My New Condo Sized Food Photography Area

It’s really hard to believe how long it’s been since I was able to photograph and post one of my own recipes from my own kitchen. Since that last recipe post many, many months ago, Hubby and I have experienced utter chaos in our lives. Many of my regular followers already know a lot of the arduous details, but to remind myself why it’s taken so long, let me do a quick review of the major events.

My New Condo Sized Food Photography Area

It all began when multiple builder delays to the promised delivery date of our new condo resulted in our belongings heading to storage. For the builder to accept our offer, we were required to list our previous home for sale within 10 days and it sold 24 hours later for full asking price. Even though that was great, the construction delays left us living in limbo for weeks.

We eventually took possession of our home, but what came next was a massive four-alarm, 100-foot high fire nearby that seriously damaged our condo building and had us fleeing on only our second night sleeping there. Following that we found ourselves living in a hotel for months, which is a very strange life for sure. We were fortunate though, since our loss was much less than other people.

After that came my sister’s cancer diagnosis, my own stage IV cancer diagnosis with eleven grueling cycles of chemotherapy and my mother’s heartbreaking death. Then came the virus and shutdown, my dear friend and Hubby’s sister’s sudden death, Hubby’s months long struggle with inflammation in both eyes due to chronic stress and our temporary displacement because of the Oregon wildfires.

Wow, that was exhausting! But the best news is, contrary to all the possible projected outcomes, I have been declared in remission from cancer and am feeling great. The years 2019 and 2020, have been extremely bizarre for us to say the least! However, we are blessed and survivors and with God by our side have come through each challenge stronger than before and are finally making progress forward in our new home and our life.

There are definitely some issues with downsizing from a larger home to a condo and one of them is unique to food blogging, a food photography studio. We love our little condo and the numerous ways our lives have been simplified and enhanced and looking back it was a brilliant decision, but it’s taken some work to figure out how to design an area to photograph my recipes.

I’m still working out the details and would like to share what I have created so far in my small but efficient galley kitchen. In my previous home, I was fortunate to have two dining rooms and used one specifically for food photography. I was able to leave all the components, the lights, props, backgrounds, etc., set up and ready to use at any time.

With the limited space of condo living though, I need to set up the entire shoot environment, then take it down and store everything each time I have a photo session. That’s not a major problem, it’s just an inconvenience and a matter of figuring it out.

There is one thing I miss dearly and that’s the lack of natural light in my new kitchen. I will only be using artificial lighting now and the challenges are picking the right lights and deciding the right placement to get the best shots. I’m surely not a professional photographer, but I love food photography and have fun with it.

To share a little about my equipment, it includes a Canon EOS Rebel T5i 18MP SLR Digital Camera kit with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 is STM Lens I purchased several years ago and love working with. You can see that love in the floury finger prints all over the camera. I also separately purchased a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens.

My lighting at this point, but may change, is LED 23W Light Bulbs A21 Size with 2600 Lumens, Non-Dimmable, 5000K Daylight. One light stand is a Table Top stand and the other is a Tripod stand that extends from 2.8 – 6.7 feet. I also use Adobe Lightroom editing software.

Just a little more testing and I should be back in the business of food blogging! It’s been a long time coming and I can’t wait to get back to work. My New Condo Sized Food Photography Area is compact, but makes me feel like I’m living life again and anything any of us can do right now to feel like we’re living life is a big deal!


“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God . . .” Isaiah 43:2-3, NLT


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