Photography, Recipes

Photography, Food and My Plan For 2016

25th January 2016
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When I came to writing this blog post I really didn’t know where to begin. What was it that I wanted to say? What is this blog really about? When I realised that actually, this was perfect. This is the year I’ve set aside to find my voice, so starting out speechless might be the only way to do it.

Although I’ve been writing for websites for four years , I’m not really used to sharing anything about ‘the real me’ online, well apart from what I want to eat. There’s PLENTY of that out there. But if I’m ever going to explain what the point of this blog is, I have to give a bit of background on myself, starting with the fact that 2015 was the worst year of my life.

I’d made the big decision to leave my job, do a bit of travelling, then move back home to start up a personal project and do the classic quarter-life crisis thing of ‘finding out what I really wanted to do with my life’ when, and there’s no other way of really saying this, everything went completely tits up.

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After a series of fairly awful events, I ended up doing the complete opposite. Even though I’d been offered a great opportunity, to which I am still very grateful, I felt like failure. I felt like I had made this huge leap only to fall fairly spectacularly on my face and break just about every bone in my body upon impact. I wanted so desperately to get into the food industry, work on my photography and commit to this blog but I was always so bummed out and tired from a hectic commute, not to mention an unexpected illness that saw me have to go into hospital three times, that it just wasn’t happening. It just wasn’t where I wanted to be and I hated myself for it.

So without doing the ‘new year, new me’ thing…and as this is the 25th of Jan, it’s clear I am very much the old me…this year I’ve taken the leap to pursue my food photography for good. I’ve studied at the London School of Photography in my spare time, which is hands down one of the best decisions of my life, I’ve met some wonderful people who I want to collaborate with over the next few months and though I’m still not totally comfortable blogging, I know a lot more about what I want to say on here.

So why am I telling you all this? One, just to say that it’s OK if things don’t go to plan first time round. It’s OK if you still have absolutely no idea what you’re doing, just as long as you’re doing something, eventually things will work out for you. Two, I want to use this blog as a way of telling the stories and recipes of the people behind the plates that we so often take for granted. I think that food can be so much more than what ends up on our table, it’s something that connects people, builds memories and provides the basis for every bit of life on this planet and somehow I want to explore all of that through my work and on here.

So now? Onto meet one of the first amazing people – The Little Plantation.

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We met briefly at a workshop back in May (which I talk more about here), probably spoke for about 10 minutes and then kept in touch over Instagram ever since. She’s grown her style and recipes to an absolutely BEAUTIFUL level and even though I am in no way vegan, creates such appealing and accessible recipes that she makes me consider it for a split second…until I remember what cheddar means to me and it all goes out the window.

Although she doesn’t realise it she’s been a huge encouragement to me over on Instagram and being able to come together catch up over some pretzels and tea and shoot her recipe for cauliflower, parsnip and garlic soup was a total delight. Here’s just some of the results.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation 25th January 2016 at 9:13 pm

    You brave soul! Love your writing here – nearly moved me to tears AGAIN!
    Well done you for fighting the odds and listening to your heart.

    These picture are beautiful though my only critique – I’m in them way too much 😉
    Thanks for sharing the day with me. Was such fun.
    Can’t wait to see you evolve over the coming months
    Big hug
    K

    • Reply Maria 26th January 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Not nearly enough 😉 you’re such a beautiful subject! Thanks so much Kimberly, you’re just the sweetest & loved our day.
      Big hug right back,
      xxx

  • Reply Alexa / The Best Bite of the Plum 25th January 2016 at 9:47 pm

    What a lovely post! I’ve been following you for a while on the ‘gram and love what you’re doing with food and photography. I’m also trying to share a bit more of myself in my online home this year, so cheers to facing our fears and putting some good vibes out there! Looking forward to following along this year.

    xo,
    Alexa

    • Reply Maria 26th January 2016 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment, it really made my day!!! I say go for it & look forward to checking out more of your work too.
      xxx

  • Reply Nico 25th January 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Lovely post Maria, As part of the quarter life gang I solute you in your perseverance and absolute talent! It was a pleasure to collaborate with you and look forward to more.
    Can’t wait to see what other talents you work with too! Now following The Little Plantation and a big fan already!

    See you soon! x

    • Reply Maria 26th January 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks lovely one! It was SO great to collaborate with you too, I’ll be sending over everything soon so you can see & putting more up on here asap 😀 Can’t wait to hear about all of your travels too, 2016 is the year. As for TLP…she’s a total babe isn’t she!
      xxx

  • Reply Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table 26th January 2016 at 11:44 am

    Maria, first off, I just want to encourage you to remain committed to your path in the upcoming year, even if that path is just figuring things out. Unexpected setbacks are to be expected, and my parents always say, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”… So I am not surprised that in the year you set your sights on capturing the bull by its horns, things god pushed back a bit (and though I’m sorry to hear it was so awful!).
    Second, I feel like the intention to showcase some of the other creators behind the camera is especially noble and beautiful, and to start off with someone like Kimberly, well…. You can guess how I feel about her 😉 So thank you for giving those of us who never had the pleasure of meeting her in a person a chance to peek into her work and creative process, and to feel like we got to spend a few minutes in the kitchen with you both.
    Xoxo, K

    • Reply Maria 26th January 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Ksenia, honestly your comment really touched me (which I know sounds way OTT but it did!). Thanks so much your leaving such a lovely reply & I’m just so glad that Kimberly let me in on your blog and now we can go on the journey all together xxxx

  • Reply Ursula Rose 7th February 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Beautiful words and gorgeous photography as ever. I’m so excited to see your journey – although for me it’s already begun – I can already see you becoming happier and reaching your potential – you’re so very talented and deserve all the success in the world! Lots of love xxx

    • Reply Maria 7th February 2016 at 6:40 pm

      N’aww thanks so much lovely, means so much to have your support 😀 love you xxx

  • Reply Amanda 13th February 2016 at 9:30 am

    So glad I found your little corner of the world. Love your photography and heart-felt writing, Mandy

    • Reply Maria 16th February 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks so much Mandy! So exciting to see you’re on the Island too, sure we’ll bump into each other at some point with our cameras 😀 xx

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