Did you know today is National Coffee Day? I don’t really know what that means as it’s always coffee day for me. I wouldn’t exist without it. Speaking of, last month I went into the studio and shot a personal coffee story, so I figured today would be an appropriate day to share! It centers around coffee moments and all things coffee. Enjoy, and while you’re up can I get a refill? Thanks.
I always feel like a proud papa when I hold a cookbook that Adam and I worked on. Maybe even more so when it comes to our friend, Aaarti Sequeira. You may know her from her TV show, or you might just be one of the lucky souls on this planet to know her in person. Her energy, humor, smile, humility and her family all radiate with the light of a thousand suns. Aarti is beautiful inside and out, so when we began working on this cookbook last year I really wanted to do my best to honor her story, her recipes, and her family heirlooms lent to us to incorporate into the photography. And you know what? I think we did a pretty smashing job!
But wait, I cannot take all of the credit. Aarti was right there, at every step of the way to advise, direct, hold my hand on a few occasions, and provide the guidance and levity a team needs when embarking on an endeavor of this magnitude.
(And ssssh, just between you and me, that 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000-watt smile is never-failing, always-present, illuminating any and every photo she takes. And if you don’t believe me, come over and I’ll show you outtakes. All gorgeous.)
And those recipes? Holy smokes. DEEEELICIOUS. In fact, after photography last year we served one of her dishes to guests at a dinner party, but we were all sworn to secrecy since the book wasn’t out just yet. It was a hit, just like so many other things in this book. Tracy knows what I’m talking about.
How about some images? I’m only sharing to entice you to go out and buy this book. You WILL go out and buy this book, won’t you? You better. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
(UPDATE: I am having wordpress/thesis issues right now so I am currently migrating to a new design. There’s no way to comment at the moment but I’ll let you know because I want to give away a book, darnit! THANK YOU!)
GIVEAWAY! I’m giving one copy away of Aarti Paarti to a random reader! I mean, you’re not a random reader. I’ll choose randomly. Yea, that’s it! Just leave a comment below, you can tell me your favorite Indian dish, or favorite moment from Aarti’s show, or heck, tell me anything! I’ll pick a random comment in the next few weeks and send you a copy! Disclosure: The book copy is coming from my stash, and this post is not sponsored, I’m just doing this because I love this book that much! Oh, and I photographed it. Duh. Will ship internationally, too.
It was a pie safe that we purchased years ago. Rustic, beat up, full of character. I could never walk by it without thinking of what it would look like filled with pies. Over the years it’s housed prop glasses, plates, beautiful ceramics, but never pies.
Eight years later I decided to do something about that.
Whenever I have some free time I love to schedule personal shoots. I get to work with friends and lovely models, create a story of my own, and shoot it the way I see fit. One doesn’t always get that luxury when working for clients as there are a variety of requirements to meet. Not that I object! It’s just nice to do something for yourself now and then, right?
The idea for this story involved a couple making pies one late afternoon. I called my dear friend Ellen at Neat Productions to handle the casting, and before long we were looking at a dozen models. I must admit I really love this part!
“Hold this. Turn this way. Use the rolling pin. Got it.”
With the casting underway, I turned to my folder of sketches and drawings I stored just in case I ever got around to shooting this story. Swatches, colors, fabrics, and inspirational images go into it, and I soon started the task of turning ideas into actions. One thing I knew I wanted to use was an old stove. Luckily there’s a shop with a wonderful collection of vintage stoves right around the corner from our studio, so after asking if I could rent one I found a mover to drop it by. Those suckers are heavy!
Once it was delivered, it met the pie safe and a lovely old farm table. I think they all got along perfectly and all I needed to do was build a shelf over the stove and start dressing the set. I pulled from our prop collection and went to town. So much fun!
The lighting for this story would be a balance of very bright directional light and dark, contrasty shadows. I wanted to feel like you were in a kitchen one late afternoon when the sun has just peaked and is on its way down, high up in the sky. Not flooded with light, but still keeping the intensity. This was done by blocking quite a bit for shadows (all the black foamcore) and keeping the light high. The two wall flats were also painted a very dark shade of brown, a departure from the dark greys I prefer. It helped to cut down reflection and light. Shadows can be your best friends.
The set was extremely minimal and only took 45 minutes to put together.
I didn’t need a wardrobe stylist for this shoot, I wanted the models in their own clothes to keep it casual. However, I did have to hunt down aprons, and eventually decided on a beautiful blue apron from Madison And Muse for her as well as a few others for him.
Shot over 2 days, we started with the skeleton crew for the food. Pies were baked (thanks, Adam!) while I photographed ingredients and process shots. Unfortunately they weren’t baked in the vintage stove, which is probably a good thing now that I think about it.
On day 2 our models and crew arrived in the afternoon. Thanks to old Xscape, 702, Inoj, Blackstreet, Brownstone and Zhane for keeping the mood just right. After a quick visit to the hair and makeup department (a/k/a Candy Corner), the models were ready to hit the set and start making pies.
Cal crimps and primps! Also, a few touch ups between takes with the amazing Aunny De La Rosa!
After a few process shots it came time for the best part of the day: TO EAT PIES. Like everything we shoot, it’s completely edible and considering Adam made these pies, well, enough said. They are legendary.
I wanted to get some action shots with hands so I crawled up a ladder and made the models eat VERY slowly. Awkward yes, but it made for a great shot!
Photographing the models went very quickly (they are professionals after all) so once we were done it came time for the editing process. I use Capture One to shoot tethered and to process my images, but I usually wait until I’m back at my home office with my calibrated monitors before working on edits or colors. Most things can be done with Capture One so it was easy to finalize the shoot. If I have to use photoshop it’s for things like cloning or removing items within the frame (like a seam)
With the shoot done, I can now add it to my portfolio and use it in promotional materials. Now let’s eat pie! Come back tomorrow where I’ll share the final images with ya! Thank you so much for reading!
My feeble attempts at putting words together will not convey the excitement bursting from inside me regarding this announcement. I am joining several world-class photographers and instructors this year at one of the most preeminent photography festivals ever offered. And folks, this makes me giddy!
Next month I’ll be leading a few food photography related workshops and talks at Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai, and my activities also happen to coincide with the Dubai Food Festival. I’m doubly excited about this!
On March 7th, I’ll be speaking about creating delicious images with your smartphone. This is going to be so much fun for me as I’m never without my iphone, and working within the limitations of this technology can actually extremely liberating.
On March 7th, I’ll be takin’ it back to my roots and discussing writing, food photography, and blogging in this talk titled “All About You: Great Writing and Food Photography For Bloggers”.
On March 9th and 10th, I’ll be leading an in-depth, 2 day food photography workshop that is limited to 12 participants only. This is going to be intense, packed with hands-on activity and information and we are gonna work. I mean that! The level of festival attendees blows my mind and I know I’ll get as much out of it as I put in.
Also — and I’m not gonna lie — I’m a bit starstruck when I check out the list of photographers teaching workshops at GPP 2014. Zack Arias, Gregory Heisler, David Hobby, Joe McNally, Steve Simon, just to name a few. I’m thrilled to meet everyone!
Visit Gulf Photo Plus’ Festival 2014 page for all the details and if you are planning on attending any of my workshops please do let me know! I can’t wait to meet you!
And check out Dubai Food Festival, too!
If there’s one topic on this blog that generates the most interest and comments (all of which I am thankful for!) it’s behind the scenes of photo shoots and my day job. Quite often I can’t really instafacetweetpin a darn thing from photoshoots for my clients because, well, it’s their shoot and we all do our best to wait for whatever it is we are shooting to hit the streets first. I actually have several cookbooks in the queue that won’t come out until 2014, and they are some titles I am super duper thrilled about, too! But this shoot? It’s all mine.
In an effort to add some variety to my portfolio, I self-assigned a party scene at home. The story? Some friends get together for pizza, some wine, some treats, with lots of laughing and maybe some more wine, keeping it all very So-Cal in spirit. Assigning a story for yourself, producing it and paying for it isn’t easy, but as a photographer I find it imperative to keep working and trying new things. So let me take you through the process of a photoshoot!
On some of my larger shoots I’ve learned to appreciate the role of a producer. They are the glue that holds the entire shoot together, acting as the keeper of the job. They bring art buyers, art directors, clients, prop stylists, make-up and wardrobe stylists, set designers, caterers, models and talent, photographers, photo assistants, studio folks, digital techs and vendors together, all the while managing the shoot’s location and shot list. An important position, don’t ya think? For this job I turned to my friend and wonderful producer Ellen Herbert of Neat Productions who helped me pull it off. She is a dream, an angel. Literally.
After an initial casting notice, we narrowed our list down to around 30 to 40 models we’d see at my studio (a huge advantage of living in LA is that there’s SO! MUCH! TALENT!) Casting is a blast, as you get to see the models in person and see how you vibe with each other. Since I was shooting this at my house, it was important that we got along. And get along we did! Such great smiles and talent.
Now that I had my selection of models I wanted to work this, they also needed to be styled. Since I had a very specific idea of how I wanted people to look, Ellen put me in touch with stylist Elwira Miezal. There were emails, phone calls, pre-production sessions and lots of images sent over with ideas of how I wanted the models to look. Of course, when you work with professionals you give them space to do their jobs and perform their magic, and Elwira had everyone looking amazing from head to toe. Plus she’s gorgeous and stylish, which always helps 🙂 My driveway became the wardrobe closet as tons of beautiful fall items appeared. Oh how I wanted to go shopping so badly!
And how to keep the models looking gorgeous and fresh as I MADE them eat pizza and drink wine? With make-up artist Aunny De La Rosa, of course! Can I just tell you how much I love this woman? LOVE. LOVE.
As the models arrived and got dressed, we started with food beauty shots that would eventually become food props for the models. Of course when it came time for them to eat and drink we gave everyone fresh pizzas, and I managed to sneak in a few bites as well. But it was a race against time, as I only had 2 solid good hours of sunlight to get it all done.
So how about some photos?
Our kitchen became the prep space for the food stylists. There’s really nothing happening in this photo, but I’m running it because a) Alexis looks gorgeous and b) I know it will irritate her to include it. SCORE!
Adam, Food Stylist Extraordinaire, became the impromptu pizzaiolo. But I must say that ever since we installed a wood-burning pizza oven in the backyard we really are practicing our pizza chops, ya know. And you already know how crazy I am about making pizzas, right? Also, Alexis you better not be Grindring in those photos.
We kept the styling to a minimum. After all, backyard pizza party shouldn’t be overly fussy, right? Here I am contemplating the shot while trying not to fall over.
My assistant Crystal checks out some shots while I try to peak over. Also, when I stand on apple boxes I’m almost as tall as a normal man.
Speaking of tall, here I am on a ladder trying to get an overhead-ish table shot. I’m also apparently really confused about something. I have no idea what it was.
Part of the story I created involved the hosts getting things ready for the partay. Bring on the beautiful people!
I could have photographed her smile for another 8479273898 hours if I had the time.
I just let them do their thang while I moved around photographing them.
Adam made more pizzas…
…while we review the images on the computer in the midst of very dramatic smoke
The lovely stylist between scenes
Oh Lord Jesus It’s A Fire!
Time for another set-up, you can see some of the crew behind the models. For realism I wanted everyone to stay put, after all this was a party! Except for the big computer cart, which has no place at a party.
Even while working 10 feet in the air I still have time to Instagram. I have priorities, damnit.
Quick touch-ups before moving to the next shot.
Speaking of Aunny, what a smile! ALSO: Stretch-Tite has a way of sneaking itself into photos and you cannot blur it enough! UGH THAT YELLOW!
More models in different areas, and please, avert your eyes from that bit of sneaky flesh I’m showing if you know what’s good for you and your ocular health.
Another shot of food for a close up.
Because I had the models, I also wanted to get quick portraits. I love working with professionals! And there’s that magic smile again!
Many thanks to the crew, and big giant hugs and kisses to Ellen! Please visit their links!
A special thanks to Niko Misafiris for the behind-the-scenes photography!
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.
Put a group of food bloggers together and eventually the conversation turns to the plates, surfaces, napkins, glasses, flatware, serving forks, pots, pans, and all the other tools of our trade that we call props.
The real prop geek in me is only happy to chat about it. Luckily I get to work with prop stylists on shoots as well as style some of my own work which means I have an excuse to surround myself with beautiful tableware. And that makes me so very happy, ladies and gentleman.
One doesn’t need to have a giant prop library to photograph food, and in my upcoming book I give a few tips and tricks about the things we use when we shoot food. It can be plain and basic, it can be elaborate and expensive, it can be anything, really, just as long as it helps communicate the message within the frame.
As I was putting some stuff away at the studio I thought I’d do a really quick lil tour of our prop room. Since so many people ask where we get stuff (from all over!) and where we find stuff (I make it!)I thought I’d guide you around which will help me a) procrastinate and b) put off the 80 yards of fabric that need re-folding and color categorizing.
Let’s do this!
The key to finding stuff is keeping it well organized. Martha I’m not (and trust me, I’ve seen her prop room), but keeping napkins folded and coordinated by color helps us find what we’re looking for. We rotate the collection out pretty regularly otherwise images would all look the same. Same for larger pieces of fabric that act as tablecloths and backdrops.
Forks, knives, serving utensils, they all live in here! The cart rolls around which makes it much easier at the studio.
We have many complete sets of cutlery which is organized in these dividers. It makes it very easy to find what you’re looking for and also protects them as many of them are super duper expensive.
We bought these at a flea market outside of Paris a few years ago and they disturb me just as much today as they did back then. We have yet to use them in a photo, maybe something Halloweenish. But they still creep me out.
You might remember that I wrote a book about foods on a stick, so naturally there are tons of options at the studio. However, these are from a very special upcoming story in a lovely magazine, I’ll let you know about it when it hits the newsstands.
We recently expanded our studio, and for good reason. We’ve started collecting tables and they tend to take up a lot of space. Adam built the big giant skateboard that allows the tables to be rolled around with ease.
Stacks of old books! I love them!
Lots of colorful glasses, some vintage and some new. While most of the stuff we have is clear, it’s always good to add a pop of color to a scene with these glasses. Many of these came from ebay, thrift and consignment stores in the midwest, and etsy.
More ceramics! This is the very special area that contains the more expensive and commissioned pieces we have. Jan Burtz, Monika Dalkin, Suite One Studio, Caroline Swift, Christiane Perrochon, Elephant Ceramics, and several other ceramicists all live here. It’s my pride and joy.
Vintage baking sheets, pans, and tins from all over the place.
Lots of old wireware, a few pieces are over 100 years old.
I bought a big set of pewter serving pieces because I fell in love with the patina. I haven’t really used them for much but I love looking at them. They live in a very old clamming basket I found online.
Need a produce basket? We got ‘em! Since I shoot so many fruits and vegetables it’s always good to have these on hand. The upside down stack came from a farmer in the middle of Iowa; I bought every last old basket he had!
Lots of round cutting boards and things. I need to reorganize!
Plates arranged by color and shape
More pieces from the brown and grey section. We also use a lot of Heath Ceramics, you can see them on the bottom shelf there.
Color dishes and plates, including the set of handmade bright green ceramic plates Adam had made. Such a great green!
You can’t go wrong with all things white. The food stands out, it’s timeless, and always appropriate.
More plates and ceramic vessels. I’ve always loved the irregular edges of Sophie Conran’s sets. More Mud Australia above!
I’m guessing these rusty wire boxes are planters but I’m not quite sure. At $5 each I had to have them, maybe I’ll find a use for them one day!
We’ve amassed quite a cutting board collection as they were one of the few things we began collecting back in the day. Each one tells a story and to me their like fingerprints… no two alike. The ultra modern boards on top came from my recent trip to Australia from an amazing store called Jam Factory.
You never know when you’ll need salt and pepper!
This really old pie cabinet houses more one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces. I removed the bottom doors for easy access and now the doors have become surfaces to shoot on!
More plates and small pinchbowls. Lots of Suite One Studio pieces in here!
The Juliska shelf!
Various ceramic pitchers that I keep near to remind me of drinking rosé in Southern France with David and Adan. I need a repeat, Mr. L!
We keep a variety of chairs around the studio as well. I pulled this out in case Clint Eastwood needed it for something.
Never know when you’ll need to recreate a diner.
Old baskets, including two really old picnic baskets from Iowa. They have all their original pieces inside, too! They are gorgeous.
Coffee mugs, random jars, odds and ends.
Small white things? We got ‘em.
I’m not even showing you the dozens of drawers filled with fabric and linens. There are too many! But here’s a quick snap of runners and textured mats from our travels to Korea and France and a few other places, too.
Adam found this old scale and I love it!
Tons of empty bottles in every shape and size just waiting to be used in a scene.
Pitchers, goblets, mugs.
Here’s another glimpse of our cutting boards.
Colorful skillets and pans. One of my favorite pieces is that mint green skillet from Wisconsin.
The Kobenstyle shelf!
Really gorgeous wooden cake stands from Herriot Grace and a few more pieces from Jam Factory in Australia.
Beautiful old roasting pans full of character. Most likely from the midwest.
Let’s make some muffins!
This is a rather large table I purchased from the Long Beach Antique Market. Although a great table, it was the top I was after which is why I removed the legs. And not to worry, the legs became a surface that I shoot on now!
Here’s the table as a wall. Look at that texture! LOVE.
Various benches, stools, and lil tables.
My surface library is completely out of order and in disarray, I apologize. I usually keep it in order according to size and color. But here’s where they live.
I dismantled a very old produce box and nailed it to a board so that I could use it as a shooting surface. Here I am repairing it after a small piece came off.
And lastly, here’s one of my favorite pieces, a small porcelain bowl from Caroline Swift. It’s as thin and light as an eggshell and it’s gorgeous. And yes, it’s insured. Everything is 🙂
I hope you enjoyed the studio tour! Now come over and play!
Hi folks! I’m working on my book on food photography and wanted to ask you, my dear awesome-n-groovy readers, which foods you find difficult to photograph. Now I know you are all a super talented bunch, that’s no question, but what foods pose issues? Is it that casserole causing you catastrophes? The dagwood sandwich creating dilemmas? Stumped by a pile of holiday stuffing? Please tell me!
As an incentive I will pick the top 5 responses here and send you an autographed copy of my first book, On A Stick!And I’ll randomly select one winner to receive not only my book but also a copy of Susan Russo’s Encyclopedia Of Sandwiches, too! We worked with Susan on her project and it’s really a fun book, if I do say so myself!
So let me have it! What do you have problems with and why?
The Fine Print: I will happily pay for postage when sending out the books to the winners. I will ship internationally but please note I cannot guarantee delivery. Leave comments by January 1, 2012. Thank you!
I want to tell you two things, my gentle readers:
- Yes, this blog has been very light on food and recipes lately. I have been traveling and photographing quite a bit lately and my assignments have been occupying my time all over the place. Sonoma, Central America, Vancouver, Australia, and many points in between. Once I get my feet back on the ground I promise you I will return to recipes and food.
- I AM THE LUCKIEST FREAKING MAN ON THE PLANET (next to my dad because he’s married to the most amazing mother on the planet).
This post relates to both of my points, particularly #2. Last month I returned to Jordan Vineyard and Winery in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley to spend two and a half glorious days photographing a variety of environments, products and food. It was harvest season, and just between you and me I seem to end up in some rather fantastic spots during that time of year, and no ma’am, I am not complaining. This year was no different.
You may remember when I wrote about working with Jordan Winery last year. You can read about that here. To work with such lovely people in a dream location is a blessing. This year my assignment was similar but incorporated so many new things that Jordan Winery has going on. I photographed a harvest luncheon as well as lots of bottles of wine and gorgeous food, yet my biggest challenge involved photographing a group of cows who did not want their moment in the spotlight.
Sometimes you hear us photographers talk about waiting for the light, sitting patiently for a perfect moment. I sat there waiting for cows. Indeed I did.
Over the course of 2 days, I’d stop by but the cows would not cooperate. I was assured they’d come when food was brought to them but these cows, well, they ain’t dumb. They took one look at me and hightailed it over the hill, Big Mama never missing a moment to look back at me and give me that look THAT ONLY MOTHERS CAN GIVE. AND MOTHERS READING THIS, YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT AND DON’T TRY TO PRETEND YOU DON’T BECAUSE I KNOW YOU USE IT ON YOUR KIDS 289,471 TIMES A DAY.
It’s that look that says “You’ve pushed me too far. Keep pushing and see what happens.”
Needless to say I didn’t push. I’m no dummy.
On the last day, my only moment to photograph these beautiful animals, I instructed those around me (including my assistant Rick) to stay far back. The cows were still avoiding me and in one last ditch effort at levity, realizing I may not complete everything I came her for, I desperately addressed the group.
“Ok ladies, work with me on this! I need you to smile, look directly at me, chew slowly but don’t eat it completely, then take another bite but do this like 3 times in a row. Remember to look at the camera! You’re not eating for real, just for the camera! Go slowly, y’all are gorgeous!”
It’s nothing I haven’t said to someone as I coach them in a photo. And you know what happened? That’s right. It worked.
Big Mama came closer to me, looked directly in the camera, and began eating, taking small bites and repositioning her head after every camera click.
She gave me exactly what I came for, doing the job of a supermodel that has posed for photoshoots for years. Who knows, maybe she has. She never said.
I got my close ups, snapped dozens of photos, put my camera back down and looked at her and said “Thank you. I got what I needed. You are amazing. That’s a wrap!”
The second I said that she turned around, corralled the herd and walked away.
I really had a moment with her.
Speaking of moments, let’s take a look at how I spent my time at Jordan, shall we?
Why am I sad? It’s not because Call Time was 7am because you probably know I’m a SER (that’s Super Early Riser). I was sad because I was freezing!
One big shot involved a beautiful buffet table of amazing food from Executive Chef Todd Knoll. Here I am framing the scene and deciding if I’ll be able to complete it before the light and shadows move. Shooting with natural light means you have to think fast, and if I throw up Photographer Hand Signals like this it will distract everyone from the fact that I am taking sips of wine at 10:38am. KIDDING!!!! I really waited until 11:59am.
I never work without my X-Rite Color Checker Passport. It ensures color accuracy throughout the day as the light changes. What else changes? My waistline, apparently. CHECK OUT THAT BELLY! Ugh. Time for sit-ups.
After we photographed the entire table I went handheld for some details shots. I want you to look at the surroundings. Can you believe how beautiful it is there? Unreal.
Here I am photographing Chef Todd Knoll. Word on the streets is that he used to model back in the day which makes my job that much easier. And I didn’t have to wrangle him like I did those animals earlier.
I’ve earned the reputation as The Most Difficult Person To Work With Ever.* Here I am yelling at everyone. And on the left is my assistant Rick setting up a shot in the dining room. LOOK AT THOSE DOORS. Swoon.
*I’m only kidding. I’m generally easy to work with, I swear. Just DO NOT run your mouth during The Golden Coffee Hour, 6am-7am. Or is it 5am-6am? It’s generally the first hour I wake up. Let’s keep it quiet, y’all. Much appreciated. After that you can talk as much as you want. I know I will.
Here is a video created by Jordan Winery about our Harvest Table shoot. It’s a wonderful glimpse into the process and really exemplifies teamwork. It’s not often that there’s a seamless effort on a shoot, but then that’s Jordan for you. They are amazing and if you ever have a chance to visit them I highly recommend it.
(many of my images appear in the opening collage credits, too!)
Make sure to visit Jordan Winery’s blog, too! Right now there’s a photo contest happening and you should enter. You really should!
Big giant thanks to Lisa Mattson of Jordan Winery and the entire team. You are all so special and I can’t wait to see you again! And thank you to Rick for the BTS photos!
And thank you, ladies!
Ok, this is something I’m truly excited about and hope you will be too! I’ve teamed up with my dear friends Denise Vivaldo and Cindie Flannigan, Food Styling Veterans, and created our first Food Styling Class and Photography Workshop to be held at my photography studio in downtown Long Beach, California.
This weekend event, held November 7 & 8, 2009 is geared towards food writers and bloggers and is split between food styling techniques on day 1 and photography on the 2nd day.
This is from the release:
On Saturday we concentrate on using professional styling techniques to:
- cook for the camera
- plate food to show it at its best
- garnish effectively
- use only edible styling methods
- hold and refresh food
On Sunday we focus on digital photography and how to improve your photos through:
- camera angle and selective focus
- shooting with available light
- the use of fill cards and reflectors
- when to supplement available light
- the use of props
Many of you have taken Denise’s class in the past and it’s always such a great time. On occasion I’ll show up, speak a little bit about food photography and art direction and blogging, but for this I’ll be there the entire time as well as leading Sunday’s photo activities. I’m so very excited to meet everyone and discuss the art of food photography and styling. It’s for all levels and for those that find themselves needing to not only write about food but how to photograph it as well. Plus it will be a heck of a lot of fun!
Head over to Denise’s blog to read more about it and click here to download more information about the class. If you have any questions please feel free to leave it in the comments section or send me an email!