I have some fun news.
In addition to working with some pretty great clients lately, I have been hired to shoot three, (yes, THREE) upcoming cookbooks.
Yeah, it pretty much rocks. :)
Now, I am not going to talk too much about the books yet, (basically because I am not sure I am allowed to talk about them right now) but I'm sure I'll be blabbing on and on about them in the very near future. For two of the three projects, I don't begin shooting until next spring. As it says on my website, I am very much a documentary food photographer-- I like capturing the behind the scenes action when it comes to food production-- and in the two projects next year, I'll get to do a LOT of that.
The third book, however, is being shot in the next few months, and it's going to be primarily shots of ingredients and finished recipes. So, my little in-home studio that has been used for maternity and newborn shoots has been transformed into a food studio. As all photographers out there know, it can be difficult to shoot product on location; the lighting can be tricky, the props can be lacking, etc.
So, it makes my life and my clients' lives much easier if I have a reliable space in which to do my styled food shots, hence the "new" studio.
Never, in my wildest dreams, did I think I would get to buy pretty kitchen supplies AND GET TO WRITE THEM OFF!!!! Seriously! It's really a dream come true.
Below are some shots of my little space. It gets lovely light, and is the new home for the antique table I found, as well as some other cool pieces of furniture and a growing collection of dishware, linens, flatware, and pretty much any other kitchen thing you can think of. There is still some work to be done; I need to soften the window light with some vellum, add some more draping options, as well as a few other things.
Overall, though, this place makes me so happy. I go in there throughout the day and I just smile.
Oh, and yes, there is a chaise in there, which may confuse some people. I still use this space for maternity shoots, and that chaise is quite a hit with the pregnant ladies. :)