Brings all the boys to the yard!
Last week I was working on a set of lemon recipe images and decided to shoot a small series on lemon curd. Starting with a making shot, which I also decided to shoot overhead. As well as an eating shot, which I challenged myself to shoot with two totally different lighting set up. Lighting 1. was to be a cosy comfy rustic feel and lighting 2. a bright cheery morning shot. I discovered that Lurpac butter and lemon curd survive really well under studio lights.
When I am asked to shoot curry I worry a little, sometime the curry itself lacks colour and texture, especially if it’s a Korma. Luckily the curry I had to work with was a Tikka Masala. Working with only the quantity of meat and veg in the dish we lift them up to bring them to surface to add definition and to help make to food easily recognisable. Propping curries is one of my favourite food styling jobs, adding to breads, crunching popadoms, squeezing limes and sprinkling herbs and spices about. Beautiful shot, I’m so happy with the ways these turned out.
I’ve been working on a Halal meat shoot and needed to come up with some ideas on how to present chicken legs and a whole chicken. I knew immediately which board/surface I wanted to use – it’s one that chef had made for me out of an old pallet and I wanted to show the chicken in the pans they have been cooked in. I’m really pleased with the way the shots turned out and have added them straight into my portfolio.
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!