Our ad agency friends in Chicago have a BBQ client. The art director on the project asked around, "where can I find the best BBQ photographer?" David Morris Photography was their choice. It was a two-day project to get all the styled food shots and product packaging completed. For the styled food shots they wanted a warm dramatic editorial look. This seems to be the food photography trend currently. The end results were pleased clients, some great photos, and a fun shoot. What more can you ask for?
The storyboards are approved. The set is prepped and lit. The food is ready for its close-up. LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION!
Easy, right? Well, what you may not know is it took two days, seven crew members, tons of video lighting and equipment, special effects rigging, specialty food equipment and then some to shoot two nine-second videos.
Oh, and I didn't mention all the footage editing and post production time.
We love shooting stills and video, but there's a lot of work that goes into it. If you're considering getting into shooting beautiful food and still life videos, remember, it can be way more complicated than you think!
Here is a link to the final video: https://vimeo.com/102786415
Storyboards for our two-day video shoot.
The food is smiling and ready for its close-up!
Getting the lighting just right.
The crew protecting the camera from flying fruit and water.
Dumping tray after tray of fruit to get just the right look.
Capturing fruit being blended.
Shooting pour after pour to get just the right look.
Inspecting our handy work.
Looking good. Let's try one more take to get it perfect!
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:
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 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
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.
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.
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
Model: Katherine Garcia
Product: Blue Angle Martini
Modeling Agency: I and I Agency
Product: Chanel Purse
Light and sparkly
Model: Cara Dunsmoor
Product: Citrine Bracelet
Light and magical
Model: Shelby Mathews
Product: Kubler Absinthe
Hair and Make-up: Sarah Uhler
Working in the advertising photography business can be extremely fun, yet at times very stressful.
My goal is always to produce the best imagery as we can for our clients and have fun doing it.
I'm normally a serious person when working, but, I find it pretty easy to laugh at myself! I say and do some pretty silly stuff. What helps is to surround yourself with people that are fun and funny. Life is a lot more interesting that way. If you really stop and think about it what we do and how we do it seems pretty silly to the outside world. That is -outside of the advertising world.
Take for example food photography. We pick through cases and cases of food to find 6-10 perfect chips, we glue seeds on buns so they look perfect, we spend hours playing with the food on set just to get everything in its right place, we glue hotdog buns together so they don't spread apart on set then we pin the hotdogs and buns together so they don't move. We use a fabric steamer to steam bread so it doesn't dry out and crack and we use steaming hot tampons hidden behind food so it looks like the food is steaming hot. Now you have to admit, this seems pretty silly to someone, not in the business. Quite frankly just writing about it puts a silly grin on my face.
In spite of how silly it looks or is, we all work hard making it happen. Over the years, we've put together a fun and hard working team of people that make the work look outstanding.
Food stylists, assistant food stylist, photo assistants, retouchers, producers, production coordinators, digital techs, grips, directors, set builders, hair and make-up stylists, the list goes on and on. We truly appreciate all the team members we've been able to work with.
At the end of the day if you love what you do, have fun doing it, and like the people you do it with, life doesn't get much better.
Sarah styling the salsa to perfection
Making sure everything fits in the layouts
Working with the stylist to arrange the food
Now you have to admit, four adults standing around discussing the merits of sauce on a bun looks pretty silly to most people, but it's what we do.
Our Retoucher (Tiffany) working hard.
The behind the scenes tools to do our pizza pull shot.
Sarah having fun for the camera.
What, your food stylist doesn't style your food like this? You are missing out!