Creamy Potato Soup

Some times it is all about the toppings, the window dressings if you like.  This soup starts out as a blank canvas. Its chunky and creamy all in the same spoonful.  But it’s pretty bland to look at.

Creamy Potato Soup

It’s a great example on how I approach my food photography.  Now let me set the record straight. I am not a practiced professional photographer. I am going to school to get my certificate but I prefer to say I am a forever learning and growing  photographer who is just beginning to be professional. My love started with botanical shots like this one. I have thousands upon thousands of pretty flower pictures.

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I’ve also tried my hand at shooting DH’s band only to discover a knack for somewhat artistic shots like this.

Guitar (1 of 1)

But I feel like I can never quite learn enough to be 100% happy with my food shots.  A lot of the stuff I shoot I also plan to eat so those shots are at times rushed and simple.  I’m learning to work with shorter hours of daylight, play with my camera settings and try to bounce as much light as possible around my dishes.  I’m trying to decide what angle I like best, what props to use, do I prefer bright white or darker shots. Close ups or wide. It still all a work in progress.  Much like this soup.

Creamy Potato Soup (1 of 3)

Simple, beautiful, tasty but lacking something.  It’s how all my shots begin. Move that or add this and things can drastically change.

Creamy Potato Soup (3 of 3)

Okay now that just took this soup to a completely other level.  And for the photgraph? Much brighter, more detail, much more to draw the eye.  But maybe still lacking?

Creamy Potato Soup (2 of 3)

Small but effective change? I can play around with place settings, I can change bowls but I know I will see some picture somewhere else that I think looks a thousand times better and doubt my final shot.  But at this point I’m past being concerned.  Not because I don’t care or I’ve given up.  Only because this soup looks so damn good I need to eat it while it’s hot.

Yields 4

Loaded Potato Soup
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  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 cups 1% milk
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, I used colby but any will work
  • 1/2 cup fat free sour cream
  • Topping: crumbled bacon, chopped green onion, shredded cheese


  1. In a large pot over medium heat melt the butter.
  2. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute until bubbly.
  3. Whisk in the milk and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Add the potatoes and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are soft.
  5. Stir in the sour cream and cheese.
  6. Serve topped with bacon, cheese and onions.
Recipe Type: Soups, Salads and Sandwiches


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  1. This is a great post, totally inspiring. And the soup looks gorgeous.
  2. jenny @ The Brunette Baker says:
    OMG! This soup! I could face plant right into the pot.


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