Spice Route, our signature Indian Moroccan inspired print, has been a perennial favorite for many years now. This season we decided to pay our respects to this print by re-photographing it. You can see the end results on the Spice Route collections page. I will share the “behind the scenes” look at the photo shoot here.
Invariably with every photo shoot there is one component that ends up taking much longer than originally thought. For Spice Route, believe it or not, it was the red, yellow and brown cones – these are meant to mimic the mounds of spices: chili, turmeric and cumin respectively – that you find in the souks of Morocco.
Take 1: the old fashioned way
Find color, makes paper cones, fill cones with color, turn them upside down and hope that they hold. Needless to say, given that our photoshoots typically span days, if not weeks, this was wishful thinking. It was a miracle when the cones lasted for even a few hours. Making these was taking a long time too. For some reason, the yellow was particularly finicky.
We got to a point where making these cones was taking the focus away from the actual hard work of taking product pictures. Someone or the other shrieking if anyone ventured even close to the plate holding the cones, or the refusal to open the door, or to switch on the fan lest the cones disintegrate didn’t help matters much. It was time to find another solution.
Take 2: Play Dough comes to the rescue
Making the cones was a simple matter of shaping the play dough! Rolling the cones in color (and in brown sugar) got them ready to go. These are hardy and most likely will last for years 🙂
Here’s how they look in context.
You can see the collection of this grand moroccan inspired red orange print here.