Roasting Walnuts | northern California still life photographer

As the weather has gotten colder, I haven’t been traveling as much. So I’ve been studying different elements of photography and photographing still life. I found myself rummaging around for a subject the other day, and what better subject than walnuts. You know, we do have an abundance of them. (You can read about our walnut harvest in a previous blog post Walnut Crop Harvest.) I also wanted to roast some to include in salad and for snacking. Roasting walnuts brings out the flavor, the oil, and mellows the taste of the skins.

As with many of my still life photography subjects, they serve dual purposes. Two birds with one stone, so to speak. After assembling all the items for roasting with my vintage colander and other props, I began setting up the still life subject. Staging is something I’m really working on. Creating a balance within the frame and providing a pathway for the eye sounds easy enough. But I don’t always find it so. In this case I wanted to tell a visual story of prepping walnuts for roasting. Without an explanation, would you have gotten that story from these images?


Roasting Walnuts

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Nadeen Flynn is an award winning and published 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 also posts her work on Instagram.

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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Nadeen Flynn - Thank you, Iris! Good to know that the story comes through.

Iris - Oh these are so wonderful. I think you are amazing with staging images. And yes, to your question. I would have gotten the story with just the images. You still life images are so inspiring to me, and I still have a lot to learn staging. Maybe you have an in-person workshop about that. <3

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