Frozen Hot Chocolate: Behind the Scenes

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Frozen Hot Chocolate: Behind the Scenes

By |2018-08-01T14:58:48+00:00December 14th, 2014|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Disclosure: I received the blender shown in this article free of charge.

Not long ago, I attended IFBC in Seattle. As a food photographer, food conferences are a great place to learn about the industry and network with other food bloggers. I don’t necessarily consider myself a “typical” food blogger, since I focus more on photography and don’t do recipe creation. However, since I photograph and enjoy good food, I do have a lot in common with many of the attendees.

During the conference, we were given a Ninja® Kitchen demo by Devin Alexander, showing us their new blender — the Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ. This post is not an advertisement for the blender, but I will disclose that I was given the blender for free. I have a few other Ninja products in my kitchen and really love them, especially the Ninja Cooking System slow-cooker. I thought I would do a nice post showing the results of the blender using a delicious recipe I found on Pinterest.

For the photography, my setup was pretty basic: a backlit setup with diffused window-light, and I used several pieces of foam board to reflect and also block some of the light coming in. Here’s a behind-the-scenes image of the setup:


Gear used:

Tripod equipment:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro

Light modifiers:

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Adrian January 16, 2015 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Fake, fake, fake. Is that what food photography has become about?

  2. Susan Hamel April 20, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Very cool. Thank you for showing us the detailsthat you take to achieve your picture.

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