The less than picture perfect reality behind bloggers’ Instagram kitchen shots!
Ever succumb to Instagram envy, and wonder how other mothers have such picture-perfect lives? Find out how a new campaign reveals the truth behind some of those shots.
When you’re browsing food photos on Instagram, its hard not to be filled with envy. How come so many other people – including other mothers – have such tidy, zen-like kitchens?
The truth is, without the filters and clever editing, even food bloggers and Instagrammers’ kitchens aren’t as picture perfect as they appear. Outside the carefully cropped shots, their worktops too are overflowing with toys, leftover food and half-drunk bottles of wine.
To prove the point, Wren Kitchens has teamed up with five influential parent bloggers to find out what life really looks like behind the Instagram filter. Here are the results.
The reality behind those ‘perfect’ Instagram shots!
Mum and lifestyle blogger, Bridie By The Sea, took on the challenge of baking with her toddler, Emma, for the first time.
So what’s the secret ingredient to getting those Insta perfect shots? “Hard work”, she explains.
“Every meal is completely unpredictable – some can go amazingly well, while others… not so much. It took two of us to distract Emma and coax her out of having a complete meltdown.
“Despite the absolute chaos we had caused in the kitchen, it was a success. It’s all about balance – enjoying the moment together regardless of mess and chaos.”
Like most bloggers, Californian Mum in London, Elfa, feels the pressure to make life look perfect and glossy.
“I mainly ignore those pressures, it’s tough enough being a mother these days. I don’t want to add to anyone’s feelings of inadequacy,” she says.
“While I will sometimes share the better photos and not share the utter mess of my life, I like my blog and social media to be a fairly accurate portrayal of my family life.”
With just son Dubz in the kitchen (his sister was being stroppy and didn’t want to take part), there was a lot of enthusiasm preparing pancakes and a lot of a mess – portraying the true reality of cooking with kids.
“Anyone who has ever cooked with kids knows that the reality often involves mess, spillages, nibbling at the ingredients and even tantrums – it is definitely not Instagram perfect!” she admits.
“Yes, they made some mess with the ingredients, but it was easily wiped up and they ended up with a healthy breakfast which they devoured. We will definitely be making these again.”
The ‘perfect’ photo for social media is usually always the cropped version. But the reality is more likely to be a lot of mess, an apron thrown on the floor and discarded crayons.
Budding smiles blogger Hannah, and her two-year-old son, Toby, made cauliflower pizzas from Wren Kitchen’s e-book.
She confessed: “Before I had children, I had images of me and my little angels sat at the table mixing ingredients, laughing over the flour making clouds, each of them having a spoon of cake mixture to lick clean and lots of fun sprinkling toppings on fairy cakes. I repeat… before I had children.
“Picture perfect scenes of beautiful culinary creations are undoubtedly beautiful and in many ways inspiring, but as a less-than-Pinterest-perfect mama, they sometimes leave me feeling deflated and lacking in the creative department.
“While ‘perfect’ pictures inspire; they don’t always tell the full story.”
Juggling working as a doctor and being a Dad sounds busy enough, but cooking healthy meals for his family is worthy of time for blogger of Working Family Food, Jack.
Together with his son, he took on the challenge of creating some healthy meals in less than 30 minutes.
He told us: “I enjoy composing my dishes to look good and I spend time taking photos from all sorts of angles to get just the shot I think shows off the dish’s attributes.
“What you won’t see in my photos is the stack of mixing bowls, sticky utensils and scatterings of flour, splashes of milk or drips of sauce that have gone into making the dish.
“Would including the chaos and debris of reality make the food less appealing? Would there be less ‘likes’?
“Going forward, I will still put up photos I think ‘sell the food’, however don’t be surprised if a few shots of a toy-strewn living room or a child covered in his own dinner also make it up – this is the reality. Please don’t judge too harshly!”
While idealistic food photos are inspirational, our bloggers revealed the reality of what a lived-in family kitchen really looks like, behind the careful cropping.
Yes, kitchens can create the perfect backdrop for those Insta-worthy food photos, but the main function of this family space should be for having fun and preparing meals that the whole family can enjoy.