The Sheridan is always creating new and dynamic menus.
We recently invited the well-known photographer, Chelsea Shoesmith to The Sheridan to photograph the dishes that we were creating, as well as letting her sample them!
Afterwards I had a quick chat with Chelsea to find out a little bit more about her and how her experience was at The Sheridan; this is what she had to say…
How long have you been working in the Photography industry? I started my business 6 years ago at the age of 17. I had just got my first proper camera for Christmas and just went for it. I took every job I could which has resulted in meeting some amazing contacts. It’s true that you never know what potential opportunities each job will bring.
What is that you like most about being a photographer? I really enjoy being creative, it sounds very cliché I know, but having a vision and then making it happen is what I enjoy most. Oh and hearing clients say “We love them” when seeing my photos, it really doesn’t get better than that.
Whilst being in the photography industry, is there anything that you have found challenging? I guess at the tender age of 17 I thought the hardest thing I would have to overcome, was learning how to use DSLR camera on manual along with lighting etc. However, that seems like the easy part now. There’s so much to learn, taking photos is a very small part of photography. There’s learning to talk to people, directing shoots, blogging, marketing and much more. I never second shot for any other photographer, so I really have started from the very bottom.
You recently did a photo shoot here at The Sheridan of the new menu, created by our in-house chefs, had you been to The Sheridan before? How did you find this experience? When I arrived at The Sheridan, I was wowed by all of the staff, the chefs in particular. Their attention to detail is amazing. They were all very professional and I enjoyed having them involved with the shoot. This shoot felt more of a collaboration than just me doing the shoot as the chefs and I had a great time working together and bouncing ideas of each other to get the best shots.
What would you say is the main factor that you have to consider when taking photos of food? I think it is really important that all of the dishes are prepared with the photos in mind, as opposed to how they would be prepared for a client. The food photographs better when at a low temperature so the steam from the food doesn’t fog the image. I also think it’s worth considering the colours of the food, if the food is known for losing its colour the longer it is cooked, then for the photos it is best not to overcook.
What else would you say you have to consider from when it’s a wedding photo shoot to a food menu photo shoot? I always over prepare, I have plan A, plan B and occasionally plan C. However with weddings, I tend to go with the flow, if it rains for example, we can always find time later in the day where we can shoot some really cool stuff.
What do you enjoy most about these kinds of photo shoots? I enjoy meeting the chefs behind the dishes, especially at The Sheridan, they oozed with passion and you could tell they loved getting up in the morning to do a job they enjoy so much. It was very clear to me from the start of the shoot.
Why? – I loved all the different elements of this dish, with all of the different flavours, which were a beautiful touch. Garnishing the dish with flowers emphasises how important it is to appreciate eating naturally grown food.
Why? – Apart from smelling incredible, this dish was displayed in a really interesting way. I liked the way the food went up in height around the dish. The low root vegetables followed by the baby beetroot on top of the potato and then behind both of those, the main event of the dish – the succulent meat! The glaze on the vegetables is really attractive in the photos too.
Why? – It is so difficult to choose just one, I have a sweet tooth, several actually! This dish filled my eyes with so much colour. The vibrancy of this dish was a treat to photograph. A lot of effort goes into each dish I know, however, this dish, the effort is so visual, what a way to end a meal!
What is it that you like most about this photograph? This dish is unique, not only is it a fish that is garnished is a very elegant way, the dish was on a large oval wooden bowl, so I needed to think about the composition in a different way. I also have an unwritten rule that eyes need to be in focus too, so yes that was also a factor I also considered (laughs)
Can you give any amateur food photographers any tips/advice about taking a good photo? Take your time. If you feel you have not got the shot you need, don’t move on. Though, in time you will work faster without realising. I also think taking loads more photos than you need is important. What looks amazing to you might not to you client and vice versa! Good luck.
Thank you Chelsea, I really appreciate the time you took in talking to me. I’m glad you enjoyed being at The Sheridan and we ‘LOVE’ the photos that you took!
If you would like to use Chelsea Shoesmith for your photography needs, please contact her on Chelsea@chelseashoesmith.co.uk
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