I’ve just finished my first week of photoshoots for my books. Technically, it wasn’t a full week, as I had to work in London one day, and went to speak to students at Bath Spa university another day. It was quite a busy week.
I really didn’t know what to expect. I’ve never been on a proper food photo shoot before, so it was all new. As the author, I wasn’t technically required to go along. My publisher has hired a food stylist and home economist, the photographer and everything is, of course, supervised by the project manager. There wasn’t really that much for me to do, other than to observe and ensure I’m happy with how everything looks and is true to my recipes. Despite all the help, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I have felt keener to soak up every detail than I have done about anything I can recall for some time. I am very lucky to be working with such a great team.
Last week, I was invited along to speak to the students on the food writing course at Bath Spa university. It was very inspiring to see such a highly motivated group of young students with a much clearer sense of their interests and aspirations than I recall was the case when I was at University.
I managed to make four recipes for the photoshoot and take them along with me. I felt really nervous making them, knowing they had to be really good. I was mostly pleased with how they came out and have had some good feedback from testers. I now have 10 days to complete the manuscript for my second cookery book, and then I’m off on photoshoot again.
I’m also cooking again at Wimborne Food Festival this year – do come and see me in the cookery theatre (I think it’s in the Cornmarket again) if you are around.