What reminds you of winter? The cold perhaps, bare trees, dark evenings, warm cosy food and clothes, snow and ice, and of course for many of us, Christmas. Here are some tips on creating winter scene.
Above I have used cool temperatures in the blue spectrum, with creams and whites to bring a chill to my photo. It is a monocrome scene. The white backdrop helps create that wintry mood. These painted fir cones are an effective addition in a season when green is less abundant, and help the viewer understand that this is a winter setting.
At this time of year, oranges and clementines are popular, panetonne too, so here both are combined in a photo to show the season. Here the addition of sugar dusting hints at snow. Shot outside on a frosty day, the evergreen bush looks so pretty with it's cloak of white.
The clothing too is warm, and the scene has a festive feel.
We have a festive table, combining hints of Christmas and New Year with traditional food and decoration, from the champagne to the clementines again. Did you notice how I have desaturated the colours have to give a cooler palette. In winter nature is more muted, the light weaker and colours less bold. Note the silver tree decorations, the frost on the tree and the hedges in the background. This all helps to set the scene.
And finally, that cosy drink enveloped in gloved hands to ward off the chill, and of course the decorations just out of focus in the background. Greys and blues used again to bring a cooler colour palette to the scene.
I hope you found these tips useful in creating a winter mood. If I can help you tell your own unique food story, then please find me though my contact page. I'd love to hear from you.
A Wedding Breakfast It was my pleasure to photograph a wedding breakfast created by Colline Watt, owner of Colline's Kitchen recently. With a bubbly and nurturing nature, it's no suprise to me that this mother from Zimbabwe wants to feed us all with delicious, fresh and sustainable food, along with a decadent cake or two, and how typical that, on the first date that weddings were permitted in the UK after lockdown, she got the call and I found her in a pretty garden with spectacular views piling food and flowers on to a table in a high wind, and creating an edible work of art. Colline's successful cafe business, set in the historic Town Hall in the market town of Newbury has been put on hold since Lockdown in March, but she maintains a service, delivering food as diverse as Afternoon Tea and Mongolian beef stir fry, sourcing fresh ingredients locally. Find her at www.collineskitchen.com
BUNTING When Jo, owner of The Bunting Basket asked me to photograph her bunting, I read her bio, and discovered how the business began, and how it came to be named The Bunting Basket. After making bunting for a family christening, Jo was innundated with requests for it from her friends and aqaintances, and she soon began to sell it at craft fairs, carrying her stock in a wicker basket. When I read this, I knew a picnic basket had to feature in my photographs. I looked at the fabric designs, and thought about the premise for the business and then began to prepare my shoot. Find her at www.thebuntingbasket.co.uk