In my photography I enjoy taking classic American foods, and looking at them in a different way. In the world of stock photography almost everything has been done before, however certain subjects will always be in high demand. I consider everyday food scenarios one of these subjects.
There are two main inspirations for an image such as this one. The first is on a day where I have a goal to shoot a certain number of stock images, but do not have any props on hand. I will often take a plastic bin and go into my kitchen or around my home collecting objects for inspiration. Once I get them back into the studio I go right to work creating images as ideas come my way. When I work in this manner I try to collect objects on a similar theme so I can create multiple images with the same objects. I keep a large prop collection in the studio to assist in this process.
Another way that I draw inspiration for food photography is going to the grocery store. This is a project for a slow day at work where I can have time to shop without any distractions. With time comes creativity, and having the right mindset going into a prop shopping trip is essential to my outcome. I will start at the beginning of the store and scan visually until something catches my eye. When I find an interesting object I take some time to think about what I will do with that object and collect anything else I will need to create the shot. I often go back and forth several times in the store before leaving with just a few objects for my next photo shoot.
In my world inspiration is everywhere, even in the pasta sauce. It is just a matter of knowing how to find it, and putting it into action to create a useful photograph.