IN PRINT | VICKY’S SWEET DREAMS

by Matt on October 22, 2013

We’re handing the blogging powers off to Vicky Lam for today’s post, as she’s put together a wonderful tale filled with childhood dreams and sugary indulgence. Ladies and Gents give it up for Ms Vicky Lam!

★★★ I DREAM OF DOUGHNUTS ★★★

And there beside Obama and the likes of Prince Harry, you’ll find my cover of doughnuts for last month’s issue of Toronto Life.

© Vicky Lam

I was really excited when Director of Photography, Daniel Neuhaus, contacted me about photographing doughnuts. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so it was hard not to salivate at the idea of photographing a large stack of doughnuts from Toronto’s Glory Hole Doughnuts. And then the day finally came when it all showed up. Glory Hole graciously supplied us with an endless amount of donuts in all colours and toppings. I felt like a kid in a candy store, only this time it was our own personal supply of doughnuts.

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The only challenge was figuring out how to stack these gigantic doughnuts into one large tower, and keep it standing upright. To solve this jenga-type problem, we enlisted the help of stylist, Christina Yan. Here are some snippets to how we approached the shoot and what really goes on behind the creation of a doughnut tower. To start off, Christina illustrated the cutest stack of doughnuts to help us visualize, and from there we began the construction process.

© Vicky Lam

© Vicky Lam

In reality, our jenga tower of doughnuts was actually a precarious leaning tower of Pisa, supported by all kinds of dowels and skewers.

© Vicky Lam

Here’s what the final shot actually looked like, along with an extra that’s worth clicking on so you can see all the glorious detail!

© Vicky Lam

© Vicky Lam

Also as part of The Things To Eat and Drink issue, here is another shot I took that’s a bit more on the healthy side of things. Mmmm… heirloom tomatoes!

© Vicky LamPhotographer: Vicky Lam
Client: Toronto Life
Director of Photography: Daniel Neuhaus
Stylist: Christina Yan
Assistant: Alex Beetham (doughnuts), Rebecca Leach (tomatoes)
Doughnuts: Glory Hole Doughnuts

Many thanks to Daniel Neuhaus and the team at Toronto Life for such a fun and delicious shoot – plus keeping me giddy with anticipation weeks before the actual shoot day! Also many thanks to Christina Yan for her doughnut styling prowess. ~VL

All Images © Vicky Lam
**Editors Note – Click the detail shot of the doughnuts. Do it.**

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