I have always wanted to do a kitchen mini photoshoot with my little one! It’s the perfect shoot for little ones to get hands on and the perfect opportunity to capture floury cheeks and a pair of cheeky sugared lips! This is also a sensory session that babies LOVE! This week I will show you how to setup and capture a “do it yourself baker themed photoshoot.”
This shoot is perfect for any age baby, and would be perfect for milestone announcements, birthdays and seasonal shoots! You can easily put an Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving or Eid spin on it! If you have just joined Krust Photography, have a look at my Home Photography Tips and Tricks blogpost before you attempt this, “do it yourself baker themed photoshoot!”
You will need:
- Baking utensils: Unless you are doing a super colourful shoot, avoid all the neon pink plastics and stick to neutral or pastels.
- Instagram worthy bread (feel free to add your own twist like donuts, cupcakes, cookies etc.
- White cloth or paper: I made my bakers hat out of a piece of white cloth! Feel free to ask if you struggle!
- Feather pillows
- Dark pillow cases
- Masking tape
I decided to do my setup in my “well lit” guest room. This room is currently used for all my indoors photoshoots, because of the natural light streaming in through a big window! Feel free to do your setup inside your kitchen! If you have a beautiful stove for example, it can serve as the perfect backdrop for this shoot!
Since I had to start from scratch I decided to fill my plain white background with DIY flour and sugar “sacks”. I simply tied the corners of the pillow with ropes and decorated them with letters cut out from an old dark grey pillowcase. see the picture below.
To achieve the artisanal bakery feel I added rustic woven elements like baskets and my vintage looking pack of whole wheat flour. (The packaging fit in perfectly with the colour pallet) Small details REALLY makes a difference… I used themed objects like a baking powder container and my oven thermometer to strengthen the theme and rounded of the authentic look by dusting everything with flour… (you will not believe what a difference this made!)
My final bit of DIY for this project was a bakers hat. This really added something extra to the shoot. Do try and make one either out of paper or, off cut fabric! I measured the circumference of Luca’s head, cut and folded a rectangle for the base. The poofy part is a big circle attached with masking tape. I think I will keep this and fix it up with a sewing machine at a later stage for some imaginary play.
Remember to take a picture of your setup before you start the session with your baby! I like to compare the before and after photo’s! It also adds to your STORY!
I let Luca play with the flour and utensils to keep him busy AND to be able to take natural shots of him. It’s OK for the little ones to interact and fidget with your setup. This way you will get relaxed and unposed images. Luca did seem to be more interested in eating the bread than playing with the flour…
Remember to take detail shots! I LOVED his puffy fingers and toes dusted with flour and could’t resist snapping the breadcrumbs on his lips! Detail shots will strengthen the story you are telling and evoke all the heartwarming emotions.
This is one of the shoots that can be changed according to your style and what you have on hand! You can swap out the bread with other baked goods like a donut stack, cookies, cake, actual dough etc… OR you can take the cooking approach, instead of baking. (let your kiddo interact with vegetables, pasta or any food related items)
Have a look at the story I have capture with my Iphone below! for the Picture taken with my professional camera click here: http://krust.co.za/portfolio/themed-mini-photoshoot-bread-baker-luca/
If you enjoyed this project, have a look at my DIY Fruit Bath Photoshoot. I am excited to see your version of this “do it yourself baby baker themed photoshoot”. Please share your pictures by tagging @krust_photo on Instagram to have one of your images professionally edited by me!