We spent five days shooting 10+ recipes each day. I got to the shoot site at 9:00 a.m. and got home close to 11:00 p.m. every day. And yes, I skipped a whole week of class. It was incredible watching a professional team cooking and plating beautiful meals. I learned so much about what makes food beautiful and the importance of timing. I had the pleasure of assisting Marcus who was the lead photographer for the cookbook - we both learned a ton about working with professional chefs and creating a very curated studio food shot.
The last day of the shoot was a couple weeks later in New York City. From 9:00 a.m. to midnight we finished the last ten beauty shots and hosted a small dinner party for Questlove and his close friends to put in the book.
I am so grateful for the people I met and everything I learned from this experience. I feel incredibly inspired to work on my cooking skills as well as to keep pursuing personal projects.
This month I had the amazing opportunity of working on Questlove’s upcoming cookbook - Mixtape Potluck. This was the first time I had worked on a professional food shoot before, let alone the first time I had worked with a team of people who had been doing this kind of work for many years and were very respected in the industry.
I brought my old Chinon film camera to get some behind the scenes shots when I had a free minute or two between holding the bounce board or managing Lightroom.