After wrapping a photo shoot for BUST magazine (check out the Feb/March issue of BUST to see what we worked on!), amazing food stylist Lauren LaPenna and I decided to do a test shoot. For those of you who may not know, a test shoot is basically when photographers and stylists collaborate on their own project to build up a portfolio and test out ideas. No one gets paid for this.
Side note: I’m always up for testing! Just shoot me a message if you have an idea.
I was stoked when Lauren told me she wanted to do a shoot with dips. She ended up making a White Bean & Sage dip, Olive Tapenade, and a delicious hummus. For me, a vegan, this is classic bar food (am I right fellow vegans?). I knew almost immediately I wanted to do a rustic bar scene with fun lighting and lots of textures. With that in mind I channeled my inner Anna Williams, KQD, and Anders Schonnemann (specifically his breathtaking drink shoot in Issue 29 of Jamie magainze).
Lauren and I turned on some good music, cracked open a few beers, and got to shooting…
Lauren is not only an amazing food stylist, she is an incredibly sweet person. Whenever we work together she goes out of her way to set some food aside for me to try. These dips she made were downright delicious. I’m not going to post the recipes here since they are her own creation but they are up on her blog! You can find the recipe for the Olive Tapenade here. The hummus here. And the White Bean & Sage dip here.
I’m going to talk about myself for a second. Feel free to just ignore this paragraph if you could care less!
If you read my blog regularly you may have noticed that the look and the vibe of the photos in my past few posts have been really inconsistent. You could even say they have been drastically different. Lately I’ve been feeling very eager to narrow down and define my aesthetic as a photographer. To be clearer, you know how sometimes you see a photo or a painting and you can say without hesitation who the artist is because all of their work has a similar aesthetic? That is what I’m looking for. I am proud of the work I do but it’s admittedly inconsistent in its overall tone. I find it difficult to nail down a look because there are so many things I still want and need to try. The point of this ramble is to say that the month of October is all about me trying all the things I’ve been wanting to try and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. What I like and what sucks. I think the only way to find what I’m looking for is to make lots of work and try different things. So bear with me and my inconsistent photography for the time being! I’m going to be experimenting like crazy.
I think that is the most I’ve ever said about myself on this blog. Back to food photography…
The fun thing about doing test shoots is you can try a lot of different things. Here is an entirely different approach to the same food.