Frozen Hot Chocolate: Behind the Scenes

By | 2016-12-18T17:00:50+00:00 December 14th, 2014|3 Comments

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. If you would like to see the recipe I used for this image, head over to ValSoCal (or click here) … it was soooo good!

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:

• Manfrotto 3251

• Benro 3-way Pan-head

• Custom Bracket Digital Pro SV

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro

Light modifiers:

• Foam board

• Lastolite Tri-Grip Diffuser (small triangle-shaped diffuser)

About the Author:

My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.


  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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