Pumpkin Pie – WORST Ever | northern California photographer

When I proceeded to make pies for Thanksgiving dessert, I decided to get them ready early so I could photograph them for a still life project. Pumpkin pie and a version of Kentucky Derby Chocolate Walnut pie were on the menu. I don’t do a lot of baking anymore. Who needs all those extra calories, sugar, fat? But, it wouldn’t be our Thanksgiving if we didn’t have pie.

I got out all the ingredients, rolled out the pie dough, mixed up the filling, and put the pumpkin pie in the oven. Then I set out to make the chocolate walnut pie.

Soon, I could smell the pumpkin pie, used a knife to check if it was done. It looked perfect! I couldn’t wait to photograph it and eat it! So, I set things up in the studio and proceeded to photograph it. I cannot tell you how good it smelled!

Fast forward to dinner and dessert. We were all stuffed, you know. But, there was pie! So, being Thanksgiving, I served it up, fulfilling the request of each person. I chose the Derby pie while the others chose pumpkin (or none at all). My Kentucky Derby Chocolate Walnut pie was heaven! I’m telling you it was unbelievably delicious. However, everyone else was slowly eating their pie and politely not saying too much. Finally, my husband said that the pumpkin pie was not very good. It was sort of bland; however, everyone continued to eat. So I sort of brushed it off but offered the chocolate pie and more ice cream to anyone who wanted it.

That was that. Until the next morning when I decided to have some pumpkin pie with coffee. What a perfect way to begin the day after Thanksgiving! Until I took a bite of the pie. ICK!!! It was awful! It was the worst pie I’d ever tasted! Unbelievably BAD!!! I have no idea what I did wrong. The only thing I can come up with is that I didn’t put any sugar in the pie. Worst PIE EVER!!!

I’d love to hear of any kitchen disasters you’ve experienced, if you’d like to share!

I think it photographed rather nicely!


Pumpkin Pie  |  WORST Ever

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Nadeen Flynn is an award winning northern California portrait and fine art photographer. Living in the greater Sacramento area, she specializes in high school senior and teen portraits as well as fine art landscape and still life photography. Nadeen’s style is authentic, fresh and personality-driven. This retains the timeless features of photography that create family heirlooms. She offers in-person workshops and mentoring. Currently living in rural northern California with her husband and a couple thousand walnut trees, she is a proud owner of Canon photography equipment.

Currently booking 2018 high school seniors, couples, and family portraits. Locations include Yuba City/Marysville, East Nicolaus, Wheatland, Lincoln, Woodland, Roseville, Rocklin, and Sacramento areas.

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Aperture: ƒ/4 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 1250 | Shutter speed: 1/30s |

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Nadeen Flynn - Thank you so much, Eileen!

Nadeen Flynn - Thank you so much, Iris. I guess I need to stop multitasking when I bake.

Nadeen Flynn - Thank you. I often use a tripod for low light images.

Katrine Dunn - HOW were you able to photograph this amazingly lovely and rustic pumpkin pie at a shutter speed of only 1/30???

Iris - Oh dear – I am so sorry that this happened to you. However, the images look awesome.

Eileen - So sorry the pie was disappointing! It certainly photographed well though. The images are beautiful!