BS' in the Kitchen

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Things We Love!

Whether it be our favourite knife for slicing and dicing, the camera and lenses we use to photograph our creations, or some of the things behind the scenes that we can’t live with out (a.k.a. coffee!). We wanted to share the things we NEED in our lives and our kitchen! All links are Amazon Affiliate links, which means if you purchase anything through the links, we will receive a small percentage, which helps us keep the site running! So thanks in advance if you do!



Nikon D800 (Upgraded from Nikon D5000 January 2013). After Carlene upgraded to a full frame, I just couldn’t resist the allure! My main reason for the upgrade was the need for improved video capabilities (for recipes videos, and wedding videography).

Nikon 50mm f1.8G Lens – This lens is unbelievable for the price. It’s my workhorse.

Nikon 105mm f2.8G Micro Lens – Picked this up in March 2013 and will definitely be getting plenty of use out of it! If you’re new to food photography and haven’t purchased any lenses yet, and stuck between deciding on the 50mm and this 105mm, check out the Nikon 60mm F2.8. It provides a great middle ground, allowing you to get a wider shot, while still giving you the ability to get macro shots.

Lowel Ego Lights (or my DIY version) – I moved into a basement suite with basically zero natural light in December 2012, so these are an absolute necessity for me! If you struggle with finding proper lighting, I highly recommend making or buying these, and learning how to use them properly (no more praying for a couple more minutes of sunlight!).


Henckel Knives – Growing up, all I had ever known where knives dulled by glass cutting boards, it wasn’t until I was 21 that I experienced what it was like to use a knife that was actually sharp (in fact it was a Henckel!). I will NEVER go back. If you cook at all, GET GOOD KNIVES!! I first received a Henckel Twin Signature Santuko knife, and have steadily grown my collection. This Henckel set is super affordable, and believe me, you will not regret it.

Bodum French Press – What more can I say… I Can’t live without this!

Coffee Grinder – Fresh ground beans is a must! This is what I use, but I hope to upgrade to a burr grinder one day!

Kicking Horse Coffee – My favourite coffee company!





Canon 5D Mark II – Upgraded from Canon Rebel in October 2012. I decided that it was time to go full frame and to start investing more into my photography business. I debated between the 60D and the Mark II, as you can see the Mark II triumphed. I’m in love with this camera and would recommend it to any other photographers looking to upgrade into something a bit more serious.

Canon 50mm f1.4 Lens – Upgraded from the 50mm f1.8 in October 2012. My favourite go-to lens and it what I shoot 90% of my portrait work with and 100% of my food photography with. Second favourite lens is my 85mm f1.8.


Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer – I can’t image my life with out my Kitchen-Aid mixer and can’t believe I debated buying it for so long. It makes baking a breeze and allows you to multitask in the kitchen.

Smooth Bendable Spatulas – what’s not to love about a good, handy, super bendable spatula in the kitchen!

Vanilla Beans – can’t go wrong with using the real deal! Save the pods and make your own vanilla sugar or vanilla extract!

Wilton Gel Coloring – I only use gel coloring because it doesn’t affect the consistency and taste of your ingredients. Not to mention, you get tons of vibrant color payoff.


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