Food Photography Live Brief

Budding photographers at Solihull Sixth Form College are getting a taste of what it is like to work as a freelancer with a “live brief” project this term.

The first year A level Art & Design Photography students have been commissioned to produce a range of imagery for Aspens, the catering company operating at the College. As the clients of this brief, Aspens are looking for artwork to go on the walls of the College Refectory and Costa coffee bar. They have specified that the imagery must reflect the range of catering they provide at the College and must show their food and drinks in the most fresh and colourful way possible.

Students have been given four weeks to produce a minimum of three square images that meet the needs and requirements of the client brief. Students have freedom on what type of product they focus on, be it hot meals, desserts, Costa drinks or a combination. They are also free to highlight themes such as healthy eating, vegetarian food or breakfast food.

Freelance photographer Steve Carse, who has worked with Photography students live briefs in previous years, is back in College to work with students on this project. He is able to offer students a valuable insight into how to show off a subject to its best effect with good use of light and camera settings. The students have been working in the photographic studio to experiment with ideas. Steve will join with the client to pick a winning image in March.

Creative Arts Curriculum Leader Zoe Maksymiw commented:

“It is really exciting to be working with Aspens on a project that staff and students across the College will see the results of. It is a great way for the students to develop their photographic skills whilst also seeing how a freelancer works. The advice of Steve Carse for this project is invaluable and already the students are producing some great work. I can’t wait to see the final images they come up with.”

12 February 2020