Food Photography: Christmas cookies

Few weeks ago, I’ve received a new set of cookies from my talented friend Ana (SweetInc.Lux). This time, it was about Christmas and she prepared many different shapes, like the gingerbread man, the woman, the elk, the deer, the heart and, of course the Christmas tree.

I was so happy, but at the same time, I knew it could have been challenging to photograph all of them.

Food photography seems so easy when you look at the final pictures, but there are so many efforts to conceive and create the right stage in a way that the main subject is in harmony with the surrounding and well valorized.

The Set

As I said before, it is not easy to prepare the stage, even more, when you have so many different subjects at the same time.

I’ve tried to create different sets, starting from a simple one, just focused on the cookies. Later on, I’ve recreated a whole situation with a cup of tea and other props, in order to have a more Christmas related atmosphere.

The tools

  • Camera: Leica SL
  • Lens: Nikon PC-E 85mm f/2.8 D Micro
  • Flash: 1 Flash lamp on the back
  • Reflector: Aluminium sheet on the front to open the shadows
  • Various props and decorations

This was the first time I was using my new lens, the Nikon PC-E 85mm, and, seeing the results, I may say that I’m fully satisfied with it. Somehow is like taking the best from different brands and creating the perfect combo, Leica+Nikon.


The final pictures

The shooting session was quite long as I had many different shapes and I tried various settings. A challenging subject but I’m happy with the results.

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Another wonderful homemade cookie set from Sweet Inc Luxembourg


Sweet Inc Luxembourg.
have a look at her Facebook page, other than the photo series below, to really enjoy the beauty of those creations. And, of course, they also taste great!!!

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Thanks for reading, and see you for the next food shooting!



Luxembourg is preparing for Christmas: the pleasant solitude that anticipates the party

Christmas is almost upon us and like every year, Luxembourg is preparing to welcome thousands of people to the traditional markets. Tonight, I had a half hour of free time in the heart of the city, and, you know, I can not live without photography and I always go hunting for stories.

That pleasant solitude that anticipates the party

So, walking through the Place d’Armes and Place Guillaume II, under a light but constant drizzle and a soft cold, I was attracted by the sense of peace and quiet all around: the silence of the empty huts, the loneliness of Christmas trees still bare of all light and decoration.

But I hadn’t a feeling of sadness, indeed, I felt like everything was suspended in time, with the stare of the giant Santa Claus.

As for surprise party, when you wait still and silent until the birthday boy comes, then someone presses the button and …

colored lights turns on, the music starts, carousels riding, scent of gingerbread and gluhwein and  the joy explodes all around:
It’s Christmas time!

(pictures were taken with my iPhone 6s and processed with Visco on the phone itself)



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