As part of my final project for my photography degree through the University of Hertfordshire I have chosen to create and publish a cookbook of family favourites from my Nana Una's cooking. Over the last few months I have been carrying out this new experience of producing a book, from conceptualisation to final printing and publication.
Nana Una is very well known and loved for her cooking ability and the delicious meals and treats that family and friends enjoy when they are at her place. For this very reason I felt that it would be a nice idea to produce a food photography based cookbook of favourite recipes that is well known and loved.
For this project I have really enjoyed carrying out some food photography as this is not a genre that I have had much experience in. I went to some antique shops to find some unique props as well as IKEA. Using a variety of props really helped to keep the different recipes to look and feel different.
In the process of capturing photographs for the final production I have captured over 1,500 various food photography compositions in relation to the food that was cooked for the cookbook.
For the production and publication of 'A Dash of Love' I used the services of Blurb. They offered an extensive range of services that enable me to distribute and sell the book through a variety of vendors and both printed and eBook formats.
The process of creating the cookbook was very streamlined with the use of Blurb's book authoring application 'Bookwrite'. The uploading and final publishing and printing of the book was a breeze with shipping to virtually anywhere in the world.
One thing I have learnt from this experience is how expensive producing a book is and how little to no profit an author can make. As is the case with this cookbook the initial cost is already quiet high and as is the case it is sold with no profit, in order to make it as accessible as possible for most people.
I received my final printed and published book and I must say that I am very happy with the quality and detail that Blurb has shown and also the incredible service that it has shown. I highly recommend them to anyone that is looking at producing a book or printed portfolio.
I have just been to Sri Lanka again and thought I would put together a little blog post with some of the photos taken on my iPhone 6s plus and details from my trip there.
We landed in Colombo International Airport and then took the 2 hour drive down the new expressway to the south of the country. The first place we stayed at was The Boathouse, Welligama Bay. The area of Welligama is relatively undeveloped in the sense of tourism. It is a very popular and famous location in Sri Lanka for surfing as it has a beautiful big wide bay with lovely waves rolling in. We spent three days at The Boathouse, as always in Sri Lanka the staff were amazing a very sweet.
We then moved on back towards Galle and stayed in Talpe at Alfie's Beach House. We had a delicious lunch at Wijaya Beach Restaurant and Café. We spent some time in at the Galle Fort enjoying the ever amazing clouds and sunsets that can be seen in and around the fort and lighthouse.
Walking around the Galle Fort is a great way to see lots of culture and people watching while enjoying all of the UNESCO world heritage listed site. There are many different local people walking around with different things to show and sell from handmade clothing and table wear to monkeys and Cobras to put on a display for onlookers. I happens to end up with a python wrapped around my shoulders which was a very interesting experience. And on the verge of very unsettling as it snuggled in tighter around my neck trying to draw in more of my sunburnt warmth lol. 😂😉
I really enjoyed staying at Alfie's beach house in Talpe and getting to spend some time relaxing by the beach as well as hedging out into the waves to catch some pics. Given the time of the year that we were there the ocean was a little bit rough so it was a little bit of fun and a balancing act standing out in the water with the waves rolling in and trying not to drop the camera lol. 🙈🌊💦
After spending a couple of days down on the beach at Alfie's Beach House we then moved onto the stunningly beautiful Etamba House. Etamba House is located just a smidge inland from the very popular Unawatuna Beach nestled in rice paddy with a stunning view out over the paddy fields. It is called Etamba House as Etamba is the name of a local tree and there is a very large old Etamba Tree in the garden that you can relax under while laying back in the pool.
Etamba House is an absolutely stunning take on a modern version of the old traditional colonial style house found in the south of Sri Lanka. The setting of this property is so lovely and truly relaxing. The staff are amazing as always with the delicious morning brekkies of fruit platters and also the lovely Sri Lankan and seafood dinners.
One of the most enjoyable things was to relax on the edge of the infinity pool looking out over the paddy fields watching the local kids run through the paddy fields flying their kites.
We had another amazing visit to Sri Lanka. As always I have really appreciated just how friendly the people are, everywhere you go you are met with a smile and very happy people. It is a truly beautiful country with so much to see and offer. Rich in natural beauty and a very untouched coultural feel that makes it all that much more special.
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I am very happy to announce that Jellybean Studios website is now up and live :)
I am looking forward to uploading photographs and sharing my passion and that of Jellybean Studios. I hope that you will all enjoy looking over my site and all the various photographs and stories that go along with the captured memories.
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Hi everyone :)
This is my very first blog on my new website. I have wanted to do a blog for the longest time and I am very happy to be able to share some things with you all :)
Looking forward to updating this soon with some of the new things happening in my life around photography and my passions.
See you all soon