Tuesday, December 15, 2009

TASTE, again

One of my favorite clients, TASTE Restaurant, is also one of my favorite spots for a good happy hour, (or dinner, for that matter.) So, I had to post some shots from my recent food shoot there. The food is deeeeelicious, and if you haven't checked it out yet, you should.

I am definitely a fan of shooting in natural light for food photography, but this most recent shoot took place at night, in order to create some diversity within the food shots I have already taken.
It worked out great. I used 2 Lowell Ego Tabletop lights, a reflector or two, and an assistant, (aka: Danielle Custer of TASTE who was more than willing to help with this shoot...and she was AWESOME) to create the lighting you see here.

I am pretty pleased with the results.

(Oh, and you see that shot of the gnocchi down there towards the bottom? The one taken on top of the article about TASTE that was featured in Edible Seattle? That GREAT photo of the executive chef, Craig, was taken by the talented Rina Jordan. She does lovely work and I want to make sure she gets the proper credit she deserves.)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thomas Keller and Bastille

A few nights ago I had the opportunity to photograph a culinary master: Thomas Keller, the owner of and visionary behind The French Laundry, Bouchon, and Per Se.
Keller was a visiting chef participating in another one of Kim Rickett's fabulous Cooks and Books events.

This month, the event took place at Bastille in Ballard.

Some of my favorite moments of the night took place in the Bastille kitchen, with all the chefs busily working away and overseen by the talented Shannon Galusha.

Not surprisingly, I was too busy to eat the food, but got to read about it later.
Being behind the camera was a dream come true, so I am not complaining! :)

Friday, November 13, 2009

A collaboration of great talents

The other night, I had the pleasure of shooting one of Kim Rickett's fabulous "Cooks and Books" events at Spring Hill in my neighborhood of West Seattle.
The guest chef was David Chang, of Momofuku Restaurant in New York. His new cookbook was recently published and features gorgeous photography and recipes for Chang's famous food.

The evening was a smashing success; the food was beautifully prepared, the crowd was lively, and restaurant owner, Mark Fuller, and the Spring Hill staff were AWESOME. Speaking of Spring Hill, the place is fantastic. If you haven't eaten there, then I highly suggest you go. The food is sensational, the service is excellent, and the staff is unbelievably accommodating to people with food allergies, which really sets them apart from most places in the city.

I didn't stay through the entire meal, so I only have a few food photos, but I heard nothing but rave reviews about every course.