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July 18, 2012 / bonniesavage

Borsch, Vodka and Tears Cookbook

Here is a vodka drenched Polish cookbook I shot for publishers Hardie Grant. It was based around a restaurant in Melbourne called Borsch, Vodka and Tears who are a south side institution.

These are a few of my favourite spreads from the book, and some behind the scenes pics as well.

Hugh Ford designed the book, Benny Roff wrote it and prepped the food at the shoot for us, and the lovely Sarah De Nardi did the styling.

Front cover of the book

The brief was to be a little messy which is great for me because I love shooting my food to look a little moody and gritty. The shoot was a week long and boy did I learn a lot about Polish food.

Preparation of a champagne cocktail

Two cocktails

Table full of polish vodka varieties

Food Stylist Sarah De Nardi (left) and Editor Lucy Heaver setting up for a group shot of vodkas.

A table full of Polish Vodka

Pickled Polish Soup

Borsch with dumplings

Borsch! Served with chilled vodka of course

Chocolate Crepes with strawberries

Behind the scenes of the shoot

The team at work

Benny in the Kitchen

Benny preparing some cocktails

behind the scenes

April 2, 2012 / bonniesavage

Camera Cookie Campaign

For my latest mailout campaign I have decided to send out camera cookies. Delicious cookies carefully crafted to resemble cameras.

Image of Diana cookie

The above cookie is designed to look like a camera from the 60’s called Diana. The base is a butter cookie, and royal icing adds the colour.

Photograph of Polaroid cookie

This one is designed to replicate a polaroid camera from the 60’s.

photograph of photos printed on a biscuit

I also had some of my photographs printed on some of the cookies, so that they look like polaroid prints. They are completely edible and some of them are specific jobs I’ve done for clients.

photograph printed on cookie

camera cookies designed like 60's cameras

Bonnie Savage logo sticker on the cookie

I used stickers with my logo and website details to seal the back of the packaging and keep them fresh, then I wrapped them in brown paper and string ready to send. After my view master campaign, I am getting pretty skilled at wrapping boxes in brown paper!

cookies all wrapped up

photo of half eaten cookie

April 2, 2012 / bonniesavage

New Website!

At last I have my brand new website up and running. Its much faster than my other site and has a new interesting layout. I had a lot of fun putting it together as I have added quite a few more galleries. Here is a photograph of the homepage, go have a look!

January 4, 2012 / bonniesavage

Gangster Photography

I found these amazing images recently that really got me excited. They were taken by the NSW forensic police in the 1920s and are essentially mug shots of gangsters photographed in the police station or the jail.

NSW gangsters mug shots in jail in the 1920's

Taken in the day where every type of photography was an art form, before there were point and shoot cameras and photography was easily accessible to the general public, these carefully framed black and white images are just fantastic.

Ralph Lauren has purchased the rights to use these images as part of their ad campaigns. No tracksuit pants or hoodies on these guys…

well dressed 1920's gangster in jail

I’m fascinated by the composition of these and where the photographer has chosen to place the subject within the frame. The detail that the large format camera has produced is also really lovely.

Sidney Kelly circa 1920's

Gangsters in Jail in Australia in the 1920's

Some police photographer put a lot of effort into creating these images and I bet no one appreciated it back in the day!

You can see more examples from this collection on The Age newspaper’s website.

December 2, 2011 / bonniesavage

Gourmet Traveller Magazine

I recently shot a travel story for GT in Luang Prabang, Laos and it is published in the current issue. The shoot was fantastic and full on. The light is always changing so there’s a million ways that you can shoot each temple/hotel/portrait.

magazine spread

Here are some of my favourite images from the shoot which weren’t necessarily all included in the magazine.

The above hotel on the left used to be a prison, and the one on the right was a hospital. Both hotels were stunning, really amazingly beautiful …

It bucketed with rain for three days and nights until eventually the sun came out which was great because its hard to shoot temples and swimming pools in the pouring rain….

October 5, 2011 / bonniesavage

Momentum Energy Campaign

I recently shot this ad to align with a TVC. It was a really fun job to work on with the guys at Melbourne agency Twenty20

We shot it in a lovely old boat builder’s shed in Williamstown.

This isn’t the final artwork – it still has the Lorem Ipsum type.

Mockup of Momentum final artwork

I thought I would also post the initial brief that I received here as well.

As you can see, there’s quite a bit of deviation in the final image. I opted to have the man behind rather than in front as he was too distracting from all the action happening on the bike.

Original Brief

Twenty 20's initial brief

The challenge for me with this shoot was to get the most out of the awesome location we were in, but also not let it get too distracting from the main focus of the image. I’m really happy with the results and will be going back there to shoot some personal work.

Here’s a quick behind the scenes image.

Me on set

May 11, 2011 / bonniesavage

Viewmaster Self Promotion

Viewmaster with reel

I had these custom made with my latest images on the reels to mail out to clients and potential clients.


Boxes of viewmasters


Reels and Envelopes

Each reel has 7 images (they’re doubled – one for the left and one for the right eye)

Images on the reel

I also made some folded postcards that were designed to fit snuggly into the boxes. They gave a small introduction to myself and Bonnie Savage Photography – thanks to Oli Wright for designing them (and my logo).

stamping boxes
Rubber stamp logo

I had a rubber stamp made up with my logo (harder than it sounds…) and stamped it on the lids of all the boxes.

I didn’t want any postage marks on the actual boxes and wanted the parcels to have more of an older feel to them, so I wrapped them up in brown paper and tied them up with brown string.

Brown paper with string for postage

Off to the post office!