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Red Velvet Valentine ~ Food Photography

Red Velvet Valentine ~ Food Photography


Red Velvet Valentine ~ Food Photography

It happens every year. There’s a window, about four weeks prior to Valentine’s Day, where I start thinking “what am I going to do this year?”. There I was wandering around the web one day, just minding my business. I think I was looking at a group of thumbnails somewhere and a close-up of red pancakes caught my eye. Red pancakes?? Wait, they weren’t just red, they were heart-shaped Red Velvet PancakesBINGO! I know what I’m doing this year!

The next natural thought was, “if I’m going to make these, I might as well photograph them as well”. Of course, who wouldn’t? Well, probably someone who has something else to do with SIX HOURS!:)

So out of bed I went and into the kitchen/photo studio. And I should have known it was really going to take awhile when I started designing graphics on the computer first. I made a couple little powdered sugar stencil graphics in Adobe Illustrator, printed them, spray-mounted them to poster board and carefully cut them out with an exacto blade.

Back in the kitchen, I began to prepare the set. I set this up very similar to the Miso Soup Photo Shoot. I used a very large (4′ x 8′) light diffuser to spread the light. I also kept it very close to the subject. Another important element of the shoot was the little white poster board reflectors placed around the plate. These helped bounce light back under the front edge of the backlit plate.

 

For this recipe I used Jennifer Vagios’ Red Velvet Pancakes creation I found online. It was relatively simple, once I realized I needed to thin the batter…a lot. The first batch was made with very thick batter, and the first pancake looked more like a Harry Potter hardcover book, than a pancake. No problem, I added more club soda (shhh! secret ingredient) and all was good. While I couldn’t find actual pancake molds, heart-shaped cookie cutters worked just fine.

As if buttery chocolate-laced Red Velvet Pancakes weren’t enough, it was time to add powdered sugar! :) 

OK, what else would go with these? Ahhhh, if you’re a faithful follower, you remember…the Autumn trip. Yeap, time to get out the highly-prized, not-so-cheap, 100% natural, World’s Best Vermont Maple Syrup! Rationed, of course.:)

Well the breakfast turned into an early afternoon brunch and had to have been 45,000 calories or more, but it was worth every bite. Thanks Jennifer for the great recipe and solution for this year’s Valentine’s Day surprise.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone and Happy Shooting!
I need to go for a walk.:)

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Wow, thanks again for sharing my recipe! That’s really kind of funny that your batter turned out so thick. I made them again yesterday and it was a tad bit thin. Either way, I hope they tasted good! Good modification on the club soda! I love the photos, while I spend hours as you do behind the lens after cooking the food (cause I apparently have that time,ha) I don’t take the extra effort at home to set up any lighting, I am fortunate to predominately utilize natural light. Gorgeous photos of those red velvet flapjacks! FYI, maybe 500 calories…ha!

Jennifer

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THX Jennifer, but we had homemade hash browns and bacon too, so it really was like 45,000 calories :) Thanks again and keep up the great blog! > http://agirlandhercarrot.wordpress.com/

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This is great! Thanks for sharing all the tips–I need a tripod like that! I have to add butter to my pure maple syrup–so–that would mean 55,000 calories:)

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Alma

Gonna try this myself it’s far too yummy a project not to! Thanks for the recipe! The final pic is so rich & sumptuous…like out of some posh fine cooking magazine! Kent Weakley Cuisine! I took a pancake breakfast photo for a California band wallpaper project once, turned out more diner like. Deliciously beautiful Kent! ;)

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Yum!! And a great shot!

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This is a wonderful photo! Thanks for showing the pullbacks.

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Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous photo and delicious sounding pancakes! I love the behind the scenes set-up shots too.

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Kent, thanks for sharing this. The shots turned out great.

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It’s more like cooking and photography. I love behind the scene photographs.

Cooking or Photography? Which one you like most? :)

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Probably both. Especially since I don’t cook all the time.

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Thanks for the pull back. No wonder my food photos don’t work so well even though I have them in front of a window, I get lots of shadows. I see I am going to have to work on bouncing that light around more.

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I also like the way you improvised (bed sheet as a reflector) during your shot. Nicely done.

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Hi Susan,
Thanks for the kind words. Yes, you definitely want to bounce light as much as possible. You can even use small mirrors along with the white cards

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I wish I had seen this before Valentines. There’s always next year, though – right? I LOVED seeing how you set your photo up. Those look amazing (and maybe once a year, a 45,000 cal meal won’t hurt you).

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