CHEERS WITH NESPRESSO

THE PERFECT SHOT

I had my first coffee when I was ten. It was my mom’s naive influence and humor to let me try my first cup of latte. From then on I was hooked. you can say I’m kind of a coffee snob. Actually, I’m the most annoying kind of coffee snob. I’m an owner of a high-end (and obnoxious) espresso machine, drip coffee is my savior, and freshly roasted coffee beans make my day- and yet, I may be Nespresso’s biggest fan.

Nespresso’s high end technology enables the beans to stay completely fresh within the capsule. The machine also makes crema. That’s right, crema. Making crema is the entire point (and the most difficult) of an espresso, and yet, Nespresso has dummy it down for us with a simple push of a button. Did I mention the plethora of flavors they offer, and how absolutely delicious they all are?!

Nespresso also recycles all their capsules. They even make it easy for you to do it within their boutique by supplying bags with free shipping. I try to be eco conscious (proud owner of a Prius) so that’s a huge plus in my book!

Getting the perfect shot may be a thing of tooth fairies and Easter bunnies, but Nespresso makes it pretty easy. I have partnered up with Nespresso to share a couple of my tips on how to take “the perfect shot” of coffee. Here are a couple of my cardinal rules:

1. LIGHTING

The number one rule to taking any great photo is having amazing lighting. You can take a photo of the most mundane rock, but if it’s taken during golden hour, it’ll be the most beautiful rock you’ve ever seen.

Where the sun sets and rises in your house pretty much dictates when you’ll be taking photos. For me, the best time is always in the morning. I have lots of shadows and bright lights to play with in the kitchen.

2. BALANCE

A well balanced photo helps your audience immediately recognize the focal point of your photo. That, and it adds a lot of texture to a photo.

3. COLOR

I think this is one of the most overlooked rules in taking “the perfect shot.” Color is the first things we see when we look at a photo. It catches your readers eyes the most. Even for myself, I find myself more attracted to a photo purely based upon the merits of the colors that were incorporated into the photo.

For myself, I lean more on the brighter and whiter type of photos, but I try to break it up with neutral and contrasting colors. Pro tip: the brown palette of coffee is always a great contrast to white backgrounds.

4. A GREAT CUP OF COFFEE

When I say a great cup of coffee what I really mean is a great prop. If you have a great prop, the likelihood of you keeping the photo simple is higher. You don’t need to crowd the photos with too many objects. In fact, if a photo is too crowded, it may draw away from the focal point. Keep the necessary props that complements the focal point well, and get rid of the rest- a photo is like your life; keep the necessities and throw away things that don’t make you happy.

My cardinal rules are to be taken with a grain of salt. Everyone works differently. For me, brighter less crowded photos gets me giddy, but perhaps your method is, “the more, the merrier.” What I’m getting at is the “perfect shot” is really whatever photo makes you happy.

Funny that I brought up happy, coffee, and “the perfect shot,” because my photo will be hanging at the Beverly Hills Nespresso boutique store and I would be happy if you could check out my “perfect shot” of coffee over yonder (see what I did there?).