This was a really interesting long term project for us which allowed us to use our skills in a variety of environments. Our first challenge was to shoot the cider apples whilst they were being harvested. We then completed an on site production shoot in the cidery showing how the apples were pressed and turned into juice. The next phase saw us in the orchard again at 6:30 one Summer’s morning shooting the new blossom on the apple trees and creating a series of editorial product shots. The next stage was an on site shoot at the Folly Inn, Napton where we photographed a set of editorial images using the bar as the backdrop. The final stage was to go into our studio and produce catalogue shots of the bottles of the cider.
It was a real pleasure working with Jolyon and Charlotte at Napton Cidery on this fascinating project. Below are some examples of the images we produced at each stage of the process:
Harvesting the cider apples at the orchard in Shropshire.
How delicious they look already
Only one way to get them down and thats to shake the tree but look at that heavy dew soaking the picker!
Now we are at the cidery where the first part of the pressing takes place, turning the apples into pulp.
The pulp is then prepared for the pressing.
And now the juice starts to flow as the apples are pressed.
Next season’s apples are starting their life as we shoot the wonderful blossom in a different orchard, this time in Warwickshire.
Getting there at sunrise gave us the chance to capture the wonderful light at that time of the day.
Now its time for some editorial product shots under the shade of the blossom laden apple trees in the orchard.
Creating that feeling of early Summer and enjoying the sunshine with some cheese and cider.
This time we are shooting in one of the best pubs in the country, The Folly Inn at Napton. So much character to help us create a set of editorial product shots.
Now doesn’t that look tempting?
Finally we are back in the studio and producing a set of catalogue shots for the web shop – look at the crisp edges on those bottles and the carefully crafted gradations of light to show the products in their full glory.