I am still working on exactly how this blog series will go and what it will cover, but right now the emphasis is on foods where I don’t see a picture of them before I make them. I have to figure out what their “cookbook” picture would look like. This recipe is one that my girlfriend’s mom makes, so I am not sure how old it is. I only received the recipe on an index card, so it still fits into the category of recipes without a picture.
This pie is loaded with fresh ripe peaches and a delicious cream base. You bake it, let it cool, and then served it chilled.
Before shooting, it is always important to have an idea of why you are using certain props and what you are trying to say with the image. To me this recipe screams summer, so I wanted to emphasize that with bright colors and an outdoor feel.
This pie has such beautiful yellows and oranges from the peaches. With blue and yellow being complimentary colors, I thought that a bright blue wooden background would go nicely with these yellows. With this being for a “cookbook” I decided to shoot vertically, and I wanted to shoot from an over head perspective. Shooting from over head for this picture was a good way to see a lot of the blue and yellow.
There are many different ways that I could have shown the pie. I first tried just the pie dish, but with the horizontal frame it just never looked right. I was going to need more balance. I decided to remove a slice and have it on a plate. To balance out the frame top to bottom, I had the pie at the top and the plate at the bottom. I had them diagonal from each other to add more balance left to right.
As far as props, I played around with having a napkin, but I really liked the simplicity of just a fork. I shot some without a bite taken away, but found that I liked the image with the bite out of it more. I spent most of my time just turning the plate and moving items around until I found what I liked best.
You have to have a plan of why you are using certain props, textures, and colors in your composition and styling, but a lot of it is moving items around and trying new things. With digital images, you can afford to take a lot of pictures. Don’t be afraid to try something new!
For you non photo folks. Here is the final image again with the recipe.
Peaches and Cream Pie
9 inch unbaked pie shell (store bought or using your favorite recipe)
3 1/2 cups peeled and sliced peaches
Place pie shell in pan then add, in layers, enough peaches to fill the shell.
In a separate medium sized bowl, mix the following together.
2/3 cup sugar
4 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup cream
Pour this mixture over pie. Bake at 400F for 35-40 minutes. Let cool completely. Chill in refrigerator overnight before serving. Best served chilled.