The hibiscus solution is too red, photographer Lisa Romerein says. With two lights pointed toward vintage French pickling jars holding vegetables soaking in a deep-burgundy liquid, the contents of the container still appear murky.
“I can’t see through it,” Romerein says. “I can’t tell what’s in there.” Referring to four different canisters in various shades of yellow thanks to a turmeric-based solution, she adds, “It’s okay, I’ve got the others. I don’t need that one to tell the story.”
That’s exactly the goal of Romerein, food stylist Rebecca Farr, and prop stylist Robin Turk — to tell the “story” of the Fairmont Miramar’s food and beverage program through a series of vibrant images taken at a recent photoshoot.
“We have a story behind every dish we serve in the hotel, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, [or at] a reception or banquet,” says Executive Chef Jason Prendergast. “There has to be a story to tell: Whether its ingredient-driven, the philosophy of the food, [or] the philosophy behind the dish.”
“You’re not just taking a stock image of something beautiful from a restaurant,” adds Krystal Moreno, the Director of Catering and Conference Services for the hotel. “To us, the photos they are taking and the things they are doing are very true to what happens here at this property.”
Capturing this, though, takes a little more work than the average — or even good! — Instagram dinner picture. Here’s an inside look at what goes into a culinary shoot with a top food photography team.