Fun with Food

Recently I received a bag of freshly picked avocados, for those of you unfamiliar with avocados; they ripen only after picking. Generally, it takes several days to soften to the buttery smooth eatable texture that is great for sandwiches, salads or the ever-popular guacamole.

Being that my avocados were freshly picked and far too hard for eating I did what every diligent stocky should do, I thought; ummm how can I photograph these! First thing is go to Dreamstime and search avocado photos to determine how many photographs of avocados currently exist, my search of the word “avocado” resulted in over 4,000 images. Wow! That’s a lot of images. So I set the search parameters at “downloads descending” to view the best selling images. One of the most popular arrangements for this fruit is to have one lying on its side and one cut to expose the beautiful shaped seed and to have the image isolated on a white background. My work was cut out for me to see how I could make my avocado images stand out amongst the many.

I started to set the avocados up on the white background; nonchalantly leaning them against one another to keep them from rolling off the table, and at the same time noting who was not quite “model material” and turning them to hide “figure flaws”. Stepping back to check lighting and viewing through the lens, I started to laugh. They looked like little people!

Okay, now the fun starts. Digging through my arts, crafts and sewing supplies I found a few cool accessories for my avocado models. I uploaded the images taking a deep breath and keeping my fingers crossed that the editors with find the images amusing as well as commercially viable.

I am delighted that they have all been accepted.

On a sad note the modeling career expectancy for an avocado is very brief, only a few days at best. However, there in lies one of their greatest contributions to the culinary world, guacamole.

I hope you enjoy these California Avocados and remember that no matter how ordinary your subject matter take a moment to step back, take another look, and have a little fun!

Best wishes to all for a safe and happy holiday season.


Photo credits: Marilyn Gould.

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You are just so creative! And your article is beautifully written. So much talent and imagination. Your success is no surprise.


The Avacado travellers is the best. There is no limit to one's imagination.
Reminds me of a punk that I created with an old potato.


Very cute and creative! Good job!
Best regards,


Very funny pictures, there should be a section for funny pictures like this in DT.
great job..


I only came across your article today. Very creative way of shooting avocados, I love it. Wishing you great sales on these, they are so funny.


one of the best avocado I ever saw....... these are cool. thats what I call creativity. out of box stuff.


very funny and creative ideas!


Great ideas and extraordinary.


the avacados are very cute, they look funny but I like it very much. Very creative ideas. Merry Christmas to you.


Hi, Marilyn
Great shots!!!!!!!
They are very creative Image!
Merry Christmas and happy new year!


Very creative of you to make out small people from the Avocados.
First I thought you had photoshopped the avocados, but when you mentioned that you did some sewing it felt extraordinary. COOl Work!


Guacamole is high on my list of favorite foods. Those are great food shots. They remind me of a book, "How Are You Peeling??" They look like they were lots of fun to make.


Great photos!


Wow, Marilyn, this is really very creative!
They seem to have their own characters and are very cute! Great Job!


Hi Marilyn,

Growing up in So Cal, I love guacamole and miss it terribly now that I'm in the Great NW! I absolutely love what you came up with, not only with the description, but with the images... "Wow!" is right! Fun and humorous. I think "tasty" should be added as a tag too! :)

Thanks so much for the fun article and posts!!


Very very very nice !!!


Great ideas!


Great work!! I love them all! Now what kind of fun ideas can I come up with????


@syamin and @susy56 - some of the clothing and accessories are from old dolls I had years ago, the musical instruments are actually Christmas ornaments (I do a themed tree every year) and the tiny sunglasses are from the doll section in a local toy store. I made the surfboard and the skateboards came from a toy shop. Thank you for your comments. :)


My favorites are the Avocado Travelers. Where, if I may ask, did you find such cute little sunglasses, shoes, hats, and bag? I love miniature stuff....


You have a great ability to think outside of the square, great images I hope they are a hit with buyers too.


You KNOW I love these avocado people! So creative and fun!


Hee-Hee! That is funny! And very unique and creative!


Hey everyone, THANK YOU!!! Your comments have made my day! Iris, I too now feel a little guilty and sad when I have to send the "older models" to the kitchen for their final destination! Many thanks to you all for your positive comments! Cheers!


OH HAHAHAHA Marilyn!! I'm so glad you shared these with the rest of DT hahaha. i crack up every time I see them.


Mr Avacado head..Nice


Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Deliciously clever! They are so cute that I actually had a flicker of sadness at seeing the bowl of guacamole. I think you've got a bunch of winners here! Good luck and congrats!


nice idea, nice pictures, delicious food!


Fantastic - particularly the Mexican with fruit!


Simply excellent!!!

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