Making Lemon Curd

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.

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Curry Photography

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.

Curry By Stacy Grant

Tikka Masala by Stacy Grant

Victoria Sponge Cake

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!

Victoria sponge

Victoria Sponge Cake by Stacy Grant

Victoria Sponge by Stacy Grant

Victoria Sponge WAS photography


This Weekend Cookbook Review I’m reviewing Polpo –¬†A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts).

Its a beautiful book to look at, I love the way that it is bound with no spine so you can see the binding and it is printed on lovely soft cream paper.  Written by Russell Norman and photographed by Jenny Zarins,  not only is the book full of recipes and beautiful food photography but it all has wonderful photos of Venice as well as a restaurant and bar guide.

The food photography has a lovely soft lighting to it and is very close up on the food, leaving little room for heavy prop styling, the result is simple and beautiful. The food doesn’t look styled, it looks very natural as it would be served and there is no mention of a food stylist.

A lovely book to inspire a very natural look food photography.

Polpo - A Ventian Cookbook