When an afterthought ends up on a cover, it really gets you thinking. While shooting a portrait of pastry chef Dana Farkas, I ended up also shooting a little food while I was there. The very next month, one of those shots landed on the cover! There are so many food photographers who also end up shooting portraits of chefs. Could I be the portrait photographer who also ends up shooting food? After the cover, Diablo kept calling me back with little food assignments and I think I'm getting the hang of it. I love meeting the chefs and learning about the dishes. Here's a little selection of the food work that's found it's way to me.
Diablo Magazine sent me to the far reaches of the East Bay to photograph pastry chef Dana Farkas. Almost as an afterthought, they said, "while you're there, you might as well take a few shots of some of her dishes." Dana was so excited for her shoot, that when I arrived she had four dishes ready for me. What started as a simple portrait shoot quickly became a full blown food shoot! Diablo loved the work and I hope you do too...
Well, after such an incredible response to my first little stop motion video, my friend Matt asked if we could do something similar and fun while removing the (very impressive) beard he'd grown for Burning Man. So we decided to up the ante and bring in some other collaborators: Preston Nesbit, a fantastic stylist, and Kevin O'Neill, a sound engineer. Now, with so much more talent contributing to the project, I hope you all like the result. And please check out both Preston and Kevin's work: www.prestonnesbit.com, www.strangebrewaudio.com
The week I got back from Brazil, I received a call from the country's biggest newspaper, the Estadão (or the "Big State") to take some portraits of the folks at an exciting Brazilian start-up here in San Francisco. BTCJam is a platform to make peer-to-peer loans using BitCoin. They allow global borrowers to sidestep often exorbitant foreign personal loan rates and offer attractive returns to lenders. Sounds like a win-win to me. As usual, I had a blast meeting the folks at BTCJam and shooting some nice individual and group portraits using a mix of natural and artificial light - my speciality!