Posts with tag: "drinks"
Monday, June 13, 2016
By David Morris Photography
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Recently our friend, food stylist, Sarah Hunt invited me up to her home to shoot some editorial shots. She lives in a marvelous old fire station in Omaha Nebraska.  We had no preconceived plan, just knew it was going to feature rhubarb.  I left KC around 5:00am so I could get to Omaha and shoot in some morning light.

Being primarily a studio photographer I work in very controlled environments with all kinds of lighting and equipment at arms length. The fun thing about editorial food photography is you never know what your environment will be and most of the time you travel light.  This time, I traveled with my camera bag, my location computer, a light stand, and a fill card .  The other fun part about editorial food photography is if something cool catches your eye you shoot it.  You are not trying to shoot images to fit within a packaging window or a specific layout, you are visually telling a story about someone or something.    

So where do you begin?  Well, the obvious place to start was picking some fresh rhubarb out in the rhubarb patch.  Beautiful morning light allowed me to get some great shots under the rhubarb leaves and some nice shots of Sarah holding the picked rhubarb.  Neither of us were in any hurry so Sarah suggested she could make some fresh homemade biscuits for breakfast and shoot some shots of them with rhubarb preserves.  Who am I to argue!  After eating and shooting some biscuits it was time for lunch.  Sarah, Mark and I went to a great little burger place called Drinkers.  If you're in Omaha, check them out.

After lunch, Sarah made a rhubarb and strawberry pie.  While it was in the oven baking she decided to make a hipster drink called the "The Cracker Queen".  The ingredients included moonshine, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, rhubarb juice, and who know what else.  Not my cup of tea but visually fun to shoot.  As the title of the post indicates, Sarah had never had rhubarb pie before.  Hot out of the oven I shot some of its precious juices spilling out of the pan.  After shooting some fun shots of the pie we couldn't wait to cut a slice, put some vanilla ice cream on it and head to the back porch for a little slice of heaven.

Sarah, thanks for the invite, great food styling, fun hospitality, and awesome shoot.     

 

 
Monday, June 13, 2016
By David Morris Photography
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For years, we have photographed ice cream.  Lately, we have been shooting a lot of both stills and video ice cream projects.  Both fake and real ice cream photography have their challenges but by far some of the hardest photography you will ever do is real ice cream.

The obvious is that real ice cream melts.  But what may not be so obvious are all the other factors that effect real ice cream shots?  Here are just a few:

Studio humidity

Studio temperature

Freezer temperature

Ice cream temperature to get the right barking on the scoop

Types of nuggets, nuts, chocolate ribbons, caramel ribbons, etc that is in the ice cream.

Temperature of the ice cream bar coating

Fat content of the ice cream

etc., etc., etc.

Although ice cream photography isn't brain surgery, it's one of the closest think you'll come to it as a photographer.

Stills from a recent video shoot

Stills from a recent video shoot

Stills from a recent video shoot of a coke float on a spinning turntable

doing a final check of the glass and product

what you don't see is a clear tube inside the glass holding up the ice cream 

using my 10x glasses to make sure the chocolate coating is just right 

orange cream popsicle

A basket of dry ice hovering over the set to keep the ice cream from melting

lots of ice cream scoops

food stylist perfectly positioning ice cream in the bowl 

lighting test

Lot's of ice cream sandwich options 

dueling 10x glasses

Adding sauce and nuggets to the scoop

food stylist having fun

food stylist holding fake ice cream

 

the real thing

 

Thanks, Tiffany for all the great behind the scenes photos.

 
Monday, June 13, 2016
By David Morris Photography
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I’m so excited to show you our latest work!

 Lately, we’ve been using our ability to sculpt light in a unique and creative way. Yes, what you’re looking at is all light!  In the next few weeks, we’ll be unveiling a series of image ads where we’re using light a little differently.  We’re thrilled about this unique visual approach to get your client's products to stand out.

 

Credits:

Model: Alex Griffey

Photo Assistant: Tiffany Matson

Lighting assistant:  Braden Edwards

Product:  HJC helmets

Motorcycle:  Shawnee Cycle Plaza

Photography: David D. Morris

Retouching: David D. Morris

 Credits:

Model: Katherine Garcia

Photo Assistant: Tiffany Matson

Lighting assistant:  Braden Edwards

Product:  Blue Angle Martini

Photography: David D. Morris

Retouching: David D. Morris


 

 Credits:

Model: Abuk

Modeling Agency: I and I Agency

Photo Assistant: Tiffany Matson

Lighting assistant:  Braden Edwards

Product:  Chanel Purse

Photography: David D. Morris

Retouching: David D. Morris

Light and sparkly

 Credits:

Model: Cara Dunsmoor

Photo Assistant: Tiffany Matson

Lighting assistant:  Braden Edwards

Product: Citrine Bracelet

Photography: David D. Morris

Retouching: David D. Morris

Light and magical

 

Credits:

Model: Shelby Mathews

Photo Assistant: Tiffany Matson

Lighting assistant:  Braden Edwards

Product: Kubler Absinthe

Photography: David D. Morris

Retouching: David D. Morris

Hair and Make-up: Sarah Uhler

 
Monday, June 13, 2016
By David Morris Photography
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We recently shot some holiday drinks for one of our awesome clients.  We shot groups of drinks and also some single drinks with bottles in the background.  I'm always amazed how much time, effort and equipment it takes to do some shots.  Our client wanted the shots to look like someone had set down their drink in a contemporary New York uptown apartment overlooking Time Square.  It was fun! The project ended up to be one of those experiments; keep shooting until we see something we like! We ended up with some brilliant shots that convey a sophisticated urban style.   Can't wait to show off the final shots. 

Strobe and time exposures were used for the christmas lights.

To make sure everything went as planned we brought on a full time retoucher to make sure everything fit together.

If you're not in the business, this is fake ice.  It comes in all different sizes and shapes.  This is about $1000.00 worth of ice.  Not cheap but looks awesome in a drink.

Getting photo bombed by our retoucher.   Every piece of ice and every garnish is perfectly placed for the best visual impact.

Making sure the water droplets on the front of the glass don't get above the liquid fill line.

We hand picked every raspberry for their perfect shape and color.

The stylist did a beautiful job of styling the chocolate swirls-It's harder than it looks.

 
Monday, June 13, 2016
By David Morris Photography
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It might not be the latest fad in photography.  It doesn't use all the latest filters and techniques, but Simplicity Sells!  Beautifully lit, well-designed, clean photographs are some of the sexiest and most beautiful imagery out there.

In advertising photography, the point is to grab and hold the attention of the viewer and to clearly communicate to them your message.

 

Let me give you three examples:

 

Apple

 

Target

 

and now J.C. Pennies

 

Some of these, for years, have sold their products with simple, clean, beautifully lit, well-designed images.

 

 I'm not saying you can't sell with other styles of photography, but it's hard to argue with clean, clear

communications.

A nice clean Margarita on ice.

 

 A little behind the scene shot of some of the supplies it took to shoot a few simple drinks.

Which reminds me, just because it's a simple, clean shot doesn't mean it's any less complex than a shot with all kinds of props and atmosphere.   In fact, I would suggest just the opposite.  When the image is the only item in the advertisement, it draws all the attention and it better be perfect.

 

 

 Photoshop allow you to do make all the behind the scenes props disappear.