Tag Archives: Italian

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!

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 https://www.konnectedwidgets.com/