This morning I was sitting at my home office staring at a bunch of delicious home made blueberry muffins, torn between my integrity and patience as a photographer and my impatience and hunger, as a foodie. Obviously, integrity triumphed otherwise this post would not exist, needless to say that a re-shoot is impossible though!
First forays, first experiments are nerve wracking. Food photography is a genre that I have only , so far, playfully dabbled at. So to take a serious stab at it, meant hours of pouring through photographs, blogs, written material of any sort, analyzing lighting in photographs, analyzing lighting through the house at different times of day and lastly agonizing over props and what to actually photograph.
Baking to me, is a cathartic mathematical experience. Follow the equation to the word and failure is not a probability. I enjoy baking, measuring every tiny litte 1/8th of a teaspoon to attain nirvana in the form a deliciously aromatic concoction that in every bite reminds me that it will settle forever on my hips, but the devilishly decadent taste beckons like Mata Hari. If food photography was daunting, the only way to make this task easy and to make the first steps into this genre easy, was to make the baking part easy. To stick to the known was the easiest solution and Blueberry Muffins are things I can make in my sleep. Having settled on the subject, now I needed to figure out how to shoot it. Every blog and book on the genre, said one thing that stuck like glue in my head – just treat food like you would any other subject and to stick to natural light. Fantastic and that’s exactly what I did and the good part about food is that, as opposed to portrait subjects, these don’t have opinions about your work! 🙂
So I searched high and low for angles to shoot it in, used the basic ingredient ( blueberry) as a prop and some raspberry for color and contrast, an old dish cloth, a wooden chopping board and some seamless white paper background to create a set of images that are pretty neat. I am glad, however, that I did not try to experiment with the likes of gelato or ice cream though! Those foods just don’t have the patience to sit through a shoot. Like everything else in life – I started simple and kept adding pieces to the puzzle to create a set of images ranging from simple shots of just muffins to slightly more elaborately styled shots. Enjoy! Buon Appetito!
Please DO NOT use the images or words without the author’s prior and explicit permission. If you need to purchase or use any prints from this blog then leave me a note and I will get back to you. Click on the picture to view an enlarged version and to see a brief write up about the shot. The recipe is courtesy of Ina Garten – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/blueberry-coffee-cake-muffins-recipe/index.html , but I did substitute baking powder for soda and used more blueberries than required ( because i like more anti-oxidant deliciousness per bite), I substituted yoghurt for sour cream and 3 large eggs instead of extra large and it came out just as fluffy and just as delicious!