May 17, 2012

Say Cheese: Focus in on Food Photography

Jennifer Durrant of Reservation Nexus gets food styling tips from Denise to share with Innkeepers, but any business interested in selling through food photography should take a listen...


We’ve all heard the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but a picture can also spark taste buds, activate salivary glands and conjure up cravings. A well-styled food photograph can become one of the best marketing tools for a bed and breakfast — enticing guests to your inn simply for the gourmet beginning to the day. But how do you create that striking, mouth-watering image of your signature breakfast?

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May 11, 2012

Huffington Post: Missing My Mother


It took years after my mother's death before I could dream about her. In my dreams now, she's in her 50s and still incredibly beautiful. We are usually laughing or shopping or cooking in her kitchen. 

I'm not sure why it took my mother so long to come back to me. Perhaps it was her long, sad death and she needed some private time to be restored. Or maybe we were both pretending it wasn't true. Many days I would imagine that she was just busy getting settled in her afterlife. My mother was always a busy bee, and she felt compelled to decorate anything she came in contact with.

Click here to enjoy Denise's post in its entirety, and please leave a comment there if so moved!