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I went to my first appointment for this series of portraits on Saturday afternoon to meet Karine Girard, owner of Pâtisserie K. We had exchanged a lot of emails over the last few weeks and had to juggle dates to find a convenient time to both.
The success sure seems to stick to her because Karine had delivered all of her stock in the morning and there was only one cake left, to the photographer's dismay. Oh well! I got my photo gear out and the food photo session simply got shorter!
Karine started her cake business in July 2013, but in fact began making cakes for her family and friends, about four years ago. A lot or work and preparation is required for each cake she makes. The cake that I had the opportunity to photograph took about one hour to decorate, while other cakes decorated with fondant may take a couple hours more.
What may have contributed in part to her success is the quasi-absence of related businesses on this side of the river, but above all, her hard working attitude and attention to detail.
"Once, I had to redo my cake from scratch as I was not pleased by the end result."
After the food photo session, Karine and I moved onto doing the portrait session, since the purpose of my project is to associate people and the products they make. Every time I make a portrait on location, I experience that little feeling of panic when I am lookig aournd for a proper location. Our houses are not suitable for portraits and the photographer has to find plain walls without windows, electrical outlets and switches (anyway, I do)... We finally opted for a fairly free wall and took down a frame that was in the way.
And voilà. An hour after my arrival, I was packing my stuff back in the car and went back home. Karine and I made an appointment after Christmas in order to make more pictures of cakes and cup cakes... Stay tuned!