This post is going to be different from the regular ones where in I normally share recipes. Well today, I am super pumped up & excited to share pictures from a recent photo shoot for a client with whom I have been well acquainted and have previously worked with.
Madhouse bakery (www.madhousebakehouse.com.au) my client approached me with an interesting proposal this time. Madhouse Bakery are a socially conscious bakery wholesaler who boast a clientele from airlines to café’s to caterers to hotels. Their irresistible time tested favourites are an absolute treat to the visual & gastronomical senses and are an ambrosial treat not to be missed for any excuse. If you are from Sydney or simply happen to be passing by, they are definitely a bakery shop to stop by and sample a few of their goodies. Moreover, mind you, you will be doing the society a favour.
Apart from the regular cakes, cookies, slices and biscuits they also sell and supply ready to go cookie dough that is extremely handy to bake at any time. The proposal for me was to twist the basic cookie dough with some interesting toppings. Definitely, a stimulating & challenging assignment for me. This was the equivalent of being given some warm earth to mould it to the beautiful world we live in. I usually make the basic dough myself but their ready to use dough was an easy shortcut to reaching one’s destination faster, the equivalent of being given a free pass to the front of the stage.
I patiently listened to my boys who were all eager and excited with their suggestions and I went into an overdrive with the toppings trying to get a good balance of the sweetness married to the good ness of fruit and nuts and also went overboard, like some of my pictures will presently tell you.
I would like to also share some of the background work I put in to these photo shoots that I hope will give you a glimpse of what happens behind the lens.
I have found that the best way to approach a product shoot is to create a mood board, look into pictures of various photographers and draw inspiration by skimming through the thousands of magazines and journals. Sketch and play with colours and doodle and visualise and look up to nature for inspiration.
Not to forget Pinterest is always a great source of ideas too. There are many likeminded people who are willing to share their creations and are willing to share their secrets to make this world a happier place than they originally found it. The timing of the photo shoot turned out to be perfect, it was in the middle of school holidays and what more could my boys ask for ?
The kitchen bench was flooded with cookies of various kinds & the wafting aroma of the baked treats was definitely irresistible especially for a 9-year and a 14 year old. It was definitely worth every cent watching the boys patiently waiting for their mum to style & photograph them first before allowing them to gobbled up by the dozen.
My studio from the converted garage is the ideal place for me to work with the least disturbance & this is where I manage to accomplish most of my projects and & get my work done smoothly. My recent investment on my speed light has become my best friend, an ultimate saviour for some of those not so great Sydney days. I could not have done this depending on natural light as the beautiful Sydney Spring decided to surprisingly grace us with a continuous period of rain and cloudy days.
The triple chocolates dough was amazing and topping it up with pretzels, M&M and chocolate-coated pistachios was scrumptious.
Enjoy the pictures and leave me a comment if you wish to know more. As always you, my dear readers are the reason for making my home in the web one of my favourite haunts. Love you.