Secrets of Food Photography

irish soda bread recipe


Secrets of Food Photography

I love a train journey. As soon as I step on board and settle into my seat it evokes nostalgic feelings from childhood, even now.

I am lucky enough to be able to experience train travel on a fairly regular basis with work and last week I enjoyed a trip down to London for the first 2015 Dairy Diary photo shoot. As the Pendolino whizzes its way through the countryside, it’s a great opportunity to escape from the distractions in the office and have some quality thinking time, to plan new projects and marketing strategies.

Photo shoots are some of my favourite work days. It’s lovely to get the chance to spend a day in such a creative environment.

I also get to sample some rather delectable food,
which last week included pancakes for breakfast,
a very tasty steak pie for lunch and a cheeky little
champagne cocktail.

Many believe that food photography is faked but at our shoots, every recipe is made exactly as per its instructions. We just happen to have a very clever food stylist, Sara, who makes everything look so appetising. The only minor cheat was the addition of a tiny amount of sugar to the champagne cocktails to make them fizz for longer.

By far the most fun (and challenging) shot was a gorgeous chocolate torte topped with sparklers. It looked fantastic but took a few attempts to get it right without looking like a bonfire!

The props room is like an Aladdin’s Cave and gives me the chance to look through all the props selected by our stylist for the book. I think she has particularly excelled herself this year with some beautiful cloths, crockery and glassware.

Irish Soda bread recipeIrish Soda Bread with Rosemary

It will be a while before you get to see these fabulous images but I can share this recipe with you. I had this for the first time at last year’s photo shoot and it tastes just divine. We (actually not me but my former-baker fiancé) usually bake bread in the breadmaker but after sampling this we have made bread ‘properly’ a number of times. Irish Soda Bread with Rosemary is delicious with soup and so easy to make.

Happy baking everyone!


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