Tuesday, 21 January 2014

MODERN MEETS VINTAGE....

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I recently shot these new interiors images at a stunning North London mews house - love the stark modern glass and Corian surfaces, which are softened by quirky finds like the retro rocking horse - and a enviable collection of vintage china and glassware!

More from the shoot on the interiors portfolio on my website - www.hollypickering.com

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RECENT WORK ROUND UP...

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I thought I'd kick off the New Year with a brief round up of some commercial commissions that I've been working on recently.....

I was commissioned by Immediate Media to shoot a couple of portraits for Lurpak Slow Churned, including the shot above of charming chef Richard Bertinet, and lovely food blogger Rachel Phipps. The shoot took place at a South London location house way back in October, but the images were only released before Christmas, appearing in BBC Good Food and Delicious Magazine - these projects have a long gestation period sometimes! It was lovely to shoot foodie portraits rather than still life for a change, especially with the early Autumn light co-operating so nicely!

(Many thanks to the lovely team at Immediate and Lurpak for the commission, to Richard and Rachel for being so accommodating on the day, and to Jonathon at Lisa Pritchard for ensuring everything ran smoothly!)

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In the run up to Christmas I was commissioned to shoot some food/wine images for London gastro pub company The Cunning Plan Pub Group, across a couple of their locations - the newly revamped The Bull near Liverpool St and The Fox & Anchor in Smithfields. Prop styling on the day was by the lovely Rose Murray.

Both pubs are in really vibrant parts of London, so we tried to capture the distinctive atmosphere of each location. There was something quite surreal about arriving in the heart of town at 7am one Sunday to start shooting - passing revellers still making their way home from the night before as we unloaded our kit!

Many thanks to Laura at The Cunning Plan Group for the commission and to Tom for assisting.

Friday, 8 November 2013

NEW WORK AND A RECIPE: LITTLE POTS OF CHOCOLATE CREAM

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A few more new food shots from a recent chocolate project I've been working on, and a recipe.... I don't often have a chance to share recipes but thought I'd take a few minutes to write up the info for the little chocolate pots shown on the right  - as they're brilliantly simple to make but the results are super impressive! The finished chocolate cream is extremely decadent, so it works best served in miniature portions, either egg cups or little vintage sherry glasses are perfect...

MINI CHOCOLATE CREAM POTS
*Recipe adapted from Green & Black's Chocolate Recipes

INGREDIENTS (serves 6 approximately)
400ml single cream
1 vanilla pod
100g dark chocolate, minimum 60% cocoa solids, broken into pieces
6 large egg yolks
50g sugar
half a level teaspoon of salt

RECIPE
*Gently heat the cream with the vanilla pod until bubbles begin to form at the edge, but ensuring that the cream does not boil. Remove form the heat and set aside to infuse.

*Melt the chunks of chocolate in a heatproof bowl, suspended over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Leave the melted chocolate to cool, then gently beat in the egg yolks until the mixture is smooth. Stir the sugar and salt into the mixture until they are fully dissolved.

*Remove the vanilla pod from the cream and stir the cream into the chocolate mixture until fully blended. Replace the bowl of chocolate mixture over a simmering saucepan of water.

*Cook the chocolate mixture, stirring continuously, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.

*Pour the mixture into your chosen mini containers and chill in the fridge for approx 2-3 hours, or until it has set.

*Enjoy!

ALL HALLOWS EVE

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A belated Halloween food post, it's been an unexpectedly hectic few weeks, so Halloween and Bonfire Night have flown by, but these images still feel autumnal and appropriate. I shot them with a Brothers Grimm Victorian gothic version of Halloween in mind, with the giant cleaver and cast iron teapot becoming the perfect props.

There's also a host of new food shots from recent projects up on www.hollypickering.com as I'm working through editing lots of new work at the moment, and you might have also noticed that the blog has had a mini restyle with a cleaner, punchier layout!

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Monday, 21 October 2013

CAFFEINATED

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A quick sneak peek at the beginnings of a new shoot celebrating all things dark and caffeinated, and a good excuse to break out some new props - in love with the green of the Victorian plate that pops against the rusty tabletop. 

SOME RETRO BISCUIT LOVE....

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A quick post to share some recent food work, a fun shoot playing around with a selection of retro biscuits, from old school Jammie Dodgers to those little pastel pink wafers that grannies always seem to have stashed in their biscuit tins!

Eating a few leftovers is definitely a perk of the job!

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 ©Holly Pickering

©Holly Pickering

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

NEW WORK, NEW COVENT GARDEN FLOWER MARKET

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A bit of a belated blog to share some recent work! I've been working on some lovely foodie shoots of late, but won't be able to share any images until they're released in a few months time, so thought I'd share a portrait project that I worked on last month.

I spent a (very early!) morning at the fascinating New Covent Garden Flower Market, over in Vauxhall, and had the opportunity to capture some of the characters and incredibly varied produce found amongst the stands.

A huge thanks to Kathryn at Covent Garden Market Authority and all the traders who were so accommodating, despite the early hour!

You can see the full shoot over on my portfolio website, www.hollypickering.com

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