two of my favorite things; bundt cake and pound cake. two of my favorite things rolled into one; even better! put it on an awesome vintage fenton cake plate; nearly perfection! this cake plate came to us from my mother in law. she sent it to us at thanksgiving and i have used it several times now. apparently, i have a milk glass fetish and everyone in the family has caught on to it. this cake plate makes even the simplest cake look rather elegant-it’s the ruffled edge that does it.
for the last 2 years, i have been taking classes and workshops centering on photography and food styling. it has been an amazing experience. the people i have met, from professional photographers and food stylists to other bloggers like myself, have taught me so many things that have helped me to improve my photos.
to take the photo of this cake, i used black foam core boards to give it a dark background. for the lighting, i let natural sunlight illuminate the scene and positioned bounce cards to fill in the dark spots. then i let my collection of plates fill the shot. these vintage stangl plates were a steal at the thrift store- just 69 cents a piece!
it was interesting to see how the shot changed as i moved things around, added and deleted things.
as much as i liked the stangl plates, i was afraid the pattern would distract from the marbled cake slices once i put them on the plates. a quick change to vintage lu-ray pastels in blue with some daisies.
out went the daisies, in came some cocktail napkins and silver plate cake forks. these items were also thrift store finds. the silverware is actually from a partial set i found one day, over 20 pieces of silver plate marked community that is actually an oneida pattern. my collection cost me less than $10 but an internet search found it priced at $130 for a service of 4: SCORE!!!
yes, i still have much to learn in the world of photography and food styling, and i look forward to learning all i can. but as far as thrift store finds go, i think i have mastered that part!
amazing how the shot changed as the sun came out and then again ducked behind the clouds. when photographers talk about chasing light-they aren’t kidding. you can have your shot all lined up, settings all correct and in the blink of an eye, it is gone. this dark shot is so moody, and almost depressing. but at the same time, when the sun came out and lit up the set, it was just as interesting(see the next shot to view the difference). be sure to visit here often, see what i have learned and what i have scored at the thrift store!