Mayo Photos – Please Vote

Our crazy summer of cookbook production is quickly winding down. We now have just 20 days until our cookbook deadline – and a few days ago, while doing photo editing, we hit a snag! Dave and I couldn’t agree on which mayo photo to use.

In the general scheme of things, this surely seems like a minor dispute. But decisions must be made! Files must be processed! Spreadsheets must be completed! Ts must be crossed; Is must be dotted! WE HAVE TO FINISH THE COOKBOOK!

And that’s where you come in. Please feast your eyes on the photos below for my homemade mayo, then vote in comments.

Do you prefer Mayo #1: Outside or Mayo #2: Inside? Thank you in advance for your valued opinion on this vital matter.


Mayo #1: Outside

Mayo #2: Inside


128 Responses to “Mayo Photos – Please Vote”

  1. Nancy Kennedy says:

    I can see why you’re torn…I’m going with #2

    • Lydia says:

      Outside Mayo, #1. The lighting on #2 makes it look too white–like commercial mayo (or coconut oil). The first photo is much warmer, and I like the fuzzy, glowy background. It gives more interest and depth to the photo.

  2. James says:

    I actually like Mayo #1 better. It has more of an “earthy” tone to it. I think the angle is better too.

  3. Doreen Rice says:

    inside …. looks cleaner/more pure

  4. Laura says:

    It’s may #2 for me.

  5. Briana says:

    Mayo #1 =)

  6. Definitely the Mayo #1, outside. The lighting and picture quality is better. :)

  7. Shelly says:

    I like mayo #1. Mayo #2 looks like paint — I think the whiteness is off.

  8. ozlem says:

    the mayo – second
    the photo – first, because of the colors

  9. Leigh Ann says:

    mayo pic #1 is my vote, it looks more creamy and mayo-ish (to me lol)

  10. Pensguys says:

    I like #1.

  11. Karyn M. says:

    #1 looks like mayo. #2 looks like marshmallow cream.

  12. Walker says:

    CFA morning crew votes on Mayo #2. It’s more mayo-y! Better coloring, more visual interest, and you can see the texture of the mayo on the bottom left of the jar.

    (Veronica says mayo #2 looks like elmers glue, ew, ha)

  13. Walker says:

    **TYPO! CFA crew votes for Mayo #1, sorry.

  14. Sally says:

    I say mayo #2. Something about a big, open jar of may outside creeps me out.

  15. Ali says:

    Mayo #1: Outside

  16. lauren says:

    from a photography perspective the composition of #2 is better. the lighting is better on #1. also depends on what the lighting or photo style of the rest of the book is. any way that you can re-shoot the mayo outside, but from the same angle as #2?

  17. Kelly says:

    Mayo #1 – it looks more mayo-ee

  18. donna says:

    Mayo #1- looks more like delicious homemade mayo! Can’t wait for the cookbook!

  19. Lisa says:

    Mayo #1 looks more real, if that makes sense.

  20. Jenn in FL says:

    #1 for sure. While the composition of #2 is better, it looks like a jar of glue.

  21. Denita says:

    Mayo #2.

  22. kell says:

    love the mayo #1 photo!!

  23. jamie says:

    Mayo #1!!

  24. Lisa says:

    My vote goes to #1, but I agree, I can see why it’s a tough choice!

  25. Chowstalker says:

    #1 for me Mel! #2 is too white, and looks more like rendered fat to me.

  26. Steph says:

    #1…hands down!

  27. Heather says:

    number 1, no question.

  28. Faith says:

    Mayo #1 for sure!

  29. Ashley says:

    OUTSIDE! I feel like I’m at derby 😉

  30. Roberta says:

    #1! #2 looks fake.

  31. Roberta says:

    #1 is better! #2 looks fake.

  32. shawn says:

    #1 is a great pic and looks like Mayo to me. At first glance, #2 looks like coconut milk.

  33. Maggie says:

    Mayo#1 looks way more appetizing in my opinion.

  34. Julia B says:

    Mayo 1 is my vote! I like the position of the other photo, but it looks too white (more like yogurt) so 1 wins for me!

  35. Sue B says:

    Mayo #1, looks just like my Jar!

  36. Lauren says:

    Mayo #1!

  37. Brianna says:

    Lovin Mayo #1

  38. Brittany says:

    Mayo #1 looks like the mayo I’d want to make.

  39. Emily says:

    #1 – but can you photoshop out the black spots at the bottom? And perhaps crop closer? I agree with the comments about lighting and #2 being too white.

  40. Harmony says:

    I prefer #1, and for the record, your mayo recipe rocks, and will continue to make it regardless of which photo you choose!

  41. ElanaK says:

    Mayo #1 just has a more delicious vibe!

  42. I’m voting for mayo #1.

  43. Shannan says:

    Outside :)

  44. Definitely Mayo #1. Warmer, earthier, nice perspective (straight up/head on), nice blur. Good luck!

  45. Laura says:

    Mayo outside

  46. snazzy gina says:


  47. Jenn says:

    Outside # 1. Looks more “made with love” not ” we manipulated every aspect of this mayo so yours will never turn out to look like the picture”. #2 just looks too perfect :)

  48. Lauren {Stylized Existence} says:

    Mayo #1 !!! coloring is so rich.

  49. Shasta says:

    #1 – definitely!

    By the way – new to your blog (jumped to it from Nom Nom’s site) and I love it. Now a faithful follower. My mom had thyroid cancer 3 years ago and had her entire thyroid removed. I’ve been trying to convince her to go Paleo (I’m becoming more devoted by the week).

    Thanks for all of the yummy recipes and insights! Can’t wait for your cookbook.

    • Mel says:

      Welcome, Shasta! I’m glad you found me.

      I had my thyroid removed, too — it’s not so fun dealing with the aftermath. I hope your mom decides to try paleo. It’s helped me tremendously. Feel free to shoot me email if you want to discuss 1:1.

  50. Danielle says:

    Mayo #1, Mayo #2 looks like a candle!

  51. Pam says:

    Both the pix are lovely – it’s always a challenge to get emotion in to still life images.

    I like the composition and depth of field of #1…

    And I’d love #2 if it had finger with a dollop of mayo on it – looking like it was ready for licking – Mmmmm!

    Colour doesn’t really matter as you can change all that – I’m a newish reader here – but feel warm sensual pix suit your style really well.

    Both pictures might be even lovelier if they either had the whole label included or a more dramatic crop.

    Chop chop – I can’t wait for your book either! :-)

  52. Stacy W says:

    I’m not going to be able to vote until I taste them both LOL Very hard decision but I think I like #2 best

  53. Tom R. says:

    #1 looks like mayo. #2 looks like a number of white creamy substances.

  54. Erin says:

    I’m torn. :-(

    I like #1 in terms of the mayo color, but am not a huge fan of the background hue. I like #2 in terms of the angle and background color, but the mayo itself looks like cream.

  55. Jamie says:

    #2 – I can totally see why you’re torn though! :-) I think 2 shows off the finished mayo better (top, side, etc) – even if it looks really white. Can’t wait to see the book! And I heart your labels, so clever!

  56. Elle says:

    I prefer Mayo #1: Outside – The photo looks more natural. In photo 2 the mayo looks too white and it looks like it’s on a lab bench.

  57. Robyn F says:

    Im going with #2–you can see what it looks like and I dont think there is a problem with whiteness in the picture.

  58. Jessica says:

    Mayo #1. Mayo #2 looks scarily too white for me. Funny how light can play tricks with your mind/stomach…because this is the same mayo batch.jar in both photos, right?

  59. Carrey Bull says:

    Mayo #1

  60. Cate says:

    mayo #1, for sheezy

  61. Leah D says:

    I actually liked the original image you had on the mayo recipe page as it provided this rookie mayo maker with an idea of the color and texture I was shooting for. The two options above are great, but they don’t tell me much about the mayo(but of the two, I like #1). Love the recipe (NEVER thought I would be making my own mayo) and look forward to the book!

  62. Marc says:

    1# Outside… It looks like mayo in that picture as opposed to blown out white of the second one.

  63. Alisha says:

    #2 – I like the angle

  64. Sunny says:

    Outside…the inside one is unnaturally white :)

  65. Modspil says:

    Definitely mayo 1.

    The hints of what the book will look like are so damn promising. I look forward to see the finished result.

    Will you be shipping to Denmark as well? :)

    • Mel says:

      The book will be available on Amazon, so I’m sure we can figure out a way to ship the printed book to Denmark. It will also be available as a downloadable PDF so you’ll definitely be able to get that one anywhere!

  66. amyt says:

    I like “Mayo #2: Inside” better of the two.

    That said, what about showing the mayo in the context of some other food? I’d just gloop some on a leaf of lettuce or cabbage and set that next to the jar. Makes it look more “yum-I-want-to-put-that-in-my-mouth-now” and adds a bit more color.

  67. Bethany says:

    Hmm it’s hard to say without having seen any other photos from the cookbook, but I’m going to go with #1 because it looks more mayo-y! #2 looks too milk or glue-y. 😉

  68. Amyella says:

    I prefer Mayo #1 – Outside. It’s just such a good shot! And it makes me want to make your mayo.

  69. Saro says:

    #1! Looking forward to your cookbook. :-)

  70. De23 says:

    #1 for me too.

  71. Gabbi says:

    Definitely number #1. Has a much more natural, homemade feel to the picture.

  72. Tricia says:

    Definitely mayo #1. #2 looks like milk to me.

  73. jeannie cooper says:

    Mayo #1.

  74. Mel says:

    Thanks so much, everyone, for voting. I really appreciate your input!

  75. Annette says:

    Mayo #1. I have to tell you that I know it’s a landslide but I wanted to vote!! Plus, guess I was channeling you today and decided to whip myself up some mayo. I follow your directions everytime, except for some reason today and I got my very FIRST mayo FAIL. So I jumped on to see what you’d tell me to do about a fail … and here you are asking for mayo picture votes. Anyway, I know what I did wrong. It’s the patience part – I was in a hurry and now I am paying the price. My “slurry” tastes good, but is not creamy.delicious.ohmygoodness.I.can’ Call it LESSON LEARNED.

    Can’t wait for your cookbook MEL! :-)

    • Mel says:

      Even I get a mayo fail once in a while. I had one a few weeks ago ’cause I was experimenting with technique. Silly me!

      Thanks for the cookbook enthusiasm!

  76. Tami C. says:

    I like the warmth of #1 but I think #2 is focused better. Maybe try running a warming filter on #2?

  77. Shannon says:

    #1 outside!

  78. I definitely prefer the mayo outside photo. :)

  79. Traci says:

    Outside for sure. The colors are better and the overall composition of 1 is a little more appealing, to me, anyway.

  80. Kate says:

    Mayo #1, makes me want to make it.

  81. Emily says:

    #1 fo sho. More true to color. :)

  82. Fiona says:

    my vote is for #1

    #1 makes me want mayo.. RIGHT NOW!!!

    #2 looks like glue to me

  83. Christine says:

    Mayo #1 looks more like mayo. I think number 2 looks like a handmade candle without the wick… too pure.

    Can’t wait till the release of your new book!

  84. Michele says:

    #1 absolutely

  85. Stephanie says:

    Mayo #1 Outside is my choice. I enjoy the colors in this photo entirely more than the inside photo.

  86. Brooke says:

    I think #1.

  87. Gaby says:

    Outside. Inside looks like milk or yogurt.

  88. Amanda J. says:

    Ill vote for #2.

  89. Laura R says:

    I like #1, you can see the little air bubbles and it makes it look like home made mayo and not coconut oil like in #2

  90. Meghan E. says:

    #1- fo sho. #2 looks like glue to me. 😉

    I CANNOT wait, Mel!!!!

  91. Diane says:

    #1… LOVE your site, been following it since April. I love the way you right, and I am SO excited for your book!!

  92. LisaCazz says:

    I vote #1!

  93. Sigi says:

    Mayo #1 – Outside. Looks more real, home made, better colour. Wanna eat NOW.

  94. Madison says:

    In case there was ANY hesitation after the 992nd vote- #1. It rocks. Natural lighting, texture, not as marshmallow/paint looking as #2… neither of which are Paleo/Primal. 😉
    STOKED for your cookbook to come out. Can’t can’t wait.

  95. Mom says:

    Mayo # 1 because Mayo #2 looks like Marshmello Fluff (not that there is anything wrong with that!!!!). xxoo Mom

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  97. Jo Welch says:

    Definitely mayo #1. Great shot!

  98. Marcy says:

    Even though it looks like you have plenty of votes, I also prefer #1 Outside.

    The first votes were mixed and I was wondering if some people’s monitors were calibrated warmer or cooler and that was influencing their decisions, but I have f.lux installed so everything should be pretty warm and the second pic looks too white to me too.

  99. Rachel says:

    #1 – outside! Much better ambience and the mayo has so much more depth, like it wants to jump off the page and into my mouth. 😀

  100. Mitch says:

    Numero UNO!

  101. Cheryl says:

    Mayo #1 outside

  102. Marie says:

    Definitely #1. I agree with Karyn, #2 looks like marshmellow cream, not mayo-like at all.

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