Natural light

Krysta Guerrero, author of the EvilChefMom.com blog cooks dinner at her Stockton home (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 18mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200).

Krysta Guerrero is the author of EvilChefMom.com, a blog about cooking food and her observations of life in general. Though cleverly written, what impressed me was the quality of her photography. She has a instinctutal eye for lighting and composition. Each of her photos has a simplicity and is quite beautiful.


Stuffed mushrooms made by Guerrero (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 55mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200).


A sliced lemon at Guerrero’s Stockton home (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 55mm. Exposure: 1/160th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200).

I had the opportunity to photograph Guerrero the other day. She made dinner for Record online editor Tara Cuslidge, copy editor Christine Teldeschi and me for a Wednesday food story on her. I asked her if she had any formal photography training or classes, and she replied no. As a youngster she picked up her mom’s camera one day, started shooting and never gave it back.


Guerrero stands in the natural light of the laundry room of her home (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200).


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200)

For the pictures of food that she posts on her blog, Guerrero has a couple of built-in studios at her Stockton home. One is a breakfast nook and the other a laundry room, both situated just off the kitchen and both with large windows that let in some great  natural illumination. The light enters each room, reflects off the white walls and fills them with a gentle softness.


A chicken dinner made by Krysta Guerrero, author of the EvilChefMom.com at her Stockton home (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 40mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f. 2.8. ISO: 200).

Guerrero prepared chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans. A wonderful mouth-watering aroma filled the kitchen, but due to a pending assignment I couldn’t stay (although she did give me a taste of the chicken, which was moist and flavorful), but she made my job easier by artfully plating her meal and allowing me to use the wonderful light that occurs naturally in her home.

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