In the first post, Evi shared how she got started and how you can start in food photography. In second post, we learned about food photography portfolio event. Third post was about first photography shoot for restaurant. In her fourth post, Evi showed us her food photography studio and in the fifth post, she shared her first food video.
In this post, Evi shares experience from her first photo shoot with food stylist Laurie Knoop.
Food Photo Shoot with a Food Stylist
A couple of weeks ago I discovered that established food stylist Laura Knoop lives in my neighborhood. I contacted her, we met for coffee, she liked my work and we decided to do a test shoot in her great Harlem studio. So far I have styled all photos myself, or with the help of a chef or assistant but I have reached my limits and was looking forward to work with a pro! We decided to shoot a summer salad scene with a light salad, baguette, a plate of prosciutto, cheese, and water.
We went to a local supermarket and picked the best looking greens, prosciutto and a baguette. It is funny to evaluate a baguette for good looks! We also came across some handsome looking fern tips, mushrooms and radishes that we picked for still-lifes. Back in the studio we selected plates, silver wear and napkins. We set up a rustic looking table top next to the window. While Laurie prepared the ingredients for the salad I set-up my gear: tripod, camera, laptop, reflectors and tried to warm up with a few still-lifes:
I tried to find a good angle for the salad dish with empty props. After the setting and the light looked right Laurie brought the salad and refreshed it with water.
Then we fiddled around with the salad, mushrooms on/off, different items in the background:
Once we were satisfied we moved on to the bigger scene:
….and the final adjusted and cropped photo:
…and wuuush, the day was over!
It makes a big difference to work with a stylist. Everything looks so much better, it saves time and I was able to focus on the light, composition, angel etc, without needing to worry about preparing the food too. I can really see now why a professional shoot needs a food stylist, a prop stylist and an assistant! It was a great experience to work with Laurie. She made lots of suggestions, shared stories and advice form her experience, we laughed and ate fern tips!!
I had a great day, and am even more sure that I want to be a food photographer!
PS: and Laurie’s inventory of props is gorgeous. She even has a shelf with cakes:
Over to You…
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