Firstly sorry, it appears to have been a month since my last blog entry… I’ve been busy shooting food and wine as well as enjoying a week off at home spring cleaning and prop shopping.
I’m so happy that Spring is finally here, the blossom and daffodils are out and everything we are shooting in the studio is being lit to suggest alfesco dining. We’ve seen lots of BBQ food coming in to be shot, we’ve even built a little BBQ set with grass in a corner of the studio.
Even my recent wine shoot was shot in a very different style to what the team usually like. The brief was to create a fresh outdoors feel and included a lot more food than we usually do, suggesting friends coming together at Easter.
I was so excited this week when I found out that we would be shooting a Victora sponge cake recipe and not only that but also cooking and styling it would be the lovely Julia Azzarello. My brief to Julia was to give the Victoria sponge a modern twist by styling it similar to the current trend of naked cakes… she didn’t let me down, it looked (and tasted) stunning!
We had a dairy shoot this week, where I needed to show, milk, yogurt and butter in the on shot. Which was exciting as I finally got to use my mini vintage milk bottle in a shot. The composition in the final shot is very different to this as being a dairy shot, the yogurt needed to sit in the foreground, with the sub heroes being the milk, cereal and butter. But as I was setting up the shot, this was my favourite composition, so I shot this for me. Makes me long for the weekend, so I can have a cooked breakfast!
Shooting world food this week, Indian, Asian, Italian, Mexican as well and beer and wine from around the world. Here’s my Italian entry.
We decided to make something simple and classically Italian, with a nice parmesan cheese on the grater as a background prop. I really love this shot, it makes me hungry.
I can’t quite remember when or where I first heard about Tara Fisher, but I am a huge fan of her work. Tara has worked in the industry for over ten years, she shoots for magazines and advertising and has also worked on many cookbooks. Her work is beautifully lit with simple uncomplicated compositions. I like how the styling is delicate and keeps things feeling very realistic. Beautiful work, very inspiring to me.
Best way to christen the new kitchen…. with a little flambé!
At this time of year there are two things I seem to shoot over and over…. one of them is turkeys the other is soup! Even so, I never get bored of shooting soup because it always makes such a cosy looking shot.
For this shot I decided to test out a new soft box… I love the way it directs the soft light so that I can use it to just focus on the food.
It was great going into store today, so much of the recent work I have been doing is popping up in there. I couldn’t help snapping a couple of shots of it on my phone as I walked round.
Bread making shots of the Finest signage
Signs above the Finest flowers
One of the projects I have been working on this week was a Paneer curry for Diwali. The hero of the shot is the paneer , so we really needed to make sure it didn’t get lost in the curry, with a side of basmati rice and chapatti. I really love how the fresh coriander and limes complete the shot and the little tiny details like the sesame seed show through in the curry. Makes me hungry just looking at the shot, in fact I was hungry all day when shooting this!
I wanted to add to the work portfolio by showcasing the skills and abilities of our in house chef as well as producing some lovely photography. So I set out to do three set of images; 1. Portrait of a chef (remember shot of the month last week – well that was one of my portraits so far) 2. Chef skills – the vast range of talents in the kitchen out chef possesses 3. Dynamic food/chef shots.
Its and on going project for me when I get time to fit it in, these shots come under the Chef skills category.