Hmmm … cake!
This week’s theme for my 52 week photo challenge was food … and while I like all food, cake is by far my favourite!
This was quite possibly my easiest challenge yet! Maybe because in my head I’ve been preparing for it since January …
For some of you who know Linda Lemolino, hopefully you would have noticed that this photo is taken very much in her style. I am a huge fan of Linda, and I have been following her on Instagram for years. Her recipes are also pretty amazing!
This particular recipe is not one of Linda’s however … It’s actually from the diabetes.org.uk website!
My friends were coming round, so obviously I wanted to bake a cake. One of my lovely friends is pregnant and has been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, so I wanted to make a cake that she could enjoy with the rest of us, without having to worry about her blood sugar levels.
Having also had gestational diabetes 8 years ago, when I was pregnant with Max, I remember all too well the stresses and worries it can bring.
So this wonderful recipe, has half the usual sugar amount and is otherwise sweetened with grated apple and delicious blackberries. It’s also made with wholemeal flour, which has a lower GI index and therefore releases carbs a lot slower than cakes made with normal flour. It didn’t rise quite as much as I would have hoped, but it really was delicious. If you would like a copy of the recipe, drop me a message and I will send it to you.
And now back to photography. Once the cake had cooled, I simply cut a couple of slices into it in a very food-stylist fashion and laid it on a beautiful chopping board. Bizarrely, my mum turned up at my house the day before with this chopping board because she thought I would like it … I love it when strange things like that happen!
I brought my stand and black Colorama background into the kitchen, and set them up behind the table, next to a window. All I then needed was some props … a teapot and a vase with some flowers. Hyacinths are my favourite flowers … they always make me happy because I know spring is on its way! They come in so many beautiful colours and they smell amazing (although I seem to be the only one in the house that thinks that!!!)
Here is my behind the scenes shot! So simple. Just a table, a background, a window and some props!
I am by no means suggesting that food photography is easy … Food photography can be really tricky, and there are so many factors that need to be considered. Food photographers perfect their skills and knowledge over many years so if you are running a restaurant or a bakery or any other kind of food establishment, make sure you hire an experienced food photographer who can produce the right kind of images for you!
But if you need some portraits of you or the people you work with … give me a call!