Let them eat cake...

Day 4. Food photography is really growing on me. I am a strong extrovert and normally thrive in groups. However I am also the creative type which consequently means I am a control freak. I never thought I would love tinkering all by myself so much. Food photography is *complete* and *total* control! And it's really hard to make everything perfect! I love it! 

I woke up this morning and decided I wanted to photograph an egg. Big disaster! I am in no way ready for hot food. I love great food. And I love to cook. Unfortunately I don't get the opportunity or practice I really need because my assistant and partner, Oliver, has a palette fine tuned to frozen waffles and goldfish crackers.  

Oliver had other business to attend to today at preschool so I was on my own. After a brief trip to the book store perusing food magazines,  I decided to purchase something delicious.

I had always wanted to try a slice of giant cake from my local favorite restaurant, The Jewish Mother. But whenever I go there I am so full of Rueben's and Matzah ball soup, I never make it to the cake. Well not today! I purchased two pieces of cake and raced home before the icing started to sweat. 

I lined three dark stained boards that I use for photographing babies on top of the table. I thought the dark would compliment the chocolate better than the blonde wood on my table. I also set my white foam boards on the back and side of the table. I added a silver reflector the the opposite side creating a little box around the plate. The cake was facing the window. I was crouched down just above the window sill shooting in the direction of the light. I was twelve shots in before I just had to take a bite. 

I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed the cake!  

Canon 5D mark ii, 24-70 2.8, @ ISO 200, f2.8, 1/60th


Posted on June 11, 2013 .