Christmas Treats

It’s nearly Christmas… that not only means photographing lots of turkeys it also means mince pies! YUM!

This week I’ve shot the prep of mince pies, which I was rather excited about as I got to use my beautiful vintage fairycake tray that I bought in summertime and a vintage fair and well as shooting shop bought Finest mince pies. I love these shots, styled by the talented Vicky Sheard.

Making Mince Pies by Stacy Grant

Mince Pies by Stacy Grant

Non Food Friday – Woburn Village Festival

Last weekend was the Woburn Village Festival, an annual event in my village that I really look forward to. The festival used to known as the Oyster Festival because it was all about eating Oysters, drinking beer and listening to live music. Last year it changed to the Village Festival to make it more a family event, they still sell Oysters and  have live music, but it’s not quite the same. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of antique stalls there this year and picked up a lovely little vintage Hovis tin for only £4… bargain!

Woburn Oyster Festival

Woburn Village Festival

Woburn Village Festival antiques

Vintage Hovis bread tin

Downton Abbey Recipe Shoot

Last week was so exciting, we’ve been shooting a set of recipes for Downton Abbey as soon as I heard about this project I couldn’t wait to start shooting. I loved putting together mood boards for the styling and gathering my favourite images on Pinterest for food styling ideas, table settings and props.

Some of the recipes we were given to shoot were fabulous, my favourites was the Chicken with rose petal sauce.

We had and incredible selection of beautiful vintage props, plates and cutlery to choose from which made shooting it such a pleasure. Really proves how important the right props are.

Props

Downton Abbey props

All our lovely cutlery for the shoot

All our lovely cutlery for the shoot

Lovely little vintage pots

Lovely little vintage pots

My set with the Rhubarb Flummery about to be shot

My set with the Rhubarb Flummery about to be shot

Table setting for the shoot

Table setting for the shoot

 

Christmas Has Begun

Last week we begun shooting for the Christmas Dinner Guide Book, 39 shot of various Christmas dinner meats joints, mostly turkeys and some party food too, it continues this week.  It has been exhausting, trying to come up with different ways to present yet another turkey joint, different trimmings and side dishes as well as new table setting for each. Luckily our prop stylist hired us a wonderful collection of platters, boards, cutlery table cloths and napkins from China & Co.

Feast your eyes on all these goodies…

props

Props table

White ceramics

platters

Gravy boats

Cutlery

 

Vintage School Milk Bottle

This weekend I visited my parents and we spent our time together enjoying the cafes and shops in Rochester. In one of the many cute independent shops in the high street I found a lovely vintage school milk bottle complete with paper straw… one of the many things I see when I’m out and about and know immediately I need to add it to my forever growing props collection.

 

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