I've been thinking about taking "food photos" of my pottery for a while. I don't know very much about food styling, which is a very specialized field, but I decided to try it anyways. I don't have a proper lighting setup for photographing food, so I took these shots outside, using natural materials as simple backgrounds. My food styling strategy was to make the dish look as pretty as possible (even hand-picking every leaf of the salad), then run outside and shoot the photos quickly before the food started to look dry or limp. Here are my first attempts:
I incorporated these photos in a 4ft. vinyl banner, which I finished just in time to use at the Artscape Baltimore festival next weekend. I'm hoping this banner can be seen from a much farther distance than the signage I was using before, but without screaming for attention the way a lot of art festival booths can. I also retired my previous slogan, which was "Thoughtful Design, Honest Craft". The old slogan definitely reflected my values, but maybe seemed like I was taking myself too seriously. The new banner sports my new slogan:
Mea Rhee, the potter behind Good Elephant Pottery
Festival of the Arts
State College, PA
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