Sunday, July 30, 2017

Please step into my studio

At the end of a shady row of olive trees there is a studio with a sunny verandah and a big old door that was rescued from a long forgotten farm shed.  The abundant natural light bounces off the white walls that are slightly textured and chalky.

One wall is lined with sturdy shelving that is home to photography props, books and haphazardly arranged jars of flowers and foliage. 

There is a long bench made from roughly textured timber, perfectly positioned for food styling and photography.  In one corner sits a pot-bellied stove, just right for cold days and a warm teapot.

If you are still with me you may have guessed that this studio actually only exists in my imagination.

These days I am lucky enough to have a regular food styling and photography assignment and in reality this is what my studio looks like.  Two recycled doors, positioned to catch the morning light in my vegetable garden.  The doors are sturdy enough to support all kinds of backgrounds, props and food as well as providing an interesting surface in their natural state.

Having this set up in the vegetable garden means that I can quickly pick fresh herbs, tiny flowers and greens as I need them. 

Half the fun of creating photos on a seasonal basis is finding suitable locations.  I do like to include the occasional landscape in my photos but for close up shots my garden studio is working surprising well. 

While a purpose built studio would be the ultimate luxury setting up temporary locations and carting around all the necessary paraphernalia adds to the overall experience and keeps me constantly thinking and planning.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry by Lee Tran Lam is one of my favourite podcasts and this episode with food photographer Nikki To provides a fascinating insight into the world of big time food photography.  Nikki's photos and subjects are a dream! 

Do you have a favourite photography spot?

Abundant natural light in a gorgeous studio perhaps?  

Wishing you a lovely Sunday, friends x


  1. Congratulations, Jane, on the regular food styling gig. That's great! Another beautiful blog post from you, always enjoy reading about your adventures. Thank you for the link to the podcast, I'll check it out. Thought I should let you know that every time I hover over one of your photos, there's a black box over it that says something about Photobucket account needing to be renewed. Not sure if that's something at my end or yours, but it's rather odd. All the best.

    1. Thank you Liz. Apologies for that ugly photobucket thing...I have no idea how to get rid of it.

  2. ahhhh i too know that feeling of walking an armload of stuff around the place to find the perfect place to shoot them. Dropping bits on the way and collecting others. I think you're right, it's all part of the joy. x

    1. Thank you Kate, you are a genius at capturing the little moments, wherever you are x

  3. Ahhh, we have the same dream Jane. That beautiful studio with dreamy natural light that's different in each corner depending on what you need to take pics of. Alas no studio, but the light is better here than when we lived in Sydney. I had completely saturated the small amount light spots there was, so this light here is still a relative novelty.
    Hope your week is a good one lovely. x

    1. It is always so lovely to hear from you Brydie. Wishing you lovely light and studio dreams! x

  4. I never used to really dream of a photography studio until I opened my shop. My paddocks and garden were my studio - where I was always taking photos. But now that I have my online shop, and we no longer have the livestock, more and more I have dreamed of a proper photography area. It would be nice for food photography, too.
    For now though, I shall continue to cart everything out to the verandah, with my piece of linen as a backdrop and my piece of painted board to reflect the light x

  5. I understand Sarah. I love my outdoor photography too, but just sometimes it would be nice to have a little place to hang out and day dream! x


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