Well hello there! While I have not forsaken my traditional portfolio nor this blog (even though yes I admit it’s been quiet around here lately but I’ll share with you the whys soon enough!), I wanted to bring your attention to my new Tumblr blog that — and this is hard for a loud blabbermouth like myself — features only my photography in a new gallery format. I was inspired by my dear friend Kristina Gill, and I’ll be adding new little stories and features regularly. So far it’s filled with some travel stuff and sneak peaks of upcoming cookbooks that I’ve photographed for some amazing people so check it out! And I’ll be back here to this lil blog soon enough with lots and lots of photos and stories.
Well hello there.
And how are you? That’s me in a photo taken by the lovely Erin Malone last week at Jordan Winery. I was in San Francisco shooting a few projects which I’ll share with you shortly, but in the meantime it’s back to the grind this week at the studio doing what I love. I’m wrapping up an amazing book for Joe Yonan (oh just you wait! the recipes!), and starting another tomorrow that is nothing but mac and cheese. Heaven help me. Someone’s gonna have to roll me out of the studio garage door, I swear.
In other news, my 2nd book came out last week and I wanted to let you know about it! Titled Focus On Food Photography for Bloggers, it’s jam packed with tips that I’m hoping might help you when it comes to food photography. But only if you need it.
And also, you know what would make me super duper smiley and happy? If you have purchased it I’d love to know what you think about it on Amazon. It’s valuable feedback for authors and potential buyers as they shop. But please be honest. Loved it? Hated it? Thought I was too silly? Not silly enough? Share your thoughts!
Also, just a quick shout out to the people I’m thankful for: Toni from Ten Speed, Lisa at Jordan, Lisa Schiffman (A-D-O-R-E-Y-O-U-!), Linsey G, Lori at Jordan, Carol, Nicole, Erin M, Kristina, Gaby, and our studio staff for keeping things together and putting up with my non-stop babbling about random facts and Paris Is Burning quotes. This world is made better by all these loving, wonderful people.
Where do I even start?
1. Work has been a grueling, exhausting and simultaneously recharging endeavor as of late. We’ve been shooting since January 1st it seems, and the results of a very fantastic project will soon see the light of day. It was quite possibly one of the most fun I’ve had working, 12 hour shoot days notwithstanding.
2. I’ve just submitted the manuscript and images for my second book, something I’ll tell you much more about as its release date gets closer. And you always hear this, but writing a book brings the following thoughts and words to mind: exhausting, tired, beat, thrilled, having given birth, discombobulated, focused, thrill-a-minute, nervous, pensive, reflective, eye strain, wristguard, relieved. And we haven’t even begun the editing process. Stacey, thank you more than I can say.
3. In the near future I will be on assignment in the middle of this place (see my oh-so-accurate map). And while I was down under just 12 weeks ago, this adventure promises some very delicious and interesting moments. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.
4. Speaking of assignments, we photographed a campaign for the Southeast’s Publix Markets last year that is now out in their stores. Their creative team was a dream. Literally, a dream.
5. While I’m still dreaming, let’s talk about a burger I had last weekend at Roy Choi’s Sunny Spot in Venice. Fantastic interiors that reminded me of the Bahamas, smart cocktails and fun menu design, but their burger? Oh lord their burger. I must return. P.S. Happy birthday again, Aaron!
6. Next week begins the Cookbook Madness, but I mean madness lovingly as we being photography work on Recipe Girl’s cookbook. After that we start on Gaby’s cookbook, and no doubt the studio will be filled with delicious food, tables and tables of props and new surfaces, as well as a battle between 80’s Pandora (me) and Adam’s Belle & Sebastian playlist. And if you haven’t stopped by, yes, we’ve expanded our studio space by double.
7. Workshops will be happening. Very soon. Early registration will go to those on my workshop list but I will certainly make sure to let you know about it, too. And with the new additional space we’ll have room for even more creativity and shooting. And an extra kitchen, too.
8. I am loving Wayfare Magazine. Loving. I’m going to nag them until I can work with them. I’ll let you know how that goes.
9. If there’s no rain this Saturday (which might cause postponement), I’ll be speaking with authors and writers Jeanne Kelley, Amy Scattergood, Jenn Garbee and Joseph Shuldiner at LitFest Pasadena. The panel, Cookbooks In The Age Of Epicurious, promises to be extremely informative. I’m really looking forward to spending time with such fantastic folks.
10. Life gets crazy and we all try to do too much. Take a break and give someone a hug and tell them that you love and need them.
Earlier this morning food writer and NY Times columnist Melissa Clark tweeted this:
Now as a photographer and someone who gets paid to photograph recipes and cookbooks you might think that my answer is a solid YES. But it’s not. I believe that great writing like Melissa’s can be enough, photos don’t always have to support a recipe. When they work together it’s magic, and sometimes a photograph can help a written recipe for a myriad of reasons (maybe it’s complicated, an unknown method, foreign title, etc.) So now I’m curious and would love to know what you think!