Monthly Archives: September 2012

Chocolate Fallen Cakes

I recently spent a day at Boston Common Coffee Company, styling and photographing chocolate fallen cakes for a wholesale company, PR Specialty Provisions. With multiple cakes to photograph, and a huge spread of ingredients to illustrate how chefs can create different flavors, I was left with the tools to paint a blank canvas.

I faced two challenges – first, the plain cakes look a bit boring when they’re sitting all by their lonesome selves on a plate. My mission was to make the cakes look as amazing as they taste, so styling them well was essential. I needed to illustrate that the cakes can be filled with a chocolate or caramel sauce, or even ice cream. Knowing sauces do not translate well in a photo, I broke up the pool of chocolate sauce with pomegranate seeds and raspberries. They add beautiful color and texture to the image.

 chocolate fallen cake

 The shoot continued at my home, and I have to give a big thank you to my “lil’ sis”, Maliha, for helping me! From carrying plates to holding the background, it was nice to have a second pair of hands around! We had a fantastic time hanging out, listening to music, and being creative together.

chocolate fallen cake

 

chocolate fallen cake stock image

Above: An image we created just for fun!

 

 

Apple Picking – Let the Fall Fun Begin!

Fall roared into New England over the past week – like a flick of a switch, we went from 85+ degree, super humid weather to days that start in the 50’s and climb into cool, crisp autumn afternoons. Beach days turned into apple picking days overnight. I don’t know where summer went. All I know is that I’ve been incredibly busy balancing my full-time job with all the photography work I’ve been up to. I’m so incredibly grateful to the photographers who asked me to assist them on weddings over the past few weeks, and to the food photography clients I’ve been working for.

After a 15-day long work stretch between my full-time job and photography work, I was excited to take a much needed break yesterday. It was a perfect fall day, and Jeff and I headed to New Hampshire for his race car ride along experience I bought for him last Christmas. After that, we tried to find a place for lunch, but stumbled across a fair at Canterbury Shaker Village instead.

Barn at Canterbury Shaker Village

Canterbury Shaker Village

It was a photographer’s playground! Since Canterbury Shaker Village is a museum, they do not allow photography inside the buildings, which is really unfortunate. Not only was it incredibly interesting to see how a community was totally self sufficient, but the preservation efforts by the staff and volunteers is just incredible. Type presses, glass jars for medicine as well as canning, ovens, furniture, woodworking…

Canterbury Shaker Village

Food and craft vendors were set up on the village green. Jeff and I spent a good amount of time talking to Daryl from Red Fox Farm about his products and canning process. His canned garlic scapes were sooooo delicious, and Daryl suggested pairing them with smoked salmon. I’m looking forward to trying it out and photographing the dish!

 

With plenty of time left in the day (ahh, the benefits of waking up early!), we decided to go apple picking. We ended up nearby at Meadow Ledge Farm.

Meadow Ledge Farm

Meadow Ledge Farm

We picked a lot of cortland and macintosh apples… I don’t know what we’re going to do with all of these! Jeff’s planning on canning a bunch of them, but I’m thinking something baked… What’s your favorite apple recipe?

Photos of apples

Oh, the best part of apple picking? Hot apple cider donuts!!!

Meadow Ledge Farm

Apple on tree

It may feel like fall, but I’m not quite ready for these:

Pumpkins at Meadow Ledge Farm

Maybe next time! There’s plenty of time for pumpkins. I’m still mourning summer. 😉

Macaron Sweeterie – French Macarons in Lexington, MA

It’s been awhile since my last post! I’ve been incredibly busy assisting photographers on weddings, photographing chocolate fallen cakes, and working on images for Macaron Sweeterie in Lexington, MA. Small, colorful, and flavorful, macarons are so much fun to work with. They can be placed on any sort of plate, board, or fabric and look amazing. The most challenging part of this photo shoot was deciding what props to use! (So many fun choices! What a great dilemma to have!)

Macaron Sweeterie

 If you are anywhere near Lexington, MA, please stop by and say hi to Sella at Macaron Sweeterie. Her shop has the best selection of French macarons in the area, offering over a dozen flavors. They’re delicious – trust me! I photographed the macarons for a new subscription club service Sella is starting soon. She’ll be offering 6, 12, and 24 count boxes in 3, 6, 9, or 12 month subscriptions.

Macaron Sweeterie

An image for the 12 count, 9-month subscription option.

Macarons also make great gifts. While meeting with Sella, a couple stopped in to inquire about ordering macarons as favors for their wedding guests. How fun!

Macaron Sweeterie

Speaking of weddings, I’ll have another post soon about a few weddings I recently assisted on. (Thanks Maureen Cotton and Kerri Nelson of 1026 Photography for asking me to assist them!) I’ll also have some delicious images of chocolate fallen cakes soon.