Sometimes all it takes is a simple email. That email hits all the right buttons and it clicks. That’s what happened when I got an email from Lisa Nieschlag a little while back. Lisa is the cookbook author for the Anni Kocht series and she is currently working on her third book. For both the previous books she teamed up with Julia Cawley who photographed the recipes. In Lisa’s email to me she said that this time they wanted to work with someone who would style the dishes with them.
I was excited about this project. Usually I am booked as a photographer first and then as a stylist. It’s a lucky combination as the clients seem to like having someone who can switch the roles easily and take both perspectives into consideration while working on their projects. If I had to describe myself, I would say I am a photographer first then a food stylist. Although, I will admit that I sometimes enjoy the styling part a bit more. So being booked exclusively as a food stylist was going to be a lot of fun.
I prepared many things in advance, working with Lisa to find the right feel and look for the recipes in her third book. I created a style sheet for each of the recipes and organized my props accordingly. Through all our email correspondence and telephone chats with each other I felt confident that we were going to work extremely well with each other.
Walking into Lisa’s home I was greeted with smiles and hugs, and we hit it off instantly. The location was Lisa’s lovely 1960’s house in Münster, which she and her husband had completely renovated into a light and airy home with lots of large windows allowing plenty of light to filter through. Crisp whites, warm browns and a lovely mix of modern meets country were the dominant colors and styles. It was the perfect, warm and cosy location to get our creative juices flowing.
I unpacked my props, got a quick overview of the props Lisa had organized and talked a few things over with Julia. Julia was so open and friendly. She pulled me in with her smile and her uncomplicated attitude.
Lisa and I prepped and cooked the recipes in the kitchen then I switched over to Julia, discussing the angle, idea and concept. We harmonized brilliantly.
The recipes in the cookbook are fun, easy and make use of lots of fresh, high quality products. Colorful vegetables and fruit were spread out all all across the kitchen counters, which was the hub of our weekend. It was also the place where we caught up on each other and listened to stories.
I was amazed at how efficient and productive we were on the first day, finishing up more than the recipes planned for the day. The next day we had a few adorable models to style and shoot, while Lisa was kept busy in the kitchen preparing more food for us to shoot ….
... and the best part of a food photo shoot is always the taste testing.
Lisa, Julia and I are working on our next project together and I look forward to working with them again. More to come soon.
Hope you enjoyed a little peek behind the scenes. Next week I am celebrating a big party here on WFLH, so make sure you come wearing your best party clothes - I will have cake for you!
Have a great week!
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