Author Archives: Stephanie Ronco

Spring: A Fine Art Portfolio

I’ve just completed my latest fine art portfolio.

Would you like to see some of it?

And here’s my artist statement to go with it.

Spring beckons flora to burst forth from the earth. In the context of California farmers’ markets, spring brings new and bright greens, fresh young tubers, and juicy citrus fruits.

My work celebrates this transition from winter to summer. In my photographs of produce I hope to inspire people to choose locally grown fruits and vegetables.

In the farmer’s markets, farmers become entrepreneurs while buyers gain access to fresh and nutritious foods, creating a community.  Accompanying my photos of produce is a tribute to the farmers that grew it.

The offerings of a farmers’ market change each week and month as the seasons ebb and flow. This is but a moment in time during one season’s passage.

A Chocolate Story

I did all this chocolate work for California Organic Pantry, a company that uses all locally-grown organic fruits and nuts along with organic California chocolate.

I decided to tell their story with arrangements that show the ingredients used right beside the chocolate.

As you can see, I’ve made hero style arrangements and used the finest Italian white and gray marble.

The results were spectacular! We used the beautiful organic fruits and nuts to tell the story of how the chocolates are made with the highest quality ingredients. The chocolatier has very high standards for her ingredients and she makes all of her chocolates by hand with a great deal of love and creativity.

We spent the time in advance of the shoot date selecting the right image style. The idea was to use a lot of white along with high quality marble slabs to show off the chocolates, fruits, and nuts. Mulberry and Swiss papers were added along with beautiful porcelain cake plates and stands. A list of whole ingredients was extensive but organized as a collaborative effort between the photo team. Large computers showed everyone the shoot right as it was coming out of the camera.

The photos take us back in time to the era when everything was made by hand using only the finest, local, organic ingredients. We want the viewers to sit down and enjoy every bite and remember the comfortable way they feel when they have a wholesome ingredient in their hand.

All of the pre-shoot planning helped make the shoot day go smooth. The style of the photos was decided in advance so the first shot went off without a hitch. Lists of props, ingredients, and shoot products were followed to the T so nothing was missed. The client got the maximum amount of high quality photos in a one day shoot. Right on time. Right on budget. Right on style!

The Fremont Juried Exhibit

I am so pleased to announce that four of my recent photos have been accepted into the Annual Juried Photo Show put on by the Fremont Cultural Arts Council.

Two of them have even won awards!

The first of my award winners is “9 Oranges of Fresno.” Check it out!

The second is “Figs.” I think these tasty fruits really speak for themselves.

If you’d like to see more, don’t miss the the exhibit, which runs from April 29 through June 3. There’s even going to be a special opening night gala on Saturday, April 29, from 6:30-8:30 pm, with entry through the Fremont Main Library’s Fukaya Room.

Use a Thermometer for the Most Beautiful Meals

How did we get this turkey so crisp and juicy?

With a thermometer!

It’s amazing how beautiful your food can look when you cook it to the proper temperature, and a thermometer is an essential tool for ensuring that nothing gets over- or undercooked.

Now, on to the bigger question: why was I cooking a turkey in April?

I’ve just finished the photos for Konnected Widgets, a company whose mission is to “create affordable connected devices for the masses that solve real world challenges and drive user engagement.”

One of my favorite devices is their thermometer.

I took the photos for this site and created an elegant kitchen theme with an Italian white marble slab. Then I threw in filtered natural light with sculpted shadows and reflected highlights to complete the ambiance.

I want to wish Zin Thein Kyaw and his team much success with their great thermometer — it really is fantastic. To learn more about this great kitchen resource (and see more of my photos), visit