A couple years back Robin & I did a food shoot with art director/designer Josh Kramer (http://joshuakramer.com/). It sparked a whole slew of food ‘studdies’ we’ve made since. When Rare magazine (who features an artist in each issue) was working on their food issue they asked us to help out. We handed over a bunch of old stuff and made a few new images just for the heck of it. The image they used for the cover is a shot Josh doodled right here in my humble little studio. It’s one of my favorites.
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My homies at Spirit magazine were looking for an excuse to have us make an exploded image for them. Along came a Sandwich package. Problem solved. We worked with the people from ‘Wichcraft’ in New York who coached us in making the perfect BLT. And pounds and pounds of fancy deli meats showed up at my studio. Our assistant Bill ate well that night.
I was shooting some food for Texas Monthly last week and decided to give them some extra options. Poor Lindsay from The Butler Brothers stopped by to pick up some prints and ended up with a giant camera in her face. I pretty much grabbed any poor soul that wandered into my studio and exploited them. Here are the exploits.
Art director Craig Steckbeck nabbed two ADDYs for Sweet Leaf’s website & packaging all packed full of my product photos.
Robin Finlay wanted to make some food photos. I wanted to make some graphic photos. We both wanted to make a mess and see if we could get mustard on the ceiling. The studio smelled like maple syrup for days.
These images are based on a photo of gelato and a cone that we made for our ‘Iced Treats’ projects. We built on that pairing and decided to include it in this small portfolio. The project is posted at www.voorhes.com/load-foodpair.html
These are great dishes, all worth a try. But be careful with Chef Garces’ corn bread. He has a heavy hand with the peppers. If these images are hard to read you can see the article here,
Megan Re, a photo editor at Gourmet sent me to photograph ‘The Pastry Queen’ Rebecca Rather’s food. I love Gourmet. I read Gourmet. I’m excited to get it in the mail each mont. Or I was, anyway. I’m lucky to have worked with them before Conde Nast took them away. These are a couple of shots I did with the help of Robin Finlay’s styling for their final October issue.
Caleb Bennett of Texas Monthly sent me to A&M to photograph some chips… in a laboratory; an Experimental Food Laboratory. The article is about Lloyd Roony who has been studying the texture and flavor of chips for decades, from the corn to the masa to the chip. They have a tortilla machine in their lab. Actually they have two, and deep fryers and computers and ovens and beakers.
I loved working on this feature. Sarah Murphy, the writer, really did her homework and the Spirit team was fantastic. The whole article focuses on old school pre-prohibition style cocktails. Ya know, proper drinks. Here is a link to the PDF, it’s a lot easier to read than these snap shots.
Cocktails are one of my favorite things to photograph. I’ve been doing a lot of it lately. TJ Tucker of Texas Monthly had me work on this spread featuring bartenders from cities around Texas and all Texas made alcohol. However the tequila is made in Mexico, but it is in a bottle shaped like Texas. So I guess that sorta counts. And Leslie Bladwin, Photo Editor Extraordinaire got to hang out on set. Not a bad day on the job, eh?