Monday, June 26, 2017

kate mcdermott, pie lady extraordinaire

Several months back, I was hired to shoot a story for Where Women Cook. I am a fan of the magazine and it's sister publication, Where Women Create, so I was pretty pumped to be shooting for them.
The icing on the cake (or pie, in this case) was that the subject of the article was my friend, Kate McDermott. You may know her as the author of the fabulous cookbook, The Art of the Pie or as the teacher of the awesome and always-sold-out Art of the Pie workshops.

Kate is lovely- inside and out- and her workshops are wonderful. Here's a little peek into her adorable pie cottage in Port Angeles, WA.









 




Monday, June 19, 2017

one of the most gorgeous projects

I've been wanting to post about this project for so long!

Last year, I was approached by a lovely lady named Zoe Palmer Wright, asking if I could photograph her cookbook. Over the following months, she and I communicated back and forth multiple times, discussing the look and feel she wanted for her images. Since Zoe lives in London, all decisions had to be made through email which is no small feat, especially when you are dealing with a significant time difference!

When the photo shoots rolled around, my food stylist and I were not only blown away by Zoe's vision for her book, but the absolute DELICIOUSNESS of her recipes. Many months later, several of her recipes have become staples in my home.

I can't share too many photos yet, or give you too many details because the book's release date is still being determined. However, I can share an excerpt from her book synopsis and a few teaser images.
I promise to share more when I can!

"The book is for people who want to eat healthily and lose weight without feeling miserable or deprived, who want to have better skin, to slow the aging process, feel more energised and boost their mood.
Zoe's approach makes healthy eating enjoyable, a delicious adventure, and aims to teach you about what is truly healthy (and what is not!) as well as demonstrating the connection between what you eat and how you look and feel. That true outer beauty comes from within."






Thursday, June 15, 2017

new england maternity photography

New England (pregnant) folks, this is for you!

One of the genres of photography that I really miss doing is maternity photography. There is something so unique and beautiful about that time in a person's life, and I love being there to document it.
So, I have started a little side business here in Vermont, called Poppy Jane Photo. Maternity sessions are done in the privacy of your own home (if you are in New England, I will come to you) and pricing is kept simple and straightforward-- essentially, one fee covers both the session and digital copies of the high res edited files.






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Monday, June 12, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

"ugly" food- before and after

When Becky and I teach our Food Styling and Photography workshop, we always have an ugly food challenge. How do you photograph something that's inherently challenging or unattractive?

In the photos below, you can see our before and after from a recent workshop we taught in Vermont. The subject is clam chowder.

I think we succeeded in making it better the second time around, no?






















Monday, June 5, 2017

mangalitsa pork

When I ask people what they consider to be the most challenging food to photograph, the most common answer I hear is meat.

I agree, meat can be really hard. Photograph it in the wrong light and it becomes the world's most unappetizing food.
With the right styling and textures, however, photographing meat can be a dream.

The product photos below were shot for The Sheepish Pig, a local producer of humanely raised Mangalitsa pork. Their website is still in development, but you can learn a little bit about them on their Facebook page.