Beaver Creek Culinary Festival

Hey Homies Sometimes I Feel like I’m a mover. I move cameras, lights, people, furniture, food, drinks, hands, hair, generators, props, crews, emotions, and motivations, then I move em all back. At the Beaver creek Culinary Weekend shoot we had 9 people in 25 setups at 7 locations in two days during an ongoing event with 100s of people around. We needed PR and advertising work from released models working in a crowd and you can’t show other people’s faces, logos, or properties without permission in writing. “Please don’t impede on the real event goers” and… Of course, it has to be sublime and visually stunning, good luck right? Here’s how we did it.

Stella Artois BeersStella Artois Beers at Beaver Creek Culinary Weekend. Lifestyle and food photographer Sean F Boggs.
Celebrity Chef Hands holding Plated FoodCelebrity Chef at Beaver Creek Colorado during Culinary weekend. Sean F Boggs lifestyle and food photographer.

We rolled with a couple Nikon D800s , a single light man stand, (a dude with the light in his hands) and a medium strip soft box on foot, in cars and on skis. Here’s a list of our basic gear, (a pretty light load for this one.) -1 1600 alien bee with a vagabond mini and 3 batteries -1 medium paul buff strip soft box -2 D800s Nikon Lens -105 2.8 -85 1.8 -14-24 2.8 – 24-70 2.8 – 80-200 2.8 -coffee and some duck tape We stayed very dynamic and used a lot of natural movement with the models. We mixed ambient and strobe to add highlights to the existing mid and dark tones. Most of the time we feathered the soft boxes up and back away from the subjects making sure that our strobe never hits the ground or too much of the background. We wanted to grab the very edge of the light coming from the strobe so that you could see the edge of the shadow really well. ( Remember, the strobe is just for highlights in this setting.) We used a ton of short depth of field and that kept our light at or near its lowest setting most of the time. Then we made these images. Hope you dig them and thanks for reading! email questions if you want. Sean : )