Scenes From A Cookbook Shoot

Friday, February 03, 2012

Marmalade Cookbook Shoot
Studio wall with quick prints of the shots so far.

Friday already. We are on the last day of the shoot for "Marmalade" by Elizabeth Field for Running Press (Fall 2012) and as usual at the end of every book shoot, I am a little sad, a little tired, and a little excited to see what project I get to work on next. And reconnect with the rest of the world.

Marmalade Cookbook Shoot
Setting up one shot.

I truly enjoyed every minute of this shoot. The marmalades and the sweet and savory recipes using them. Working through each shoot with focus to get that giddy feeling inside my stomach that we had the shot.

Amanda
Amanda, the graphic designer for Running Press.

Gilly - Marmalade Cookbook Recipe Prep
One of my kitchen assistants, Gilly, hard at work making Chinese Dumplings to go with a marmalade dipping sauce.

A cookbook shoot is a lot of things, little and big. Lots of minute details and large sketches. It's a lot of fun too. It's having the best group of kitchen assistants working through the recipes and tweaks needed. It's collaborating in the studio space with Amanda, the graphic designer for Running Press who had flown in for the week.

Bailey & Tippy
My two office managers are worn out...

And this time it was also sneaking in a hug from my mom in between two shots. My parents are leaving Sunday but I am glad they got to be here during a book shoot. They now realize the investment it is for me, both in time and dedication. Plus, marmalades is one of their favorite subject so that shoot was really a propos!

I leave you with some snapshots from the shoot while I go rest my head on the pillow for a few hours...!

Marmalade Cookbooks Shoot
Work table.

33 comments:

Maureen said...

Just looking at those photos reminds me how much work has to go into getting them just right. Add to that having guests and I'd be like the two office managers. :)

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

I love the behind the scenes stuff..wow...I love this. This is what makes me feel like such an insider. Can't wait to see the finished product because I know it will be spectacular!

Kelly-Jane said...

Need a 'like' button here!

berry lovely said...

From the little shots I can already imagine how beautiful this book is gonna be. Plus I love to make jam and marmalade. When is it gonna be published?

Vicki Bensinger said...

Sounds like you're a busy lady these days. Hopefully you get to sample some of the luscious goodies while you shoot!

Vicki Bensinger said...

Sounds like you're a busy lady these days. Hopefully you get to sample some of the luscious goodies while you shoot!

Vicki Bensinger said...

Sounds like you're a busy lady these days. Hopefully you get to sample some of the luscious goodies while you work!

Marcela said...

I love when you show us scenes from shoots, thank you for sharing!

Also, your office managers are adorable :D

Chef Dennis said...

what a great insight into your set up and shooting process! Your two office managers are adorable, I have two Bernese Mt dogs and one sits at the kitchen entrance watching the entire cooking process.
Have a great weekend
Dennis

Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free said...

I can only imagine how beautiful the finished product will be!

mellissa@ibreatheimhungry said...

Congrats Helen! Looking forward to seeing the finished product! I love making savory dishes with marmalade so I can't wait to try some of your recipes!

Caroline @ chocolate & carrots said...

Wow! This cookbook is going to be spectacular! :-D

Gaia said...

I love your under-the-scene pics!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Your poor office assistants, you must have really worked them hard!

Helene said...

Berry lovely: the release date is planned for Fall 2012 (October i think)

Mellissa: slight misunderstanding: i am not the author and these are not my recipes, i am just the photographer for the book.

Thanks everyone!

Seanna Lea said...

I love your photography. It makes me want to go and buy a cookbook even for things I wouldn't eat (like if you shoot a cookbook all about meat).

SkinnyMommy said...

So neat to see. I am actually in the middle of reading your book right now!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I can't wait to see the book!

The Cozy Herbivore said...

Looks like exhausting, exhilarating, BEAUTIFUL work! Congrats on another project (almost) completed!

A@Bigcitykitchen said...

Beautiful. Looks like fun and lots of hard work. I'm about to help photograph a cookbook for a friend and I'm hoping I don't get too nervous and throw up all throughout the process...

baker in disguise said...

You have such a beautiful blog... the power of a beautiful photograph is best seen here on your blog!! it is such a delight to read you posts!!

Dmarie said...

love the shots. LOVE the idea of knocking out so many dumplings at once!

Anonymous said...

I love the work table shot!
Sylvia

Michelle said...

Did you take these photos with a camera or with a phone? The effects are incredible!

Andrea @ LetLooseLittell said...

I cannot wait to see the finished product! Thanks for the glimpse behind the scenes - love.

Lisa C said...

Love your photos!! Thank you for the "backstage tour"; can't wait to see the finished product. What kind of lens or filter are you using to create such rich, vintage feel? Are you shooting digital?

Helene said...

Michelle and Lisa C: except for the picture of Amanda, the graphic designer/art director on set, all the pictures were taken with an iPad2 and processed with the Snapseed app.

The Teacher Cooks said...

I can tell that this is going to be another good one!

Junglefrog said...

Love those grungy behind the scenes shots! Can't wait to see the final results...

gina @ gretchalina{food stories} said...

i'm sure it's bitterwseet to finish up, but imagine how excited you'll be all over again when you are holding the 'live' book in your hands! how excited we will all be!

Willow said...

Wow does marmalade sound good - now you've got my recipe gears churning!
Your photos are great as always, and I can't wait to see the book!

BriBriMX said...

hate de voir le r├ęsultat final !
pourrais-je connaitre le site pour vieillir les photos ainsi, merci

jen laceda said...

Thanks for letting us in to a "day-in-the-life" of Helene! I appreciate all these photos because they give me a glimpse of the reality of a food photographer and stylist. Again, merci beaucoup!

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