Cold & Dreamy

Cold & Dreamy - student project

It's January in Chicago, needless to say it's cold...and gray. One's first thought would be to sip on a hot drink or make some soup, but I wanted to do just the opposite and churn up some ice cream on this wintery day. Flipping through my Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home cookbook, I decided on her classic Ugandan Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. I've never worked with vanilla beans before, so I decided to try something new. Now, I'm not using Vanilla Beans from Uganda. Instead I made a trip to the local Whole Foods which was much more accessible. 

So far I've made the ice cream (yummy!) and completed my shot list and sketches for this shoot.

Cold & Dreamy - image 1 - student project

Now to wait until the ice cream has fully chilled...  

... and I'm back, and have photos to share. First is the ingredients shot. I like how all of the ingredients for this ice cream are colorless and decided to choose the shot w/o any color. I tried a few frames with a blue napkin, but it was starting to crowd the ingredients. 

Cold & Dreamy - image 2 - student project

Once the ice cream had set up and my utensils were chilled I started composing the remaining shots, as quickly as i could.

I thought this macro shot of the ice cream turned out pretty good and the ice crystals forming on the metal scoop.

Cold & Dreamy - image 3 - student project

Now for the balancing act of the scoop. 

Cold & Dreamy - image 4 - student project

I added a couple shots of the ice cream scooped into a bowl. First an overhead shot.

Cold & Dreamy - image 5 - student project

and then a 90 degree angle. I should have increased my f-stop because I wanted more of the vanilla bean in focus, especially the tip. 

Cold & Dreamy - image 6 - student project

Now, I made the mistake of not putting the ice cream in the freezer as i was shooting the previous images of the bowl. Working with the spoons proved a little difficult as it was melting fast. Here is the overhead shot of the spoons that was in my sketch. 

Cold & Dreamy - image 7 - student project

As i was finishing up, I took a few frames of the spoons with the melted ice cream. A happy accident?

Cold & Dreamy - image 8 - student project

Cold & Dreamy - image 9 - student project

I had a lot of fun shooting (and eating) ice cream. Learned some things. But would love to hear your thoughts so I can keep improving. thanks!


Laura Holmes

Sr. Art Director & Freelance Photographer