Recently we photographed a fun campaign with the American Lamb Board. The objective for these photos was to get people to consider lamb in wider variety of meals. (Apparently lots of people mostly think of lamb as a special occasion food.) The uber-talented Andrea Slonecker styled these shots–one image each for Asian, Latin, and Mediterranean inspired meals.
On set we collaborated to make sure that the images fit perfectly for the text and the planned enormous size for these three banners. The American Lamb board was unveiling these banners as a part of their national Global Flavors “Lamb Jam Tour“.
The American Lamb Board had us prepare and photograph several new recipes featuring USA lamb. Over the course of one day we styled and shot nearly half a dozen recipes including these two shown here. I liked a few of these photos well enough to incorporate them into my portfolio and I’m pleased to see these images on the American Lamb Board website. Thank you to the ever-talented chef and food stylist Ellen Jackson for her magic with the recipes.
Great partnerships make for great work. Here, friends at USA Pears brought me in to create a shot with the insanely creative team at Ox Restaurant, Gabrielle and Greg Denton. The dish features their pear prosciutto, foie gras terrine, pickled chanterelles and malted white chocolate on top for good measure. (yes, it tasted outrageously good!)
Creating the photograph together was like a performance piece: Greg ad-libbing the presentation and me quickly responding with the lighting & camerawork. There was a “moment”, and then it was done.
And congratulations to Gabrielle & Greg for their upcoming cookbook project with Ten Speed Press – it’ll be great for sure! Keep your eyes peeled for it.
White on white. Ever since I’ve been excited by making photographs, I’ve been intrigued by the tones on either end of the brightness scale; the brightest whites and the darkest backs before those tones slip off the scale and leave the rest up to your imagination of what’s there.
When I first became aware of the vivid colors and compositions that Chef Sarah Pliner deploys at Aviary, I was inspired to shoot them on the brightest white I could make, to really let the food pop. I love that the only colors that you see are what’s in Sarah’s beautiful dishes.
The Davis family naturally embodies the lifestyle many of us would love for ourselves. For them it’s all about being together, cooking together and every Fall, making apple cider together from the small orchard on their family farm in gorgeous Eastern Washington. Just being there, photographing, and experiencing their traditions caused me to reflect and more greatly appreciate my own family and the seasonal foods that bring us together.
Fun to come across this ad from a series we did with our collaborators at HarvestPR last year. The US Apple Association is promoting healthy living through healthy eating. A no-brainer, right? So, make this for dinner tonight – it was delicious!
(then click this link to see a quick video of how the shot came together: video)
We worked with our friends at NORTH to create this poster image for Portland Dining Month. I loved collaborating with them to create a fantastical, whimsical image to convey the adventure that is Portland’s dining scene. We’re so psyched to try as many of these awesome restaurants as possible. The special offer is a great way to be introduced to new places and faces.
See a listing of the participating restaurants here, then go eat!!