Juices, cocktails and mocktails……

drink photography

Juices, cocktails and mocktails……


    Drink photography in the studio. Recently I was asked by Frobishers Juices to shoot several cocktails and mocktails for a new drinks guide which has just come out. So after I had my brief and the ingredients and props arrived, I was ready to go. Food and drink photography is always fun and […]

 

 

Drink photography in the studio. Recently I was asked by Frobishers Juices to shoot several cocktails and mocktails for a new drinks guide which has just come out.

So after I had my brief and the ingredients and props arrived, I was ready to go. Food and drink photography is always fun and there I was shaking, mixing, making and adjusting the lighting for some delicious drinks.

This could have been tricky, I had the scenarios already in my head: too much fizz, too opaque, too dark, wrong glass, not enough liquid, too reflective, wrong ice, too much ice, too melted ice… luckily it didn’t happen.

I was fresh after a previous magazine photoshoot on location with some experts shaking their cocktail stuff near Bath, so at least I had some knowledge of what to do, which on this shoot really helped. Time keeping was also an essential part of the day, after 15 secs the fizz just goes, I remembered that from my Bath shoot!!

The client was happy, the pics have been published and since the photoshoot I have had a small cocktail party, where several of my guests wanted some tips on mixing and making cocktails…success!!

 

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Coffee aromas fill the photography studio.

Coffee aromas fill the photography studio.


      It is early morning the birds are singing and the coffee aromas are already wafting through the house. Is anyone up yet, not yet. The smells are intense and very moreish should I have another cup, it was amazing? I think yes, but as I will be surrounded by coffee all day, […]

 

 

 

It is early morning the birds are singing and the coffee aromas are already wafting through the house. Is anyone up yet, not yet. The smells are intense and very moreish should I have another cup, it was amazing? I think yes, but as I will be surrounded by coffee all day, it is probably a bad idea, as my sensible head tells me I have a lot to get through and shoot.

I have been working for a fab coffee pod company called The Foodies Larder, they make biodegradable coffee capsules filled with single origin, Organic, Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance Arabica coffees.

As a photographer you generally spend a lot of time travelling around and waiting in between shoots, so over the years coffee becomes part of your daily staples, and yes, good coffee is the only way forward.

The brief was to shoot a variety of images lifestyle, clean. close up and individual -dream job, quite possibly !!

Freshly made Danish pastries arrived, along with pods, capsules, coffee machines, cups and coffee beans. The photos were shot tethered to a mac and shot using mainly Zeiss glass and my favourite Profoto lighting.

Post processing mainly done in Photoshop with the finished edits delivered via ftp, all ahead of time, which are now selling on the web.

And did I have another cup, of course I did!!

 

RHS Flower show in the dailies at the weekend

RHS Flower show in the dailies at the weekend


    I had a very busy week last week, with lots of assignments everywhere. Here are a few published photos I took which appeared in some of the weekend’s dailies from a shoot at RHS Rosemoor Flower show, Devon.                                

 

 

I had a very busy week last week, with lots of assignments everywhere. Here are a few published photos I took which appeared in some of the weekend’s dailies from a shoot at RHS Rosemoor Flower show, Devon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tourism hotel photography in the South West

Tourism hotel photography in the South West


  Telling a story in pictures is always a creative and fun environment to be in. I am very fortunate that I get to experience and see lots of beautiful places and spaces along this journey. When I am working in the South West, a lot of my photoshoots are commissioned within the tourism industry. […]

 

Telling a story in pictures is always a creative and fun environment to be in. I am very fortunate that I get to experience and see lots of beautiful places and spaces along this journey. When I am working in the South West, a lot of my photoshoots are commissioned within the tourism industry. It is a place with amazing food, producers, fabulous hotels and restaurants and all lapped by a changing landscape. The Woolacombe Bay Hotel is in a magical setting, set in a superb location next to an endless famous sandy beach and the food is delicious too. Here are a few of my images on the hotel website, their Doyles Restaurant was also recently awarded an AA rosette,  which is headed up by Chef Eddie Grecu. Woolacombe is one of those magical light destinations where the sun sets on the sea and warm salt air fills the lungs, it is also a beautiful surf spot.

 

Hunter gatherer blackcurrant picker

Hunter gatherer blackcurrant picker


We are all hunter gatherers…fact. So spending a lazy afternoon with the folks picking blackcurrants in their garden feels pretty good. Shop bought berries are not the same, they taste different, they are not as fresh, none of them look uneven and are generally lacking bugs. I remember watching a sketch with an Aussie comedian […]

We are all hunter gatherers…fact. So spending a lazy afternoon with the folks picking blackcurrants in their garden feels pretty good. Shop bought berries are not the same, they taste different, they are not as fresh, none of them look uneven and are generally lacking bugs.

I remember watching a sketch with an Aussie comedian Mark Little,  who likened shopping to primitive man hunting through the aisles then gathering what he needed and leaving. In then out, we still have that caveman approach.

But today is not like that, we have fun and share jokes, there is no time schedule, we just enjoy the moment in our own timeframe.

The garden feels a much kinder environment and foraging and picking your own is rewarding, it slows you down and modern day life forgets you. The birds are also singing, probably chatting that they too need to do their harvest as the wind is blowing.

Some berries are ripe, some not, some squish in your hand, the red and purple juices stain your fingers. Some fall to the floor, some big, some small, some disappear into the bush. My parents talk about the crumble they will be making for their friends later, and how tart that will be.

Who has the most, who has the least, who has the biggest, who has the best – everyone is a winner and everyone is happy. We have been doing this for years and each year they seem to get better.

Last year in our garden we had plenty too,  but this year there are none. Luckily we can share our harvest and maybe I too can make a crumble when I get back home.

The travelling studio at work on location

The travelling studio at work on location


Recent shoot with bespoke leather handles and designs on location for a client. The brief was to create several images and pattern groupings with small and medium sized reflective objects in the studio using a variety of textures. Lots of reflectors and various lights were used to create the final look.

Cruising the coastal highways shooting camper van interiors.

Cruising the coastal highways shooting camper van interiors.


  Recently I have photographed several interiors of camper vans and caravans, this shoot is in the current Camping and Caravanning Club Magazine on sale now. I regularly shoot interiors in restaurants and hotels, where there is space for heavy duty tripods, light stands, lights, assistants, reflectors and diffusers. So shooting several features on a camper […]

 

Recently I have photographed several interiors of camper vans and caravans, this shoot is in the current Camping and Caravanning Club Magazine on sale now.

I regularly shoot interiors in restaurants and hotels, where there is space for heavy duty tripods, light stands, lights, assistants, reflectors and diffusers.

So shooting several features on a camper van sounded the perfect job. We spent a whole day cruising the coastal roads around Devon and Cornwall getting various photos for the publications.

This is a featured shoot on the interior of a Murvi Morocco XL.

Shooting a camper is quite different to a hotel room. In a motorhome there isn’t too much space, nothing really moves, everything is compact, so it was a great chance to light and work using those skills in a limited space.

I did bring some studio lights which I used, with an assistant holding giant diffusers over the roof skylights.

Shooting tethered for some of the time I was able to show my client what we were getting from the camera which was great for each image sign off, then we were onto the next shot.

I did bring some constant LED lighting too, which proved invaluable in the small areas of the van we needed to light.

The base vehicle was a Fiat Ducato, and converted by Murvi into a Morocco XL conversion.

Here are some of the pics in print in the magazine article

 

Cake, Cakes, wedding cakes, we all love cakes.

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Cake, Cakes, wedding cakes, we all love cakes.


      We all love cake, tasting, eating and looking at it. Working with chefs has it perks too! These are a few wedding cakes including portrait I took on locations working with chef Harrie Kivell on Dartmoor. They are simple, elegant and clean, lit with 1 light.

 

 

 

We all love cake, tasting, eating and looking at it. Working with chefs has it perks too!

These are a few wedding cakes including portrait I took on locations working with chef Harrie Kivell on Dartmoor.

They are simple, elegant and clean, lit with 1 light.

The road through the salt marshes, France

The road through the salt marshes, France


__________________________________________________________________ A travelling photographer takes his camera, it is his day off, it rains, it stops, it rains again. He is wet, his camera is dry, it rains again, his camera gets wet. The sky turns dark, the road stays the same. Couples pass by holding hands. They disappear into the distance, then walk by […]

The road through the salt marshes – A couple walking through the salt marshes on a cloudy day, South France, 2012

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A travelling photographer takes his camera, it is his day off, it rains, it stops, it rains again.

He is wet, his camera is dry, it rains again, his camera gets wet.

The sky turns dark, the road stays the same.

Couples pass by holding hands.

They disappear into the distance, then walk by again.

The road never ends, it still rains.

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Snapshot of the marshes – Guy Harrop

I made a cake and I liked it

I made a cake and I liked it


  Well summer is here and yes, apricots are in season. Everywhere you go big juicy, orange coloured, ripe ones, dark ones, perfect ones and bashed ones. All are good, and plentiful and in a cake, well we just love them. Unlike traditional sponges which can dry out, using apricots keeps the texture sticky and […]

 

Well summer is here and yes, apricots are in season. Everywhere you go big juicy, orange coloured, ripe ones, dark ones, perfect ones and bashed ones. All are good, and plentiful and in a cake, well we just love them.

Unlike traditional sponges which can dry out, using apricots keeps the texture sticky and moist as they soak through the cake keeping the flavours in. Every year I make this one and every year, we say how good it was and forget to photograph it.

This year I decided to share it and with the summery smells of walnuts, apricots and lavender paired with a delicate rose – a 30C heat outside listening to French music,  it almost felt like Provence.

 

General election polling day across the UK as voters take to the polling stations.

General election polling day across the UK as voters take to the polling stations.


Photo by Guy Harrop. 08/06/17. General election polling day across the UK 2017. A colourful rural pollling station in a residential house in Somerset, as voters take to the polls in the UK.

In pictures – 25th Trencherman’s Guide launch at Lympstone Manor, Devon

Trencherman's Guide 25th edition

In pictures – 25th Trencherman’s Guide launch at Lympstone Manor, Devon


   

 

Photo by Guy Harrop. Pic of Trencherman’s guide 25th edition launch at Lympstone Manor, Devon
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I was working with some great chefs this week at the 25th Trencherman’s Guide Launch at Lympstone Manor, top chef Michael Caines new luxury hotel in Devon. Chefs Stephane Delourme of The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Chris Cleghorn of The Olive Tree in Bath, and Liam Finneganan from The Castle Hotel, Taunton cooked with chef Michael Caines at the launch serving up an exquisite four course lunch. The guide celebrates it’s 25th Year this year and features write-ups on the top restaurants across the South West.  ‘A guide with teeth’ is how Rick Stein describes the guide, which he has been involved with since day one and which only invites restaurants that meet the strict quality criteria demanded. As a food photographer you get to spend quite a lot of time chatting with chefs and a whole load of them in a busy kitchen at once – I just feel lucky to be snapping in that environment. Here is a snapshot of images from the event.

 

Charity portrait photoshoot with ChemoHero founder Lisa Wallis, Devon.

Charity portrait photoshoot with ChemoHero founder Lisa Wallis, Devon.


Here is a set of portrait images I took for a charity magazine shoot for The Inspiring People award 2017. The charity NDADA is a Devon based domestic abuse charity and refuge, my brief was to capture the winners of each category. Pictured is Inspiring Community work winner Lisa Wallis, who created Chemo Hero Boxes of Kindness – […]

Here is a set of portrait images I took for a charity magazine shoot for The Inspiring People award 2017. The charity NDADA is a Devon based domestic abuse charity and refuge, my brief was to capture the winners of each category.

Pictured is Inspiring Community work winner Lisa Wallis, who created Chemo Hero Boxes of Kindness – which contain useful and luxury items that help a patient through their first chemotherapy treatment. Lisa is an amazing woman, after being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2014, she wanted to make sure everyone going through chemotherapy was not alone and when she was rediagnosed with cancer in 2015 began developing the boxes with businessman Steve Boden.

We met for the shoot and she asked if I had got her message about cancelling, I hadn’t. She had just been for treatment and felt unwell.

We chatted and her enthusiasm and passion for the boxes was just so amazing, as she explained and showed me what went into every box. The items in the boxes are mainly donated, they contain things from pill boxes, toothbrushes, diaries to cashmere socks and bottled water. These items are then divided into male and female boxes which she delivers to the new chemotherapy Seamoor Unit at North Devon District Hospital. She agreed to do the shoot which was fun as her bubbly character came out and we took a few photos as we chatted and laughed

I met her again recently when I was working for the NHS in the Seamoor unit at North Devon Hospital, again so inspiring as she was being filmed with her boxes. Yesterday she won a national award, being surprised by Piers Morgan and winning a Good Morning Britain award – the Outstanding Achievement Health Star Award for her charity work. Well done Lisa you definitely deserve it.

ChemoHero is currently looking for businesses to sponsor items in its Boxes of Kindness, here is a link to the charity

www.chemohero.org

Int’l food photo award – 3 photos shortlisted 3 votes needed please

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Int’l food photo award – 3 photos shortlisted 3 votes needed please


Wow, so excited as I have just been shortlisted in the People’s Choice award 2017 in the International competition Pink Lady Food Photographer Of the Year 2017. This year has attracted thousands of entries worldwide and votes close at 12 noon on Wednesday 5th April. The food photographer, film-maker and wine photographer with the most votes each, […]

Wow, so excited as I have just been shortlisted in the People’s Choice award 2017 in the International competition Pink Lady Food Photographer Of the Year 2017.

This year has attracted thousands of entries worldwide and votes close at 12 noon on Wednesday 5th April.

The food photographer, film-maker and wine photographer with the most votes each, along with their guest will be invited to attend the glamorous Champagne Taittinger awards reception at the world-famous Mall Galleries, London, to receive their trophy in April.

With categories ranging from Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture, Food for Celebration (sponsored by Champagne Taittinger), unearthed® Food in Film supported by delicious, Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year, InterContinental London Park Lane Food at the Table, Partridges Food for Sale, there is an incredible range of subject matter and treatment.
I am up for 3 categories.

Please find link here to the voting https://www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com/peoples-choice-pink-lady-food-photographer-year-2017

The categories my photos are in are:
1. Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture – the lovely people at Eversfield Organic meats, an amazing afternoon foodie shoot.

2. Food For The Family – lovely lunch beef shoot with family on Exmoor promoting their meat at Higher Hall farm.

3.Food For Sale – A desserted takeaway food outlet at Woolacombe, Devon, UK in mid season

Shortlisted for International award and the changing kitchen.

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Shortlisted for International award and the changing kitchen.


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It has been a very busy few weeks with food photography both in the kitchen and on location. I have been up and down the country several times, opened numerous boxes of foodie produce to be photographed in the studio and I have been basically loitering capturing delicious food as it happens in a great variety of kitchens. All very diverse atmospheres and lots of great food with fun chefs along the way. I was also lucky enough to get fed some of the delicious dishes I was photographing, not to mention the wine, cider and bottles of gin and the varieties of chocolates and cured meats arriving in the post. Also I was very lucky to be shortlisted for the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2017 which is so exciting for me as a food photographer. Here are a few images from the last few weeks.

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Food Reader awards ceremony in pictures.

Food #ReaderAwards 2017

Food Reader awards ceremony in pictures.


Leading foodies from the across the South West gathered on Monday night at the Food Reader Awards 2017, which was held at Fodder restaurant at Yeo Valley HQ in Somerset. The awards which gained nearly 100,000 votes this year celebrate the favourite South West chefs, restaurants, hotels and foodie hot spots across the region. The […]

Food #ReaderAwards South West

Food #ReaderAwards South West

Leading foodies from the across the South West gathered on Monday night at the Food Reader Awards 2017, which was held at Fodder restaurant at Yeo Valley HQ in Somerset.

The awards which gained nearly 100,000 votes this year celebrate the favourite South West chefs, restaurants, hotels and foodie hot spots across the region.

The theme for the evening was a ‘wild and wintry’ feast – lots of tweed, hearty sumptuous food, woodland themed awards room, eerie forests and lantern lit corridors greeted guests..

I was covering the ceremony photographing the winners who were announced in between each course and each dish as they came out the kitchen. The wintry supper included Pipers Farm Chicken, baby leek and truffle terrine, Holt Farm sirloin, mushroom ravioli, roast salsify, red wine and thyme liquor, and toffee apple yogurt parfait, with liquid refreshment from Sharp’s Brewery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas product and food photography into a New Year 2017

Christmas product and food photography into a New Year 2017


I love the Christmas build up, even more so this Christmas gone by. There were lots of fun food and lifestyle photoshoots in time for the Christmas period , parties, wedding photoshoots right up to the big day, and lots of hungry friends and family to feed along the way. It was so much fun, but […]

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I love the Christmas build up, even more so this Christmas gone by. There were lots of fun food and lifestyle photoshoots in time for the Christmas period , parties, wedding photoshoots right up to the big day, and lots of hungry friends and family to feed along the way.

It was so much fun, but this year was also so beautiful in another way as we were able to share the special moments and talk about them through the eyes of our little girl, who was the most excited person this year….Dada……Father Kifmus is coming.

2017 back in the office editing recent shoots, beautiful frosty morning smiles in the New Year.

Here are a couple of my images used in the build up to Christmas 2016.

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The South West – Our beautiful coast

The South West – Our beautiful coast


 

Photo by Guy Harrop. Pic of food photography in the South West UK image copyright guy harrop info@guyharrop.com 07866 464282

Living in the South West we are surrounded by the sea and it’s dramatic coastline, it is beautiful. Walking the South West coast path watching the fishermen bringing in the days catch, endless sandy beach trails and dramatic cliffs, chatting with local organic producers and sharing sunset smiles. As a photographer you see everything, and often re-visit it’s magic in pictures. It is not always about photos either, just being there and enjoying those moments recording them in your mind as a memory often makes living here as beautiful.

 

Food photographer snapshot at the annual Trencherman’s Awards ceremony, UK.

Food photographer snapshot at the annual Trencherman’s Awards ceremony, UK.


Food photographer snapshot from this year’s fabulous Trencherman’s award evening this week,  held at The Saunton Sands Hotel on the North Devon coast. The awards event included an amazing dinner cooked by last years Trencherman’s award winners and was attended by the top foodies from across the Region. The annual awards recognise the best regional restaurants, […]

Photo by Guy Harrop. Pic of Trenchermans awards vceremony at Saunton Sands Hotel, Devon image copyright guy harrop info@guyharrop.com 07866 464282

Food photographer snapshot from this year’s fabulous Trencherman’s award evening this week,  held at The Saunton Sands Hotel on the North Devon coast.

The awards event included an amazing dinner cooked by last years Trencherman’s award winners and was attended by the top foodies from across the Region.

The annual awards recognise the best regional restaurants, dining pubs and hotels and have been voted for,  by over 10,000 self-professed gourmets who got behind their favourites in two rounds of voting.

I was busy capturing the award winners in between courses, the dishes themselves, the venue, shooting behind the scenes reportage,

and this year made the most of the amazing location managing to persuade the fun chefs to go for a walk on the beach with some surfboards which they did.

 I used several sets of different lighting on the night mainly led and Profoto lights which I just love using all coupled with Nikon bodies.

Photo by Guy Harrop. Pic of Trenchermans awards vceremony at Saunton Sands Hotel, Devon image copyright guy harrop info@guyharrop.com 07866 464282

 

 

 

UK weather Devon weather before and during the storm

UK weather Devon weather before and during the storm


Last week I was out and about shooting weather and quite a bit happened in a short space of time. It got hot quick then,  the winds came later in the week bringing waves and stormy seas. Several of my pics appeared in National newspapers and online so I was quite busy in between corporate PR […]

Last week I was out and about shooting weather and quite a bit happened in a short space of time. It got hot quick then,  the winds came later in the week bringing waves and stormy seas.

Several of my pics appeared in National newspapers and online so I was quite busy in between corporate PR and foodie pics.

Photo by Guy Harrop. 16/08/16. Thousands of sunbathers enjoy the hot sunshine at Wolacombe beach in Devon where temperatures reached high 20's. image copyright guy harrop info@guyharrop.com 07866 464282

Sunbathers enjoy the hot sunshine at Wolacombe beach in Devon where temperatures reached high 20’s.

Photo by Guy Harrop. 15/08/16. Holidaymakers Joseph (17) and Sarah(11) McLarnon from West Sussex, enjoy the sunshine on the famous Pebbleridge at Westward Ho! in Devon, where temperatures reached into the late 20's. Britain is basking in sunshine this week as a heatwave sweeps across the UK. image copyright guy harrop info@guyharrop.com 07866 464282

Photo by Guy Harrop. Holidaymakers Joseph (17) and Sarah(11) McLarnon from West Sussex, enjoy the sunshine on the famous Pebbleridge at Westward Ho! in Devon.

Photo by Guy Harrop. 19/8/26. Large spring tide cleanup. RNLI lifegeuards Andy Tobin and Mark Mckellar clear large pebbles from the walkway at Pebbleridge in Westward Ho! in Devon as the UK braces itself for the high spring tides at the weekend.  image copyright guy harrop info@guyharrop.com 07866 464282

Photo by Guy Harrop. Large spring tide cleanup. RNLI lifegeuards Andy Tobin and Mark Mckellar clear large pebbles from the walkway at Pebbleridge in Westward Ho! in Devon as the UK braces itself for the high spring tides at the weekend.

Photo by Guy Harrop. 20/08/16. A couple brave the elements to take photos of stormy waves hitting Westward Ho! in Devon at the weekend as storms hit across the UK . image copyright guy harrop info@guyharrop.com 07866 464282

Photo by Guy Harrop. A couple brave the elements to take photos of stormy waves hitting Westward Ho! in Devon at the weekend as storms hit across the UK .

Traditional gig racing in the historic fishing village of Clovelly, Devon

gig racing in Clovelly, Devon

Traditional gig racing in the historic fishing village of Clovelly, Devon


Photo by Guy Harrop. Gig rowers decend on the historical fishing village of Clovelly at the weekend taking part in the 13th gig racing regatta, Devon. The scenic herring fishing village provided a dramatic backdrop as the traditional wooden gigs battled it out in the annual event. image copyright guy harrop info@guyharrop.com 07866 464282

Photo by Guy Harrop. Gig rowers decend on the historical fishing village of Clovelly at the weekend taking part in the 13th gig racing regatta, Devon. The scenic herring fishing village provided a dramatic backdrop as the traditional wooden gigs battled it out in the annual event.

Photo by Guy Harrop. Gig rowers decend on the historical fishing village of Clovelly at the weekend taking part in the 13th gig racing regatta, Devon. The scenic herring fishing village provided a dramatic backdrop as the traditional wooden gigs battled it out in the annual event. image copyright guy harrop info@guyharrop.com 07866 464282

Photo by Guy Harrop. Gig rowers decend on the historical fishing village of Clovelly at the weekend taking part in the 13th gig racing regatta, Devon. The scenic herring fishing village provided a dramatic backdrop as the rowers readied the traditional wooden gigs for the annual races. image copyright guy harrop info@guyharrop.com 07866 464282

The scenic herring fishing village provided a dramatic backdrop as the rowers readied the traditional wooden gigs for the annual races.