I love shooting weddings and I love food photography. Three weeks ago a had a fantastic job where both worlds came together: wedding food photography! Lee Brown of the acclaimed wedding caterer Browns Kitchen commissioned me to photograph his wedding food and his team at a wedding at the Old Greens Barn of Newdigate Farms Estate.
I finally got to witness what’s happening behind the scenes at a wedding. As a wedding photographer I usually work ‘front line’ – I’m there where the action is happening and always close to the fun. In terms of food I don’t get to see more than the guests: the food arrives when it’s needed and it’s usually just right.
This time however I was solely working behind the scenes – I wasn’t even wearing my suit as I usually do at weddings. It was very interesting to see how efficient Lee Brown and his team work. Within minutes they prepared 120 plates ready to be served. Everybody was calm and concentrated; no time or room for mistakes – after all wedding food has to be like everything else at a wedding: simply perfect!
When I shoot food I usually have a lot more time than I did during this particular job. When I work for a restaurant or a hotel I usually arrange with the chef to receive a new dish every 20 minutes – which is just enough to nicely decorate and light every item. The time I had to photograph Lee Brown’s wedding food was much shorter. Luckily one of the preparation tables was just next to a window in the kitchen beautifully lighting the food from behind. This meant I didn’t have to use any additional light source such as a flash. After having done a few test shots beforehand I was ready to photograph the dishes one by one within seconds.