I like a good classic cocktail. I also like a good photo that makes me want to try new cocktails. When I'm hunting for new cocktail recipes I come across a lot of mediocre photos that don't make me want to try the cocktail. There's that saying that we eat first with our eyes. The same is true with cocktails. When I look back at my early cocktail photos (and my photos in general) I'm slightly embarrassed. I shouldn't be, but I am. It's like that with anything.
As a writer, I'm horrified with my early writing. Still horrified. But that's why we practice.
And so I practice. I just happen to practice on beverages that have a bit of alcohol in them.