In the past few years, it seems as though our photo shoots are produced with very little lead time. Clients call in potential jobs, but often don't book until a week, or even less, before the shoot day. As professionals we always put it together, but I sometimes feel I could do so much more if I had more time prior to the shoot. So I am really enjoying the luxury of being able to start gathering props for a shoot in May. The project is a book of mini desserts, with most geared towards kids. It will be a challenging mix of propping and crafting. I've done quite a lot of shopping for it already, and will start assembling sets this week. Here's a few things I'll be adding in from my own collections:
We will be shooting treats on sticks, and I couldn't find colored paper sticks anywhere. Digging into my vintage paper straws, I found some that are super skinny, and they are a perfect fit for the Wilton lollipop sticks. You have to be careful and sort of screw them in slowly, then just hold to the light and snip to length. Bakerella featured this recently using standard size straws that she adapted, but our treats are tiny and I'm happier with this proportion.
Keeping with the paper theme, I have lots of vintage paper curling ribbon that I will probably use. I like the matte finish of the ribbon, it has a more organic softness.
The tiniest of vintage tin baking pots, only about 2" tall. It's odd that they are all slightly different in size, like they were handmade.
Of course, we need a dessert in a tiny jar. These are from Europe, and I had to purchase in a large lot to get enough for the project. There are extras on Etsy if anyone is interested.
Hope you have a great week, too. Stay inspired!
On Camera with Photographer Tate Hunt: Jordan Almonds