This incredible picture:
Came from this....
The last two weeks I have learned a lot and had an absolute ball.
But most importantly, I've started taking my work here a little more seriously.
I have witnessed magic of proper food photography; the process that goes into creating a perfect image. Or - even better - when that image comes from an organic moment. (I.e - when the cook and the photographer have nearly eaten everything and decide the empty plates should be snapped.)
I'm used to making food, snapping it quickly with my good old IPhone and getting into the "eating" part ASAP.
Today and last week's photo shoot was all about detail. Detail. Perfection. Angles.
And I loved it.
Lucas of Lucas Smith Photography incredibly offered to start taking proper photos of my recipes and I was nervous. I love cooking and I LOVE sharing, but I wasn't sure if I was up to any kind of professional standard!
I pondered about what might look best, but, in true Hannah Style, I just went for it and made a lot of elements as I went along. I always get inspired by ingredients... sometimes plans change based on what flavors are coming out, what's looking freshest in the shop that morning... what you're craving... all sorts!
In the end - I always want to make food that is simple, fresh and delicious. Food that embodies what veganism should be all about - eating healthy, eating whole-foods and how that can be delicious without getting too complicated.
But will that photograph well?
Turns out, thank goodness, it will. Lucas was passionate about me making what I wanted to make and he would work his magic around it. From day one he was attracted to that idea of simple, fresh, summery food. And wow, work his magic he did!
I thought it would be fun to share a mixture of my photos "behind the scenes" with some of Lucas's incredible shots today.
All the recipes for these dishes are coming via the brilliant Vilda Magazine.
Not bad hey?
Once a week my tiny Manchester flat gets transformed into the cutest little studio ever.
On the start of the first day, I had no idea what to do or how to assist, I cooked, plated things up and kept offering Lucas more and more coffee. But as we go on - I feel far more comfortable arranging food, getting stuck in and even seeing photo options.
It's incredible the difference that a background, a pattern, an unironed napkin (sorry Lucas!), a dish, fresh tomato or naughty crumbs can make!
Quotes of the day.....
Lucas: "Hannah, you did polish that glass before you started plating, didn't you?"
Lucas: "BRING ME THE OATS!"
It goes without saying that this is the start of an amazing relationship and I cannot wait till our next shoot!
In the meantime - let's eat all the cold food and put our feet up. It still tastes good.
Check out all Lucas's photography here: www.lucas-smith.net
Or connect on good old Twitter @LucasCSmith and Facebook.
There are so many incredible images worth checking out, including photos of Manchester city and landscapes. I think they're my favourite. (Oh, apart from the food!)
Until next time,
Love and Sweet Potatoes! Xx (Do you think Lucas would snap just some sweet potatoes and hummus?) xx
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