Monday, October 10, 2011

Shooting some Rice


(C) Danie Nel Photography cc


A while ago I had the great opportunity to shoot with Jenny Morris again, but not on her book, as I've been doing for a good part of the winter. This time around we were shooting for Spekko Rice, with Susan Bosman picking up styling duties, and Jenny designing the recipes.

We had 3 days in her studio, and as always it was a fun affair at the "Cook's Playground".

If you thought rice was not an interesting food to shoot, or that there is not a lot you can do with it, think again. I've never had so many different types of rice dishes, ever, and I'm still quite amazed how a little grain plant from obscure paddies in Asia can be used in such culinary masterpieces.

It's also important when shooting food, and especially over three days, that you mix up the light set-up, in order to avoid it looking the same in every shot, but also to keep it similar enough for the thread of consistency to go through all the images.  



I can't let too much out of the bag in terms of shooting the images or what happened behind the scenes. However, I can share some of the results with you! Enjoy, get hungry, and trust me, it tastes as good as it look.

Sorry to do this, but as I've been ripped off I have to put this disclaimer here:

All images on this blog belongs to Danie Nel Photography cc and the commissioning client in its entirety, and any unauthorised copying or usage of these images are strictly prohibited, whether in use for blogs, websites, print or any manner of distribution, except in this blog.

Now with the unpleasantries out of the way, eat your monitor.

Jenny Morris a.k.a. The Giggling Gourmet




























































The Team (ex Jenny - she had to go and do a radio show when we took this pic). In broad terms it's our culinary assistants for the day, the PR representative for Pioneer Foods and the advertising agency's art director, and me on the right. Second to left is Susan Bosman. For sake of privacy I'll not name the others.

Remember my food photography portfolio is viewable at my website.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Crestock Homepage Image

This image, from a stock shoot last year, is available today as a free download at Crestock only. Crestock was taken over by Masterfile last year, and has since shown a great improvement. I have a very small portfolio still there, but working on getting it up to 500 images by December.

I'm currently a contributor to 12 microstock sites, and one traditional local stock agency. As you can imagine, keeping all of them fed with a steady supply of images is rather time-consuming on top of all my other work.



Here is a little behind-the-scenes video of the shoot we did on the day.
Make-up: Joleta Keane
Model: Monnique Heydra

In the sidebar you'll see most of the agencies I contribute to, and you can check out my work there. Bear in mind that stock is somewhat different from creative commercial work, and genericism is a key component to this work.


All my stock images is available directly from me as well at nelimages.com. The site is continually getting new images, and is lagging somewhat behind what is available at istock, Shutterstock and the like. You're welcome to request an image you see on there from my portfolio, though, and I can supply directly to you.