Everything was planned – scene, location, time. The executive chef joined us to organize the food photo-shoot. We planned what dishes are going to be photographed with what props, background and at what time. As the resort has several restaurants on different locations on the property, we needed to have a perfect time plan to be able to work efficient.
Starting with the food photography, we were tasked to shoot the dishes in the restaurant’s atmosphere and also a couple of close up fine dining shots. We were shooting some dishes on the terrace which allowed us to use almost only natural light with a strobe light as a shadow filler. Shooting with natural light is amazing but can bring some challenges. It was very hot, and food can melt and or wilt within a couple of minutes. With good planning and preparation, an experienced executive chef and marketing director combined with our team made this a breeze, though.
When we shot the dishes in the interior of the hotel, we used 2 strobes with soft boxes to shape the light exactly how we needed it.