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Danie Nel INSIDE: Jenny Morris -Taste The World Shoot

Taste the World with Jenny MorrisJenny Morris, the Giggling Gourmet, has launched another beautiful book. I was privileged again to be able to be a part of this amazing project.Jenny’s previous book, “Cooking with Jenny Morris” was a blast of colours, tastes and fun.This time around, Jenny took her inspiration from her travels, and brought them to the kitchen, where myself and Caro Gardner, the stylist, were charged with making everyone see how awesome these dishes are. First off: the cover shot. I’m not going to discuss that here, but you can read the blog post relating to that shoot (it was done prior the commencement of the food photography for this book). Herewith a video to refresh you memory, or show you how that went down. Shooting the cover for “Jenny Morris–Taste the World” As I’ve mentioned before, Caro Gardner took care of the styling on this particular job. For those who think styling food on a project such as this is just pushing leaves around and playing with tweezers, yo…

Shooting the G.

Recently a client made an interesting observation. She mentioned that I tend to blog only the “exciting” jobs that I do, but not the stuff that pays the bills. Those are the things she’s bound to commission me with, and thus, I should please blog those too. First off, I was glad to hear that, because I find pretty much every shoot exciting in some way. I was just always under the impression that people wouldn’t necessarily care about these jobs. Anyways, so I’ll start blogging these too.I do a fair amount of work in the wine industry, and pack shots and product photography is a good part of my business. Can I put a common misconception to bed, before I continue:Shooting excellent pack-shots is not easy. You might see a Youtube video on how to shoot a product shot with just a desk-lamp and piece of tissue paper, and yes you can, but it will be functional, not excellent. Let me be clear. What’s even more difficult with wine bottles is obviously the glass-reflection factor, but also, tha…

Medi-Clinic Family Magazine Cover

SEE THE COVER HERE: http://mediclinic.digitalmag.co.za/mediclinic/14/#1So, a couple of months ago (ok, more like 6 months ago, I’m still lagging on my blogging regime for 2013) I did a shoot with Medi-Clinic’s “Family” magazine, with Wilma van der Bijl, a former Miss South Africa, who survived breast cancer and shared her story here in the magazine. You can read the article here: http://mediclinic.digitalmag.co.za/mediclinic/14/#22It was an early morning shoot, as these things are, at Camp’s Bay beach. The idea was to get the ocean and the beauty of The Twelve Apostles in the background, with the soft dawn light still around. I got there early and got coffee. That is a must. Then I scouted the beach in near darkness and did some tests. I got my things set up and waited for the lot to arrive. Those quiet moments before a shoot are golden for getting your mind set on the job at hand, and to take in the privilege of doing what I do for a living. Anyways, not that I have too much to share…