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A Nutty Malt Artisan loaf of bread
I am very fortunate, I have a friendly local bakery that continually support me with some superb products to photograph. I once asked to see their product list and was astonished, I think it would have gone around the world several times. They can bake almost anything, from the worlds largest record breaking flapjack to (and I actually saw this) a pink cake in the shape of a willy!!!! Although the bakery owner confessed that unfortunately he wasn’t the model for this rather large… cake.
I recently asked if I could shoot a range of their artisan bread for stock purposes and a couple of days later I was in my studio with some creative looking artisan loaves, the wonderful smell of freshly baked bread literally filled the air, it was fantastic, wow.
I am also working with a local artisan baker who makes the most gorgeous range of breads from his bakery in a small Derbyshire village. He even runs classes at his bakery for those that want hands on experience in learning and developing the artisan craft, more on this later.
Food photography is much more relaxed these days as you may have noticed, but you still want to show the food at it’s best, so it helps to start with something that is a good representation of the product. Not damaged or too light or too dark for example, and certainly not something that has been around a while, fresh and best looking is paramount. I like to shoot in a style that I feel represents the subject at it’s best, the rustic setting for this series of shots works well with the artisan bread, I’m sure they will make good stock images.