

xx D


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