food photoshoot - behind the scenes with Sugar Plum Bakes

May 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Guest Blog Post by Sugar Plum Bakes

I recently had the pleasure of partaking in a food styling photo shoot with Marion. Now as I run my baking business from home, I'm well accustomed to switching my kitchen between domestic and professional use. But, this is the first time it's ever been transformed into a photo studio. And after the fun we had, it certainly won't be the last!


If I'm honest, I wasn't sure what to expect so I found the whole process fascinating. Marion arrived with an array of props and equipment and very quickly set up an area to photograph within. She thoughtfully considered the styling of each scene but made it all look so easy. The photo shoot flew by. It barely felt like work as we had so much fun.

Cinderella, you can go to the ball!Cinderella, you can go to the ball!Cinderella dress cake with sugarpaste decorations by Sugar Plum Bakes. Styling and image by Surrey food photographer Marion Wotton

For my Parisienne-inspired cake and cookies, out of Marion's box of props came a few items to help create a set themed to enhance the colours and style.

Parisien biscuits 3Parisien biscuits 3Parisien-themed biscuits by Sugar Plum Bakes. Styling and photography by Surrey food photographer Marion Wotton Parisien biscuits 4Parisien biscuits 4Parisien-themed biscuits by Sugar Plum Bakes. Styling and photography by Surrey food photographer Marion Wotton

 

For my semi-naked layer cake, a touch of fresh pink flowers and careful positioning helped create a beautiful scene. The images were simple, clean and elegant.

vanilla layer cake with buttercreamvanilla layer cake with buttercreamVanilla layer cake with buttercream. Food styling and photography by Surrey food photographer Marion Wotton. Cake by Sugar Plum Bakes vanilla layer cake with buttercreamvanilla layer cake with buttercreamVanilla layer cake with buttercream. Food styling and photography by Surrey food photographer Marion Wotton. Cake by Sugar Plum Bakes

 

Since the shoot, I've been very impressed with the quality of the images. Marion edited them swiftly but conscientiously.

lilac cupcakes 2lilac cupcakes 2Vanilla layer cake with buttercream. Food styling and photography by Surrey food photographer Marion Wotton. Cake by Sugar Plum Bakes

I'm a keen amateur photographer, so I loved being able to glean some tips from Marion. But when it comes to having a high quality product photo, I will always turn to her for that necessary professional touch. I love Marion's story-telling style. Her photos are stunning. I feel like my cakes and cookies have been taken to a different level with her vision and photography skills. As if I'm looking at images of my own creations in a magazine!

lilac cupcakes 3lilac cupcakes 3Cupcakes with moulded sugarpaste decorations. Food styling and photography by Surrey food photographer Marion Wotton. Cake by Sugar Plum Bakes


Vaani Wadman is the Cake Maker & Designer behind Sugar Plum Bakes. She creates luxury, bespoke cakes and cookies that are individual and unique. Sugar Plum Bakes is based in Kingston upon Thames and services the South West London and Surrey areas. If you’d like to learn a little more about Vaani, then please do visit her website or alternatively get in touch. She’d love to hear from you.

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vaani@sugarplumbakes.com / +44 7766 705695

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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