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Rooibos Cookbook #5: Kanya's House

So for some sections of the book we shot at Kanya's house. Like when Alida van der Spuy needed to do her bit, or when Kanya had to shoot some of her own recipes for the book, or to finish some odds and ends for the book. Having shot a cookbook at her house before, we were quite at ease in the environment, with her hubby Darryl popping in now and again to see if the dishes for ready for consumption.

The advantages of shooting at a stylist's house:

  • the props are on hand
  • she's familiar with her kitchen
  • she understands that your lights will take up a bit of space in the kitchen
  • the 2 of you decide the pace of the shoot, not a chef
  • no guests to consider
  • pets


And then Jeremy got a hold of the hosepipe! Being in a private environment, one can be a tad silly. This aids the whole process and creativity in general. Also, one should wish to have a good time when you're shooting.

Chilled as it seems, the hard thing about shooting at Kanya's house is that she runs a very busy wedding cake business as well, and the poor woman had to see to her assistants running that part of the business while we knock out food shots as well. The plus side? Loads of Belgian chocolate shavings lying around waiting to be devoured.


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