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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Food Photography Featured on Photoserve PDN

Once again, I am truly honored to be featured on Photoserve PDN's website, this time in their news section. I have always been passionately driven as a people photographer first and foremost. Portraits of professionals, clothing on fashion models and beautifully lit beauty images are my forte. Over the past year, my career and portfolio has taken on a fun addition that I am excited to finally reveal, food! I've photographed food sporadically for editorial clients throughout the years, but, until this point, I had not crossed over into the world of commercial food photography.

It all started when a client first reached out to me requesting a food portfolio to show the head honchoes and decision makers. I put together a mixture of food images that I had taken on various editorial shoots. Most of the shots were previously used as part of an editorial story which included a collection of images. For example, a portrait of the chef, an interior of the location, a food item (possibly shown with an appetizer) and a wine/beer pairing would be put into a layout that could include a story about a restaurant or a recipe. I pulled out just the food images and put them together in a private gallery, which I emailed to my client. They fell in love with my lighting and shortly after called me in to a face-to-face meeting to discuss production and details. I am happy to say that I've been enjoying the process of photographing food ever since! It's always interesting watching the food stylist make the food look mouthwatering with all real food products. (No fake stuff here!)

And to answer what I know you are wondering... We do not eat everything that is photographed, but we do get to sit down for a delicious lunch!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Announcing the Live Runway & Studio Fashion Workshop with PBPC

It's very exciting for me to announce that I will be teaching a 3-day live runway and studio fashion workshop, which will be happening in the midst of Palm Beach Swim Week the weekend of November 6-8! During this workshop, students will learn to shoot fashion in studio during the day and photograph the runway live from the photographers' pit in the evening.

I'm honored to be teaching such a fabulous workshop at the place where I found inspiration during Foto Fusion just over fifteen years ago.

This workshop is limited to 12 students. Find out more information and register at Palm Beach Photographic Center.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Behind the Scenes with Tony Romas

Just a few shots for you to enjoy from my day of shooting with Tony Romas. We spent half the day working outside on the patio, which was a first since I've been working with them. We typically shoot inside in a more controlled environment. We moved inside and continued shooting before they opened for lunch at 11:00 am. It was a long day, 12.5 hours!
Menu inserts with my work on them.

Aracelis Thompson, food stylist extraordinaire!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Citrus fun with Jackie Hoag

Jacqueline Hoag came by one morning last week for about an hour, and we took advantage of some beautiful citrus fruit that I had left over from another shoot. These photos were just snapped in my backyard on a nice sunny day. No makeup artist; no stylist. Just some good photo fun!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Shape Shifting Food

One consistent thing that always occurs when I work with the Roma's crew is seeing something in the food that is not really there. It seems to happen at least once every shoot day. So far we have seen a smiley face within a fried onion loaf, blue berries that look like staring eyes and some other things too perverse to mention involving white asparagus. This one is the best yet and came as a fun surprise!

Below is an early stage photo of chicken and waffles, while the food was still in the styling phase. We were in the process of moving both the top and bottom pieces of chicken around to achieve the best angle possible. The team was working a little faster than normal because the waffles were dying quickly. The food stylist was struggling to find the best side on the top piece of chicken. She flipped the piece over and placed it down to see if it was any better. I snapped this shot, looked at it on the laptop screen and immediately told her to flip it back over because it resembled a lizard almost exactly. Never in a million years!