Qantas Menu Photo Shoot – so this is how the pros do it, eh?

Written on July 14, 2011
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I managed to sneak into the Qantas photo shoot last week here at Rockpool and grab a few photos of the action. And there was action a-plenty - with 30+ dishes to shoot in only 5 hours (just to put this into perspective, on the last book shoot we did, we took an average of 6-8 shots per 10 hour day!). Once again photographer Ted Sealey was called up to do the honours. Ted has done plenty of fantastic work for Qantas and also for us recently at here at Rockpool, and besides being a good bloke is handy with the DSLR as well.

Kate, menu planner for Rockpool Consulting, slaved all day in the test kitchen to get the food looking amazing. Rae was on hand to assist where she could and Terry helped Ted with direction. Me? I was just on hand to taste everything, you know, quality control and all..

Ted getting the shot lined up.. Economy food really never looked better, on damask linen surrounded by Riedel glassware..

The shoot involved taking shots of dishes from economy, business, first and the premium lounges…

Ted’s camera is juuuust a little bit fancier than ours… but only a bit..

Terry providing a bit of artistic direction.. I have to say, full respect goes to food bloggers who can produce great quality photos without the need for lighting, tripod etc. Especially when they’re shooting in the dark, like at Spice Temple - see Helen’s Spice Temple review on the excellent Grab Your Fork blog to see the standard!

Do you think that photographers get bad backs??!

And here are just some of Ted’s finished shots… These dishes will end up either in First or Business in-flight or in the lounges.

Chicken, Olive and Preserved Lemon Tagine with Almond Couscous and Harissa

Buckwheat Blinis with Salmon Roe and Crème Fraîche

Potato, Rosemary and Feta Cheese Pizzette

Confit of Duck with Roasted Parsnips, Warm Pear and Endive

Fragrant Green Curry of Snapper with Thai Eggplants and Jasmine Rice

Got any photography tips for us amateurs out there? Let us know in the comments..