Making New Friends

The Best of NJI photographed The Best of New Jersey Wine and Dine hosted by my food stylist/executive chef Michael Giletto at his restaurant at Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch, NJ. The dinner was amazing…yada, yada, yada.OP Wine and Dine

I had already known all of the chefs there except for one, Chef George Kyrtatas. He came over to our table and chit chatted (does anyone use that expression anymore?) We spoke for a while and I quickly came to realize that he was a really friendly, enthusiastic and very capable chef.Chefs at Work

I posted the photos of the Wine and Dine on Facebook and was surprised to get a call from Chef George. He asked if I would come to his home to shoot his food. Duh! Of course I will.

Fruit TartI packed up my studio and headed to southern New Jersey for the shoot. I walked in and the entire kitchen (and believe me he has a large kitchen) was covered with cooked food, raw vegetables, fruits, micro-greens, pastries and all manner of edibles.Dinner

Banana French Toast

Cup cakesWe photographed for five hours. Five hours of beautiful photos. Thank you George for a great experience. I look forward to working with you again and dining in your restaurant. And a special thank you to my friend Lew who assisted and carried lots of equipment in the freezing cold. Thanks Lew.Elegant Dining

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About Jerry

I was a science teacher for 31 years. During that time I photographed wedding and Bar Mitzvahs for about 15 years but that was in the days before digital. Being a teacher, I had my summers free so I assisted food and commercial still life photographers in NYC for 3 summers and fell in love with it. Having a wife and a mortgage, it was not practical to give up a job in teaching and go into photography so I put off my dream of becoming a food photographer until I retired from teaching. Now I am living my dream - I am a food and product photographer servicing New York City, Philadelphia and all of New Jersey.
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One Response to Making New Friends

  1. Lewis Klotz says:

    Thanks for the mention. Working with you on the shoot was an absolute joy.
    The photos came out fantastic!! It was a wonderful experience. To see the entire process unfold was great fun. Jerry, you are the consummate professional. Very impressive!

    Thanks for letting me tag along.
    Lew Klotz

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