Who takes the photos on the merry gourmet?

I do. Occasionally, I can get my husband to take some. Usually, those are the ones with me in the image.

Can I use one of your photos on my website/blog?

Not without my written permission. All of my photos are copyright protected. Feel free to email me at merryjennifer [at] gmail.com if you wish to use or purchase a photograph.

Can we exchange links?

Nope. Sorry, I don’t do link exchanges, and you probably shouldn’t either. Here’s why.


What type of camera do you use? What lens?

For the majority of my food photos, I use my a Canon EOS 6D, a wonderful upgrade from my prior Canon, the EOS Digital Rebel XTi. I prefer to use my Canon EF 50mm f1.4 lens for food photos. I used to use a Canon PowerShot S95 point-and-shoot when traveling, but lately, I only carry my iPhone 6. The iPhone takes some darn good photos, and I tend to edit them with the VSCO app.

Do you use natural light or artificial?

I only use natural light, but mostly because I’ve not mastered artificial light set ups. I’m lucky to live in Florida, where we have an abundance of natural light.

What program do you use for photo editing?

While I’d love to take a perfect photo right off the bat, most of my photos could benefit from a touch of editing. I have used Adobe Photoshop Elements in the past, and I found it to be pretty straightforward. Then I used Aperture for Mac, but now I’m using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. When I use my iPhone photos, I edit using the VSCO app.


Have you had any formal training?

Absolutely not. I’ve taken a weekend-long boot camp at the Culinary Institute of America, and it was amazing. Other than that, I am self-taught, courtesy of reading lots of food magazines and cookbooks, and practice, practice, practice.

Are there any foods you won’t eat?

Cooked carrots.

What foods make you happiest?

Chocolate cake. Pizza. Brussels sprouts.

What are your favorite kitchen tools?

The kitchen tools that I use all the time are my KitchenAid stand mixer, my chef’s knife, a Zojirushi rice cooker, and a programmable 6-quart slow cooker.


How can I get in touch with you?

I love emails, so please send me one if you have a question or a comment. You can reach me at merryjennifer@gmail.com.