Category Archives: Food Photography

Cheers, Hurricane Sandy!

Being a bit north of Boston, I’m certainly not experiencing the full force of Hurricane Sandy. My lights flickered once, but thankfully I still have power. I don’t live near the ocean, so flooding isn’t a concern. Yes, it’s windy as anything out there right now, and I’m really hoping the gigantic oak tree in front of my car stays intact!

What a perfect day to catch up on things around here… Yes, the sock drawer finally got organized, laundry got done, and my closets are about to get tackled. It’s one of those great days when there’s nothing else to distract me, and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on a precious fall day outside. And there’s one meal I love making on dreary days like these – a beef stew recipe a friend of mine found on the Food Network.  I didn’t have any green beans on hand, but it’s still sooooo good!

How are you riding out the storm? Stay safe out there, everyone!

 

Beef Stew

 

A Look Inside Nashoba Brook Bakery & Cafe in Concord, MA

Catching up on blog posts…whoo-hoo! This one is a photo post. Michelle Martin of Table of Two invited me to tag along with her to Nashoba Brook Bakery and Cafe for a blog post she wrote for the Boston Local Food Festival. The company makes slow rise breads, meaning that it takes a full day (seriously, 24 hours) to make a loaf of bread. The slow breaking down process of carbohydrates, proteins, and yeast makes the bread more nutritious.

It was a fun opportunity to photograph a bakery, working around all the action and resisting the smell of freshly baked bread. Thanks for inviting me along, Michelle!

Nashoba Brook Bakery

Nashoba Brook Bakery

Nashoba Brook Bakery

Nashoba Brook Bakery

Apple Muffins for a Road Trip

Homemade apple pie did not happen again this year. We went apple picking, and I had the best intensions of making apple pie from scratch… Annyyywwayyyyy…

With a short road trip quickly approaching and still having apples all over my kitchen, I decided apple muffins would be the perfect snack to take in the car. I’ve slowly been whipping up recipes from Béatrice Peltre’s cookbook, “La Tartine Gourmande“, and chose to make her millet, oat, and apple muffin recipe. And naturally, I just had to photograph them!

La Tartine Gourmande Millet Oat Apple Muffins

Millet Oat Apple Muffins

More posts are coming soon – I’m still sorting through and editing photos from our road trip up to Canadian wine country!

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.

 

A little preview – Macaron Sweeterie in Lexington, MA

Desserts – especially colorful, delicious ones – are incredibly fun to photograph. Styling options are endless, and the 30 minutes I designated tonight to take test shots for a store owner quickly turned into a two-hour affair. (Hey, I had a ton of fun playing around and styling a bunch of different shots!) I’m so excited to be working with Macaron Sweeterie! Here’s a little preview of the work I’ll be doing:

 

Macaron Sweeterie

Chocolate Maple Zucchini Muffins

With an abundance of zucchini popping up in everyone’s garden, who isn’t wondering what the heck to do with them? Roast it, bake it, keep it healthy, or create a little treat that doesn’t leave you feeling guilty? (It’s a vegetable, therefore if it’s in a dessert, it’s good for you, right???)

Chocolate Maple Zucchini Muffins

I decided to freeze most of the zucchini from Jeff’s garden, but wanted to make something a little sweet with what remained. There are tons of zucchini bread and muffin recipes out there, and here’s another one to add into the mix! I’ve seen several different general dessert recipes which call for maple syrup instead of sugar, so I gave that a try. I also love chocolate, so figured a handful of chocolate chips wouldn’t hurt!

I’m usually not a big fan of muffins because they either tend to be overly dry or too sweet, but these are light with just a twinge of sweetness.

Chocolate Maple Zucchini Muffins

 

Chocolate Maple Zucchini Muffins
Recipe type: Snack
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
Makes 12. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prep muffin pan with paper liners.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour (I used King Arthur's Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour.)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 packed cup shredded zucchini, patted dry
  • A handful of chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
  2. Add the maple syrup, oil, and eggs. Beat together until the batter turns smooth.
  3. Add the zucchini and chocolate chips. Stir by hand until everything is combined. The batter will be slightly sticky.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups, and bake for about 20-25 minutes. Insert a wooden toothpick into the center of a muffin to check for doneness. The toothpick should emerge clean.
  5. Cool the muffin pan on a wire rack for a few minutes, then transfer each muffin out of the pan and onto the wire rack to continue cooling.

 

Parish Cafe, Boston MA

When I lived closer to the city and worked late nights, I regularly visited the Parish Cafe. A co-worker and I usually stopped by for a late night snack and drink, college friends visiting old stomping grounds always wanted to meet there, and the patio is a big draw on the first few warm days of spring and summer. Having great memories of Parish Cafe, I was thrilled when I was asked to photograph their menu.

Parish Cafe Boston

The concept of this Boston restaurant is pretty simple – the owner asked chefs all around the city to create a sandwich for the menu. A smorgasbord of styles and flavors from some of Boston’s best, if you will. I photographed sandwiches created by Joanne Chang of Flour, Brian Poe of the Tip Tap Room and Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, and Michael Schlow of Radius and Via Matta, just to name a few. Here are a few of my favorite shots. More can be viewed in my food photography portfolio. Thanks to Anna and the rest of the staff for their help!

Michael Leviton, Lumiere

Michael Leviton, Lumiere

 

Michael Schlow, Via Matta

Michael Schlow, Via Matta

 

Zuni Roll, Parish Cafe

Zuni Roll, Parish Cafe

 

Brian Poe, Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake

Brian Poe, Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake

 

Parish Cafe Boston

Roasted “Reggae” Wings, Parish Cafe

 

Parish Cafe

Parish Cafe, Boston MA

Just a quick note – a few changes are being made to their sandwich menu, so some of these sandwiches may only be available as a daily special.

 

 

Beet Quinoa Salad

How often do you go to the market for one thing, but end up walking out with more items than what you intended to buy? A few days ago, I went to my local Whole Foods for one thing and came across this gem:

Local Produce Box at Whole Foods

Similar to a CSA box, this local produce share included lettuce, kale, red chard, tomatoes, beets, carrots, zucchini, squash, and cucumbers. Salad in a box! No sifting through items in the produce section! SOLD! (I really hope Whole Foods at Fresh Pond starts to carry these on a regular basis!) This package was a little more than salad in a box though. The fun part about CSA-like boxes is that there may be something unfamiliar in there…like beets.

 

Beet Quinoa Salad

 

I don’t know how or why, but I’ve never bought or cooked beets. All you have to do is clean them, and boil for 40-minutes to an hour. Peel, slice, and you’re done – simple! Not wanting to waste anything in this box, I found a recipe in Béatrice Peltre’s book, La Tartine Gourmande, for Beet Quinoa Salad. Beets, quinoa, onion, tomatoes, lemon juice, and a mixture of herbs combine to make a salad bursting with the flavors of summer. (Not to mention completely beautiful to photograph!)

 

Beet Quinoa Salad