Capturing the beauty in simple moments with food

Sometimes we look past the beauty of those simple things and those simple everyday moments. Aimee Twigger from @twiggstudios gives us a glimpse into these moments and teaches us how to find beauty in the most basic of tasks and the rawness of ingredients.

The quiet moments…

This captured moment has a sense of calm that Aimee cleverly crafts throughout many of her images. The composition suggest a story of a slow day spent amongst the elderflowers plucking the blossoms, a kind of simple therapy. The honest but beautiful placement of the hands delicately holding the flowers adds a human element and scale, and shows the love that goes into preparing handmade elderflower cordial.

Aimee preparing beautiful elderflowers to make gin and cordial . Source:  @twiggstudios

Aimee preparing beautiful elderflowers to make gin and cordial . Source: @twiggstudios

How Aimee brought this image to life

I picked lots of elderflower while out on a dog walk and wanted to make some cordial, I started preparing the flowers and realised how beautiful it looked so I set up my tripod and put the camera on the self timer.


The simple moments

Who knew preparing some broad beans could look so beautiful. Aimee shows us here to look for the beauty in those simple everyday tasks and appreciate the simplest of ingredients in their raw form. It is like she has just stopped mid task and snapped a pic. She has really brought us into her kitchen and into the moment, we could literally just sit down and finish them off.

Broad beans never looked so good. Source:  @twiggstudios

Broad beans never looked so good. Source: @twiggstudios

How Aimee brought this image to life…

I really wanted to photograph these beautiful beans once I saw how amazing they looked on the plate so I added an old piece of paper just to add another layer. I took the photo on my Tripod and the table was next to the window so there was side light. I increased the shadows and contrast to make the photo have a little more of a moody vibe.


The beautiful moments…

Another beautiful moment, this time with lilac flowers. The moodiness of this capture is exemplified by the beautiful shadows and the contrast of light and shade, achieved by the beautiful light of golden hour as the light disappears. The addition of the pestle and mortar as it crushes the lilac captures a moment in time, a step of the method of making lilac sugar as Aimee takes us along on her journey of simple but beautiful creation.

Beautiful lilac flowers being made into delicious lilac sugar. Source:  @twiggstudios

Beautiful lilac flowers being made into delicious lilac sugar. Source: @twiggstudios

How Aimee brought this image to life

I had picked lots of lilac flowers for a recipe I was going to create, I went to put them in my prop room to make some lilac sugar to shoot the next day and saw how incredible the golden hour light was, it was about 7.15 pm and light was really amazing so I quickly set up this shot of the flowers and sugar, I had to use a tripod with a slow shutter speed, but the light and shadows really create a lovely atmosphere. I positioned the pestle and mortar so the shadows would create a arrow shape.


Thank you to Aimee for sharing some insights into your beautiful photos with us. Aimee is our guest mentor for our July foodie challenge #cs_farmtotable running from 8-14 July 2019. To see more of Aimee’s beautiful captures you can follow her on Instagram @twiggstudios.