Kirstie Young Photography – Journal

Peas in a Pod

Peas in a Pod

Last week I had a request for pictures of peas & beans, not unreasonable as we are now approaching that season, but I didn't have any stock shots & the ones in my garden were still tiny shoots.  Luckily I knew a man who did & soon a lovely big box of...

Fergus Henderson

Fergus Henderson

To a Food Photographer, good chefs are akin to rockstars, and being asked to photograph them is a pretty nerve jangling commission.   Their reputations are fearsome - with tongues as sharp as their knives, patience as thin as a ginger twille, and a stranger...

Seedy Chocolate Granola Bars

Seedy Chocolate Granola Bars

When it's raining outside & my to-do list has become nothing short of epic, I like to ignore the world and spend an afternoon skiving off and testing a recipe I've earmarked from one of my favourite food blogs.  This one is inspired by the brilliant "The...

Happy Green-uary

Happy Green-uary

It's January, and although I'm pretty sure that Publicans across the land would disagree, I think it's time to join the millions who embrace Dryuary as a way of paying back the misdemeanors of December.  I am OBVIOUSLY not prepared to give up coffee, chocolate or...

The Good Life

The Good Life

If the BBC was looking to remake 70's hit show "The Good Life" with a culinary twist they could do worse than knock on the door of Bod & Annie Griffiths, owners & hosts of the Vale House Kitchen near Bath.  I had heard a lot of good things about this...

Spice up your life

Spice up your life

I was amazed when a chef told me recently that the first Curry house was opened in the UK over 200 years ago.  I was brought up in the 70's, a time when most UK households were eating fairly plain food and pizza was considered risqué, so felt short changed when I...

You shall have a fishy, on a little dishy …

You shall have a fishy, on a little dishy …

I've recently returned home from three weeks away, visiting Prague, Nice and finally Marseille.  I am guessing that it will come as no surprise to hear that, as a greedy Food photographer, food played a major part of my travels... Prague highlights included the...

The Simple Things

The Simple Things

Most national magazines shoot a lot of their features a year ahead of publication, it's a way of shooting the right season, and yet still hitting deadlines.  Last summer was a bit of a stinker, but magazines still needed "sunny" features to fill their pages this...

Dinner at Six

Dinner at Six

Whenever I'm hired to take food shots in a working kitchen, I am always in awe of the blood, sweat and tears that it takes to run a kitchen. Chefs work the sort of hours that would make most of us weep, and this dedication is never more obvious than at the opening of...

A Michelin in my kitchen!

A Michelin in my kitchen!

When we bought our house 4 years ago, my main concern was that it have a large kitchen dining area.  Our flat in London had a galley kitchen, and as I cook a bit like the chef in the Muppets, with food flying everywhere and every bowl, pan, plate & knife in...

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