Food Styling Challenge: Inspired by Charm

filed under: Blogging on March 28, 2013

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The month of March is all about Michael from Inspired by Charm.

One thing I love about this challenge is the unique talents of each participant.  Kristen is a trend setter in food photography and is forever creating stunning ways to think about, feel towards, and view food.  Michael from Verses From My Kitchen has a talent and passion that is unequaled, and his ability to visually match images to the power of his words is astounding!


And Michael, Michael is a absolute master of finding hidden gems and turning them into art!  Part of the theme in Food Styling Challenge is styling on a budget and re-purposing everyday items.  Micheal’s blog is full of charming designs and creative ways to use household items.  I knew he would flourish in this challenge!  He owns and runs a Bed and Breakfast that is constantly beautify-ing it and everything around him.

Michael has made a Cookie and Cream Cake for us today!  Please do be sure to check out his blog for the recipe!!  And look at that vintage cake plate… swoon! 🙂

Food Styling Challenge for March: Inspired by Charm's Michael Wurm Jr.

Did you find the Food Styling Challenge to be easy or difficult?
To be honest, at first I was a bit nervous. While I love baking and photographing my adventures, I never really take the time to fully stylize my photoshoots. I usually just take pictures in my kitchen or dining room and call it a day. Although I still used my two favorite spots to photograph my creations, this time I pushed myself to try new things, extra props, different angles. I even took a few of these photos on my kitchen floor. It worked perfectly, and the lighting was excellent! Once I started styling and photographing, the challenge was so enjoyable!
Food Styling Challenge for March: Inspired by Charm's Michael Wurm Jr.
Was the spending limit a challenge?
No, not at all. I have a great thrift store in town. I found a tablecloth, cake cutter, fork, plates, and server for about $8. I also picked up a few party supplies for under $5. I actually didn’t need the full amount. I think less is best. It’s really about letting the food have the starring role. The accessories just help to tell a story. 
What are your favorite props to style with?
Cake stands are my all-time favorite. I have three milk glass stands that I’m obsessed with. They are all great quality (and were kind of pricey), but every cake looks like a million bucks on any one of them. A white cake stand is a must. I’m also a huge fan of vintage pieces. They make me feel right at home. Anytime I’m eating or cooking, I always want to feel comfortable in my environment.
Food Styling Challenge for March: Inspired by Charm's Michael Wurm Jr.
What is your favorite part of the challenge?
I think we constantly need to push ourselves to experiment and take risks. I could have played it safe and photographed things the way I normally do, but I stepped outside my box and learned a trick or two. I’m actually excited to get back into the kitchen to make something else and continue trying new things.
So glad you had fun Michael… I know I am dying for a piece of that cake!!  It looks just delicious.  If you want to see more about the talented that Michael has to offer please do stop by and visit him!
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And be sure to see January and February’s participants; Kristen from Dine &Dish and Mike from Verses From My Kitchen.
I think you are going to love April’s Secret Stylist… cant wait to share!  Here’s a hint… she is super ‘neat’! 🙂

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  • Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) says:

    Gorgeous – thank you so much for introducing Michael. I know already from your description that his site is going to be a favorite.


  • Angie @ Big Bear's Wife says:

    Those pictures are beautiful! I really need to get into making my photos more than a few shots of food. Loved the post!

  • Amanda Padgett says:

    I’ve attempted very few food pictures and each time I did I had increasing admiration for all the food bloggers who take such amazing pictures. I’d be petrified to take that food styling challenge. LOL

    Amanda, your images are gorgeous! I can’t imagine you being nervous.

  • Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke says:

    Love the food styling series, this looks so delicious!

  • TidyMom says:

    FABULOUS!!! this cake looks so delicious, who wouldn’t love a pile of oreo’s on their cake?

    oh, and loved your hint for April Amanda! hehe

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    Stunning! The pile of crushed Oreo’s – you know it would be fun to eat this cake!

  • Shaina says:

    Such a gorgeous cake! And I agree, *that plate*!

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    Gorgeous! And I agree that a white cake stand is a must (even though I don’t have one). I’ve been looking!

  • Miss Kim @ behgopa says:

    Lovely! The photos are sooo appealing to both the eyes and the taste buds. I really enjoyed this post. As a novice blogger, food photography/styling are skills that I really need to develop. This post is an inspiration! I love reading into the stories behind food photography. And the story that the photos of this cake is relying to me is that the baker has invited a few friends over to celebrate a special day (juding from the rays of sunshine bouncing off the cake, I can only guess that it is daytime..but I’m a novice, so what do I know~). I got the celebration theme from the tassels aside the plate. It is a small, intimate gathering that is not lacking in a big celebration with this special treat that the baker has chosen to share only with a chosen few.

  • Lisa | With Style and Grace says:

    Beautiful!! love all the different cake shots.

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