Boston Tea Party – Food Photography

Boston Tea Party are refreshing their menu for the summer, and we had a lot of tasty dishes to photograph. With BTP producing ethical, honest food, we also like to keep the food manipulation down to a minimum, leaving it to the chef to produce food that’s exactly the same as what’s actually served to customers (everything had been weighed to ensure a precise portion size). We also avoid any food photography ‘tricks’, like PVC glue for milk, or painting roast chicken with brown dye to give it that crispy look (honestly).

The photography below is of real edible food produced by a BTP chef in a standard kitchen, our job was to make sure it was shown as accurately and in as good light as possible. We think they’ve done a fantastic job with their new menu, and shall be paying a visit to a café soon to try a dish or two out.

The later part of the day we also photographed the front of two BTP Cafes and some other marketing materials too.

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Creative Food Photography

We’re asked to photograph a wide range of dishes but this time we decided to do something a little different. Taking inspiration from world famous photographer Orkun Orcan, we put together the following scene with Sainsbury’s Sushi. The shoot was such that we tried various methods from hanging the food in place with fishing wire to using large tweezers. We settled on a method that allowed multiple angles and positions of the same piece which could then be placed anywhere in the final composite scene. We built the backdrop in 3D software, creating a virtual fabric material and then recreated our lighting setup in the 3D environment to emulate our real world studio lighting. This approach also allows for quick changes in backdrop at any time without a re-shoot or time consuming post-processing.

Our creative food photography is available to all our clients and is not limited to falling pieces of sushi, let your imagination run wild and we’ll see what we can do together.

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Canon Professional Services (CPS) Shoot Day

Canon invited us along to a professional services day; part of photographing with professional Canon gear is that we get the occasional invite to join them on a day out to try out new equipment and photograph events we wouldn’t normally get to do. It’s also a no pressure environment to photograph and chat with other photographers and this time around we headed to Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre in Nottingham, to photograph canoeists travelling down the impressive artificial rapids there.

After two excellent talks by Canon Explorers Eddie Keogh & Samo Vidic it was time to head out to the shooting area but not before selecting the equipment to shoot with from Canon’s vast artillery that they had brought along. I grabbed myself a Canon 1Dx mk2 as I’d previously tried a Canon mk4 before release at Canon HQ in London, not too long ago and thought a 1Dx and its 14fps would be great fun (I wasn’t wrong) to try out. I also mated a 16-35 f4 mk2 lens to my 5D mk3 body to grab some clean wide angle shots.

At the shooting area, it wasn’t long before the Canoeists headed down and the clattering of Canon bodies fired up around me from the other photographers. I joined in the choir, pushing the 1Dx right up to 14fps to capture the fast water and fleeting moments from the guys navigating themselves down the rapids. The 14fps of the 1Dx was really quite something, it shot effortlessly to the point I had to hold back from filling up my poor memory cards with hundreds of RAW files. At one point, as a girl navigated down the rapids, I kept my finger on the shutter button in an attempt to show the camera who’s boss and choke the buffer, but no such luck; it laughed at me as it chewed through my memory card before spitting it out and demanding I put another one in.

With the mk3 on my right side with the 16-35 f4 attached, I brought it up to my eye to photograph the guys and girls coming through under a bridge, to capture the speed of the water and them being caught up and controlling themselves through the turbulence. The 5D mk3, formidable as it is, after the 1Dx – felt very slow in comparison. You can certainly see why any self respecting sports photographer would take a 1Dx II over anything else, that camera is a beast.

After an hour or so of photographing and the light having completely disappeared, everyone headed back to the meeting room for a quick chat and a coffee before heading home. Thanks has to go out for the superb support from Canon, they are always excellent and it really gives me the confidence as a professional Canon photographer knowing that every Canon member there knows the cameras inside and out. Their knowledge and expertise never ceases to impress, and it’s always a pleasure to spend a few hours drinking their coffee and eating sandwiches too.

As some of the canoeists are below the age of 18, and while it’s not a legal requirement for us to refrain from posting their photos, one or two are pro level and I haven’t the time to contact them out of respect to publish the photos here. The below shots have been selected accordingly.

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Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party asked for us to make our way down south to photograph a new location of one of their cafes, and also – on a separate day – a few new menu items ready for Xmas. For the Christmas items, we shot on location in their staff-room which had a table with a similar style to what’s in their cafes. As all around was office furniture and members of staff, choice of angles was limited. I enjoy having to find a solution to a ‘problem’, it often brings new angles, focal lengths, heights (I was up top a full sized ladder for some of these!) and ideas, which is a great way of producing photography that holds people’s attention.

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Weybridge registry office wedding with Irana

Irana got in touch to ask if I could photograph her marriage at Weybridge register office in Surrey. As they were having a big wedding day with all their family and friends in 2016, there was just the couple themselves, Irana’s sister and parents. I photographed their ceremony and then proceeded to capture couple photographs and group shots. I was with them for less than an hour in total and it was great fun, plus we even snuck in to their Limo for one or two photos before I left them to their celebration lunch.

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