Today I thought I should write a few notes on my recipe “methods” – especially because the aim of this blog is to inform as well as be a source of ideas, or even just a space for beautiful images. I understand that some of these “ingredients” might be hard to source for those outside Australia but always try and work with what you have and just use some of the concepts.
My “settings” are usually based on 4-6 people but please adjust quantities according to number of guests!
The idea for this blog came about as I drove past the window of one of my favourite florists, Dragonfloral Designs, who have recently closed and set up a freelance floristry and food styling business called Forage by Lisa Mattock (instagram – foragebylisamattock), and I noticed a rustic branch in their window. It immediately jumped out at me so I built the story around this “hero”. It was organic in feel but had a magical garden effect on me.
I began the journey by brainstorming ideas, writing lists and just plain dreaming so I thought I would share with you the process of my story building.
This is the list of key words I wrote in my notebook after seeing the branch…..
Ambers, greens, browns, greys, zinc, garden, herbs, healthy living, theatrical, enchanted, forgotten garden, earth to table, raw, textured, painting effect.
Here are some points to consider…..some thoughts I had
- Start with the background and horizontal surface as this is the basis of the story. This is similar to how I approach an interior design of a space.
- My immediate response to the branch was to create a background like a theatre or stage set to mimic the experience of being in a garden.
- Zinc surfaced table was a good starting point but I would need to add washed linens to loosen up the harder shapes and soften the table.
- What idea can the reader take from this image? I call this a ‘take home concept’. Like a lolly bag at a party, it gives a shot value – ideas around plants, flowers, herbs, bringing the outside inside, place card ideas.
- Glassware – chunky, earthy.
- What will the central “Ingredient” be?
- How to elevate the branch from a bunch of sticks to something of beauty? ……add fresh flowers?
You need to make sure your choice of items do not face a direction that makes the viewer’s eye leave the shot and that the “ingredients” can be seen and aren’t blocking each other in a distracting way.
Photographer – Amanda Prior