This months issue of The Walleye features a wide array of desserts at local restaurants throughout Thunder Bay. I was lucky enough, once again, to help photograph a dessert at 3 different locations. Well, February's issue is now out so I figured I would showcase those 3 desserts right here in my blog.
As far as food photography goes, I really do enjoy it. It's a similar my studio photography portrait sessions in that I'm usually using mix of natural light with flash. Plus, the subject matter isn't moving either which makes things easy in that regards. Where it gets a bit tricky is that you tend to have work pretty fast, especially when photographing warm desserts or drinks.
Now, I don't profess to be an expert food photographer and there is definitely a lot that goes into it. But for these photos, we typically had about 15-20 minutes to shoot and that was generally it. Each dessert had to be consistent with the others that were shot by different photographers too, so that meant minimal props, usually none, and the simpler the better.
With that in mind, my goal was to get the best possible lighting and find a backdrop that complimented each dessert and hopefully gave a feel of the overall atmosphere in the process. It was not easy task. I think I succeeded. The great news is that one of the photos made the front cover which I'm so excited about. Below I will show the chosen published photo from each venue and also a couple other favourites from each shoot as well.
The restaurants that I covered were El Tres, Caribou and Red Lion. They are all places I have eaten at before but never actually tried a dessert at. So that was an extra bonus too, being able to try some the desserts afterwards. They tasted as amazing as they looked.
For full descriptions of each dessert I encourage you to check out the latest issue of The Walleye. Or simply check out the online edition here.
The photo above was the one chosen from El Tres. It is called the Diablo Brownie with Mexican Fried Ice Cream. It was a very decadent brownie and the deep fried ice cream was the perfect balance. Plus, it was too sweet either. I highly recommend it. The following photos are a couple more of my favourites from the shoot.
Next up was Caribou Restaurant + Wine Bar. The featured dessert this time was the Lemon Tart. The image below was the chosen photo for this issue. It was actually my favourite one that I took so it was a good choice on The Walleye's part.
I really liked this one too because it was very light and tangy. I'm not a big dessert guy, but my ultimate favourite type of dessert is cheesecake. It's my one weakness. Here are a few more of my favourites.
Last up was the photo chosen for the cover which was the S'more from Red Lion. It was definitely the most extravagant of the desserts I shot. To be honest, out of all the desserts in the issue it was probably the most unique looking one as well. I think that's why it was chosen. Plus, I'm bias, but I think it's a great photo too. But then again, it's hard not to make this wicked looking dessert look good.
I had so many favourites from this session it was hard to narrow it down. But here are a couple more.
Lastly, I also shot a drink of the month at the Bean Fiend called the Cupcake Latte. I'm a sucker for coffee as I love it, but I'm not a huge fan of the fancy drinks. I did however try this one and it was really tasty. As I mentioned above, feel free to head on over to the latest issue and read up on all these wonderful desserts as well as many others. I'll leave with a few of my favourite shots of the Latte! The first one below was the one chosen for this issue.