Photoshoot; Pastry Chef Perspective
I wasn't exactly sure how I'd piece this blog post together, so bear with me as I dazzle you with beautiful photography and haphazardly create what I hope to be a noteworthy post.
Photo shoots have become the norm for my company over the last two years. But what exactly does it take to put a successful shoot together? The answer is: An infinite amount of time and random talents from a group of cool people. That may sound scary, but it's sort of true. I'll highlight a few broad topics that may help you if you've been curious about having a photo session of your own.
My photography has come a long way since I first started this company. I've had the terrible lighting, awful backgrounds, and all around blurry photo's. I've committed all of the photography crimes. And even though I've grown into my photography skills, I still have a lot to learn. This is why having a successful photo session means having a photographer who is understanding of your needs and style. With that said, the first thing I did was research photographers. After doing so, I ultimately decided that I wanted to work with someone I already knew, so I was able to narrow it down quickly. When I reached out to let her know my overall vision, Emily was so excited. That's when you know it's going to be a successful session! Somehow I landed on shooting during the week of Thanksgiving. Best idea ever?
I appreciate Emily so much because even though her style focuses on photographing people, she was willing to try something new with me and help capture these beautiful photo's. She's flexible, and that quality shines through the photo's from that day.
In the coming weeks, I had put a lot of time into planning how many items I would need to have a successful variation of desserts. My personal plan consisted of about 25 hours of prep, baking, and decorating. That plan didn't include travel and piecing together items at the shoot Overall, 35+ hours for me. (A "simple" shoot can feel like anywhere from two to one million hours, in the desert, with no food or water. Just kidding, but they can be long days.)
Staying organized through the entire process will be your best tool. I'm a bit of an organizing psycho, so I typically make a list of dessert ideas. From there, I break that list down into ingredients. If I feel the ingredients list is too long for what my project is, I may remove or edit items on my list.
A lot of desserts require multiple steps, so rather than having a broad, "easy" looking list, such as "macarons", I break my list up into items that need to be prepared. Example:
Prepare Buttercream for Macs
Piece together Macarons