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Lighting helps create evening, morning moods for photographing food

Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich as part of the Smithfield-Farmland photo shoot showcasing the company’s products.
Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich as part of the Smithfield-Farmland photo shoot showcasing the company’s products. Special to The Star

Back in the Vox again — the 1922 silent movie theater I rehabbed to create a studio space to shoot in.

We recently had the chance to have another great shoot with Smithfield-Farmland and capture the results in a beautiful time-lapse video for you. This time we teamed up with Anne Fisher as the food stylist and worked on a whole variety of food service products that you’ll be eating at a variety of local and national restaurants.

For lighting on this video we used strobes to create both an evening and morning mood, with a dark set and a lighter set so that the client could get some lovely evocative images that can appeal to everyone, especially when coupled with the props we selected.

One of the things we did here that I feel really gives you some insight into the process are the time lapses in the kitchen — here you get to see the stylist at work (and a couple of very bacon friendly dogs, Baxter and Boo). It’s amazing watching them pull the perfect ingredients together for that final plate.

Alistair Tutton is a commercial food photographer in Kansas City. His website can be found at alistairtutton.com.

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