Food photography shoot in Kent – by the sea in Whitstable

Food photography shoot in Kent – by the sea in Whitstable

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Never give them names. This is the advice I should have followed whilst photographing lobsters as part of a food photography shoot in Kent. By the time I’d decided that “Boris” looked like a Boris, it had become complicated. Especially when the first cooked lobster came back from the kitchen.

I’d set up a table top shooting area in the East Quay by a window overlooking the beach.  The East Quay forms one of several venues owned and operated by the Oyster Fishery Company. The food shoot was just one of a whole range of projects I’ve been working on for them through their web design company, Realising Designs. I’ve been shooting craft beers, clothing, restaurants and beachside accommodation in Whitstable.

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Although window light can be very flattering for food photography, I needed to give it a kick by placing an artificial light behind the plates in order to drop some highlights in (and create some stronger shadows). I had a second set on the floor for Boris (as he was mobile) which was simply a light bounced of a huge piece of card (to simulate window light).

At the end of this post you’ll also see some branded clothing that I shot outdoors using a beach hut as a backdrop. The weather was dull and overcast conditions, so this required a portable studio light to simulate where the sun should have been.

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