Salty Tart has released a new website and I am so happy to have been a part of this project! I have admired Chef Gayer for a long time - her energy, her hustle, and her amazing baked goods, so being asked to photograph new images for her was a dream.
We wanted to bring a light and fresh look to her bakery and also a subtlety to the images - we wanted her gorgeous baked goods to speak for themselves. Everything that Michelle and her team make is rustic, free form, from scratch - and down right beautiful. We collaborated with Liz Gardner from Bodega LTD. on the styling for this shoot and came up with a series of images that are just so damn pretty. We also spent time at the bakery of Salty Tart and caught some of the real moments of their team working.
The January issue of Food and Wine magazine is officially on newsstands and I couldn't be more excited about starting off the year with this feature. The story is all about hot dish - naturally a midwest classic. Chef Gavin Kaysen modernized some of his classic recipes and along with some good ole Lutheran church ladies - we debated the age old question - is it called Casserole or Hot Dish?
It's always such a pleasure to photograph for Food and Wine and for this project, we collaborated with Jon Wipfli of The Minnesota Spoon to lend a hand as our food stylist. Together with the F&W team and Chef Kaysen, we took over Gavin's restaurant, Spoon and Stable, for this on-location shoot.
I am so pumped about this story, you must definitely check it out - and don't forget those fun behind-the-scene photos below! As always, thank you to our crew + the staff at Spoon and Stable for letting us take over!
PMH (Peterson Milla Hooks) recently launched their brand new website and we are thrilled to have been a part of their 'People' section. I've always admired the word that this agency does and their mission statement, which is: Proudly independent, Creatively led, Oddly fast and they don't care much for meetings about meetings.
This was such a great project and I love the way it turned out! I highly encourage you to check out everyone's portraits and the new PMH website!
BEHIND THE SCENES//
Well, this is really so very fun! It's been a solid four to five years since I last entered a professional photo competition, but a couple of months ago a great friend of mine sent me an e-mail with a link to PDN's TASTE Food Photography Awards competition. It was one of those days where you had *just* enough time to whip together a submission and I sent off my photos - if anything, just happy to have them in front of the amazing judge's panel (which was filled with a load of talent).
To be honest though, when it comes to submitting for anything - to be published, for competition, etc. I am of the mindset that I 'submit and forget'. There's too much going on here to dwell on if we are going to win or not and I always want to stay focused on the clients and projects at hand.
However, when you get news that you WON! that is something to be excited about, take a moment and celebrate! I am happy to say that we are one of four winners in the Professional Editorial category, with a series of images that were created for the July 2015 issue of Food & Wine Magazine, featuring Jim Christiansen of Heyday and his award as Best New Chef! Liz Gardner did the styling on this shoot and it just turned out to be a magical set of images that I couldn't be more pleased about.
PDN is a global leader in the photography industry and to be a part of this roster is a HUGE honor. I'm just happy that this opportunity came across and that we actually took the time to submit. It's a great reminder that sharing your work and taking a risk is most definitely worth it!
This summer I collaborated with Bodega Ltd. to create imagery for one of their clients, Fire and Flour! This company created local, community based artisan bread that is super gorgeous. The goal was to create really moody imagery - we played with flour, shut off all of the lights and made some magic happen! I absolutely love working with the crew at Bodega and seeing the projects come to life! Real happy with how this turned out! Below are some of my favorite images from the shoot!
I have a confession to make. Before shooting the band Low, I didn't really know a lot about them. I had heard a few of their songs on the current, but I didn't realize the great impact they have made on our music community until photographing them. I'm super grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with the band, but it has also been really inspiring to see their fans and followers share their love and excitement over the music and see just how much they connect with Low.
This shoot was for MAGNET Magazine, which is based on the East coast and they were absolutely lovely to work with! We traveled up to the band's hometown of Duluth and incorporated a lot of scenery - everything from some urban texture to the serenity of Lake Superior to Fire. We have to give props to Sparhawk for the fire, that was all his idea! Below are images from the shoot, as well as some fun behind the scenes from the day! Be sure to check out more from MAGNET and order your copy here!
I've always believed that test shoots are incredibly important and a good reason to explore ideas and techniques that are in the back of my head. I teamed up with Iglika Petrova of the Sprig of Thyme blog for this shoot and I love how some of these images turned out!
The concept was incredibly simple and we wanted to focus around one key player, which ended up being trout. It's such a pretty fish and the goal with all of this was to create some really pretty images, that are a bit darker in nature, while working with a fresh ingredient. Our trout was sourced locally so it could be as fresh as possible and we also played around with smoked trout as well!
What I love about this shoot is that it was all photographed on my little coffee table in my little living room. Our only prep space was my kitchen and it really is all about the light and styling! It was great to create a little something outside of client constraints and I am super pleased. Check out the best images below + some behind the scenes!
A new campaign for 3m's Scotch blue painters tape has launched and I am super happy to be a part of this project. I worked with an extremely talented crew from zeus jones, capture film co. and lulu painting to bring some inspiration to those embarking on DIY home painting. The main goal of this project was to show how easy and approachable it is to pattern your own designs in home, while leaving the viewers with some great ideas and tips on how to technically make a project like this efficient and easy.
Capture Film Co. made some incredible videos and my job was to take some step-by-step photos to, you know, make instructions 'cool' and show the process in a way that is easy to follow. Our team spent 3 days on location actually making, painting and creating all of these patterns and we had such a great time! the 3M website is currently featuring the videos + photos as part of their 2016 pattern forecast.
I know I say this all of the time, but a major part of what I love about my job is collaborating with other creatives. This crew was just one of the best and I'm so grateful to be a part of it!
Last night, I happened upon an event in Manhattan and was able to pull aside Chef Joe 'JJ' Johnson of The Cecil aside for a portrait. I had about 2 minutes of his time and an empty office with a window to work with...and I just love how this turned out. Sometimes, it is that simple.