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February 26, 2017
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On Display

As a commercial photographer specialising in Food & Drink Photography (although my Commercial Photography isn’t limited to food & drink!) I regularly come across images that I have taken. These aren’t just online images and photographs that have been used in book and magazine features & editorials. Whilst it’s always good to spot your images it’s perhaps most satisfying when photographs appear when you least expect it - especially if it has been a while since the actual shoot. When out and about Mrs Grant and I have been known to play a type of fun bingo by spotting bokeh photographic images on labels, packaging & point-of-sale materials in various farm shops, delicatessens and food outlets up and down the UK (NB: with extra points if there is more than one product featuring a bokeh photographic image in any one display unit and a bonus for spots in retail outlets furthest away from the studio). It’s also good to come across your own images on banners, posters and display stands at trade shows. I often wish I had kept a photographic record of exhibition stands that feature my images. To be honest this would be a pointless exercise – there are now so many food festivals, fairs, expos and trade shows that I couldn’t ever hope to get to all of them.

Most trade stand artwork features ‘lifestyle’ product photography - a phrase that I don’t really like although I can’t think of a better term so let’s just stick with it. Lifestyle photographs tend to be scripted i.e. they are planned in advance and even the smallest detail is comprehensively written up in the photography brief. Although the product remains important, unlike product photography and packshot photography it is not the single most important component of the image – context is equally important. It is context that customers relate to and so feel compelled to buy the product. That is why so much time and effort goes into planning lifestyle product photography. It underpins bottom line sales. Lifestyle images require relevant props. Over the years I have built up a considerable stock of props for food & drink photography. In fact, the props store is full to brimming. One advantage of an advance photography brief is that suitable props can be picked out from stock or sourced if not held in stock. It also means that props are not overlooked; urgently dispatching somebody mid-shoot to purchase a forgotten prop happens far more often than you might think when working without a photography brief!

Very occasionally I use personal i.e. non-stock props. This mostly happens when an extra shot is requested by the client. I glimpsed this lifestyle image on an exhibition stand at a recent trade show. It raised a smile. Those are my trainers. At the time of the shoot they were spanking brand new. After nearly a year of running 10 miles or so three or four times a week they aren’t looking quite as pristine now!

   
     

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