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FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER & FOOD STYLISTS: GRAPETREE MERRY HILL.
We arrive at a large warehouse on a slightly drizzly Merry Hill day, to be led to a very long boardroom – more like a very wide corridor it stretched for a very long way. Either side, boxes and boxes neatly laid against the skirting
edge… boxes and boxes of product to be shot – some in packaging other loose.
Some products you might recognise as the packaging did al the explaining others you would have no idea what they were – try sampling a cashew nut only to find the green paste around it is wasaabe.. A painful lesson for one member of the studio to NOT try product when you’re in a shoot!
So what was there there? pulses, nuts, proceed nut products, beans, seeds and then we had waters and creams and milks… the list went on. We were to shoot and cataloggue by product code so that the image was easily dropped into their distribution and ecommerce system and all to be done in a few hours as the boardroom was needed. A full ecommerce studio was set up, white sweep and lighting and shot to PC, amending the file name of the
images on the fly so to speak to the name of the product code reference. We averaged one product every three minutes that day… Jars as usual were a problem that took longer – we hate to see the continuous lighting units reflected in them so we end up moving things around to limit the effect and as for dark chocolate covered brazils (which I know are scrummy) are a nightmare to shoot – all those little reflections which we ended up removing in post production. Lastly we were asked as we left the shoot it would could do another shoot of creative work – which we did at a more leisurely pace in the studio the next day. Fun all round and no – no one likes the wassabe coated nuts!
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