Newborn photographer replaces babies with favourite takeaways during lockdownApril 17, 2020
Ute-Christin Cowan is a photographer who is more used to taking pictures of tiny babies. But during lockdown, she’s not able to take pictures of other people due to social distancing. So instead she’s going for something even more beautiful – her favourite takeaway, posed up like she does with babies. Ute, from Milford, Connecticut, said: ‘We always love to eat out, but these days it is hard for us because my newborn/family business has to be closed due to the executive order through May 20 – so no money is coming in.
‘I wanted to still support our local food businesses because I want them to still be there when this is all over. I was thinking of a way to support them and also do what I like best, taking pictures! ‘So I woke up last week and I had this idea of ordering food items from some local places and dressing them up and posing them like newborns. ‘I called my best friend Kylie and ask her if she was around for a project and I called 13 local places and ordered one of their signature items on the menu. ‘Some delivered and some had curbside pickup so we split the orders into two and grabbed the items that weren’t delivered. She left them out on the curb for me too. You know, to be safe!’ She took all the items into her studio and thought up some ideas for each one. She added: ‘I knew I wanted the hotdog swaddled up to give Pigs in a Blanket a new meaning as well as a bun in the oven. ‘The chips had to go in a bowl because that is how you typically eat them. The grilled cheese gave me the hardest time but then I was like – the grilled cheese is already awesome on its own, so why mess with that. So I just added a crown. The other ideas came to me as I was going along. ‘I was hoping that the images would create some joy and get people excited about trying out these local places. It’s been such a fun project and of course, the best part was eating all those things after I took their picture.’