Away In Seattle...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Seattle Cookbook Shoot

This week of cookbook styling and shooting is over. Grueling. Exhausting. Exhilarating. Soothing. A nice change of pace for me to prop and play with food. I loved every minute of it and enjoyed being in the moment but I admit, I can't wait to get back behind the camera.

Seattle Cookbook Shoot

Working with Clare was just about the awesomest time I have had this summer. It was almost like sharing a brain. Of the good kind. The one without a misplaced ego. Clare called, asked me to style and I did just that. But the way we think and how we similarly sensitive and sensible to photography we are, made it a breathe to navigate the plate and the photograph.

Seattle Cookbook Shoot

Never the words "working together" have had as much meaning as they have this past week. Without spoken words or the feeling of stepping over, we worked together. Clare, Jeanne and I. About thirty five of the seventy five recipes that Jeanne included in her book had to be photographed. That's thirty five recipes to be made every night for their beauty shot the next day.

Seattle Cookbook Shoot

Every night, Jeanne and I would do a perfectly orchestrated ballet of pans and whisks to bake the recipe for the next day of shooting where Clare would work her magic with the camera. Both Jeanne and I know our way around a pastry or a cake but baking for a shoot is slightly different and thankfully there was plenty of wine and good food to help us push through each night after a long day of shooting.

Seattle Cookbook Shoot

We all hit a wall at some point but we worked through them together and pushed through. Always feeling like the other helped a little. I never felt anything but support and kindness. We made a team. "We're number two! We're number two!" Because it's not about us. It's not about being number one. It's about coming together to give Jeanne's book the best photographs. I can't wait for you to see the book next year when it comes out!

Seattle Cookbook Shoot

I stayed with Jeanne, I stayed with Clare. I met them both in their element. I felt home. I was able to get to know them in their crafts and their thought process. I am sad to leave two wonderful talented ladies. I am sad to leave friends. I am happy to get home and share this week with my husband. Hurricane Irene, please be nice...it's been a long week....!

Red Currants
My little homage to Clare's blog header...



37 comments:

Pilar said...

Stay safe!

Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) said...

I really enjoyed hearing and now seeing how this sort of a project takes place. Thank you! Now, scurry home and be safe!

Sally said...

So interesting to see this unfold. I hope you will get some R & R at home and that Irene will not be too mean to us east-coasters. I'm looking forward to seeing the end result of your work!

Natashia said...

I really like seeing these 'behind the scenes' photos. I'm slowly learning how to take good food photos, but with no experience in doing it, seeing these photos helps, so thank you!

Phoo-D said...

What a lovely studio and fun people to work with! I'll be thinking of you and hope that Irene stays far far away.

la domestique said...

It's so fun getting a sneak peak into one of your projects! Thanks for sharing. Take care!

Karista said...

Welcome to Seattle Helene! I hope you had time to enjoy our beautiful city. Happy Cooking!
Karista

Kacie said...

Thank you for sharing this. Your work is inspired and inspiring!

Kacie
http://www.acollectionofpassions.com/

A Former Flower Child said...

How truly blessed you are to be able to do work that you are passionate about...and that is fun for you !!

london bakes said...

I hope you get home safe. This was a lovely homage to teamwork! Thank you for reminding me about what's important :)

notyet100 said...

Thanks for this post :)!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

Love the shots and the behind the scenes glimpses!

So fun to witness and congrats to Clare on her book and bravo to you for helping out!

tami said...

hard work and long hours and grueling schedules end up being worth it and end up being rewarding when the end result is seamless and beautiful. i went through that this week. i'm exhausted but happy. can't wait to see you! xoxo

- t*

Valérie (Franche-Comté) said...

Merci pour ce partage très intéressant
Je te souhaite un excellent wee-end
Valérie.

Vickie said...

sounds like a wonderfully exhausting week :)

zaida said...

What a wonderful working time cooking and shooting!!

A Canadian Foodie said...

A beautiful tribute to your friendship and an artful window in the world of food photography and styling... such a life: the making and baking and wining and dining - the harvesting of the culinary art through an artistic eye and the lens... and then the writing. Your writing. Such gifts you have, Helene!
:)
Valerie

marla said...

Funny, it used to be I was a team of one. These days real partnerships and stepping outside myself is always best. Looks like a great time in Seattle. Congrats on another great job accomplished, *hugs*

Dmarie said...

best day of the summer...I want one of those! thanks for sharing the process and such lovely pics. best wishes on Irene being nice enough to leave everyone alone!!

Vicki Bensinger said...

What a wonderful opportunity. I have to say I'm exhausted just reading all the things you did. Good luck with the hurricane, it sounds like it's in your neck of the woods right now. Be safe!

Mirasens said...

Oh! I'm photographer, in Madrid and I want a studio just like that!!!

Ina Mohd said...

After 2 weeks of anticipation, your book Plate to Pixel finally arrived yesterday. Still at the beginning chapters and your words are soothing, encouraging and inspiring and I can't wait to get started. And the breathtaking photos... To top it off, I'm reading this entry, what perfect timing. Thank you always for the inspiration.

jas - the gluten free scallywag said...

wow, so fabulous to see a little bit of the process that goes into photographing a cookbook (especially when it's a gluten free one - whoop whoop!) Hoping you're home and staying safe. May Irene stear clear!

Junglefrog said...

What a wonderful experience that must have been Helen. Love those actionshots!! I hope Irene is not too bad. Stay safe!

Ann said...

What a wonderful post! I hope you're safe in the storm and I love your homage photo.... as always, they are stunning!

It's amazing the work that goes into making such incredible photos....

Malinda Kay said...

helene, what photo app do you use for pics like these? love the look of them!

Ellen said...

Currants are way too photogenic. So beautiful, you're an extremely blessed woman!

ChichaJo said...

Sounds like a wonderful time...hope you are all safe!

Nieves said...

With you three put together I can't wait to see the book!

Elina (Russian Bites) said...

Sounds like an exhausting yet satisfying week! Gorgeous pictures!!!

Ashley said...

So happy I got to see you! Already looking forward to the next time.

Katie said...

This sounds like such an amazing opportunity! Its neat to see how something like this comes together. Your photos are gorgeous as always.

I would also like to pass this award onto you: The Versatile Blogger Award. To find out more about it, please visit http://teacuptortoise.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/as-promised/

Ilke said...

It is always nice to have a different location to revive our senses. And good friends!

Glad Irene did not affect Charleston as much.

Ryan said...

I just found your blog last week and I just wanted to say that your photos are beautiful and everything looks so wonderful (which I'm sure you already knew). I live in Charleston, as well! :) Well, a bit outside of Charleston, almost in the 'country', but technically still in Charleston.
So glad to have found your blog :)

Li Ying said...

Have fun!

claire said...

Hi Helene! Just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed "Plate to Pixel". The information, tips and resources you shared are very valuable and proved to be an AHA moment for me. I'm slowly setting up my home studio with professional(but not too expensive) equipment and I really took notes based on your suggestions. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge -- you will be rewarded a hundredfold for your generosity!

beleye said...

Thank you for the photos about the shooting - very, very helpful!

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