In this post of food photographer’s diary, Evi shares a story of macaron photography. As a food photographer, there are instances when you may have to shoot portraits as well. Let’s hear from Evi, how she took macaron photos and portraits for chef.
Macarons Photography and Chef Portraits
Often when I photograph for a restaurant the owner or chef asks me if I could also shoot the space or a portrait. I am definitely more comfortable with food and still life photography, but of course I want to be able to deliver these photos as well. Below are a few images from a recent desert and portrait shot that I wanted to share with you.
The pastry chef made a variety of macarons for the shoot. (The pink ones are almond butter and rhubarb jam filled!) I photographed her pastries on the back deck of the kitchen. It was an overcast day and the deck had a bunch of tables to work on. During a break the chef came outside, sat down to chat and there it was the perfect portrait pose! (Now I wish I had taken out that door mat…oh well.)
I tried a few different angles for the macarons and liked them best from the top. In the image below they are settling on the backing sheet. The other shot shows how she gave them to me, in a tart dish on our prop table. I loved the light and the one sideways macaron, which was filled with vanilla creme. The dirty dish towel with the green line could have been a bit cleaner, but I really enjoyed the composition of the circles and the line, and the green, white and pink colors.
More delicious macarons next to the window on the prop table.
I also took a few close-ups of the chef and the macarons and thought these two would make a great diptych…both smiling.
As you can see I do need to practice my portrait photography this summer. How is that going for you, do you shoot spaces and portraits as well? Right now it seems like photographers are supposed to specialize into a niche…maybe chef portraits still fall under food photography, right?!
PS: I probably do not need to mention that none of the macarons survived the shot. One of the great perks of being a food photographer is that you get to sample so much delicious and good looking food.
Rest of the Posts in Food Photographer’s Diary Series
Here are other posts from Evi’s food photography journey–
- Starting in food photography
- Food photography portfolio event
- First photography shoot for restaurant.
- Her food photography studio
- Shooting first food video
- Food shoot with a food stylist
- Starting in Stock Food Photography
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