Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Danie Nel INSIDE: Jenny Morris -Taste The World Shoot

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Taste the World with Jenny Morris

Jenny 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”

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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, you’re in for a surprise. It’s hard physical labour, especially if you see how many props she had to carry into the studio!

Apart from having to make the food look good, the stylist (and her assistant, also called Caro!), cooks most of the food, sources the ingredients and props, returns it, plans and conceptualises shots and generally perform the duties of a producer. As a  photographer my job is to get what they do on the table to look phenomenal in the final image.

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As you can see, Jenny realises the effort the stylist puts in!

I’m not going to bore you with all sorts of technical information on shooting the food. Rather, I’ll just show some pics, and a little home-movie style video I took with my phone during the 5 days of shooting the book.

Behind the scenes shooing Jenny Morris’s book: Taste the World

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On food shoots, I don’t travel light either. Normally I have 4 lights on hand, a bunch of reflectors, tethered laptop etc etc.

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…and yes, as always, we ate the food.

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This is part of the team:

Caro (Caro Gardner’s assistant), Caro Gardner (stylist), Abdul (Giggling Gourmet Chef’s Playground Executive Chef), Jenny Morris and myself.

Do not be mistaken into thinking that these 5 people made the book happen by ourselves. They were just there on the day of the pic. I also worked with Ceri Prenter (publisher), Michelle Marlin (editor), Marius Roux (design/art direction) and Jenny’s wonderful team at the GGCP.

Now, go and buy the book.

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