Yummy Yummy Photography
第一個浮上腦海的攝影師就是美味拍手Yummy Yummy Photography。幾個月前在社群上注意到美味拍手的照片，她的畫面總是以不同風格與手法來拍攝，不過乾淨俐落、品味優雅是她一致的表現。
採訪這天我們約在All Day Roasting Company，是拍手喜歡的咖啡館之一。對咖啡館裡的咖啡，尤其是卡布其諾，我們有著相同的執著；奶泡除了必須綿密之外，也必須與咖啡以絕對的比例混和才是最優值的。
Talk to the photographer
The topic "Interview Photographers" was an idea that had been planned for a long time in my mind. In the general interviews, I always curious about the stories and life experiences behind the interviewees. But when the respondents are photographers, what I want to know more is that the reason they focus on particular subjects, the source of inspiration, the preference for the equipment, and perhaps some exciting stories behind their images that we all admire.
The first photographer to come to my mind was Stella, the owner of Yummy Yummy Photography. A few months ago, I noticed her photos on social media. Her pictures always show different styles and shooting techniques, but the cleanliness and elegant atmosphere are her regular performance.
On the day of the interview, we were at the All Day Roasting Company, which is one of her favorite cafes in Taipei. For the coffee in the cafes, especially the cappuccino, we have the same requirements. In addition to being dense, the milk foam must be mixed with the coffee in perfect proportion, which is the best.
I arrived early, but she was waiting in front of the cafe. The store is open at eleven o'clock; so that we first went to the 7-11 next door. We knew each other only for a few minutes; it seemed that we have many similar thoughts to share.
The background of growth makes her personality optimistic and livelier.
Stella’s images are always elegant and subtle, but if you read the captions of the photos, her texts are often humorous, full of energy. Even the communication with the fans is always full of (visual) laugh, very energetic. Does she have the same lively personality in private? Or is she actually calmer?
"I was tall when I was a child. My grandmother knew how to satisfy me and offered me tasty food. I looked strong and big. I often suffered discrimination. I was afraid that others did not like me. So, from a very young age, I learned to observe the crowd, cultivate a sense of humor, and hoped to be a person who can bring joy." Stella recalls.
When Stella was a little child, her parents divorced. She had no impression of her mother. She lived in Chiayi with her grandmother and moved to Taipei to live with her father's new family when she was about six. Living with her stepmother, she recalls that it was no different from Cinderella. When she talked about this past, she did not exaggerate her expression or tone, nor did she express her condolences. "After growing up, I can understand the mood of her (the stepmother) and let me have the days. After all, I am not her child."
Stella's grandmother made her felt relieved. "My grandma told me: Anyway, it doesn't matter, don't care about others." Her grandma's warm heart has cultivated Stella positive. This personality makes her photography workshops always full of joy. It is not only the content of the program but also her charm that makes the students satisfied.
Each step in life can be a useful nutrient for better growth.
Because of her growing background, Stella had always been a barrel of laughs in the group during her student years. After graduating from school, she was engaged in different jobs. She used to be the guide for the graduation tour groups. Facing groups of young students, she must promote the atmosphere at the right time. When working as a beauty salesman in the department store, she actively took a beauty license and made the service more professional. During that period, she also accumulated the cultivation of beauty taste. Later, Stella worked as a telemarketer for ten years and learned good communication logic and speaking skills. Before switching to a freelancer in photography teaching, she worked as a financial manager. This job made her understand the impermanence of life. We all need to cherish every day.
Not every moment of life is beautiful. Many people are curious as to why Stella is always full of energy, why she is attractive, why her life is so wonderful, and people want to copy it all? Whether it is frustration or unsatisfactory encounter, Stella is always ready to take. She believes that these experiences can be turned into best nutrients and transforming her life into a better one.
Because of these experiences, Stella's photos are always full of vitality. Whether it is a minimalist shot or a delicious breakfast picture, people who watch the images always feel the same and resonate. Her images have emotions; they can convey the accumulation of the photographer's life spirit.
在美味拍手Yummy Yummy Photography的社群上，除了吸引目光的影像之外，拍手的另一半，拍公也同樣佔有舉足輕重的地位。拍手的老公所以叫做拍公，後來大家也這麼親切地稱呼他。拍公皮膚黝黑、大多時候留著偏長的流浪型（自然捲）髮型、蓄鬍，很多時候都是拍手鏡頭下的模特兒。當相機交到拍公手上時，他也為拍手捕捉讓人欣賞的畫面。
Stella's husband plays an important role in her career. Her husband has dark skin and long hair, mostly with a beard. He is often a model in her pictures. Of course, when he holds the camera, he also captures beautiful images for Stella.
Her constellation is Taurus, and her husband is Virgo. Both have the same interest preferences, and the taste of life has become more and more similar because of getting along for many years. The style of interaction between the two on the community is not much different from in private life; it is very lively. However, in reality, when her husband faces unfamiliar people, the personality becomes quiet. Therefore, Stella is often the spokesperson of the two.
"My husband often reminds me of the details I neglect at work. He is a bit like my mentor. Not long ago, we both did a personality feature test. I am the type I, like to share; and he is the type C, suitable for quality control. If we are given two identical items at the same time, I will say ten advantages; he will point out ten shortcomings and discuss the possibility of improvement." Stella describes.
Regarding the work planning, Stella is always optimistic and believes in the truth of attraction; and her husband always takes precautions and looks forward to it. The complementarity of them, from her previous jobs to the freelancer position that teaching photography, makes things more perfect.
於是在2016年四月，與拍公討論之後決定成立「美味拍手Yummy Yummy Photography」粉絲頁面，除了方便與關注者互動，也有個平台可以分享平時拍攝的照片。拍手的照片情境以及畫面氛圍與歐美國家美食拍攝手法有著異曲同工之妙，很快地在美食攝影圈引起許多人討論。同年六月，拍手便接獲邀請開設手機美食攝影課程。三個月後，同年九月，拍手在無法專心全職工作與準備攝影課程的情況下，毅然辭去理財專員的職位，正式成為自由工作者。
The opportunity to be a freelancer
She has been taking photos for a long time before she shared her first pictures on social media. She is especially focused on the breakfast she prepares. Although she does not have the background of professional photography, she uses the most convenient mobile phone to shoot images that everyone enjoys. At that time, there was a popular group on Facebook. She uploaded a photo of her breakfast in a dark atmosphere. It was different from other colorful images, so she immediately got a lot of attention and inquiry.
In April 2016, after discussing with her husband, Stella decided to set up the "Yummy Yummy Photography" fan page. Not only for facilitating communication with followers, but she also has a platform to share photos. The atmosphere of Stella's pictures which is unique in Taiwan is similar to those European food photographers. Soon, her photos have caused many people to discuss. In June 2016, Stella was invited to offer mobile food photography workshops. Three months later, in September, she quitted her previous job resolutely and become a freelancer when she was unable to concentrate on full-time work and preparing for photography teaching.
Did not your husband worry about you? "He certainly was worried. He wanted me to think about it first and do not rush to quit the job. "The work as a financial manager could not satisfy my desire for work, but the interaction in photography teaching makes me feel happy and fulfilled. When I can share what I like with others, I am thrilled." In the persuasion of everyone, she decided to concentrate on photography.
2016 was the beginning of mobile photography in Taiwan. Stella's workshop was a pioneer in the market. The response from the students is also good. Until now, her every workshop is filled in in a short time, which proves that her decision to be a freelancer was not impulsive.
How to make one's own experience of "learning from practicing" become the refined workshop content.
At the beginning of a few workshops, Stella especially wanted to know the goals that the students want to learn. So that, she could share the tips that she has explored in the past. She carries a lot of props from home to the classroom with a suitcase to teach how to use the accessories to compose beautiful pictures. Teaching through interactive, question-and-answer ways can exactly understand the needs of students.
At the same time, Stella can see the effectiveness of teaching through the response of the students as a guideline for improving the following courses. Her presentations and explanations are accumulated from the experiences. However, after participating in several workshops, her husband also gave her many pertinent suggestions.
"At the beginning, I hoped to teach in a way that is easy to understand and follow, so that students could take similar pictures by themselves after the workshop. My husband suggested that I should teach more professional content. So, I start to combine the skills of composition, the concept of color matching, and improve the sense of the program."
Flatlay is now popular in social media, and many people follow the way to shoot photos. Basically, the idea of a flatlay picture is similar to graphic design. When the angle of the mobile phone is parallel to the desktop, the tableware and food on the table will become geometric patterns. A well-arranged composition flatlay design will be a beautiful and interesting picture. Slowly, Stella enriches the workshop content with a deeper viewpoint. She is not only a photographer who shoots gorgeous photos but also a teacher who is willing to share.
How to make images that have a charming atmosphere
In class, the most common question that students ask is: "How can I make a beautiful photo?" However, Stella believes that everyone who takes photos should ask themselves than seeking answers: "What kind of story do I want to say to the people who view the pictures?" Stories first and then to compose an image. "Who, where, what?" is always her central concept. Follow this logic; almost everyone can take photos with a charming atmosphere.
You must first think about the purpose of taking this photo before taking a picture. For example, when you want to take a photo of "Enjoy a leisurely breakfast," you can first set the background of the story, "Who" eats breakfast, "Where to eat", and "What to eat." Then use the available accessories to let viewers feel the atmosphere you want to convey.
At the same time, Stella replaces the impromptu creation with the principle of "subtraction" in the course. In the early days, she encouraged the students to try and play boldly but found that the shooting results were not as satisfying as she expected. There were many unrelated props in the pictures that were added only for decoration. So, Stella now sets a reminder of "thinking before taking pictures" and "subtracting" to convey a precise principle.
The development of life aesthetics and shooting skills
Stella and her husband love to watch movies. Since 2010, they have watched a lot of movies. They joined all Film Festivals, never missed one. During the festivals, they watched movies every day; rough estimates, they watched more than 100 movies per year. It is interesting that when they watch movies, they pay particular attention to the interior design and decoration in the movies. "Especially the European or Nordic art films, the pictures are so gorgeous. The details are fascinating." Stella says passionately. The aesthetic nutrient she accumulated from the film has a great influence on the selection of furniture and home decoration.
Both of them also like to travel. When they traveled to the Netherlands some years ago, they saw the local people's lifestyle, as well as the ideas of indoor lighting, which surprised them. In the past, the scenes that were only seen in movies have become a real lifestyle in some cities and countries. The experiences allowed Stella to slowly grow her taste and manage the living space into an ideal shape. "I believe that every photo is a cumulative accumulation of life experiences of every photographer." She tells me with a smile.
When many people discuss Taiwan's artistic education, Stella believes: "This is related to the educational concept of our surroundings." When we were young, the elders taught us to be moderate and keep good things only for the special moments to use. These concepts have limited our cultivation and extension of aesthetics. "Be better to yourself, eat better, use better quality objects. All small details accumulate the quality of life."
Stella spends a lot of time each day searching for inspiration on social media. "I don't just view the pictures. I analyze the composition of the photos, the way how the light penetrates, and the way how to match the props." Although in the courses, she introduces her favorite Instagram accounts to the students, and carefully explain the photography skills, while providing handouts. But in fact, seldom some will really study it. It is a pity.
Turning the adversity as an opportunity
Stella's mobile photography workshop is popular; therefore, many students come back to learn and get new inspiration. However, the courses which are cooperated with the partner were often limited by the location, and cannot be performed well.
"I always had the idea of setting up a photography studio. At the end of 2018, the owner of our old apartment ended the contract earlier, and we were forced to move. Luckily, the timing was just right; we found the ideal space. The new apartment combines perfectly with the area of private life and studio." The new place has enough natural light, so the idea of "every corner in the house is a photography studio" has finally been implemented.
In the new step, Stella will face a busier life. "Although I will be busier, I can take control completely in my hands. It will only improve the quality of the workshop. There is no harm, and I can get closer to the standards I set."
Next, Stella's husband will join Stella to operate the studio. In the future, they will provide not only mobile photography workshops but also different services.
Before interviewing Stella, I simply wanted to know the background of another photographer. In the interview, we not only talked about the positive and happy process but also mentioned difficulties and setbacks. Stella has always faced the problems with an attitude of "taking frustration as a nutrient." What I admire is that Stella promotes photography in the simplest way without arduous theory. In this way, everyone can become a good photographer.
When we browse social media, we often only see certain pieces, and we cannot get the whole thing, whether it is good or bad. When a person presents a perfect life or taste, do we often neglect the hard work and enthusiasm they have paid, and only envy or imitate them?
If you are a photography enthusiast who wants to start a full-time photography job, perhaps Stella's story can bring you more motivation. If you are a student who has joined her photography workshop, this interview will give you a better understanding of her life and concept. If you don't know Stella yet, then her images will definitely bring you a different taste of life.