Kirstie Young Photography

All entries published in May 2014

A Michelin in my kitchen!

When we bought our house 4 years ago, my main concern was that it have a large kitchen dining area.  Our flat in London had a galley kitchen, and as I cook a bit like the chef in the Muppets, with food flying everywhere and every bowl, pan, plate & knife in the cupboards piling up precariously around the washing up bowl, I knew I needed more space!  A new home with the perfect kitchen/diner was finally found 120 miles away in Bristol, and I am now lucky enough to have a space to cook AND work in as it doubles up nicely as a studio when I'm shooting food, with separate areas to prep, cook and shoot in and a huge amount of natural light flooding in (or rain drizzling down the windows….it IS Bristol … )

Shoots in this space generally range from small scale (just me & my camera…and a packet of Hobnobs for energy purposes…) to a full crew of up to six people.  But the hob got an extra scrub last week in preparation for Michelin star chef, Steve Shore cooking in my kitchen.  The cooker has never looked so clean, and you could have eaten your dinner off the floor.  Steve is one of the calmest and most talented chefs I have ever met and the whole day was an utter pleasure, but the very best bit of all was a fridge full of swanky leftovers at the end of the day.

Here's a few of the shots of his beautiful food.

Asparagus & Parma Ham

Roasted Asparagus & Parma Ham w deep fried Hens Egg & Hollandais

Poached & Roasted Peach, Raspberry Bavarois_A.David_May2014-2812

 If you have any questions, comments or are looking for a Food Photographer to take some fresh images for you business simply Email me here:
 
 

kirstie@kirstieyoungphotography.com

I look forward to hearing from you.

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A to Z

For a while now most of my photography has been to a brief.  It's my job to deliver to clients a set of pictures which conform to their brief for a new product, a refurb of a hotel, a recipe, an event or a portrait.  And that's all good, I love that challenge of translating a client's expectations into pictures.  But somewhere in the middle of the flurry of this year I have stopped taking pictures for me.  I still take snaps of my family, but thats different, it's recording a moment, and while that's obviously important and also quite a lot of fun, it doesn't really scratch the itch that first made me want to be a photographer. 

So, hence the A-Z of Food that I have been posting out of Twitter this week.  The idea isn't groundbreaking, the commitment to produce an original image each day, with no tight brief, simply a shot of food that corresponds to the letter of that day.

A was for Avocado,

Avocado-2B was for Banana Bread

Banana Bread-2C was Coriander

Coriander-0748-2-2D was Dauphinoise

Dauphinoise Potatoes-2 and E simply Eggs.  

Eggs_9713On days where I have more time its the chance to try a new technique, play with a new concept or new lighting.  On busier days it will be a simple daylight shot.  The first 4 days went well, but by day 5 I had a tight deadline to hit and I didn't want to drop the ball on the project so early, so I re-edited an old shot.  I essentially cheated, using a photograph I had taken last year of Eggs.  I am feeling  a bit guilty, but I think I would have felt worse if I had missed the deadine for a client, so its a case of priorities!! 

Today is F.  Fennel Seeds, Foccacia, Fish, Figs or Frittata?  I have ambition for a high key artistic image of the seeds.  But if I don't get the time to do it before this evening, I will be of the Fish Fingers my little boy is having for tea.  Such is life.

If you have any questions, comments or are looking for a Food Photographer to take some fresh images for you business simply Email me here:
 

 

kirstie@kirstieyoungphotography.com

I look forward to hearing from you.

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