As mentioned in the World Wildlife Fund: Food Issue post, Adam has been a beekeeper for about 2 years. Bringing a full frame into the studio has been a want of his from the beginning. This job gave him a reason to spend time making the observation/transport box.

One Sunday afternoon this past spring he pulled a frame from the hive and inserted it into the wood and plexiglass case he built. There were maybe a hundred or so bees that had stayed on the frame. After a few hours, we noticed there were more bees than we had started with in the box. He had pulled a frame packed full of brood. As time wore on more and more bees hatched. By the time we put the frame back in the hive, there were over a thousand bees in the case.

Driving around with a thousand irritable bees in your passenger seat can make the mellowest of people a little nervous.




honey3You can see the larva growing in the individual cells



bees2Here’s the box Adam made. There is plexiglass on both sides so he can back light the frame.



Sugar, Sugar, Sugar for Reader’s Digest

We made a big, sticky, sweet mess for Reader’s Digest. Thank you Deb Wenof for the fun assignment!




Twenty some odd rainbow lolly pops shot with a pellet gun make a BIG mess.


MMMmmmmm …. Donuts




Bees and Food for World Wildlife Fund

Carla Delgado at Pentagram’s Austin office called us this summer and asked if we would be interested in photographing some abstracts of honey for World Wildlife Fund magazine food issue. Little did she know Adam has been a beekeeper for about two years and he jumped at the chance to bring some of the bees in the studio. We will publish more images from the honey/bee study in a later post, but for now, here’s the cover (first image is the front cover, second shows how the image wraps to the back), the inside reveal image, and a couple more from that days shoot. The rotting fruit dutch still life was also a blast to work on.