Chocolate – a topic that is dear to my heart.

ToH Chocolateday is National Chocolate Day. Whether it’s milk, dark or even white, I wish you the chocolate of your dreams. Chocolate Swirl

Chocolate is a topic that is very dear to my heart. I am a chocoholic. At least I was until my health told me I have to cut it out. I found out that I am diabetic. So now, I am limited to sugar free chocolate. Now don’t get me wrong, I CHEAT! Every day I have a square of dark chocolate and I have sugar free chocolate as often as I can. Another health issue was that I have GIRD, also known as reflux. If I have chocolate at night, I will suffer that night…even with all the meds.

White truffle Hi Res Color CorrectedSo, what does all this have to do with my photography career. I’ve always felt that it was a punishment that my biggest clients all have to do with chocolate. I work for two chocolate manufacturers and two baking companies. I am surrounded by chocolate and some of what we don’t shoot sits in my pantry…taunting me. Can you taste it?

I have to take solace in the fact that not only do I love to eat chocolate, but I also love to photograph it. Chocolate is tough! It is amazing what you don’t see with the naked eye that the camera picks up…every scratch, blemish and fingerprint. A food stylist works wonders in preparing chocolate for the camera. What is left is give to Photoshop. The result is a beautiful portrait of something delicious. I love my job!

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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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