Sunday, July 5, 2009

What a difference good photos make

I often have mixed feelings about using cake as an art medium. On the one hand, I love the fact that it's edible art and that it serves duo functions as a centerpiece as well as a dessert. But on the other hand, I do feel a slight pang of sorrow after I deliver a cake, knowing that my art piece will most likely cease to exist by the end of the evening and that all I'll be left with are photos............which brings me to the subject of this post.

Photos, specifically good photos, are very important to those of us in the wedding industry (and I'm sure other industries as well). I often think back to when I was a bride researching vendors - I would search websites/magazines and read all the fantastic descriptions about a vendor and the goods/services they provided but ultimately, it was really the photos that convinced me to seek out additional information about that vendor. Knowing this, I've made it a point to try to improve my techniques in photo-taking (I hesitate to call it photography 'cause that would be insulting those who do actual photography, lol). My photos have gotten better over the last couple of years, due to a camera upgrade and some online tutorials, but I'm a far cry from being good. This was glaringly obvious when I made the below Thomas the Train cake for Huy Phan of Huy Phan Photography.

Huy was actually the wedding photographer for my own wedding almost two years ago. I stumbled onto his website and instantly fell in love with his photojournalist style. He's a very unassuming guy but you can just hear his passsion for photography in every word he speaks and of course, you can see it in his photos. Needless to say, we were estatic with our wedding photos and have since recommended him to numerous friends and clients who have also become fans of his work. So when he called in May requesting a Thomas the Train cake for his 5 yr-old's birthday, I was more than happy to oblige.

Without further ado, I'd present to you some of the photos Huy took of said Thomas the Train cake.

I was floored when I saw these photos. I compared the photos I took (which I thought were decent at the time) to his and literally grimaced. My husband tried to make me feel better by saying that it's silly for me to compare my amateur photos to Huy's professional ones but all I could think about was how much better my portfolio would be if I had professional photos for all of my cakes. *Sigh* I think I need to make time to take some photography classes...........Hmmmm, or maybe I can just move into Huy's neighborhood and trade cakes for photos. =^)

Update: Take a look at the construction of Thomas the Train here.

Lien Sanchez

1 comment:

Shannon Richardson said...

Amazing! You do beautiful work!