How I Get Food to the Studio

Cannellini Beans and Greens
Cannellini Beans and Greens

I got a question on my Facebook page that seemed worth answering here on the blog as well.

BTW, if you haven’t found me on Facebook, you can –

Daniel Asks: “so…every time I see one of these food photos, and you mention that it is “in the studio,” I wonder how you get the food to the studio. Do clients deliver a fresh dish to you for the day? Is it hot? Do you go to the restaurant and bring it back with you? Do you cook it yourself?”

Clarke Says: “Good question… It really depends on what I am photographing (although it is pretty rare that I photograph anything I cook.) Often I do shoot on location at a restaurant, bar or farm, but when I am shooting in studio I have a lot more control over the lighting. Also, usually I am not as crushed for time either. Again, it depends what I am photographing, but all told, I prefer to work on location. Especially if it is freezing cold in Rochester and I can go somewhere warm.

My studio has a full kitchen so sometimes a client will actually cook right here. Sometimes food arrives at the studio via Fed Ex in an ice-packed box. I get fresh cuts of meat from NYC that way. Packaged goods that can be shipped from out-of-town clients work well that way, too. I also have one client that is so close that I just walk over to pick things up. Sometimes I work with a client at the studio to do the styling and they bring the food, as well as plates, glassware or other items. It becomes a collaborative process that way. My favorite is to go to the farm and pick things out. The closer, the fresher, the better.

In this particular case, this soup was made yesterday afternoon by Lindsay Steinberg at the Green Zebra Catering Company as part of their weekly soup club. I picked up a quart last night and shot it this morning. The soup should be served warm, but I shot it cold so that I didn’t have to deal with steam rising off the soup. The forsythia came from my front yard this morning.”



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