Food Photographer. Baked Goods. Baba Budan.
Food Photographer Edinburgh
Coming at a time of an early shoot – namely we had been in the studio from about 4.30 am that morning, this particular food shoot was a challenge to say the least. A doughnut and a strong cup of coffee was an absolute, when it came to feeling better about the day. But how to resist?
These were not even normal doughnuts, all filled with delightful creams and citrus… flaked chocolate (not the cheap type you get in children’s advent calendars either, really nice chocolate flakes!)… and extra crispy not soggy or soft. And the smell…. oh dear!
At such times discipline is required. That or a pot of fresh coffee that takes time to filter through so you have all the time whilst this is happening to do the shoot. Then you can eat them!
YRSFood, Food Photography Edinburgh. Baba Budan.
FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY & GEOGRAPHY… WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?
Location, location, location… to borrow a phrase. Sorry this is a bit of a gripe with us in the studio having fallen foul of the ‘local’ thing – and some people’s idea of local is really next door! So the rant begins…
Although Baba Budan are based in Edinburgh, we shot this commission for our retail client in our Inverness food photography studio. It has an extensive prop cupboard and a very large range of backgrounds. Why Inverness? We’re based there and surprising to most, offers excellent travel routes to all the major cities in Scotland and yes, without the huge business rate costs! So our retail client, hired a studio in Inverness, although they were based in Edinburgh. Simple…?
But an important point is this ‘geography’…
We often hear ‘ Inverness is miles away, we want someone local’. Why? Surely you want someone who is good? We do not charge travel expenses unless extreme. Also couriers are getting better, so you can simply ship. If delicate, we fetch… So what’s with the geography?
Surely getting the best person to do the job should be more important than where they are? Inverness, is just up the A9 or just up the A82 (which most do anyway when they want to play in the mountains!!) It’s even just over to the left from Aberdeen. It’s not far and takes approx 2.5 hours to 3 hours to all major commercial places in Scotland. OK rant over!
BACK TO THE FOOD SHOOT…
So there we were, opening the client’s boxing to be hit by this kind of smell and only 7.30am in the morning. The only thing that broke the silence was the rumbling of a tummy somewhere in the shoot room of the studio (no not mine… but I know who it was!). Even the studio ‘pups’ where sitting, trying desperately to look intelligent and well behaved, in the faint hope of a morsel – Labradors! So, as I said the perfect storm of hunger and a challenging shoot – key is not to lick your fingers as you move the product into position otherwise everything gets really sticky.
As it was, the light was perfect because of the storm outside – shafts of light coming in with deep shadow – how can we replicate this in the studio??? With such light we had to be choosy and very quick. We were given a brief by our retail client selling these products, that the style was to be old French farmhouse – so, we got to play with lots of old kitchen props and backing ingredients.
This leads us to another rant… getting hold of old baking props – please stop dumping them everyone – let us give them a home. Yes we can make modern look old using ageing techniques and we do, extensively, but this doesn’t allow for the changes of shape from the past to the present. We were not happy about the baking tray in this shot – simply couldn’t get a rustic or antique baking tray the shape we wanted – and we searched everywhere – so we cheated and used loads of crinkle brown cooking parchment to hide it. How should it be shaped – folded corners – not pressed out curves.
Yes, it’s this level of detail we go to when we’re shooting a client’s product. No we do not simply pop to Tescos and get a cheap cutting board, we make them and then distress them, the baking tins must have the right shape and look years old.. So it goes on… It’s what makes the difference between a food photographer and other photography disciplines.
YRSFood, Food Photographer Edinburgh.
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ABOUT YRSCOMMERCIAL & YRSFOOD
YRSFood, a small specialist photography studio that provides a big studio service to its clients, bringing photography, styling and prop acquisition under a single low cost fixed price package approach. We work throughout the food chain from agricultural levels through to processing and production and of course menus and editorial. The entire food chain from field to fork for Edinburgh & Scotland. So if your a food producer, a food retailer, artisan bakery or cafe and restaurant, why not give us a call and we will see what we can create for you that expresses the taste, ingredients and care you place in your products or meals.
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YRSFood (Your Reflection Studio) is based in the Highlands, working with restaurants and food producers throughout the Edinburgh & Scotland. We work with business, media and editors, creating images of food, menus and packaging, designers and food PR agencies, creating food mages for commercial, editorial, promotional, brand and packaging uses, as-well-as for media, publishing and PR.
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