Thanks very much to the lovely ladies, Anthea and Louise from APPCITY who referred me to JJ from JAYZ GRILL as they were looking for somebody to shoot his food for web, menus and possible billboards.
As you may know by now, shooting food is a bit of a passion for me. Although on this particular occasion, we didn’t manage to sample much. Squirting glycerine on some of the dishes wouldn’t have helped either. And, being so busy trying to squeeze in a fair amount of dishes in a limited time frame, we had to hurry up, style and shoot, style and shoot. No noshing!! No matter how tasty it looked.
Anyhow, it was such a huge help to have my food stylist/assistant with me on the day. Thank Ronnie – your help was invaluable. We would never have got through as much as we did, if it wasn’t for her. That said, some of the time she was so picky and finickety with her styling I thought I’d never get to shoot.
All’s well that ended well. A happy Client + happy Designers = over the moon photographer and very chuffed food stylist.
Nothing beats working with passionate foodies. I think I’m pretty passionate when it comes to food but when you’re photographing somebody else’s baby, you realize, there’s passion and then there’s PASSION.
For the first time ever, on this particular shoot for Flavour Cafe in Pietermaritzburg, I decided to use a food stylist to assist in the process. Despite the fact that I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to my shoots and I prefer to work as a solo crusader, it was amazing having some creative and styling input from food stylist, Ronwyn van der Riet. Watch this space for future collaborations with this dynamic chick.
Chef and owner, Lee Hankey was a legend. He helped churn out some gorgeous looking plates and then let us do our thing. It’s taken quite a while for me to blog this post, but here it is. Let your tastebuds take a stroll.
My passion for food and photography continues unabated…….so I was of course rather thrilled when the GM from Hartford House – Duncan Bruce – called me to set up our next shoot. They had a VIP guest, restaurant crit and blogger, Chris Von Ulmenstein and Chef Tijn was preparing some special dishes. I have to admit, I got to taste each and although they were all beautifully presented, smelled sensational and tasted divine – the Quail did it for me.
The yummy bread served at your table
Heirloom kale and cremealat gorgonzola with oven roast grapes
UP next was JODIS QUAIL – seared quail breast, sweet corn chowder, crispy pancetta and bacon powder
Rock Cod on the rocks – grilled with clay baked potato, pea puree and the magical confit egg yolk. Paired with Creation Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Best End of Lamb – winters end vegetables, beetroot gnocchi and kalamata olives paired rather nicely with Thelema Merlot
Apples gone Rhubarb – Parfait, compressed apple with butter cake and gel. Paired with Klein Constantia vin de Constance.
As much as I love photography, and am passionate about making beautiful images, I also love fine cuisine.
My journey with food and photography started a few years back when I did the food and interior photography for the new Bread & Butter Coffee Shop in Cape Town.
Since then I’ve dabbled here and there, not really focussing on food as much as trying to establish my own unique style.
So, when Duncan Bruce from Hartford House phoned me up and invited me to spend the afternoon at the gorgeous Hartford House off the Hlatikulu road, near Mooi River, I realised how much I really really love photographing food. Although how could one not – in such sublime surroundings. Chef “Tijne” had used the theme of “seasons” for his dishes, so I decided the best way to capture the essence of each dish, was to shoot outside, in natural light,using the elements I found around me. Fish ponds, sun dials, veggie garden, stone pathways – all worked like a charm.
Here are some of the images and a few of the actual grand dame herself.
Thanks Duncan, for giving me the opportunity. I sincerely look forward to many more.