Being in the right place at the right thyme

A food stylist, Janine Kalesis asked me to do a demonstration of food photography at a charitable event for They sponsor a food and wine show with celebrity chefs and local restaurants and wineries. Janine was demonstrating food styling and I was demonstrating food photography. In spite of all the photographers that say don’t work for free, I thought that this was a worthwhile donation of my time.

I arrived at the event early, set up my equipment in the small space and put out my portfolios. I took photos of the food that Janine was styling. Janine was demonstrating how to make fake ice cream, how to dress a burger and a cold drink. At best, I thought I would be getting some images for my collection.

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Well, to my surprise, a few days later, I received a phone call inquiring about taking photos of a catering hall. They saw us at the food show and liked what they had seen. Unfortunately, Janine and I were not available on the same days and then I was off to my vacation in Israel. So, we agreed to set a date when I got back. Happily, they did call again and we did the job. The hall was beautiful and so was the food (and based on my lunch, delicious as well.) So, to all of those that espouse to not work for free, I whole heartedly disagree. If you do good things, good things will come back to you. I’ll post a link to the catering hall when the website is done.

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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 am editing this post to add the name of the website where these images appear.

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 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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If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I am a fan of the photo books at 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

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.

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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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 ( in the box provided or enter referral code 1643220

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