Angelo Acquista Cookbook Shoot / by Charlene Wang

some cookbook photo behind-the-scenes

some cookbook photo behind-the-scenes

I had the great opportunity to help prop style an Angelo Acquista cookbook shoot (publisher Harper Collins) with awesome food photographer Liz Clayman and food stylist Rebekah Peppler

It was so much fun: Liz and Rebekah assembled the nicest crew of food-loving people ever, the vibe was so chilled out compared to the usual movie or video shoot circus, and the best part of it all we got to eat all the delicious food the food styling assistants (led by Jade Zimmerman) cooked. 

More behind the scenes with Rebekah working her magic alongside Liz, and Liz's assistant  Margarita Garcia . 

More behind the scenes with Rebekah working her magic alongside Liz, and Liz's assistant Margarita Garcia

One of the most fun parts of it all for me, was getting to play in the Good Light Prophouse.  We shot in Good Light Studios, and got unlimited (!) use of the extensive prop house attached to the studio.  

the colored glass and a portion of the white section. 

the colored glass and a portion of the white section. 

I was so obsessed with the visual beauty and aesthetically pleasing nature of this sort of volume of objects organized by color that I took a short 15 second video of the aisle I was going up and down most often throughout the day pulling props.  click on the photo or  here to watch . 

I was so obsessed with the visual beauty and aesthetically pleasing nature of this sort of volume of objects organized by color that I took a short 15 second video of the aisle I was going up and down most often throughout the day pulling props.  click on the photo or here to watch

some pulled plates and the recipes that were being cooked for the day

some pulled plates and the recipes that were being cooked for the day

Remember how I said the best part of a cookbook shoot is getting to eat the delicious food after it has been shot? We had these wonderful family style sit down meals of the cooked recipes for lunch (left) and also squeezing in some quick bites in between shots as modeled by  Liz the photographer  (right) who said her mom taught her the key to eating quickly is doing it over the trash can.  YES Mama Clayman for the strategic win. 

Remember how I said the best part of a cookbook shoot is getting to eat the delicious food after it has been shot? We had these wonderful family style sit down meals of the cooked recipes for lunch (left) and also squeezing in some quick bites in between shots as modeled by Liz the photographer (right) who said her mom taught her the key to eating quickly is doing it over the trash can.  YES Mama Clayman for the strategic win. 

And now I will leave you with two gorgeous behind-the-scenes shots from Liz's Instagram (which is a great food centric feed that will brighten up your Instagram life):

photo credit:  Liz Clayman  from  her Instagram feed . 

photo credit: Liz Clayman from her Instagram feed

photo credit:  Liz Clayman  from  her Instagram feed

photo credit: Liz Clayman from her Instagram feed