This is part of a series of posts on food photography, sharing some of the tips and tricks we use here at The Times. We received a number of great questions from readers, which we will answer in upcoming posts.
In the photo gallery above, Kirk McKoy tackles one of a photographer's greatest challenges: inspiration. For a cover story on Peeps, Kirk was tasked with shooting a variety of artistic and illustrative photos for both the print and online story and its related components. He explains his method below. -- Noelle Carter
I’m not going to lie to you…I really enjoyed shooting this assignment! What’s not to love? I was shooting PEEPS! What are PEEPS you say? PEEPS are marshmallow candies that are shaped into chicks, bunnies, and other animals.
I was given the challenge to create something playful, so I enlisted the help from some of my favorite PEEPS! (Ok, Corny but it had to be said.) Come on, just look at those adorable faces! You've just got to love them! But how to photograph them? Well, with an artistic eye and a little humor of course. Tight shots, overhead shots, photos that played on geometric designs -- I shot enough to give the page designer and web producer plenty to work with. I even played on the "which came first, the 'peep' or the egg" dilemma in a few shots.