It's always great to be working with start ups. They are often quite innovative with their foods and full of enthusiasm, which I love.
Also, they are generally more open to suggestions and more open minded about their photography. What is there not to like about that.
So shooting some food photography recently at my studio in London for Raphia foods was a lot of fun and also enlightened me to some delicious Moroccan/French foods Which I hadn't come across before, like these rose flavoured chocolate delights filled with rose fondant and coated in a crispy aromatic dry rose petal outer. They tasted like no other chocolate I've ever tasted before. Superb!
Of course, we couldn't just have one sole lonely chocolate all by itself, so here's the beautiful box it came from with other beauties to keep it company.
For the dark chocolate lovers out there, was this stunning selection.
Last but not least, was this gorgeous slab, coated in nuts and candied cherries.
Calissous are another new addition to my repertoire. These petal shaped sweets are made of a fine mix of almond and candied fruit with a fruity royal icing top.
Fortunately, this cinnamon honey was one of the lovely treats left at my studio and works wonders with my porridge in the mornings.
Sliced seeded oranges are layered in a jar with the best honey and then left to soften, almost like a marmalade and has a similar bitter sweet flavour.
Another favorite when chopped on my morning porridge or yoghurt.
Last but not least, these fabulous almonds have a sweet crust which is then tossed in various seeds.
Not easy to just eat the one.
Until next time..Happy feasting
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Shooting some more editorial style food photography at my London studio recently made for a great photo session and working with an upmarket Indian restaurant was a great joy. With some delicious food photography to be had, I couldn't wait for the Team from Viceroy Indian restaurant to arrive with their talented chef, all the way from Staffordshire.
One of the best things about working on modern food is that there is so much competition, with many chefs trying to get their food to stand out form the crowd. This is particularly evident with new restaurants and event caterers where the end customer is always looking to be wowed. Hence the chefs going the extra mile in the preparation and final appearance of the food. For a food photographer, that is music to our ears.
While shooting some desserts in the studio recently, these gorgeous plums were pulled out the oven and looked too good to ignore. This often happens when there is an opportunity of shooting a lovely shot but it was never planned. It could just be when the food stylist is unpacking her food props for the food photography session and there are some beautiful beetroots or radishes, fresh from the market, lovingly tied with a little string and the opportuinity to photograph them is just too good to ignore.
So as the plum season has just started, these roasted plums were being part baked for a crumble, see below.
If you're a plum fan, get out there and enjoy. Simply cut the plums in half and roast in a medium hot oven for about 20 minutes, with a light sprinkling of muscovado or demerara sugar. They are then ready for dropping into something else, in this case, a delicious crumble, or cook for a little longer and enjoy with a spoon of cream, creme fraiche or in our case, good old fashioned custard, a good quality home made one of course.
If you're looking to make your crumble a little more interesting, try mixing a nut muesli into the mix, for extra crunch and nutty flavour.
The best desserts are always the comfort, and in my case, take me back to the days of proper school dinners, when schools had dinner ladies trained to cook and make real food.
So out of the blue I receive an email from a Swiss Chef and food stylist, Thiery Fuchs, who was in the UK and wondering if I would like to do a test shoot with him.
Why not, I thought; nothing ventured, nothing gained. We booked a day in, had a couple of conversations to discuss some ideas and that was pretty much it. Nothing like a last minute inpromptu food photography shoot to push out the creativity boat.
Not only was it a great days shoot but it was also fascinating to hear about the food photography business in Switzerland.
We shot mostly on a fishy theme with some beef and a pizza thrown in for good measure.
As a London food photographer, it's always good to work with a variety of food stylists to broaden ones experience and this made a great change for me as the images had a lovely moody editorial feel, rather than clean commerical.
With only minutes to spare, we managed to squeeze in a quick pizza...
Which was good as you can't hang around shooting pizzas anyway
Many thanks for Thiery of Fuchs and Corrà for all his hard work and getting in touch with me in the first place. I thoroughly enjoyed the shoot and look forward to the next one.
With a name like Fresh Fitness Foods, you need to make sure your food photography stands up to it and so our whole approach with this recent project was to make the food look prticularly fresh, of course.
Fresh Fitness Foods are a relatively new food company that create tailor-made menus specifically for their client's requirement. Of course, as the name suggests, they are mostly tailored to the fitness industry, so whether you're just trying to get trim, or build up serious muscle bulk, they will come up with a menu to suit you, then deliver it fresh to your door, every day. What a great concept!
They recently approached us with a view to requiring a whole range of photography, not just for their new website but for online, print media and social media too of course.
Due to the amount of photography required, we had to get through each day so we needed fairly standardised lighting with just a little tweaking between shots. Keeping it relatively simple meant we could deliver the numbers. Shooting a variety of images from individual snacks, to ranges of whole menu plans, sometimes in the delivery containers, sometimes on plates.
By using a soft overall fill light then a strong side light we were able to achieve this and get some good contrast as well as saturation in the images which certainly helped bring out the freshness in the food photography.
The end results was a happy client with a healthy repertoire of photography images to add to their arsenal to use to help market their concept further.