Food Photography & Styling | August Assignment | Summer Dessert | Longboat Key & Bradenton FL Photographer

Hello!  It’s food photography and styling challenge time with The Inspired Plate!

I wait too long to start these monthly challenges, especially this month.  I thought my only issue this month would be the surprising number of family photography shoots I had scheduled (it’s August – in Florida), but it seems like the to-do list grew by leaps and bounds ever since the beginning of the month.   And just as if there wasn’t quite enough going on, it became necessary to factor in a tropical storm/hurricane by the name of Isaac.  Until the track verifies and sets its sight on a fairly definite destination, one has to stop what one is doing to stock up, get organized, do laundry, and otherwise prepare to hunker down or to evacuate.   Isaac keeps tracking west, so we’re “just” going to get tropical storm conditions meaning lots of wind and rain, and flooding.  We’ll probably lose power since it seems like this island can lose power on the best of days.  Go figure.  And I really really dislike losing power.

But on to our challenge! The assignment this month with The Inspired Plate is to style and shoot a summer dessert. I’m honestly not a big dessert person, although I’m totally impressed by the work of many pastry chefs.  So…I had two plans – one for popsicles, and one for a dessert carpaccio.  Two plans because I wasn’t sure if either would work!

By the way, have you seen this book?  It’s called the People’s Pops by Nathalie Jordi, David Carrell, & Joel Horowitz.  Amazing popsicle recipes and a  well-deserved success story hailing from Brooklyn.

So I made some popsicles!  And won’t do it again!    LOL:)  My kitchen floor was so crazy sticky after all of the watermelon and cantaloupe purees in spite of several wet Swifferings.  One pop had booze in it – the apertif Campari – and I put toooooo  much in.  Oh well.  That’s too bad….

So I got started, with lots of produce…


The first is for Cantaloupe with Campari and Cantaloupe with Cream.  Campari is booze.  Do not give to children!  You may not even want to give to yourself.  😉

























And the next is a basil-infused watermelon pop – so refreshing!


























Then because I wasn’t really sure how the pops were going to turn out, I also made a dish from the July issue of Bon Appetit with just a couple of tweaks.  You know, just in case.

























I hope you enjoyed this month’s challenge with The Inspired Plate!  Next up is Valeria Howell of MindZen Photography with her delicious take on this assignment!  Please travel our blog circle as we are linked to one another for additional amazing and mouth-watering summer desserts and and beautiful photography!






Tammy Bilodeau - August 27, 2012 - 10:15 am

How fun! These posicles look scrumptious. I think you did a great job telling a story here, by adding the pre-pop shots. I also think you did a great job in picking your props……. Everything seems to be so well co-ordinated. Each colour combo accentuates and enhances the star of the show…the popsicles. Great work :)

Sabrina - August 27, 2012 - 11:17 am

These look AMAZING Stacey! I love what you’ve done with the complementary colour schemes and the composition is perfect (as always). I’ll definitely have to try making some of these when summer rolls around in a few months, they look very refreshing :)

Laurie - August 27, 2012 - 2:41 pm

You are too funny. Loved the comment that you may not even want to give it to yourself! That Cantaloupe & Campari recipe with heavy cream sounds soo delish!

Your photo’s and styling are beautiful Stacey. Your amazing that you can get this done with your family portraiture business too. So talented my friend!

Kim Hill - August 27, 2012 - 7:01 pm

YUMMY!!! Gorgeous images, too. :) We make our own popsicles also, but nothing this divine. LOL I think we’ll give melon/lime one a try.

Jen Olson | Localette - August 27, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Stacey, these sound sooo delicious!! Love the colors and flavors you have here!! I’m super impressed that you can accomplish such stellar work with a bunch of family shoots, a kiddo starting school, and a hurricane!! xoxo

Caroline - August 27, 2012 - 10:38 pm

Wow do these look amazing! I love the Cantaloupe with Campari and Cantaloupe with Cream photo…the orange with the blue is just perfect!

Kim - Liv Life - August 27, 2012 - 11:10 pm

Beautiful Stacey, just beautiful! I have to admit that I’m not much of a boozy pop girl, and I’ve never had campari, so I think my choice would have been that watermelon pop. I think you captured summer in the pop with the flavors you chose, the basil is something I’ve never thought of, but it’s just darn perfect.
I love how you photographed it with the fabric you chose, it complements the basil and melon colors. Well done!
I sure hope you floors aren’t sticky any more!

Kay Pickens - August 28, 2012 - 11:01 am

Love these! I want to try your booze popsicle… Anyway, I love your composition and prop set ups for these. So nice!!

Valeria - August 28, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Looks so refreshing, especially the watermelon one. One of my favorite fruit. Love your composition.

Tiffany | Peanut Blossom - September 4, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Oh my goodness, Stacey!! I LOVE those cantaloupe ones. They look absolutely delicious and the color is phenomenal. Love the styling of all the shots, you did an incredible job. Popsicles can be so tricky!

Jane - September 5, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Hi Stacey,
My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
I was looking for blog posts about Longboat Key to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you :)

Russell at Chasing Delicious - September 8, 2012 - 8:34 pm

Look at all these popsicles! Yum!

Bunkycooks - September 9, 2012 - 5:07 pm

I had to laugh about the Campari comment. It is definitely an acquired taste. Love the popsicles! I would still consider making them in spite of the mess.

admin - September 9, 2012 - 5:15 pm

That is is Gwen! I went through a Campari phase like an eternity ago and I think that bottle sitting in my cabinet was from that era haha. Bitter stuff!

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