Working for Peanuts

Food Photography Bowl of Baker's Southern Tradition Peanuts and SaltThis has been a tiring week. A new client with 52 product shots plus styled food shots,  and I can honestly say that I am working for peanuts…specifically, Bakers’ Southern Traditions peanuts. I never had blister fried peanuts before and boy, were they good. I’m glad that the client sent lots of them so, I could sample them as I went along. The dark chocolate covered peanuts were outrageous. (I know – I’m not allowed but, I couldn’t resist tasting just one.) The Cajun peanuts on the other hand, were much too hot for me.

Bowl of Peanut Soup by Baker's Southern TraditionMy stylist and I had to prepare and shoot a peanut soup for a package and then style some of the products. Creativity was running wild as we selected backgrounds and plates. The peanuts looked marvelous but, you can’t style 13 products in 3 or 4 sizes and have each and show every product container, alone and in groups  and expect to do it in one day. So I put together the “product shots” with the white wood background that the client requested in one day and did they styled beauty shots the next. Now comes the editing. 

What was motivating me to keep going was the knowledge that I get to eat these delicious peanuts when its all over. Like I said, I’m working for peanuts. Bring on the pecans 🙂

Chocolate Covered Peanuts, Peanut Brittle and Blister Fried Peanuts

About Jerry

I was a science teacher for 31 years. During that time I photographed wedding and Bar Mitzvahs for about 15 years but that was in the days before digital. Being a teacher, I had my summers free so I assisted food and commercial still life photographers in NYC for 3 summers and fell in love with it. Having a wife and a mortgage, it was not practical to give up a job in teaching and go into photography so I put off my dream of becoming a food photographer until I retired from teaching. Now I am living my dream - I am a food and product photographer servicing New York City, Philadelphia and all of New Jersey.
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