Sometimes things come together in an accidental way that ends up working so well. Case in point, we were making food images for the Hanford House Inn in Sutter Creek because their breakfast is beyond good. It’s in a class of its own. I know because when we were done with this plate, it was promptly eaten. Innkeeper, Athena Gordon is a culinary school graduate and what she has learned has been put to very good use. Nearly every review of their inn includes a comment about the food. I digress.
The lights were set and the photo was ready to go. I like to make food photos with the actual food without makeup. I know, some people use white glue for milk and motor oil for turkeys, but I like to work with the unadulterated product. We used a mock-up first to get the angles, lights and exposure, then as soon as the french toast was pulled from the pan, it was placed in the shot where the other plate was. Wait! The finishing touch is powdered sugar. I happened to make a frame or two of the shaker in action just to make sure everything was right for the “official frame” a few seconds later. Accidentally, it ended up being my favorite one of the set and used it on their website. The other image without was really great too, but having that slight human interaction made all the difference; especially for a bed and breakfast. Serendipitous.
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