Food Photographer. Confectionery. Marshmallow Lady.

Food Photographer. Confectionery. Marshmallow Lady.

22nd August 2018 Off By YRSMarketing

Food Photographer Edinburgh

Now not having a sweet tooth can be a blessing in a food photographer. No temptation, as such a lot of the food product we shoot is of a sweet nature – whether baked goods or confectionery. So this product caused a bit of a stir…

The flavours of the marshmallow here are quite extraordinary – crushed lime, rose water (Turkish delight to normal people!!) caramel and intense vanilla. they are all hand made and quite exquisite.  And they actually tasted stunning – not too sweet – just the perfect balance of sharp and sweet.

So all was lost! Discipline was required not only in professional terms but ‘picking’ terms as well… some of the team were a little less disciplined than I would have liked – especially during the lime crumble shoot!

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The lemon crumble on the marshmallow sizzled on the tongue like the old fashion fizzy dusty we had as children in the 70s!

It’s never a good policy to pick from the food photography table. You have no idea what the food stylist has done or indeed where the fingers of the photographer have been – prodding chilli powder products one minute, then sweet confectionery the next. The impact can be very hazardous if consumed!

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It’s nice to be able to break down a product into raw ingredients… the only thing is, just how much the ingredients impact the product, so you have to be careful.

It’s easy to get carried away with the use of ingredients to show a product’s authentic flavour or trace ability. Only you have to be careful – not all is as it seems. We were lucky with this product range, as loads of real fruit was added to the mixture. We’ve had some clients who only use oils or essences and implying fresh fruit is wrong. YRSFood, Food Photographer, Edinburgh.


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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 Marshmallow Lady are based in Edinburgh, we shot this commission for our retail client in our Cannock food photographer. As a studio, like our other studio in the Highlands, it has an extensive prop cupboard and a very large range of backgrounds. Why did we use Cannock? We had a load of other shoots to deal with down there so it made sense to group them in one place. They hired a studio in Inverness, although they were based in Edinburgh.

But an important point, geography…

We often hear ‘we want someone local’, both studios hear it. 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… Either way, surely getting the best person to do the job should be more important than where they are? OK rant over!

The product was collected from the retailer in Edinburgh on our trip down from Ness. As a retailer, they intended to ship direct from a web portal, so the images had to be very visual to complete with less ‘artisan’ confectionery products.

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We were asked to shoot around 12 flavours in this commission, our approach being to bring the raw ingredients flavours out with each of the styles adopted.  Add to this we used a rear lamp that had been colour set to ‘sunset’ light to create strong shadows creating shape and form and the occasional shaft of light to highlight individual features of the marshmallow segment.

So first of all the food photographer went into prop buying mode – ingredients were bought from local suppliers – ranging from limes to vanilla pods all purchased fresh for the morning shoot, icing sugar as well and then the buyers turned to props. 

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We went for a simple hessian mat background and then used Victorian fruit forks to set a little panache within the image. This image used Orios (yes, they are crushed as an ingredient to this flavour of marsh mallow) – these biscuits seem to be being used everywhere, from ice cream additions to now marshmallow – so we broke these as if the marshmallow were the result of the making process. 

The packaging set to the bottom corner showing a sample display pack.  The backgrounds which were made specifically for this shoot were a distressed dark green colour with yellow / paprika (Rose Paints) splashes added to the distress areas.  When we applied the sunset light the colour pallet changed – sending the green to a dark colour and emphasising the yellow highlights.  Using 50M pixel definition cameras means that not only can the images be used in website work but also display work as well.

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YRSFood, a small specialist photographer 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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