Fall Cookies — Food Photography

This is catch-up post #2 — a shoot from last Fall.

Our California commercial bakery client hired us again shortly after we photographed the pecan buns to photograph their collection of season fall and winter cookies. Since cookies are flatter than the pecan buns this required us to think differently about our camera angles and the set design.

food photography on holiday set

Decorative set elements included colored sugar, milk, a floral spray, and snowflakes

In addition to our standard brown tabletop, we shot on white, brown burlap, and several shades of blue. The scrapbook paper we use for color backgrounds is 12″ by 12″ so it’s perfect for small items like single cookies, but still requires precise camera angles to avoid a lot of post-shoot work in Photoshop extending the background. Also, food projects stain paper (you can limit the stains with small pieces of parchment paper, but they still happen) so you need to have several pieces of the same color on hand to replace the stained pieces or you end up doing a lot of retouching.

cookie photo

Cookies on blue paper

The burlap we found at a craft store was in smaller 8×11 sheets, so we overlapped them and liked the look and texture. We have since added larger fabric pieces of burlap to our prop collection, but we still go back to the smaller sheets because of the interesting angles you get from overlapping the sheets.

photo of cookie

Football cookies with autumn leaves in the background

Our sets also included a variety of white plates in interesting shapes, some square wooden baskets (to contrast with round cookies), sparkly holiday leaves and berries, and loose sequins. For the rounder Chai cookies we used blue napkins (to coordinate with the blue paper used elsewhere) and baskets. The bakery used a variety of the final images in their email marketing, and in printed flyers as well as on their website.

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