Monday, February 19, 2007
Photo Shoot Fun
Glorious day it is! It's raining (pouring, actually) here in the Vancouver area, but it is still wonderful. I finished up my work of the photo shoot the weekend, and you know, you are lovely people!
Even though I wasn't blogging last week, and didn't even get to reply to any of your comments, I was energized by the kind and enthusiastic comments you folks leave here on my posts, when you e-mail, and through your reviews on amazon. Really, you are lovely to share such good words, and I am grateful for that.
I'll move on now from the love fest!
How many of you know these darlings pictured? Come on, 'fess up, I know you do! Of course, they are my Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies from Vive.
I made them for snacking during the ED&BV cover photo shoot on Saturday. We had lots of other food there, but some of it was "off-limits" because we were using the dishes to take a couple of food photo shots after the cover shoot was complete.
It was a LOT of work, and much to prepare and organize the weeks beforehand. On Sunday, I seriously felt like I had been on a bender the night before, and I didn't even have a drink during the shoot! But, what a superb time we had! We had a little 'party' of people for the cover shot, including my hubby, my sister (I have one sis that lives in BC), one of my dearest friends that sometimes comments here (Vicki) and her husband, and also my naturopath (whose food introduction schedule became part of the feeding infants/toddler section in Vive).
We first did the cover shoot, which took about 2 1/2 hours. The photographer arrived at 11:30 am to get set up (lights/equipment/setting the scene), and then we started taking photos at around 1:30. So much preparation and detail goes into an event like this, it is difficult to even describe. I can only imagine the hours of work and levels of detail that must go into larger projects like a Food Network cooking show.
Anyhow, after we did a few different scenes and lots of photos, we wrapped up the cover shoot and proceeded to take some photos of the food that I made. Once we finished with a dish, we let everyone dive in!! Unfortunately, some of the food was still in photo time when my friends were leaving, but I think they sampled enough goodies to keep them happy.
The cookies were one of the nibblers, and then for the photos, the photographer took a beautiful shot of this chocolate pie and cream. We also did a trio of hummus dips, which were my Peanut Sesame Hummus, Chipotle Lime Two-Bean Hummus, and White Bean Dip with Fresh Thyme and Basil (pictured here by Carrie). It was so much fun to watch everyone sample the three dips and notice how each person had a different 'favorite'. I love them all, and on any given day I cannot choose which I like best. But, for most of my friends/family, they could definitively say that one of these dips was a clear favorite. Very cool! We photographed one other recipe that I will keep a secret for now... a girl's gotta' have a few secrets, right?
All in all, what a spectacular day. I cannot wait to see the final pics from the cover shoot and food photos... and I still have another day or two of food photo pics to come! We are including 16 color photos in total in ED&BV, and some of these 16 photos may include more than one recipe from any given section. Lots of work when we finish these food photos, but also lots and lots of fun!
While you're waiting for Eat, Drink and Be Vegan, go make a batch of Homestyle Chocolate Chippers. Come on, I know you wanna.
soooooo tender and yummy.