I’m registered with a service called ‘Bark’. If you need a plumber, kitchen designer, personal trainer, accountant or…photographer in your local area Bark provides a single point of contact for enquiries that it then emails out to registered used within the speciality required. The service is quite indiscriminate though which means I get requests for all types of photography: weddings (no), pets (no), family portraits (no!), new-born babies (including a request to photograph the actual birth no, no, no!) Boudoir (maybe….sorry what? Boudoir? Spoiler alert – no boudoir pictures to follow, sorry. This is a surprisingly popular genre of photography and one that many photographers specialise in. A lot of people it seems (mostly women, but some men too) want photographs of themselves in their underwear. Sometimes the enquiry comes through their partner – as a ‘gift’. Mmmm. I guess perhaps as we get older it might be nice to have a record of just how good we looked in our prime – dam! Look at me then, I was hot! What happened over the last 20 years is anyone’s guess…
Although a recent Daily Mail (who else) survey found that:
‘Only 3% of women in the UK are totally happy with their body and 73% think about their size or shape every single day. The survey of 5,000 women, commissioned by REAL magazine, found that 91% of women were unhappy with their hips and thighs, 77% were dissatisfied with their waist and 78% said they had cellulite. Three-quarters of British women were unhappy with their shape, 71% with their weight and six out of 10 said their body image made them feel depressed. Some 65% of those surveyed felt their life would improve considerably if they were happy with their body. The women who took part in the survey had an average age of 33 and more than half fell within normal weight limits for their height. The survey also found that 91% of the women surveyed were happy with their partner’s looks.’
We can’t assume that the 3% who are happy with their bodies all want a boudoir photographic record, so that’s quite a small specialist area to get into.
What all this means though is since I have to pay £12 if I want to follow-up a lead I am choosy and stick to event, documentary and product photography.
The thought of photographing burgers has never particularly appealed, partly because I don’t like eating them all that much. A company who specialize in vegetarian foods for food service and retail called to ask for some fresh product photography to replace the rather uninspiring images they currently use in their catalogue. To be honest I was a little concerned, the images I saw were tired, dated and downright unappetising and I worried that this was how the products would eat. Fortunately they didn’t and I was pleasantly surprised at just how tasty they were – it is a perk of product photography after all…
The brief was to show the products cleanly and simply and hopefully I achieved this. I wanted them to look as good as they tasted. Studio lighting used throughout. I worked on site and although the natural light was nice when I started, over an eight hour shoot it will change. Studio lighting is consistent. I have included the current catalogue photographs as well so you can see my starting point. There were eleven products in total.
Falafel – BEFORE:
Falafel – AFTER:
Glamorgan Sausage – BEFORE:
Glamorgan Sausage – AFTER:
Spicy Bean Quarter Pounder – BEFORE:
Spicy Bean Quarter Pounder – AFTER:
Veg Grill Main – BEFORE:
Veg Grill Main – AFTER:
Vegetable Finger BEFORE:
Vegetable Finger – AFTER:
Sweetcorn Fritters – BEFORE:
Sweetcorn Fritters – AFTER: