Editor’s Note: When looking at glossy magazine pictures, it’s easy to forget that you are looking at the result of lots of hard work. I always love seeing what goes into making things actually happen. So when Sarah wrote up a feature on Huntsville Eats for Event Magazine, I asked her to share the behind the scenes story here.
I recently had the pleasure of photographing your favorite food blogger and reviewer, Amanda Conger. The magazine featured Amanda in their Center Stage section to talk about eating farm-to-table, blogging, and the Huntsville food scene.
Because I was also writing the article, I knew we were going to focus on the farm-to-table movement, so I figured lets drag a dinning table to the middle of a farm and photograph there.
My initial thought was to place Amanda in a pasture surrounded by 100 cows! Maybe not 100, but many, many cows. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a wonderful idea. Thankfully, before Amanda’s shoot, I visited a cow farm for an unrelated photo project. It was there that I discovered cows were much bigger than I remembered and not particularly fond of camera’s flash.
When the farmer told me, “Be careful of that bull there, he likes to trample people,” I decided we needed to photograph much smaller farm animals for Amanda’s shoot. This is when the idea of the Chicken Farm-to-Table shoot was born.
As luck would have it, I recently had made pasta with Roberta Adams, and she introduced me to Mark, who owns a farm with chickens and cows.
After much scheduling and planning, Amanda and I packed my car full of camera equipment and props, including a table, a couple of table cloths, dishes, glasses, a lunch box filled with fried eggs, numerous outfits, jewelry, etc. and headed to the farm.
Roberta was kind enough to come assist on the shoot. I didn’t endanger Amanda’s life by sticking her in the center of a herd of cows, and I was able to grab a couple of shots of the bovine from afar.