A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to work with an amazing stylist Mary Kei and the very talented lighting guru Selva. Mary Kei and Selva were kind enough to offer a day of their EID holiday to shoot with me. I have been shooting food at home the last year with natural light but I lack the experience of shooting food in the studio with lighting set ups. We made a plan to use 2 sets – one tungsten lighting and one studio flash. I enjoyed using both lighting setups but boy to prefer natural light still! I love the images we came away with and am very proud to feature them in my portfolio, I must say if I had to choose I would use the flash set up!
We started with roast chicken and used an amazing steel table that MK brought, I wanted to have a darker softer light with darker props and simple set up. Here is the final shot I chose shot using fa lash set up and an extra skrim in between the softbox to soften the light even more.
The next shot was chicken in a more picnic set up using Tungsten…
Here you can see Selva using his magic reflectors to add small amounts of light into certain areas of the food, dont know what I would have done without him, I would have needed 5 pairs of arms!
Thanks to The Studio we managed to have a lovely large studio to set up both sets, lots of room for the mountain of props MK has and then theres the lighting and the food prep area!
The next part of the shoot went to dessert…mmmmm pavlova! Again we shot this on 2 sets, I much prefer the darker shot seen above, it makes the fruit pop and gives it that edge I was after. I did have to sneak it off to the window though to a natural light shot, couldnt help myself!!!
My hero of the day was the chicken wrap, MK did such a fabulous job on these, it made my job so much easier, also by this time I got used to the lighting and managed to get it right pretty quickly. The one thing I love about this food shot is the dribble thats just about to happen, make s it look super yummy and desirable. Not sure MK appreciated the drip of oily mayo on her beautiful napkin. 🙂
At The Studio, we have a lot of food shoots, and one of the most popular smells of a food shoot is THE BURGER! It always makes us hungry smelling the cooking downstairs and this day was no exception, but when your working with food all day, you dont really want to eat it as its had hands all over it and maybe not cooked properly. No thank you! Mk made the burgers look so yummy!!!
MK adding the finishing touches on the pavlova
We finished the shoot with some yummy iced latte’s, the blue board is one I found near a bin recently, painted and bashed up it works pretty well with the colour of the coffee and biscuits.
Food photographer in Dubai