How Sweet It Is

BrownieA spoonful of chocolateIt’s been a long and snowy winter and not much has been going on until recently. But, things are looking up and March has turned in to quite a busy month.

If you’ve been following my posts, you know that I shoot lots of chocolate and desserts. This has been a punishment for me. All of these delicious, gorgeous treats and I can’t have any of them – I’m diabetic. Well, I’ve been paroled. 

Finally, I have a client with delicious desserts that I can enjoy. They have a version of their Brownies and Chocolate Mousse that are sugar free . Woo Hoo!

Brownies and Mousse

And for those of you in a different prison than the diabetic prison, these products are also gluten free, nut free, kosher, and they even have a kosher for passover version.

 I can’t give you the name just yet since the website is still under construction but, I am very excited :)

Brownie Circles

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Happy 2014

I just wanted to take this moment to wish everyone a happy new year. Happy 2014

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Woo Hoo!

The first time I watched CreativeLive was when Neel of LearnFoodPhotography.com told us that Penny DeLosSantos was appearing on the show. I had no idea that this message would have a major influence on my life. CreativeLive presents 3 day courses that are free to watch live. I watched and I watched and I watched. I was hooked on CreativeLive. I’ve watched many photography courses since.

This week was no exception. Studio Lighting – The Power of Control with Tony Corbell was on. Tony was showing how to use light modifiers for portraits and I usually don’t do portraits. However, I was intrigued by his sense of humor, simple explanations and “old school” posing techniques.

What was different about this CreativeLive course is that Tony Corbell was hosting a photography contest. All you had to do was post your best studio lighting image on Facebook. So, I did.

There were hundreds of entries. Mostly portraits but some still life images. At the end of the third day, Tony critiqued six images and WOW, one of them was mine. I was soooooo excited. His critique was very complimentary and I was in the running for winning a prize but, not until after the break. Boy, that was a very long 15 minutes.

So, to cut to the chase, I won second place. Woo Hoo! Thank  you Tony Corbell and thank you CreativeLive. Really nice prizes too…pocket wizards, Induro tripod and ball head, WHCC photo box and Triple Scoop Music. Cool!

wine on black 768

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Adoramapix

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I am a fan of the photo books at Adoramapix.com. Well, in preparation for PDN Photo Plus Expo 2013, Adoramapix asked if they can use my photo book as a sample for their booth. WOW, what an honor. I was blown away. Thank you Adoramapix.com.

This week, Adoramapix asked me to give them 5 food photography tips for their blog. Having already made a “tips”post, I referred them and summarized the first few into 5 tips. They are using my tips and featuring my website on their blog. http://blog.adoramapix.com/2013/11/12/5-tips-to-food-photography/

This is so cool.

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Blue Apron

Chicken Paillard

Chicken Paillard, potato and tomato salads

If you have been reading my posts, you may have gathered that I am not a chef, I am not a food stylist, I am a photographer. While I have dedicated my passion to food photography, I concentrate on the photography rather than the food. In addition to that, my wife is less comfortable in the kitchen than I am. This has resulted in eating out often and having leftovers almost as much. I love photographing food. I definitely love eating food. I don’t love preparing food.

Shrimp and Spaghetti

Shrimp and Spaghetti

My wife and I were watching the business report when a young CEO was being interviewed. He was describing Blue Apron‘s food program – they deliver fresh food to your door once a week, with all the ingredients (except olive oil, salt and pepper) with step by step recipes for three nights at a very reasonable price. My wife was intrigued so we signed up.

The first evening caused a little confusion, not knowing how to dice, mince, chop or “add salt and pepper to taste” but, we made it through the preparation and we were very surprised about how good the meal was. So, now we are cooking dinners. Three days a week. OMG!

Stuffed Pepper Ingredients

Stuffed Pepper Ingredients

So, now that all this is going on in the kitchen, what is a photographer to do? Of course I am obligated to record our adventures. So, here are some of our meals from the first three weeks of our Blue Apron adventure.

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Portfolios

When I first started in photography, there was no Internet. There weren’t even personal computers. A portfolio was a leather bound book or a box that you carried around, filled with your best work. My, have things changed.

Portfolios have turned into iPads and websites. I still have a 11×14 leather binder filled with 50 of my favorite images but, nobody has ever seen it (outside my family and friends  who are forced to see it at every occasion.) All of my work has come via my website – an online portfolio.

Enter photo books. After making a few photo books of my vacation images, I’ve discovered that its really fun and rewarding to make a portfolio photo book and keep it up to date. I think that I have put way too many images in my photo book but, it was easier to do that then decide on what to include and what not to include. So, here is a link to my latest and greatest photo book.

To best view the book, maximize your window, click on the link above and then click on the EYEBALL icon (View Book). To turn the page, click on the bottom right corner of the book. (Sorry, the online book requires FLASH so, no iPads or iPhones.)

One thing that is REALLY NICE about these photo books is that I can print them or just view them online. They can also be shared and viewed by everyone.

If you wish to join Adoramapix and get $5 credit click the link , enter my email (jerrydeutsch@yahoo.com) in the box provided or enter referral code 1643220

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My Chefs

I’ve updated my “Team Tony” portfolio book. It is available for viewing here. Chef Tony is a recipe developer and is the producer for many shoots. Some of his clients that I’ve shot for are Wholesum Harvest Farms, Stello Foods and of course Chef Tony Merola Gourmet Specialties. Tony does a great job putting together all the pieces of a photo shoot…a true producer. Along with my amazing food stylist, Chef Michael Giletto, Team Tony has produced some AWESOME images. I hope you enjoy them and I welcome your comments.

To view this book you need Flash so, it doesn’t work on an iPad or iPhone. Click on the bottom right hand corner of the book to change the page.

I am adding this addendum on 9/14/2013 – a couple of weeks after this post. I was greatly honored when I received a message from adormapix.com, the company that I used to make my photo books, asking me if they can use my photo book as one of their samples at the PhotoPlus Expo coming this October to the New York City Jacob Javitz Center. Thank you Adorama.

Adorama is using my other photo book for WPPI in February. Take a look at it here.

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