Food Envy Photography: Blog https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog en-us (C) Food Envy Photography (Food Envy Photography) Thu, 11 Feb 2021 13:25:00 GMT Thu, 11 Feb 2021 13:25:00 GMT https://www.foodenvy.photography/img/s/v-12/u999814385-o670811655-50.jpg Food Envy Photography: Blog https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog 120 120 Devour Studio is live https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2021/2/devour-studio-is-live It’s been a very long time since my last blog post and many things have changed. Not only has Food Envy Photography become more video centric (check out our video portfolio) but I’ve also co-founded a new food based content production company called Devour Studio based in Maidenhead.

Devour Studios was conceived in 2019 by Glyn Harrison and Food Envy Photography and has steadily grown into an established production company, specialising in food based content including recipe demonstration videos and food story videos. Glyn and Food Envy Photography have worked in food TV/film production and photography for 19 years combined and were keen to see what they could create together.

Projects to date include Salt Masterclass, a series of online masterclasses by Michelin starred chef, Paul Foster, a soon to be launched online cookery school and Knife Drop, an ongoing passion project, which aims to produce high-end online content through collaboration with top chefs such as Michelin starred Tony Parkin (Tony Parkin at the Tudor Rooms) and Nick Galer (The Miller of Mansfield & former head chef at Heston Blumenthals’ The Hinds Head), showcasing the dishes that define their style. Glyn has over 13 years food TV experience and has produced mainstream factual entertainment and food content shows including Great British Menu, Saturday Kitchen, Million Pound Menu and most recently, Bake Off The Professionals. Glyn has collaborated with chefs across the country including Gordon Ramsay, Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Jnr and Paul Hollywood to name a few. Glyn’s knowledge of food, the restaurant industry and production experience provides Devour Studio with a unique skillset to offer client. 

With plenty of food video projects in the pipeline for 2021 it should make for an exciting year

 

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Red Pepper Hummus Recipe Video (Make it Today) https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2018/6/red-pepper-hummus-recipe-video-make-it-today This weeks hands and pans video recipe from The Lunchbox Doctor is for delicious Red Pepper hummus......enjoy!!!!

Full Ingredients and Instructions in description below. Recipe by The LunchBox Doctor: http://www.lunchboxdoctor.com - Video & Photography by Food Envy Photography: http://www.foodenvy.photography

 

RED PEPPER HUMMUS

1 x 410g chickpeas (drained and rinsed)

½ jar of red peppers in oil (drained)

Juice of 1 small lemon

4 heaped tsp peanut butter

Clove of garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin

*add seasoning as desired

 

Put all of the ingredients into your food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Serve with crudités and/or crackers.

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Mushroom Rice Recipe Video (Eat It Today) https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2018/6/mushroom-rice-recipe-video-eat-it-today This weeks hands and pans video recipe from Lunchbox Doctor is for Curried Mushroom Rice

Full Ingredients and Instructions in description below. Recipe by The LunchBox Doctor: http://www.lunchboxdoctor.com - Video & Photography by Food Envy Photography: http://www.foodenvy.photography

CURRIED MUSHRROM RICE

2 tbsp garlic infused oil

1 onion, chopped

250g mushrooms, thickly sliced

1 tsp salt

1 ½ tsp mild curry powder

250g basmati rice, rinsed

320ml water

Press Sauté on your IP. Add the oil. Once hot add the onion and mushrooms. Stir for about 5 minutes. Add rice, salt and curry powder and stir well. Add water and stir. Secure the lid in place and set to ‘Rice’ for 12 minutes. Use QPR (quick pressure release) method at the end of cooking.  Stir and then serve. Serves 4.

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Instant Pot Chicken Curry (Cook it Today) https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2018/6/instant-pot-chicken-curry-cook-it-today

This weeks recipe video from The LunchboxDoctor is for a delicious chicken curry using an Instant Pot and Cirio UK #passata. Try it tonight

Full Ingredients and Instructions in description below. Recipe by The LunchBox Doctor: http://www.lunchboxdoctor.com - Video & Photography by Food Envy Photography: http://www.foodenvy.photography

CHICKEN CURRY

500g chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces

2 onions, chopped

1 tbsp garlic-ginger paste

2 heaped teaspoons curry powder

1 tsp salt

500ml passata

½ x 400g can of coconut milk (ideally the thick and creamy part of it has separated)

Put all ingredients except the coconut milk into your Instant Pot – make sure the chicken goes in last so it doesn’t stick to the bottom whilst cooking. Secure the lid in place and press the ‘Poultry’ button. Set to 15 minutes on the timer. Use the QPR (quick pressure release) method at the end of cooking. Add the coconut milk and stir then serve. Serves 4.

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Pasta with Pork, Fennel, Chilli & Lemon video Recipe https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2018/6/pasta-with-pork-fennel-chilli-lemon-video-recipe Check out this delicious recipe video for Pasta with Pork, Fennel, Chilli & Lemon. Full ingredients list and instructions in description below:

Ingredients

500g lean pork mince

2 dried red chillies

2 teaspoons fennel seeds

olive oil

1 tablespoon dried oregano

250 ml white wine

zest and juice of 1 lemon

500 g fusilli or penne

20 g Parmesan cheese , plus extra for serving

½ a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley

 

Method

Heat a olive oil in a heavy-bottomed frying pan over a high heat. Add the pork mince to the pan, really breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon. Fry for a few minutes, or until the meat starts to colour and the fat has rendered slightly, then push it down once more so it resembles coarse mince.

Add the bashed-up fennel seeds and chillies and cook over a medium heat for around 10 minutes, or until the meat becomes crisp, golden brown and slightly caramelised.

Stir in the oregano, then pour in the white wine and allow it to reduce by half. Add the lemon zest and juice, then turn the heat down to low.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pan of salted boiling water according to the packet instructions.

When the pasta has cooked but still has a bit of bite, drain it in a colander, reserving a mugful of the cooking water. Add the pasta to the meat pan, then toss to coat in all those lovely flavours, loosening with a good splash of the reserved cooking water, if needed.

Grate in the Parmesan, then pick, roughly chop and add the parsley leaves. Taste and check the seasoning, then serve immediately with a little extra grated Parmesan sprinkled over the top.

All video and food photography by http://www.foodenvy.photography

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The Launch of Food Envy Photography's YouTube Channel https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2018/6/the-launch-of-food-envy-photographys-youtube-channel I’m really exciting to announce the launch of Food Envy Photography YouTube channel this month. It’s been a while in the planning but we are now up and running with our first 5 recipe videos - please visit my channel and check them out click here:

We will be uploading content on a regular basis but we are constantly on the look out for sponsors, idea’s, collaboration’s so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Updated Seasonal Menu Food Photography for Aveqia https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/12/updated-seasonal-menu-food-photography-for-aveqia It’s always wonderful when clients return to me again and again, so when Aveqia got in touch once more, I was really excited (and flattered)…..plus, they produce some of the most amazing food that I currently get to photograph. Aveqia are a interactive cooking and dining experience company who use Michelin star chefs to create team building and relationship events in London

Aveqia change the events and menu to reflect the season so are in constant need to of high-end photography to promote the excellence and deliciousness of the new menu pus the interactive nature of the events

Food Envy Photography is a food/ drink photography studio based in Berkshire but works with clients across the UK. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or discuss your brief

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Cottage Lodge required new food photography and interior photography for a new website https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/12/cottage-lodge-required-new-food-photography-and-interior-photography-for-a-new-website I think the award for best location for a food photography shoot has to go to Cottage Lodge which is an amazing B&B based in Brockenhurst in the New Forest (which, in my opinion, is one on the most stunning parts of the country). 

Once again the client was creating a new website and wanted some new photography to showcase, not only their wonderful breakfasts but their recently re-designed rooms. This required a full day shoot as they breakfast menu was extensive and interior photography can be quite a slow process to do correctly (especially when there are 15 rooms, all with en-suites).  

We started with the food photography first and I choose to shoot in the dining room which easily had the best natural light. The dining room also had amazing hand made wooden tables (the wood sourced from fallen trees in the New Forest) which provided an wonderful textured surface to shoot the breakfast on. 

Food Envy Photography is a food/ drink photography studio based in Berkshire but works with clients across the UK. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or discuss your brief

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Food Photography for new website for private chef https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/12/food-photography-for-new-website-for-private-chef Vie and Vay is a private chef who will creates hand-prepared dishes to be served in your own home for celebrations, dinner parties or special events. The food photography brief was simple, to make the food look as delicious as it tastes for a new website that was launching in mid 2017. 

The shoot took place near Windsor in Vie & Vay’s kitchen, so space and light was always going to be tricky. However, by using the main window in the kitchen (and fortunately it was a cloudy day so I didn’t need to worry about harsh sun creating unflattering light) I was able to shoot the following photos. 

Prior to the shoot I had discussed with Vie and Vay the importance of sticking to the agreed shoot list and ensuring that we photographed the food as soon as it is ready….this is essential in food photography, because if food sits around too long it can quickly degrade i.e. sauces split, salad wilts, meat releases juices etc etc. Its this pre-planning organisation that allows us to be really efficient on the day and shoot the maximum amount of food possible

Food Envy Photography is a food/ drink photography studio based in Berkshire but works with clients across the UK. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or discuss your brief

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Richoux Restaurant New Menu and Interior Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/12/richoux_restaurant_new_menu_and_interior_photography So, its been almost a year since my last blog entry and although its been a really busy year, I cannot use this as my excuse. It’s simply that I always put “write my blog” at the bottom of my to-do list as its one of those jobs I struggle to start. So I’m going to try and use the next few weeks to catch up on a number of the fascinating shoots I’ve been lucky enough to be part of

That means I’m starting with Richoux Restaurants. Richoux are a chain of restaurants across the country that were wanting a website and menu refresh so were in need of food, interior and staff photography. The images were to be used to promote the restaurant update on a new website, across their social media channels and their traditional marketing materials.  

It was a really successful shoot and it was really helpful to have art direction by Alex from February who are the creative agency for Richoux Group. We managed to get though the entire shot list in a full day’s shoot which provided a great return on investment for the client.

Food Envy Photography is a professional food photography studio based in Berkshire so if you like to disucss your next shoot please don't hesitate to get in touch here

 

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Product Photography update for Mr Shericks Milkshakes https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/4/product-photography-update-for-mr-shericks-milkshakes When Mr Shericks Milkshakes came to me earlier this year to shoot their latest packaging update I could not have been more excited. I am such a massive fan of their luxurious and decadent milkshakes (especially the mint choc chip) so this really was a dream shoot. 

The brief was fairly simple as it was to shoot the new packaging against a black ground for the Mr Shericks labelled products but also for the 'own brand' packs for Aldi and Marks & Spencers who also stock their range of milkshakes. However, they were also keen to add some environmental and lifestyle photography to brief that they could the use in social media, print campaigns and presentations to future distributors and investors.

 

After many conversations about the brief with Mr Shericks' Marketing manager Lisa, we agreed a mood board and shot list and arranged the shoot date. However, having the client present at the shoot is invaluable because, even with all the prior preparation, ideas that work in your head don't necessarily work on camera so having that creative collaboration 'on the day' is essential.....its also lots of fun ;-)

I hear that some new flavours maybe in the pipeline so I cannot wait to hear (and try) them when they hit the shelves

Food Envy Photography is a food/ drink photography studio based in Berkshire but works with clients across the UK. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or discuss your brief

Tom

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Food Photography tips for your Start-Up Food Business https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/2/food-photography-tips-for-your-start-up-food-business It is fair to say that for many in the food business (including start-ups and established restaurants, chefs, manufacturers & producers etc) food photography is not always at the top of the list when it comes to allocating marketing budget for the year ahead. Whilst this is understandable, as budgets are constantly under pressure and competing against other areas of the business expenditure for priority, a consistent approach and high standards of photography are essential. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean throwing hard earned budget at the problem, but just making sure you invest the time, effort and thought into the visuals you use to promote and communicate the quality, provenance and down-right deliciousness of your food or drink!

The rise of the internet and social media means that we are becoming even more visual as a society, so what you choose to share will have a dramatic impact on how you are perceived. Your food is your brand, your website is your shop window and the food photography you choose to upload provides a customer with their first impression. And as we all know, you only get one chance to make that first impression so its essential to make sure it a good one. Here is just a few stats to highlight the importance of good photography:

We all have a smartphone in our pockets nowadays that enable us to take good quality photo’s wherever we are. This democratisation of technology is amazing, but it can also be a double edge sword, as it means there is an awful lot of bad photography out there by people who think that all they have to do is point and click to produce amazing images. But the technology is only one factor to consider…….and in my opinion, for the aspiring food photographer, its not even the most important. The question to ask is how to separate yourself from the crowd and smartphone photography by itself will NOT cut through the vast amount of image noise that is out there. 

The best advice I can offer about how to take advantage of the powerful technology in your pocket is to dedicate more time and thought to what your brand is trying to communicate. You can then use the following tips to vastly improve the outcome of the image:

1. Think about your lighting.

Even with pro photography gear, my first thought on any shoot is lighting, because if you get this wrong, no amount of money spent on a camera will save your shot. This is true in any form of photography but perhaps even more so in food photography…..but as luck would have it, the best lighting (in my humble opinion) is daylight. Not only is it the best, its also FREE! 

However, not all daylight is equal - many people assume if its a bright sunny day without a cloud in the sky, then I should place my subject directly in this light. This is a bad idea as it tends to be too harsh, creating dark distracting shadows and colours that are too bright and wash away much of the texture and detail. What you are looking for is indirect daylight, or in English, some shade! It gives your food wonderful bright light with an even coverage that makes the food look at its delicious best. Check out the set up from a recent restaurant photoshoot where I turned off all internal electric lighting and just used window light that was shaded by another building outside

2. Composition

To put it simply, composition is the term used to describe the arrangement of stuff in your photograph. A well composed photograph will direct your eye to look at a specific place, this should not be an accident and requires a lot of prior thought e.g. the hero ingredient, your brand/ logo or person using a variety of techniques. 

The rule of thirds is shown in the images below and is a classic photography technique of putting the main point of interest on the intersection of horizontal and vertical lines. The egg photo is also a good example to show how the eye is also naturally drawn to the brightest item in the photograph and what is most in focus i.e. the egg & truffle

However, framing your subject and deciding where and what the camera should focus on, are not the only aspects to consider. You also need to think about the best angle from which to shoot from .e.g overhead for a pizza, 45° for a cocktail (so you can see the top and centre of the glass) or down low for a burger (so you can see all the ingredients) 

3. Props.

How you prop or accessorise a food photograph is a very creative part of a shoot and can elevate your image to the next level. It can also be tricky, as sourcing the knives, forks, plates/ bowls, linens, wooden boards, glassware, ceramic surfaces etc can add a lot of extra cost to your shoot (unless you are very lucky to have a  well stocked supply at home). A well propped image will add to the story you are trying to convey, but it needs to be well balanced, otherwise it will look messy and cluttered. Some things to think about are

  • Choose your plate wisely
  • Add dimension and personality with accessories: Napkins, utensils, glassware, and other placements can fill up the composition and make your images more engaging
  • Garnish the dish
  • Visit your local charity shop: I constantly pop into the various one’s on my high street
  • Get creative with your backgrounds
  • Make sure your accessories are clean
  • Interact with the food: having a hand in the shot about to eat the food can add interest and dynamism to the image

I hope these tips will help to improve your food/ drink photography whilst you are growing your start-up food business. At the very least you will now be able to shoot a better photograph than the vast majority of images shared on Twitter or Instagram ;-) However, if you realise that your business  is growing to the next level and professional food imagery is essential to represent your brand/ product to investors, wholesalers or to further stand out from the crowd, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat

You can find some otters tips on my blog:

http://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/12/is-there-a-difference-between-pro-food-photography-and-mobile-phone-food-photography

http://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/2/food-photography-and-the-foodpreneur---why-its-so-important-for-your-food-business

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Four to Eight Restaurant Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/1/four-to-eight-restaurant-food-photography As food photography jobs go, restaurant shoots are definitely my favourite. I love working with highly skilled and creative people so when Four to Eight Restaurant got in touch I knew I would be in for a treat. Four to Eight, is a contemporary Italian restaurant located in the beating heart of Covent Garden where you can enjoy amazing freshly made food accompanied by superb wines in elegant surroundings.

The name Four To Eight stems from a food philosophy that great Italian cooking relies on simplicity of flavours, quality of produce and great provenance. Each of the plates comprise of between four to eight primary ingredients, no more is needed! With this emphasis, they have gathered an exciting, contemporary menu, which includes fish & seafood, rare breed grilled meats, vegetarian dishes, exciting pastas and a great selection of regional salumi and formaggi, all of which change regularly. The dishes are the combination of the best ingredients available, simply prepared by our skilled chef team, who hail from across Italy, bringing their passion and expertise with them.

The shoot itself went really smoothly with all the dishes being cooked to order and then shot immediately which means the photography looks at its most delicious and inviting. As usual nothing goes to waste as the dishes were eaten by the staff as soon as I'd finished…..although this is usually something I like to do myself but was too slow ;-) We also shot the session during a lunch service (albeit on a quiet Tuesday) in a small corner of the restaurant so it meant the kitchen could still cope and dinners were in no way disturbed by the photoshoot. The last thing I want to happen is for the shoot to interrupt business as usual!

Food Envy Photography is a specialist in food/ drink and restaurant photography working with clients across the UK so if you'd like to discuss updating your photography then please don't hesitate to get in touch

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My first cookbook photography shoot https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/1/my-first-cookbook-photography-shoot The opportunity to work on a cookbook has long been a goal of mine since starting up Food Envy Photography. When I was contacted by Matt and he was proposing producing his own cookbook I couldn't have been more excited but it wasn't until he described the theme that I became really intrigued. His idea is a humorous cookbook that pricks at the pomposity of the whole cookbook industry, including (and I'm glad I was sitting down for this bit) food photography. He is of course right and every successful genre can become a little ridiculous and take itself a little too seriously so sometimes a bit of piss-taking is a good thing (its certainly a good British tradition)!

The cookbook is still in its early stages but it was important to get the photography done at this juncture as much of the humour is visual. The success of the full day's shoot was again down to pre-planning and organisation between Matthew and myself. It was very usful that he had a very clear vision for what he wanted to produce so we could plan each set-up in advance to ensure we had all the food, props and layout ideas before shoot day. With any photography its always great to have a plan, but even more important to be flexible, as an idea in your head does not always translate once you set it up and shoot it. This was the case in a couple of the set-ups but most of the time we just went with the pre-arranged concept

 

Food Envy Photography would love to talk to you about any ideas or concepts you may have for a cookbook and its food photography so please don't hesitate to get in touch

Thanks
Tom

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Fish and Chip Shop Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/1/fish-and-chip-shop-food-photography Super Fish is a chain of 7 fish & chips shops based in the south of England and they were keen to refresh their food photography to use across their website and social media. The client was keen to get some imagery of the different menu items but also some my dynamic and environmental shots of the fish & chips being prepared as they have been in business for over 40 years and use traditional techniques along with the freshest ingredients…..so its essential to communicate this visually. 

Food Envy Photography is a specialist in food/ drink and restaurant photography working with clients across the UK

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Bread and Butter Festival for food entreprenuers https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/1/bread-and-butter-festival-for-food-entreprenuers This event took place over the weekend of 14 & 15th November 2016 and provided an excellent opportunity to network and rub shoulders with like-minded food entrepreneurs and to learn some from more established food/ drinks brands. This time I was joined by, long time collaborator Colin from The Food Sauce so we headed off to Pall Mall for Bread & Butter Festival at Institute of Directors hosted by Tara Mei & Jason Gibb

The two-day festival was hand-on interactive content, workshops, six unique zones and a schedule of inspiring must-see speakers who have all been there, seen it and done it. We attended a selection of inspirational talks ourselves from the likes of Patrick Drake (Hellofresh) & Ryan Kohn (PROPERCORN).

The event was very well organized with a wide diversity of entrepreneurs as all you needed to be part of the festival was a great idea or a food & drink business that you wished to move forward.

Their were also people at different stages within their food journey also present those at the idea stage, those just about to launch – as well as those looking to scale up to the next level.

No more feeling alone or feeling like a rabbit caught in headlights this event had it all for guests to go away with and feel even more inspired.

I myself cannot wait for next year’s event as Bread & Butter has allowed us to bring our vision of assisting food & drink brands to life

So want to feel inspired? Head on down to the next Bread & Butter event. You will not be disappointed!

Food Envy Photography is a specialist in food/ drink and restaurant photography working with clients across the UK so if your interested in discussing your food photography then please don't hesitate to get in touch

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Cinnamon Bridge Event Photography for Food Start Up Companies https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/1/cinnamon-bridge-event-photography-for-food-start-up-companies As I mentioned in on of my previous blog post, I'm looking to becoming even more niche within my photography specialism. When I first left the comfort of corporate life behind and started on the road to my professional photography goal I was a generalist, shooting any job the would bring in some revenue. After a while I realized that this was not the way forward (plus I was not that passionate about many of the photography jobs that were coming my way…..mostly the weddings, which I've now accepted are not for me) and I needed to specialise. My other great passion in life is food and cooking so it dawned on me to combine these two areas and create a business I could be truly proud of and really enjoy getting stuck into. This is how Food Envy Photography started and I've loved it ever since! However, there are always specialism even within a niche and I found that start up food businesses (foodpreneurs) are an even more enjoyable area to operate within.

I feel that imagery and photography are so important to a food business (we eat with our eyes after all), and perhaps even more to a start up food business, as they are having to compete with established companies with large marketing budgets. However, through imagination and creativity we can collaborate to create awesome food photography that will enable the foodprenuer to compete on the same level and attract, not only customers, but investment, wholesales and funding. This is where I discovered Cinnamon Bridge who are an incubator and innovator of start up food businesses who certainly appreciate how important food photography and imagery is to their clients.

I've been lucky enough to attend a number of their start up event in Camden and not only met loads of great start ups but also contacts within the food world and sampled some wonderful new products

Food Envy Photography is a specialist in food/ drink and restaurant photography working with clients across the UK so please don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss your food photography requirements

Thanks
Tom

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Wonderbunz complete menu photography photoshoot https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/1/wonderbunz-complete-menu-photography-photoshoot One of the area's of the food industry I really keen to work with is food start ups or foodpreneurs and usually this takes the form of food products e.g. a new milkshake brand, green tea or chocolate company. But working with WonderBunz, is the first time I've worked on the food photography for a restaurant start up. The concept of WonderBunz is south east asian street food, so things like, steamed buns (filled with sweet and savoury options), baked buns, salads, desserts etc etc and they required product photography for every single item on the menu, shot against a white back ground so it can be cut-out at a later date and added to visual display boards, menu, online and print material. This is a very large job and required a 3 day shoot at their premises in North London over a few weeks.

My usual style is primarily using natural light, shot in an environmental or editorial way, but this time its far more simple, using studio lights and a white background to produce food and drink photography with a very specific function and purpose. The main issues to complete the brief was the sheer volume of photography that was needed as each dish had different variations, perhaps with a different sauce or topping that each needed a separate image. This was an issue I highlighted at the very start of our discussions (which the client was very grateful for) so we could work on being as organised as possible when the shoot dates came around. Simple things like having a comprehensive shot list that we stuck to or shooting in an order that made it easier for the chefs (e.g. hot items first or trying not to move the main subject and adding the variations in order) made for a streamlined and more productive shoot

Food Envy Photography is a specialist in food/ drink and restaurant photography working with clients across the UK so please don't hesitate to get in touch should you wish to discuss your food photography requirements

Tom

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Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse bloggers event https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/1/levi-roots-caribbean-smokehouse-bloggers-event In conjunction with our very good friends at The Food Sauce & Jelly Fielders, December saw the much anticipated Bloggers Event at The Caribbean Smokehouse with Levi Roots himself in attendance. This event had been months in the making and Colin at The Food Sauce needs to take all the credit for making it happen….take a bow Colin! The event itself was a roaring success with many of London's finest bloggers taking the time to be part of the event, meeting Levi and tasting the delicious food laid on by the team at The Caribbean Smokehouse. The 'Rastaurant', as Levi likes to call it is located in Westfield's Stratford and is a vibrant tribute to Levi's Caribbean roots and heritage both in its food and décor - just check out the photos:

Having personally tried most of the menu I can wholeheartedly recommend the Jerk Chicken Wings and Bajan Fish Cakes….wow! The restaurant offers a top class experience and brilliant service with friendly and knowledgeable staff who help to choose the best food for you, if (like me) you're not too familiar with Caribbean Cuisine. 

The event was also filmed by Mike at Jelly Fielders so please check out the video over on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pJRJGkTtff0

Food Envy Photography is a specialist in food/ drink and restaurant photography working with clients across the UK so if you 'd like to discuss your food photography requirement, please don't hesitate to get in touch

 

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B Bakery patisserie and christmas food photography shoot https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/1/b-bakery-patisserie-and-christmas-food-photography-shoot September saw one of 'sweetest' shoots I've done in a while. B Bakery offers a variety of ways to enjoy afternoon tea (with a French twist of the most amazing patisserie) across London either in their café or via one of their eight RouteMaster bus tours that run all over London.

The brief from Thiabult (their very talented patisserie chef) was for a festive photoshoot that took place both in the café but also on the buses…..I'm not to proud to say that I took a sharp in take of breathe at this stage! Now I'm no stranger to shooting in restaurant or café and the limitations this can create (in terms of space & light) but shooting on an vintage RouteMaster bus would definitely magnify this. Its certainly the first time that I've need to a 16mm superwide lens on a food photography shoot…..but as they say 'necessity is the mother of invention' and getting creative is one of the best aspects of my job.

We shot over two consecutive half days and were able to shoot the whole brief plus some extra product shots of the beautiful patisserie as a bonus…..you can see a selection of the results below:

Food Envy Photography is a specialist in food/ drink and restaurant photography working with clients across the UK. Please don't hesitate to get in touch should you wish to discuss your food/ drink photography requirements.

Thanks
Tom

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Aveqia Seasonal Menu Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/1/aveqia-seasonal-menu-food-photography Here is another shoot from June this year. This time, I was fortunate enough to be recommended to Aveqia by a previous client who knew Aveqia were looking to improve their media assets. Aveqia is an "interactive cooking" company which means they offer groups and corporate clients the opportunity to cook a high class meal whilst building and developing their relationships. Interactive cooking is not a cooking course but a way to socialise in a relaxed environment with food as the focal point.

Aveqia are a very creative company and are always innovating and changing their menu's to attract new or existing clients. Just like Food Envy Photography, Aveqia understands the value of food photography and that we eat with our eyes! So being able to visually communicate the food that clients will produce and then enjoy as part of the process, is essential in gaining new and repeat clients. I've now been lucky enough to work with the team on their spring, summer and Xmas menu's and I look forward to future collaborations with the whole team

Food Envy Photography is a specialist in food/ drink and restaurant photography working with clients across the UK. Please don't hesitate to get in touch should you want to discuss your food/ drink photography requirements

Tom

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Boulters Restaurant Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2017/1/boulters-restaurant-food-photography Its now December and its been a super crazy year so I've only just had time to take stock and catch up on some area's of my food photography business that have taken a slight back seat. My food blog is definitely one such area. So I've set my self a target for the slump between Xmas and New Year to update my blog with some of the more interesting food photography jobs that I've been lucky enough to work on this Year.

The Boulters Restaurant food photography shoot took place in Maidenhead back in back in June and it was a real pleasure to work with Paul and the team who work really hard to create some innovative and delicious food. You really should check out their a la carte menu as it changes on a seasonal basis.

The shoot itself took place in a corner of the main restaurant just before lunch service so I wasn't in the way too much whilst service was underway. After all, all I really need is a table, some window light and collaboration with the kitchen to bring the food out when I'm ready with the set up/ composition. Food can degrade quickly in front of the camera (not to the naked eye but the resolution of my lenses/ camera can make it more obvious) so its essential to have that coordination with the kitchen to shoot quickly once the plate hits my table.

Food Envy Photography is a specialist in food/ drink and restaurant photography working with clients across the UK. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions?

Tom

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Food Photography for Alf Turner Butchers https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/7/food-photography-for-alf-turner-butchers Now I thought that it would be pretty hard, if not impossible, to improve upon the classic sausage roll, scotch egg or pork pie, but on this occasion I'm more than happy to be proved wrong. I'm am also a huge fan of chilli so the merging of the two is a match made in heaven for me. I was lucky enough to be working with Alf Turner butchers who are a traditional butchers shop based in Aldershot who sell their sausage/ pork range of products through some of the UK's largest supermarkets inc. Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Budgens etc.

After discussions with the team at Alf Turners it was clear that the focus of the shoot was on these new innovative products - the Dragons Egg, Dragons Pork Pie & Dragons Sausage Roll all of which are made using traditional butchers techniques but with a hit of chilli. The other aspect that was highlight in our prep work was to set the majority of the shoot using an outdoor/ picnic setting

It was so exciting to be working with such a large and successful brand who first came to my attention when appearing and succeeding to win investment on Dragons Den a few years ago. They also do large amounts of work with the Help for Heroes charity which is a fantastic cause.

If you have a brand that you feel could benefit from some professional food photography then please don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss concepts, ideas or brief.

Tom

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Cioccolatini Cupcakes and Chocolates food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/6/cioccolatini-cupcakes-and-chocolates-food-photography Working with food start up companies or foodpreneurs are without doubt some of my favourite food photography jobs. I really enjoy working with clients who in the process of turning their new idea in to a reality…..its such an exciting time for them and I love collaborating and sharing in their energy and passion to create some amazing images of their products. Its also because I feel this is where I can add some of the greatest value as a food photographer. In my experience, most food start ups had not really considered how important the imagery on their website, social media feed or print material is, unsurprisingly most of their attention is product development, concepts and growing the business. It maybe the first time that they want professional photography for their website or they are trying to break into wholesalers/ distributor or exhibiting at a trade show that the issue of photography can arise. This realisation that the smart phone or DIY photography that has served its purpose for a while is no longer good or credible enough to communicate the professional nature of the business, or the quality/ provenance of the brand. Investment in food photography is now required.

You can find some advice at my blog on the difference between DIY and pro food photography or why its essential for the foodpreneurs to get their photography right.

Cioccolatini are at this stage. They were in the process of creating a new website for their brand of cupcakes and chocolates and I was delighted to help with some pack shots plus some more creative environmental photography that helps to visually communicated what their brand is all about.

Food Envy Photography is a professional food photography studio based in Berkshire, just outside London. If you have any requirement for food photography, then please don't hesitate to get in touch

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Green tea photoshoot for Drink TG hot and cold teas https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/6/green-tea-photoshoot-for-drink-tg-hot-and-cold-teas This has to be one of my most favourite product shoots that I worked on recently. It was an opportunity to collaborate with Drink TG, a really creative, fun and inspiring brand producing delicious hot and cold green teas. After many brainstorming sessions on the phone and via Skype (from China, no less) we agreed concepts and style ideas but the execution and implementation of the brief was trusted to me. This meant finding the correct props and locations that met the brief, complemented the brand and, perhaps most important of all, stayed within budget. All of which was completed and sent to the client for final sign off. 

Once everything was agreed, two full days of shooting could commence. This included pack shots, product with ingredients, environmental shots, location shots (including, a restaurant, studio, and outside locations), product with food suggestions etc etc. A big thank you has to go to Boulters Restaurant in Maidenhead for allowing me into their premises to use their wonderful location (overlooking the river Thames) as a spectacular backdrop to some of the images. 

If you have a food or drinks brand that could benefit from some professional photography then please don't hesitate to get in touch

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The Elvetham Hotel Wedding Menu Food Photography Shoot https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/6/the-elvetham-hotel-wedding-menu-food-photography-shoot The last few months have been a really busy time here at Food Envy Photography which has resulted in getting a bit behind with my food blog. Back in April I was fortunate enough to be commissioned but The Elvetham Hotel in Hampshire to update and refresh their weeding menu photography assets. The Elvetham is a beautifully traditional stately home who are rightly proud of their modern and stylish wedding menus and were really keen to show it off on their website, social media channels and print material. The Elvetham marketing team really understood the importance of how they visually communicate their food/ menu to clients as being a cornerstone when it comes to generating wedding bookings

After an initial meeting to discuss their brief, a full day of shooting was arranged. With any photo shoot of this type, collaboration with the chef is essential so we can understand when the food will be ready to enable us to photograph it at is absolute best. So we created a shoot list with accurate timings that enables me to compose the shot beforehand and then have the dish arrive to shoot (once the dish is on the table we are against the clock as it can degrade pretty fast) and be able to move onto the next to guarantee finishing in the agreed timescales.

Over the course of the day we managed to complete 3 x starters, 3 x mains, 3 x desserts, group shots of dishes on set table, canapés, champagne, tea & coffee, Conference facilities 

If you have a menu or dish that would benefit from similar food photography then please don't hesitate to get in touch   

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Baked Camembert is a fantastic dinner party starter - recipe and food photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/5/baked-camembert-is-a-fantastic-dinner-party-starter---recipe-and-food-photography I think its fair to say that catering for dinner parties can be stressful. So being able to plan in advance with a starter that's all prepared and ready for the oven can be a life saver. This is where a fantastic Jamie Oliver recipe for baked camembert has come to my rescue on many occasions - its really easy to prepare, then place in the fridge until everyone arrives, bake for 20mins and just wait until the delicious smells hit your guests.

Food Envy Photography is a professional food photography studio based in Berkshire but serves clients across the UK. If you have a requirement for some food/ drink photography or simply have some questions then please get in touch

Ingredients:

  • 250 g Camembert
  • 1 clove garlic
  • a few tips fresh rosemary
  • olive oil
  • bite-sized pieces bread , stale
  • a few sprigs rosemary
  • olive oil
  • 1 tiny pinch sea salt

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Leaving it in the box, score around the top of a 250g Camembert about ½cm in and cut off the top layer of skin. Finely slice a peeled garlic clove and poke it into the top of the cheese with a few fresh rosemary tips. Drizzle with a little olive oil then bake in the hot oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until gorgeous and oozy in the middle. 

Thread bite-sized pieces of stale bread onto stripped woody rosemary sprigs, drizzle them with olive oil and a tiny pinch of sea salt to help them crisp up then lay them on a tray and pop in the oven to cook with the Camembert. 

Once your bread skewers are golden and crisp and your cheese is oozy, put everything out on a board then dunk a bit of toasted bread in the gooey cheese and get ready to dunk

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A Classic Recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese with Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/5/a-classic-recipe-for-spaghetti-bolognese-with-food-photography Spaghetti Bolognese is quite possibly the best comfort food out there! Its a bold statement, but one I think I can back up with the following recipe from The BBC GoodFood website....its a recipe I go back to time and time again so felt it was about to to shoot and share it. Enjoy!

Food Envy Photography is a professional food photography studio based in Berkshire but works with clients across the UK. Please get in touch with any questions or enquiries about your own food/ drink requirements

Ingredients:

500g Fresh Beef Mince.

4 Rashers of Smoked Streaky Bacon, finely diced.

2 Tins of Plum/Chopped Tomatoes.

6 Fresh Cherry Tomatoes.

2 Medium Onions, peeled and finely diced.

2 Sticks of Celery, trimmed and finely diced.

2 Carrots, trimmed and finely diced.

2 Cloves of Garlic, peeled and finely diced.

1 Medium Chilli (optional), seeded and finely sliced

75g Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese, plus extra for grating over.

2 tbsp Tomato Puree

1 Beef Stock Cube.

Glass of red wine (optional)

Herbs:

2-3 Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary.

Handful of Fresh Basil, plus extra for Garnish.

1 tsp Dried Oregano.

1-2 Fresh Bay Leaves.

Olive oil.

Sea Salt and Black Pepper.

Method:

Get yourself a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, and place it on a medium heat. Add a good lug of olive oil and gently fry your bacon until golden and crisp, then reduce the heat slightly and add your onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Next remove the leaves from the Rosemary sprigs and add them to the pot, discarding the sprigs. Move everything around and fry for around 8-10 minutes until the veg has softened.

Next, increase the heat slightly, add the mince and stir until the meat is browned all over.

Stir in your tins of plum/chopped tomatoes, (plum tomatoes are best as they contain less water, but either will turn out great!). Add your remaining herbs, tomato puree, stock cube, chilli and if using, the wine. Slice your cherry tomatoes in half and throw them in as well.

Give everything a stir with a wooden spoon, breaking up the plum tomatoes as you go and bring to a gentle simmer. Reduce the heat to low-medium, put the lid on and leave it blipping away for about an hour and 15 minutes until the flavours develop into a wonderfully rich tomatoey sauce. Stir occasionally to make sure it doesn't catch.

Just as the sauce is nearly ready, Add the parmesan and season to taste.

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Edamame Beans with salt and Chilli Flakes Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/4/edamame_beans_with_salt_and_chilli_flakes_food_photography Its been a while since I've posted a recipe on my food blog so I thought I'd ease myself back in with an easy one......but in hindsight, perhaps a little too easy! But who cares, as Edamame beans are one of my new favourite starters when going out to eat! As a recipe though, it does feel a bit of a cheat as we are only talking three ingredients and virtually no cooking (as I'm not sure a 30 second blast in the microwave really counts) but the look and taste definitely makes up for it

Ingredients

Edamame Beans (in theirs pods)

Salt flakes

Chilli Flakes

Method

Heat the beans in the microwave for 30 seconds - add salt & chilli flakes

Serve......BOOM!

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Food Envy Photography is on a billboard - today Slough tomorrow Times Square https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/3/food-envy-photography-is-on-a-billboard---today-slough-tomorrow-times-square It has to rank as one of the best surprises of my food photography career so far, to be innocently travelling though Slough Railway Station, only to look up and see my own images staring back at me. Now, I spend many hours looking at the photographs I create on screens in my studio, but I've never seen them on such a large and public scale before. To make it even better, I had no idea they were there which caused quite a shock (albeit a really great one) and I think I may have even sworn out loud but thankfully no one was in ear shot.....

Thanks to Heidi's Patisserie in Daniels Department Store for this wonderful surprise!

Food Envy Photography is a professional food photography studio in Berkshire who works with food businesses of all sizes to produce imagery they can be proud of. If you need blog content, website images, recipe photo or print photography for your food business then please don't hesitate to get in touch today

Thanks

Tom

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Food Photography and the Foodpreneur - why food photography is so important for your food business https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/2/food-photography-and-the-foodpreneur---why-its-so-important-for-your-food-business It is fair to say that for many in the food business (including start-ups and established restaurants, chefs, manufacturers & producers etc) food photography is not always at the top of the list when it comes to allocating marketing budget for the year ahead. Whilst this is understandable, as budgets are constantly under pressure and competing against other areas of the business for priority, making sure sufficient expenditure is ring-fenced for imagery can create a substantial return on investment.

You just have to think how many possibilities there are for improving the look of your website, promotional material plus all social media interactions and endless sharing opportunities that are driven by imagery and specifically photography. Here are just a few statistics:

From speaking with clients who understand the importance of dedicated food photography for their business, the response is always positive. They see an increase in customer engagement on their website and increased shares/ comments across their social media platforms. For example when a new menu item is announced, it generates far more interest and engagement if it’s accompanied with a beautifully lit, composed and authentic photograph.

So what are your options?

As we’ve discussed in previous blog post, it is possible to take a DIY approach to visually represent your food on your website and social media. Camera technology, especially smart phones, are now everywhere allowing everyone to take images of food simply and with little difficulty. However, are the results good enough to represent your business and communicate the quality of your food? Only you can answer this but we now live in an online/ social media world where imagery is ubiquitous, available at the touch of a button, so making the right first impression is absolutely essential. You don’t see companies like Coca-Cola, Cadbury's or Marks & Spencer fronting their ad campaigns with camera phone footage.

Social media platforms like Instagram are fantastic for food businesses but care needs to be taken with the photos that are uploaded and shared. It’s  fantastic when clients share images but when your business does this, you should be asking simple questions: is the quality, resolution, accuracy good enough to represent my food/ produce? Software tools likes filters, whilst fun to use, don’t make a photograph good, they just help to mask an adequate one.

Many smaller/ start up food companies will look to stock photography to help. Whilst this may help with the quality issue it will not address the authenticity and provenance concerns. One of the major unique selling points of being a smaller brand is the credibility and authenticity of the story that your product generates (perhaps you are an artisan cheese manufacturer who uses your own rare goats milk or a chef whose restaurant only uses ingredients sourced from urban farms). This can be completely overlooked by utilising generic, non-bespoke stock imagery on your website/ blog/ social media as it’s the provenance that customers are buying into and they will see through photography that is not genuinely telling the story. 

It is also a common misconception that stock photography is a cheaper option. If you are sourcing the images from non-free libraries then you have to understand how and where you plan on using the photo’s as you will be charged accordingly. For example if you purchase a small image for your social media but then decide you wanted it printed larger and in high resolution then costs can quickly escalate. By using a professional food photographer you can specify a universal licence for unlimited use to overcome this.

Your food is your brand and your website/ social media is your store front so poor imagery can damage your off and online presence. As we all know, our first interaction with food is visual - ‘we eat with our eyes’ before any other the other senses get a chance to register. 

How can Professional Food Photography help you?

Working with Food Envy Photography is a collaborative effort as we need to understand you, your food business and the concept you are trying to visually communicate. This allows you a great deal of opportunity to express your story, skill, reputation and themes and is essential to create successful imagery that highlights your unique brand in the marketplace. 


Once we understand the brief we can start the process of showcasing your food with some amazing photography by using our experience to create the best light, composition and styling. In our opinion, natural light brings the best out of the food so timing is therefore everything. We will work together to plan exactly when and where the photo shoot needs to take place to ensure you are getting the best possible result and avoid unnecessary waste. Food Envy Photography will bring experience and knowledge to the process to ensure it is as efficient, cost effective and successful as possible, resulting in images that will enhance your website and you will love to share on social media. 

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any of the points made in this blog article or would like any more information in photography for your food business.

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Virgin Mojito Recipe and drink photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/2/virgin-mojito-recipe-and-drink-photography Inspired by my successful 'dryanuary' this year, I decided to create this Virgin Mojito shoot to keep my motivation in non-alcoholic drink options. Its been really interesting exercise to research the internet and see what 'mocktail' options are out there, that are as delicious as their alcoholic cousins! The Virgin Mojito was my favourite by far so why not give it a try

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Steamed Thai Sea Bass Recipe and Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/2/steamed-thai-sea-bass-recipe-and-food-photography One of the many joys of food photography is being able to shoot the food you love to eat. Fresh fish, and Sea Bass in particular, is one of my absolute favourites as its soooo tasty but also ultra healthy which means I get to eat it a lot. One of my all time favourite recipes is from BBC good food website which steams the Sea Bass en papillote with Thai flavours of lemongrass, ginger, garlic and chilli. Its really easy to do and cooks in only 20 mins so give it a go this weekend

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Tom

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A Recipe for Blueberry Pancakes on Pancake Day and Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/2/a-recipe-for-blueberry-pancakes-on-pancake-day-and-food-photography Having never tried cooking pancakes before, I thought it was about time to give it a go! I always remember having pancakes the traditional way (i.e. crepes with sugar and lemon) which are absolutely delicious, but I've always enjoyed american style pancakes with blueberries when in the US, so I thought that would be the best place to start. 

As it turns out, american style pancakes are just as easy to produce, they just take a little longer to cook due to their thicker consistency - why not try the recipe below on Pancake Day this year? Just so you don't forget its 9th Feb.....

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Enjoy a Proper Chicken Curry at Home - Recipe and Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/1/enjoy-a-proper-chicken-curry-at-home---recipe-and-food-photography I love curry!

There is not really much else to say, except that I came across this particular recipe on the BBC Good Food website and its been a regular addition to my curry repertoire. Its easy to do and beats a takeaway hands down so give it a go this weekend with a couple of cold beers and friends!

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Get in touch if you're interested in creating recipes or food photography for your business or website

Bon Appetite

Tom

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Crispy Chicken thighs with Paprika Potatoes Recipe and Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/1/crispy-chicken-thighs-with-paprika-potatoes-recipe-and-food-photography Who doesn't love crispy chicken? Here is one of my tastiest and easiest recipes for crispy chicken that is marinaded in lemon, tarragon and thyme and served with spicy paprika potatoes. And if that's not tasty enough, try an extra kick of flavour try adding some flavoured salt once cooked

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4 chicken thighs, skin on

2 lemons
1 tbsp chopped tarragon and thyme
1 tbsp olive oil 

350g maris piper potatoes
1 tsp paprika, sweet or smoked 

1. turn on your oven to 220C/fan 200. Pat the chicken thighs with kitchen paper to remove as much moisture as possible. Grate the zest from 1 lemon and squeeze the juice from both. Then marinade the chicken in a shallow dish (Slash the skin of each chicken thigh three times) with the lemon, zest, tarragon/ thyme, 1 tbsp of the oil, and some salt and pepper. Turn the chicken in the marinade to make sure its well covered and ideally you want to leave it in the fridge for a few hours to take on the flavours. If you want extra crispy skin then pan fry the thighs (skin side down) for a few minutes before placing them skin side up into the oven for 30 mins

2. Cut the potatoes into wedges/ cubes and place into a pan of water and bring to the boil. You want to par boil them for 5 minutes, drain and then allow to steam for a few minutes. Place them on a baking tray and then toss in oil and sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 30 mins, until the chicken is well browned and the potatoes tender. 

3. I recently met with Tim from Flavour Magic who kindly gave me some samples of his smoked and chilli infused salts to try. So to finish the dish, I added a few flakes of smoked salt and a few flakes of chilli salt to the potatoes……it added a real punch of extra flavour

Bon Appetite

Tom

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Recipe for Roasted Tomato Couscous with harissa sauce https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/1/recipe-for-roasted-tomato-couscous-with-harissa-sauce This weeks recipe is for Roasted Tomato Couscous with a delicious and spicy harissa sauce. Harissa is a North African chilli pepper paste that adds a delightful amount of heat to this recipe, but as its combined in a sauce to be served with the couscous it can be used sparingly should you be wary of the heat. 

This is a fantastic recipe for a healthy lunch and serves 4.

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Bon appetite

Tom

20 cherry tomatoes, halved

1 tbsp harissa

3 tbsp olive oil

3 onion very thinly sliced

4 tbsp Greek-style yogurt

1 garlic clove, crushed

200g couscous

½ small pack mint, roughly chopped

½ small pack parsley, roughly chopped

Veg stock

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the tomatoes in 2 tbsp of the oil. Season and spread in a roasting tin, cut-side up, and bake for 20-55 mins.

Heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan. Tip in the onions and sizzle for a couple of mins. Turn down the heat, season and cook for 15 mins or until golden and caramelised. In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt, harissa and with some seasoning. Set aside.

Tip the couscous into a large bowl. MIx Veg stock with 400ml boiling water and pour over couscous. Cover with cling film and leave to stand for 10 mins or until all the water has been absorbed. Fork though the herbs and half the onions. Top with the tomatoes and the remaining onions, and serve with a dollop of the yogurt sauce.

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Tuna Pasta - A healthy and dry start to 2016 https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/1/Tuna-Pasta-a-healthy-and-dry-start-to-2016 I'm not one for New Year resolutions but as the start of this year coincided with my continued non-drinking and attempt to eat more healthily, I thought I'd share a favourite recipe of mine that covers both bases.

The dish on this occasion is a tuna pasta dish that is as quick as it is simple. Usually with any pasta dish I'd prefer a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc but I was recently introduced to Bottle Green sparkling drinks that can offer a good alcohol free alternative.

 

Makes 2 serves

200g spaghetti

30ml of Olive Oil

Spinach or Rocket

half a chilli (depending on how spicy you like it)

1 medium size cans tuna in water

Cherry tomatoes (halved)

dried oregano

2 cloves of garlic (chopped)

Salt –pepper and a tiny red hot chilly

1 tea sp of sugar

Tomato Puree

Anchovy Puree (optional)

extra virgin olive oil and squeeze of lemon to serve

 

Cook the pasta in salted water as per the instructions on the packet

My advice is to cook the pasta while the sauce is being cooked, so the pasta can be added in the sauce straight away

In a frying pan heat the oil cook the garlic and chilli and the herbs. Cook in very low temperature Now add the halved cherry tomatoes and slowly cook. Add tomato/ anchovy puree plus liquid from the starchy pasta water if its starts to dry out

Once pasta is cooked drain it and add to the sauce along with the spinach/ rocket. It will start to wilt  but you can also give it a stir at this point. 

Once combined, fold the tuna chunks into the pasta to warm thou. I like to keep the chunks chunky so tend to not stir it to vigorously

Serve with squeeze of lemon and drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

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Tom

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A Trio of Desserts Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2016/1/a-trio-of-desserts-food-photography What can be better than one dessert, well, how about three! This photograph was taken a few weeks ago and consists of a baked apple, pistachio ice cream and milk ice cream. Its served with sugar work, crumble and balls of apple.....absolutely delicious ;-)

 

Food Envy Photography is a professional food photography studio based in Berkshire, just outside London. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your food photography requirement then, please, get in touch

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Mulled Wine Recipe and Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/12/mulled-wine-recipe-and-food-photography "Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas......" to quote the Johnny Mathis song. To celebrate I could not resist knocking up a batch of Mulled Wine this afternoon and taking a few photographs to get me in the festive mood. I followed a recipe from The Guardian that you can find online

2 unwaxed oranges
1 lemon, peel only
150g caster sugar
5 cloves, plus extra for garnish
5 cardamom pods, bruised
1 cinnamon stick
A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 bottles of fruity, unoaked red wine
150ml ginger wine

1. Peel and juice 1 orange, and add to a large saucepan along with the lemon peel, sugar and spices. Add enough wine to just cover the sugar, and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 – 8 minutes until you have a thick syrup.

2. Meanwhile, if you're serving the mulled wine immediately, stud the second orange with 6 vertical lines of cloves, and then cut into segments to use as a garnish.

3. Turn the heat down, and pour the rest of the wine into the saucepan, along with the ginger wine. Gently heat through and serve with the orange segments as a garnish. Alternatively, you can allow the syrup to cool, and pour it into sterilised bottles for use at a later date.

 

 

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Mango & Lime Dessert with Milk Ice Cream https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/12/mango-lime-dessert-with-milk-ice-cream Just a quick blog entry before Christmas from one of my most recent food photography shoots. This time its a delicious Mango and Lime dessert served with milk ice cream. The combination of mango and lime makes for a refreshing and zingy finish to a meal, especially for someone who doens't have a very sweet tooth (such as myself) and is rounded off nicely with a scoop of freshly made milk ice cream to round the dessert.

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War on Waste Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/12/war-on-waste-food-photography We all know that how food looks is essential in how we buy, consume and waste food......for example we purchase ready meals based on the amazing images on the packet, we select or reject vegetables based on appearance or we may try a restaurant solely because of a dish spotted in Instagram. The fact the food photography is everywhere, in the press, on the telly and especially across social media, it occurred to me that it's role in first two catagories (to buy and consume a food product) is well covered but when it come to waste the images aren't usually so tempting

I popped into Waitrose (just before closing) last week with the intention to buying some of their marked down products (those that are reduced due to final day on sale before being thrown away) to photograph and highlight that these products still retain their flavour and original deliciousness. 

 

This image was from my first set up of mini Lemon & Ginger Tarts, that I'm assuming, would have been thrown away in a few hours as the sell by date was that evening. To me, they still looked perfectly edible and hopefully, you'd be hard pressed to disagreed based on this image. But just to be safe I felt it was only fair that I tested the tarts.....just to be sure ;-). I can happily confirm that they were every bit as delicious as expected! 

I'll be heading down to other supermarkets over the coming weeks to see what other wonderful products I can save from the bin, photograph and then eat. 

Tom

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Is there a difference between pro food photography and mobile phone food photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/12/is-there-a-difference-between-pro-food-photography-and-mobile-phone-food-photography Loads of people nowadays like to take photos of an amazing meal they are enjoying or a restaurant they have experienced and share it on social media, including myself. However, if you are a professional chef, restaurant or producer then is this type of image good enough to represent you as an individual or business? Your food is your brand, your website is your shop window and the food photography you choose to show provides a customer with their first impression. And as we all know, you only get one chance to make that first impression so its essential to make it a good one. 

Now don’t get me wrong, it is perfectly possible to take usable images on a smart phone, which is fine, if its your customer taking images to share with friends on their social media….in fact, this is great for your business. However, when you visit the website of a top restaurant or food brands they are not using these types of images on their home pages or anywhere other than on Facebook or Twitter feeds. They understand that customers ‘eat with their eyes’ and that with the advent of the internet, its only too easy for them to find your competition in a few clicks and decide their delicious, colourful, vibrant looking food is more appealing  and eat there instead

What to look for

Accuracy

Your food is your brand and you spend hours creating, improving and perfecting the look, smell and taste of a dish. Therefore, this needs to be communicated visually to your customer and risking this to shaky amateur mobile phone photography can indicate a lack of care in your product. 

Colour 

Colour is probably one of the most important factors in food photography and is one of the easiest to get wrong. Most restaurant have tungsten or florescent lighting installed which is great for the interior but can murder the food photography if its not corrected for or avoided completely. Getting the colour wrong turns off customers very quickly as they immediately know something is wrong with the dish

Distortion

This is one of the harder aspects to notice in food photography but still important. Smart phones have a very wide lens so its camera needs to get much closer to the food and this will cause distortion of the photograph. Distortion is generally referred to an optical aberration that deforms and bends physically straight lines and makes them appear curvy in images. Again, this can make your food look unappealing as the brain is aware something is wrong, even if the viewer cannot quite put their finger on why?

Detail

Its very easy to lose detail with a camera phone as the level of precision need in the lens to capture fine macro detail is not what they are designed for. This is where a specific lens come into play (I promise not to get techy here) that are designed to bring out all of the hidden beauty of the food in question. In the Cod photographs, I deliberately chose a piece of white fish to highlight this issue, as its very hard to a mobile phone camera to cope with the whites/ greys in the flesh and in the parsnip puree which means it ‘blows out’ the image. All detail is lost and you are just left with white whereas the image on the left you see subtle details and colour changes in both the fish and puree.

If you'd be interested in a discussion about how dedicated food photography can help your restaurant, chef, products then please don't hesitate to get in touch here

BTW, just in case you are wondering the Pro photography kit used was Nikon D800 + 105mm macro lens and the mobile was the Nexus 6P

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A Food Road Trip Through New England Part 1 https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/11/a-food-road-trip-through-new-england-part-1 I recently spent 3 weeks traveling around New England, and as usual my research started once we touched down in Boston.  However, the internet is such a wonderful tool and leaving things until arriving only added excitement and spontaneity to the road trip. After 4 days wondering around Boston, the road trip started. However, a little background info might be useful at this stage…..where exactly is New England and why is it such a great foodie hot spot?

The 6 American states in the far north east of the country—, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont—are otherwise known as New England. 4 of the 6 have large seacoasts; all 6 share a common heritage dating back to settlements of Puritan immigrants from the the UK during the first half of the 17th century. Further waves of immigration, particularly of Portuguese speaking peoples in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and of Italians, Poles and other peoples, have added great depth to New England cooking, but the directness and no-frills nature of the original settlers continues to shine through in an array of basic dishes.

New England generates two stereotypical cultural images in the tourists imagination; The sea is primary—the tough fisherman, the fishing boat, the lighthouse. The other image comes from rural New England, its gentle hills decked with multi-coloured autumn leaves, rustic farms, covered bridges. Both maritime and inland areas of New England have food traditions. Since the area became the source for great migrations through the entire northern tier of the United States all the way to the Pacific coast, its food-ways have had a great deal of influence on other areas of the country.

Seasonal foods to watch out for:

Steamers: or clams to those of us form the UK. amazing!

Pumpkins: Sept and Oct, enjoy pumpkins patch festivals leading up to Halloween is a fantastic time of year

Lobster: Abundant, super fresh and reasonably priced, New England lobster is best enjoyed “in the rough” at a “lobster shack” — an informal shore-side restaurant.

Maple syrup: In March, sap from maple trees is boiled down to make this delicious treat, plus candy and other goodies.

Oysters and clams: Eat them raw, fried, in soups, in chowders, and stuffed. Yum!

Cranberries: Grown on and around Cape Cod; essential with turkey at Thanksgiving. Come to watch the harvest.

Part two of this blog will be out soon

 

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Pumpkin Season Editorial and Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/11/pumpkin-season-editorial-and-food-photography

Pumpkin season in New England.     

For many years now I’ve wanted to take a trip around New England to see the autumn leaves change colour. So many American friends have told me that its one of the most amazing sights in the US and has to be seen to be believed as no photo can ever do it justice. Its a big claim, so in October this year my wife and I flew in Boston, hired a car and started our road trip taking in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and New York

Its always a bit of a concern when you’ve such high expectations for a trip but, thankfully, on this occasion my expectations were not only met but exceeded. New England in Autumn is simply beautiful (I’ll go into more detail in upcoming blogs), the range of colours on show in such a dramatic landscape are mind-blowing, and without doubt, one of the most spectacular places I’ve ever been to. 

As a food photographer, food is never too far from my thoughts so it was great to see a thriving food culture with passion every bit as exciting as back home. It just so happened that we were travelling though New England during Pumpkin season and the run up to Halloween which provided the opportunity to see artisan US food culture in action. Although we’d be home before 31st October, it was fascinating to experience how big an event Halloween is, and just how omni-present the pumpkin is. Our road trip took us off the Interstate so we could see ‘small town America’ and it didn’t seem to matter how small the towns were, pumpkins, pumpkins patches, pumpkin bake sales and pumpkin festivals seemed to be taking over. 

It really inspired to to document what I saw then give my own pumpkin soup recipe a try when getting home:

Ingredients 

Serves: 6 

750g pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cubed

2 carrots, coarsely chopped

2 onions, cut into wedges

2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 large potato, sliced

1 litre water

2 or 3 cubes chicken stock, crumbled

250ml double cream

1 1/4 tablespoons ground nutmeg, or to taste

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

salt to taste

Hot Sauce to taste

 

Method

Prep:5min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Extra time:1hr  ›  Ready in:2hr 

1. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7.

2. Place pumpkin, carrots and onions in a baking dish or roasting tin. Drizzle with vegetable oil.

3. Bake in preheated oven 40 minutes, until soft but not blackened.

4. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring water and crumbled stock cubes to the boil. Cook       potato in simmering water until soft, about 20 minutes.

5. Combine potato and water with roasted vegetables and puree in a liquidiser or food processor until smooth. Return to pan over low heat and stir in cream, nutmeg, pepper and salt. Heat gently; serve.

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Autumnal Fish Pie Recipe and Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/11/autumnal-fish-pie-recipe-and-food-photography As Autumn starts to turn, it time to dust off the winter cook books to create some warming and comforting recipes. One of my absolute favourites is fish pie and this recipe is great as its simple and can use a variety of fish depending on what your family like. Personally I like to use as many varieties as possible so you'll see salmon, cod, haddock and prawns but you can add or remove as you see fit

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Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb with Saag Aloo Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/9/slow-cooked-leg-of-lamb-with-saag-aloo-food-photography As a food photographer I'm constantly surrounded by amazing cooks and chefs which is a real treat. However, it makes me nervous in the kitchen (like many of us), as they make it look so easy and I constantly worry about ruining great ingredients or serving my guests terrible food. I recently read a quote from Heston Blumenthal when he said that "failure is not a failure its an opportunity to discover" which is something I've always known in photography but never applied to cooking.

So this week I've decided to test myself with a recipe from Tom Kerridge for some friends this weekend. It slow roasted leg of lamb with saag aloo and sounds amazing. Here is a picture form the first stage today and I'll try and get a few more as I go......wish me luck

 

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Chorizo Tomato Rosemary and Pearl Barley Recipe & Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/9/chorizo-tomato-rosemary-and-pearl-barley-recipe-food-photography As you may have gathered from other blog articles, I'm a huge fan of Chorizo and try to find as many dishes as possible to put it in. This one is an absolute winners, and again, is a great store cupboard favourite of mine. If you've not used pearl barley, its very similar in cooking times and texture to risotto rice but the benefit is that you don't need to constantly stir it.....phew! 

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Original recipe by BBC Good Food

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Ingredients

100g chorizo ring, sliced 

1 onion, finely chopped 

1 garlic clove, finely chopped 

150g pearl barley 

200g of cherry tomatoes 

500ml hot chicken stock, made with 1 stock cube 

2 stalks rosemary, leaves chopped 

method

1. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and fry the chorizo for 3-4 mins until it turns golden and releases its oil. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. 

2. Add the onion and garlic to the pan, and cook for 3-4 mins, until they begin to soften. Add the pearl barley and stir well to coat in the oil, before tipping in the chopped cherry tomatoes and the chicken stock. Bring just to the boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook for 30 mins, stirring occasionally, until all the liquid has been absorbed and the pearl barley is tender. You may need to top up with a little extra water as you go. 

3. Season and stir in the rosemary and chorizo to serve.

Bon Appetite 

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Breakfast of Champions Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/9/breakfast-of-champions-food-photography I guess everyone probably has their favourite breakfast to start the day and I am certainly no different. However, gone are the days of bacon & eggs everyday (such a pity, but the body was starting to complain) so I've happily moved onto the more healthy option of porridge with berries for 'the most important meal of the day'.

porridge and berries breakfast food photographyporridge and berries breakfast food photography Some things don't change however, and I still must have the largest cup of tea available (or maybe two) and a slice of toast. Due to the rather simple nature of this recipe there really wasn't any need to write down the ingredients and method.....you can just look at the photography ;-)

Food Envy Photography is a professional food photography studio based in Berkshire but works with clients across London and the South East. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you'd like to create food envy for your clients

Tom

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Berkshire Food Photographer updates the Patisserie Menu images at Heidis in Windsor https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/8/berkshire-food-photographer-updates-the-patisserie-menu-images-at-heidis-in-windsor

In addition to covering the opening event of the rebranding of Heidi's patisserie at Daniels Department Store in Windsor, local food photographer, Food Envy photography was invited to photograph some of their latest and most delicious creations.

This is one of those commissions that I love, as it combines my passion for food with my passion for photography. This shoot really made me think creatively as there was very limited time and space to get the images, but this what I love about my job, thinking on your feet to make sure the you get the best images for the client

The brief for the food photography was basically left up to me as their main priority was the photography of the opening event itself. So, in between the organised chaos of opening day, I managed to track down a quiet spot with some natural light and got the following shots. I was very lucky to be doing this shoot in a department store as we were about raid the homewares department for a few additional props that hopefully adds to the overall images

Should you be interested in some food photography for your business, then please don't hesitate to get in touch

Tom - Food Envy Photography

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Delicious PIzza Recipe and Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/8/delicious-pizza-recipe-and-food-photography

Who doesn't love pizza.....I know I certainly do, and have undoubtably eaten more than my fair share over the years. However, this weekend I decided to take the plunge, try something new and make my own! Domino's and Pizza Express BEWARE

The process was actually far easier and quicker than I imagined....however, this was helped by using the dough blade on my MagiMix rather than hand kneeing the base (the instructions for which are below) so it did cheat ever so slightly. You can obviously add any toppings you wish but I created a hot & spicy one (pepperoni, jalapenos and hot sauce, yum) and a second more sensible one (salami, courgette, mozzarella and basil) - see the food photography below

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For the base

  •         300g strong bread flour
  •         1 tsp instant yeast (from a sachet or a tub)
  •         1 tsp salt
  •         1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

For the tomato sauce

  •         100ml passata
  •         handful fresh basil or 1 tsp dried
  •         1 garlic clove, crushed

For the topping (or anything you like, as described above)

  •         125g ball mozzarella, sliced
  •         handful grated or shaved parmesan
  •         handful cherry tomatoes, halved

To finish

  •         handful basil leaves (optional)

Method

 

Make the base: Put the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the yeast and salt. Make a well, pour in 200ml warm water and the olive oil and bring together with a wooden spoon until you have a soft, fairly wet dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and set aside. You can leave the dough to rise if you like, but it’s not essential for a thin crust.

Make the sauce: Mix the passata, basil and crushed garlic together, then season to taste. Leave to stand at room temperature while you get on with shaping the base.

Roll out the dough: If you’ve let the dough rise, give it a quick knead, then split into two balls. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into large rounds, about 25cm across, using a rolling pin. The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven. Lift the rounds onto two floured baking sheets.

Top and bake: Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C /gas 8. Put another baking sheet or an upturned baking tray in the oven on the top shelf. Smooth sauce over bases with the back of a spoon. Scatter with cheese and tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil and season. Put one pizza, still on its baking sheet, on top of the preheated sheet or tray. Bake for 8-10 mins until crisp. Serve with a little more olive oil, and basil leaves if using. Repeat step for remaining pizza.

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Frittata food photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/8/frittata-food-photography This is one of my all-time favourite store cupboard favourites recipes as I always seem to have left over potatoes lying around in the fridge, and Chorizo is an ever present, so it makes it an ideal speedy lunch or dinner. But to be honest, you could use any ingredients in the frittata and I'm sure it would be equally as tasty.

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Recipe

2 tbsp olive oil

400g leftover cooked new potatoes, sliced

Half an onion, finely diced

4 eggs, beaten

Chorizo, finely sliced or torn

25g cheddar, grated

rocket salad leaves

 

In a small non-stick frying pan, heat oil over a medium heat. Add potatoes, then fry until beginning to crisp, about 8 mins. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, spring onions, dill and some seasoning. Heat the grill.

Tip the eggs into frying pan, mix quickly, lower the heat, then sprinkle over cheese. After about 8 mins, once the top side has almost set, pop under the grill for 2-3 mins or until firm and golden. Slide out of the pan. Eat straight away with mayo or ketchup or cool quickly and chill.

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Home made Scones and Jam Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/8/home-made-scones-and-jam-food-photography

This food photography shoot was inspired by the age old argument (well, in my household at least) of "on a home made scone do you put the jam on top of the clotted cream or is it vice versa". We've never actually been able to settle this (or how to actually pronounce the blooming things) so I thought I'd create a batch, photograph them and see what others think......plus, if it inspires you to have a go at the scones (or the argument) then recipe is below

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Makes 12 small or 6 large Scones

  • 225g of self raising flour
  • 40g butter or margarine (at room temperature)
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 150ml of Milk
  • a little extra flour

Pre-heat your oven to 220°C and grease a baking sheet. Shift your flour into a bowl and rub the butter in quickly with your fingertips - next, add sugar and salt. Add milk slowly and (with floured hands) and knead into a soft dough. Flatten a use a pastry cutter to create scone shapes.

Place on baking sheet and put in oven for 12-15mins or until golden brown

Serve with Jam and clotted cream

Enjoy

 

 

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Roast Chicken with Lemon and Thyme Food Photography https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/8/roast-chicken-with-lemon-and-thyme-food-photography

Everyone loves a good roast dinner and I'm no exception!!! I've been cooking this one for years as it tastes amazing.....therefore, I thought it would be a good recipe to add to my food photography blog! Thankfully its a really simple recipe, as running around taking photographs, whilst trying not to burn everything proved to be quite a challenge.

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Serves 4:

  • 2 onions, cut in half to create rings
  • 1 celery stick chopped
  • carrots 
  • parsnips
  • garlic
  • 1 lemon zest
  • Maris Piper Potato
  • 1 Glass of white wine
  • plain flour
  • A bunch of Thyme leaves
  • 1 sprig of Rosemary
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions for Roast Chicken & Gravy

Heat the oven to 190°C (fan) and start peeling your vegetables. Reserve some of the peelings from parsnips, carrots, potatoes, and place in the roasting tin along with the onions, celery, some of the thyme and rosemary leaves. Zest the lemon and pick the remaining thyme leaves - place aside. Get you Chicken to room temperature, open up the cavity and place lemon wedges and garlic inside. With your fingers separate the chicken skin from the breast and spread the lemon zest and thyme leaves underneath, reaching the mixture as far as you can. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and peelings in the roasting tray and put into the pre-heated oven. Look on the packaging for exact cooking times (e.g. 1.5kg = 1hr20 at 190°C).

Once the chicken has had its allocated cooking, its now time to rest the bird for 15-20mins and start on the gravy. Lift the bird out of the roasting tray and set aside under some foil. With the roasting tray, place it onto the hob over a low heat (don't forget to add any remaining juices from the chicken). Once the liquid starts to boil add the white wine and simmer to burn off the alcohol. You can now add flour to thicken the sauce (bit by bit to avoid clumps of flour) and stir. Its now to to strain the liquid from the veg and peelings by using a sieve and some chicken stock to rinse all the flavour into a separate pan. Add salt and pepper to taste

Serve with roast potatoes, veg, stuffing and sausages etc

Bon appetite

 

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Smoked Mackerel Salad Food Photography and recipe https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/8/smoked-mackerel-salad-food-photography-and-recipe

In addition to being a professional Food Photographer in Berkshire, I'm also a very keen amateur cook so merging these two activities is a great deal of fun for me. Therefore I've decided on another goal for 2015 and thats to add to food ideas/ recipes to my blog that I've really enjoyed eating but to photograph and share them online.

My first effort is inspired by Scandinavian cuisine (original recipe was by Sweet Paul) that can be eaten for breakfast or lunch......enjoy and see the recipe below:

Serves 4:

  • 4 x Smoked Mackerel Fillets, forked into flakes
  • 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh dill
  • 1 finely chopped celery stick
  • half a red onion finely chopped
  • 1 spring onion chopped
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 hard boiled egg, quartered
  • Rye bread or cracker

Place all the ingredients (except the egg) into a large mixing bowl and add mayonnaise to create a consistancy that is not too dry but holds its shape. Add salt and pepper if required and serve on the rye bread with the 1/4 eggs on top with a sprinkling of extra dill

Bon Appetite

 

 

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Welcome to Food Envy Photography's Blog https://www.foodenvy.photography/blog/2015/8/welcome-to-food-envy-photographys-blog Welcome to Food Envy Photography's new blog. It feels like this has been a long time in the planning but I'm so pleased to finally announce the launch of my new blog that's 100% dedicated to food and food photography. Food has always been a real passion of mine so to be able to combine this with my professional photography is a real joy. 

This blog is going to be especially important to me as I will be blogging about many areas, from my professional food photography commissions, personal food projects to recipes and visits to amazing restaurants and producers.....basically anything that sparks my passion. Some of the images will be created for clients using my pro gear either on site or in my studio but others maybe be shot on my mobile phone in a restaurant or food establishment. 

The goal is to document my food photography journey around London and the UK but also across the globe when the opportunity presents itself. I can't wait to get started

I hope you enjoy

Tom

 

 

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