Hi everyone! This post is part of the Storytellers Blog Circle series, a monthly collection of posts by a group of Offset artists. Every month, each of us chooses one of our photos and gives you behind-the-scenes info about it. At the end of each post, click the link to the next artist in the circle and follow it all the way around. Enjoy!
For this month, I chose this very simple photo of chocolate crinkle cookies. Since these cookies have a strong holiday bend to them I wanted to invoke a peaceful, happy, cold but cozy winter morning atmosphere in the photo. I imagined a winter wonderland with a thick blanket of snow and a clear, cold sky outside with brighter–than–bright sunshine streaming in through a window on the left. The powdered sugar on the cookies reinforced the snow idea (at least subconsciously) and, as usual, I used one strobe and a large softbox to create the lighting for this shot. To make the cookies look like they were sitting in bright sunlight I made sure to have lots of contrast between the highlight- and shadow areas.
In my mind these crinkle cookies strike an interesting balance between rustic and elegant and I mirrored that feature in my prop choices. Both the surface and backdrop are simple and rustic but the white pedestal dish adds a touch of elegance. (The dish is actually meant to be for soap, but I think it worked well for the cookies here).
Both the scalloped rim of the pedestal and the draped brown cocktail napkin on the plate added movement to the shot and kept the scene from looking static.
In retrospect I could have taken a bite out of the cookie that's lying on the surface to add an element of action but of course it's too late now. Oh well. :)
The recipe for these cookies is surprisingly easy and simple, you can find it here: Real Simple magazine.
Now continue around our circle and head on over to our founder and leader, the super talented Andrea Moffatt!