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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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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2 Responses to Being in the right place at the right thyme

  1. Jerry,

    I do believe when you were demonstrating your abilities at the Giants of Generosity event that it was a form of advertising and promoting your business.

    That was unlike other situations where someone wants us to actually produce a product that a person or business uses then they somehow try to justify not paying us because in some nebulous way we will get future work due to “exposure” or other BS.

    I am so glad you got the catering hall gig due to the demo. Positive karma at work!

    Terry Thomas…
    the photographer
    Atlanta, Georgia USA

  2. Jerry says:

    Well, it took a while but the website is done…the photos appear in the “Gallery” section…

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