Food

New Folio Shoot by Bonnie Savage

I finally found the time to shoot some new work for my folio - there's always an excuse to put these ideas on the back burner. These were shot with a stylist and good friend Tina Vanspall of Vintage Movement here in Melbourne.

I find shooting personal work can be more difficult that commercial jobs sometimes as there are no perimeters, the sky is the limit to the style and execution of the work. For this shoot we were going for a vintage messy theme so Tina whipped up some new backgrounds and we made good use of some new props we have collected on our travels.

100 Food Shots For Sunday Life Mag by Bonnie Savage

I have been shooting a different plate of food at a different Melbourne restaurant for 2 years now. Every single week for two years - thats a lot of restaurants and a lot of food! The images are part of a regular column in The Age's Sunday Life magazine.

Boney, Hammer & Tong
Boney, Hammer & Tong

I've loved getting out there a finding new places and discovering new food. I thought I would celebrate the milestone of shooting 100 restaurants (even though I've shot a few more than that by the time I've sat down to write this blog post) by sharing with you some of my favourites.

Lezzet, Horn Please
Lezzet, Horn Please
Sezar, Cumulus
Sezar, Cumulus

Of course, without a doubt, I always eat the food that I photograph!

Collingwood Children's farm, Hanoi Hannah
Collingwood Children's farm, Hanoi Hannah
Eureeka 89, Little Hunter
Eureeka 89, Little Hunter

Borsch, Vodka and Tears Cookbook by Bonnie Savage

Here is a vodka drenched Polish cookbook I shot for publishers Hardie Grant. It was based around a restaurant in Melbourne called Borsch, Vodka and Tears who are a south side institution. These are a few of my favourite spreads from the book, and some behind the scenes pics as well.

Hugh Ford designed the book, Benny Roff wrote it and prepped the food at the shoot for us, and the lovely Sarah De Nardi did the styling.

Front cover of the book

The brief was to be a little messy which is great for me because I love shooting my food to look a little moody and gritty. The shoot was a week long and boy did I learn a lot about Polish food.

Preparation of a champagne cocktail

Two cocktails

Table full of polish vodka varieties

A table full of Polish Vodka

Pickled Polish Soup

Borsch with dumplings

Chocolate Crepes with strawberries

Behind the scenes of the shoot

Benny in the Kitchen

behind the scenes