Shit happens in the kitchen, more often than we would ever want and inevitably with the worst timing possible.
We don’t often fuss over kitchen mishaps because gravity exists everywhere and when dishes land on the floor, there are dogs to clean it up. Even when food becomes charcoal, there’s always a back up dish waiting to be made. Our attitudes are good and we always have a back up plan.
When we’re on shoots for clients, there’s always a plan B, C, D and E tucked away in our bags some where. And if there isn’t a plan F, we’ll make one up on the spot. If there’s a kitchen catastrophe, we have a calm, collected solution to pull out of the magic hat. Save the day, boost everyones morale, then drink it off at the end of the night. Thank God for tequila and brandy!
But no matter how epic the kitchen disaster might be and how severe the four-letter-words are that roll through our minds, we pull ourselves together and start all over again. With a good attitude.
What’s our worst kitchen disaster? Our story goes beyond the food. For us, and many pro photographers, often success comes from not just being able to take the photo the clients want, but to be able to minimize problems, and when they do happen, figure out a way to make it work.
We had an assignment to shoot a 2 day food event, a planned out, fairly formal and staged affair. It took 4 weeks to plan exactly how the shoot was going to happen, every hour of the day.
We were two shooters, covering two different angles and were trying to back up our files as the day went on. But, one of our cameras decided to malfunction during a critical and hectic point of the day when we didn’t have time to download and check our files. When we got back to the hotel, half the shoot from one of the cameras were corrupted.
That’s right, the camera that covered the most important angles of the shoot decided to corrupt all the files. Shit happened.
How did we recover? We lost sleep that night and figured out a way to re-shoot during the second day and all went smoothly. And that story alone is whole separate post.
So what’s your worst kitchen disaster? Do Share.
– Diane and Todd