Well, we have now finished our first food photo shoot for someone else. We did an array of pictures for The MouCo Cheese Company . We have been using there cheese for a number of years. It is tasty, unique and approachable. They make three great cheeses: ColoRouge, Blu and Camembert. We have served the cheeses simply with a bit of pate on a baguette as a rustic snack or synergistically with sake cured roe and maple poached sunchokes. Our appreciation for the cheeses led to the MouCo team asking if we would be interested in photographing their cheeses and our cheese dishes for them to use. We responded with an immediate yes. We had never really taken pictures for someone else before, so this was a definite learning experience. While not every picture or dish was used, we became more engaged in the relationship between ingredients and the picture taking process.
Here is a picture of the MouCo Blu cheese which did not make the cut. The dish consists of a slab of the tender blue cheese with blue foot mushrooms, almond crumble, aged balsamic vinegar and papaya seeds. The picture itself is a great. The catch is that the mushrooms are the star in focus and highlighted. The cheese while crisp, is only an accompaniment. At least it is in the picture. The dish itself balances textures, tastes and temperatures.