I thought I'd post these photos from a cookbook photo shoot I was assisting on recently. People often ask what happens behind the scenes and consider it a glamorous kind of job but that couldn't be further from the truth. The days are long, you are continually schlepping between the kitchen and the area where the shooting is happening as well as shopping, cooking, sourcing props, styling and then doing it all again if the shot doesn't come off. The pics are crappy iphone shots but it does give you some idea about how those beautiful images in cookbooks and magazines come about.
A few shots are of one of the many piles of props used by the stylist. Others are of the photographer and the layouts of the book - this is a great trick for ensuring consistency across looks, angles, colours etc so there are no repetitive shots.