I have never been one to find baking relaxing. It might be my worrisome personality, or the fact that one slight miscalculation can cause an entire tray of cupcakes to look like deflated pool floats, but despite my love for decorating baked goods, it’s not my go to when I want to chill out. I’d honestly rather take a mineral bath, read a book, or just veg out watching endless episodes of Full House :). When I feel like making something stress-free though my mind immediately goes to frozen treats – popsicles, ice cream, or one of my newer loves, raw cakes (which I usually keep stocked in my freezer so I always have some on hand). While frozen treats are an almost fool proof way to try out new methods and flavor combinations, they aren’t as simple to photograph. In fact, I think one of the questions I get asked the most is how I manage to photograph my frozen treats without them melting into puddles of pieces, so I thought I would write a post to share all of the tips and tricks I’ve learned in hopes that it can help you too. Although I did once make “frosting ice cream” for a giveaway image (I had seen a bunch of IG posts talking about how realistic it was and just had to try it out myself lol), I can promise you that all of the frozen treats you see on my blog are real.
Have fun with the fact that they melt! Even with all of these tricks up my sleeve, sometimes it ends up taking me longer than I planned and some of the things melt, but I’ve learned to embrace it. A little bit of melt makes the food look real and can even add to the vision like when you see crumbs around a piece of cake. Do you have any great tips for photographing frozen food? I would love to hear them!
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