Shooting With Cafe by Juicy Diary

Food photography for the newly launched Cafe by Juicy Diary. 

I never sort of shared any behind-the-scenes thoughts about my work, mainly because I had only started this blog as an escape from school assignments. For two years, I’d kept it separate, used this place as a distinguish between business and leisure. Then from a certain point, it slowly developed into something that more emails were addressed to ‘Tiffany of The Looking Glass’ than Tiffany Yang herself. I am still in shock. My point is when you put enough effort into your playtime, your play becomes work. And everything is now slightly trickier. To that, I often find myself lost in the world of social media. In which, my Instagram feed seems to have turned into a portfolio. 

A few months back in New York, I realised how my desire to keep moving on had clouded the true value of creative work. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, perhaps more than anything. Quality versus quantity. The hardest thing about doing creative business in Asia — most people on the receiving side are less willing to acknowledge the amount of real time that needs to be invested in getting real work and real result. Retouching itself is a whole lot more than just a person sitting in front of the laptop. Anyways, I have been avoiding work/life talks on the blog for so long. Now, after surviving the first year as a freelance photographer, I feel like its time. Cheers to all you photographers, bloggers, writers, filmmakers… dreamers.x 

Meanwhile, here are some photos from my shoot for Cafe by Juicy Diary. Any of you up for yummy and healthy food with the best coconut water in Taipei? This is the place to be.

今天的分享比較不同,是很純粹的工作心得分享。在國外,隨著部落客文化越來越專業,大多的筆者與攝影師都是兩個不一樣的人。不過,其實我本身,喜歡琢磨影像多於文字(這也是為什麼我自己很少出現在網站中原因)怎麼也沒想過,兩年後部落客會成為我的職業。大約一年前,陸陸續續開始收到純屬攝影的各種工作機會。棚內棚外,人像、空間又或是如同這組與 Cafe by Juicy Diary 合作的食物攝影。

幾個月前在美國旅遊,正好有機會停下來好好想想。發現,那陣子急於向前,似乎遺忘了自己當初為了練習攝影而創立部落格的心情;沒錯,剛出社會什麼都該嘗試,但發現不合適的也要學會勇敢放手。對我來說,攝影與文字都是敏感的,呈現出來的感受,怎麼樣也偽裝不了。我們跟任何其他工作一樣,收取費用拍照寫文章,說穿了,既然收了費就要做好,但藉由每一次的合作,也能找出自己的定位,適合什麼風格取向。勇於接受挑戰,在於絕對不能妥協的地方堅持好,虛心受教的同時也要相信自己的能力。累了,委屈了,拍拍肩膀睡個覺吃塊蛋糕,明天繼續努力。

好咧,有感而發就到這裡。終於星期五了,週末放鬆兩天,下禮拜一同努力。另外,這系列的照片是為了 Juicy Diary 新的 Cafe by Juicy Diary 拍攝的,喜歡營養輕食的朋友們,不仿去試試,我個人覺得他們有著全台灣我目前喝過最好喝的椰子水(笑)

Photography for Cafe by Juicy Diary.
Shot on Nikon DF with 24-70mm lens.

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  1. sileas wrote:

    Your photography work is awesome! Congrats on your first year and cheers to you 🙂

    Posted 11.19.16 Reply
  2. I really love the chic space and the delicious looking food 🙂 You always have such a magical touch to your photos, Tiffany <3 Love it! And really enjoyed today's little personal anecdote at the beginning. I feel like that too, that a lot of times, people on the receiving end of creative content oftentimes forget how much time and effort actually goes in to the creating process. But like you said, hard work and quality content really pays off! Keep up the great work <3 :DXO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

    Posted 11.19.16 Reply
    • Aww thank you, Elizabeth! Yeah, even though its not easy, the process is always more important than the result. And I guess we are still lucky, because we are doing things we are passionate about. Have a great rest of the week!

      Posted 11.23.16 Reply
  3. Elise wrote:

    每次看妳的照片都好耳目一新,裡面有種獨屬於妳的風格與精神:)(總覺得這個系列的照片好像顏色比較亮一些?)我也覺得Juicy Diary的椰子水超好喝!知道Cafe by Juicy Dairy 很久了,但都沒去過,清單越來越長了lol
    xx
    Elise
    https://thekaleidoscope.me/

    Posted 11.21.16 Reply
    • 謝謝妳的鼓勵,太感動了!這組照片的確比較亮,因為是食物攝影感覺冷冷暗暗的會不太美味 😛 (雖然我本身比較喜歡那樣的色調)他們東西真的不錯,不然我回台灣我們約那裡好了哈哈

      Posted 11.23.16 Reply
  4. Vicky T. wrote:

    I totally agree. It’s really about quality over quantity…. And I really like your photos; always so beautiful and the food always look so good hahahVicky
    https://vickysscrapbook.com/

    Posted 11.25.16 Reply
    • Yeah, I feel like its better to create one good work rather than loads of unsatisfied ones. And thank you for stopping by Vicky 🙂

      Posted 12.4.16 Reply

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