I went in a different direction with this inspiration shoot.
I love bright, cheerful light and rich colors, but that's not what Crumb Bar is about.
While snapping and struggling, my co-serendipitous soul, Patti, encouraged me to think about Crumb Bar's brand, not mine.
"They're bold, modern, in your face, and they don't care whether you like it or not. Look at the colors she chooses. Think of how you can infuse their aesthetic into your photos," she explained.
Patti then proceeded to pull out this kaleidoscope back painting she had started years ago. That's it, that was my backdrop! And from there, these photos emerged.
While it’s amazing having a former photo stylist in the studio, I decided that it's about time I start building my own skills. So I enrolled in Foodtography School. One concept I learned in the composition module was the "bite shot," which is taking a bite out of the food you're photographing and capturing it.
I wasn't happy with the resulting straight-ons, so I thought further about the goal of the bite shot- and food photography in general: you want to make your photographs feel so realistic and tantalizing that the viewer can envision themselves in the scene and about to take a bite.
And what better way to do that than to take a bite out of the pastry and hold it up? These have become some of my favorite food shots to date!
Thank you, Patti, for always encouraging me to find a different perspective and for your wise words. <3
P.S. My hand ain't that attractive y'all. Does anyone have pretty hands and a willingness to model for free food?