This is an old write up, one which I never got round to publishing, at the time I had not really done any kind of food photography, its back in the day when I had a DSLR and was doing a little video. Hope you enjoy the post,
Food photography is something that really interests me, it's a completely different pace from weddings and demands an entirely different set of skills, this mix of skills helps influence all my work and keeps my style fresh and unique.
I got the chance to really build my food photography portfolio with 3 good fiends of mine who formed 'A Rule of Tum', specialising in pop-up's, supper clubs and catering, these guys had a vision to create incredible food, locally sourced, while maintaining a real passion for what they were doing.
I've been shooting for them for the later half of 2013 and have really appreciated the opportunity to be part of something so fantastic, and that I'm sure will grow and grow.
I started off by doing some creative photography with the food, that is shooting in a controlled environment with studio lights, we set aside an afternoon to create a host of dishes and I got to work shooting them, here is the kind of stuff we came out with:
Soon the supper clubs started and I was asked to capture the event in a very real and honest way, I took the same app rich I do to weddings, that is to not interfere, not use flash and to try and capture the day as it happens.
The supper clubs are going incredibly well and provide a very enjoyable environment for photographing, as well as allowing me to try out new skills and overcome different obstacles.
I'm usually at the supper clubs for a few hours to try and capture the whole service and a bit before to capture the prep, in this respect it is very much like a wedding!
Each time the guys have put on some great food and have kept it different each time, which for me is great as there is always something new to photograph, here are a few shots of the supper clubs so far:
The supper clubs were going really well and it was soon time for the first pop-up event, this was in conduction with the Flavours of Hereford Food Festival and the beef and ale trail competitition they were running.
They held the pop up for a week at a local micro pub called Beer in Hand, and they went down a storm, I headed down for an evening to capture the guys in action and to get yet another side of the kind of work these guys do.
I also took this opportunity to get some profile pictures of the guys for their website.
In terms of equipment used form this work its a mix between the Fuji XE1 and the Canon 5Dmkii, the Canon was used for the studio shots and a few of the supper club ones, where the Fuji was used for the vast majority of the pop-up and supper club coverage.
At the most recent supper club as well as documenting the event in pictures I also started to capture some video using the 5Dmkii. I was very happy with the results of video from this camera and will be holding onto it for this reason.
I tried to make a short film that gave a sense of what A Rule of Tum are all about and the feelings that the supper club invokes, you can the see the video below, this is the first time I've ever shot video or edited it so it really is just an experiment, but I learnt a few things and it's inspired me to look at video much more and grow my skills.
Hope you enjoyed the post,