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Food and passion often go hand in hand, and when you’re a recently engaged pastry chef, what better place to hold a celebratory shoot than in the kitchen? In today’s shoot, by Helene Dujardin from Tartelette, Laura and Alex celebrate their engagement by baking that most beloved of all treats: chocolate-chip cookies.

Helene writes in her blog, Tartelette: “Laura is a photographer and a pastry instructor, and I fell in love with her idea to do a chocolate chip cookies baking session as one of the set-ups.”

“A few sheet pans and many dozens of cookies later, we headed downtown Charleston for more formal pictures.”

“I love photographing friends. I just observe their story unfold. Their body language is relaxed. I might move a shoulder or lower a hand but that’s it. That dance with the garden arch in the background? They started it on their own. I just moved myself to a better angle. I imagined them 50 years from now, still dancing together. Just as they are today.”


Helene, a US-based French expat, is the owner of Tartelette, a blog devoted to food photography. She is the author of a food photography book, “Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography and Styling”.

Visit her photography portfolio or drop by her Facebook page here.

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Copyright © Helene Dujardin 2011, used with permission

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