Kids love gelatin: the sugary bright colored jigglyness is fun to eat. Natalie Bouey is a mom who wanted to give her kids their favorite treat but to make it more healthy. She’s about to launch her company Rainbow Snacks, a big brand alternative that’s made with only natural colors and flavors and 25% less sugar with vitamin C, and fiber too. And what a fun job for me –an excuse to play.
I’m excited about Dried and True, a cookbook that I photographed entirely on a light table with very few props. Styling by Randy Mon with assistant styling by Penny Flood. Can’t wait to post some photos from it!
I’m always excited to do something creative that I haven’t done yet like making vegetable wallpaper! Little Spoon Organic Baby Food wanted me to make some of their flavors into a graphic banners. Yes! I like it and I like their products–they use high pressure instead of heat to preserve their product. It looks and tastes way better than anything you find in a jar and then they go a step further by making some tasty flavor combos. I think the moms are eating it….
I like to help launch small businesses and Tia Maka’s Tamales was a fun project. Sandra Jimenez has always made tamales for friends and wanted to start a new business. I helped her with photography by emphasizing the homemade quality of her food, the ingredients, the sauces and the deliciousness. I’d like one now, please.
Peerless Coffee is one of Oakland’s oldest coffee roasting company, a family run business started by John Vukasin in 1920. Besides making incredible coffee, the company has a collection of museum quality coffee artifacts, many still in use. It’s always interesting to have authentic artisan elements to work with and to see one of the photos made into a modern poster is pretty cool too!
Sierra Magazine featured four urban farmers from my book Backyard Roots for their annual Food issue! Above, Jonathan Chen, became the director of the Danny Woo Community Garden in Seattle after surviving cancer as a college student. He worked with immigrants in the terraced downtown garden and introduced a kids program and chickens. Other urban farmers included Alex Winstead, an organic mushroom farmer who began his career as a hobby growing mushrooms in his basement, Rachel Hoff and Tom Ferguson who lived for a year without setting foot in a grocery store and Lee Kindell who introduced kids to aquaponics at his downtown hostel. Check it out at the sierra club.org.
Apropos Promotions makes high quality promotions for top companies and I was excited to work on photographs for their new website. I worked closely with owner Ann Wilber and we created banner layouts that showcased their beautiful work. Here are a few favorites:
I love to photo cocktails (and drink them) and I’ve been lately I’ve been doing both for Oakland Magazine’s cocktail column. In every issue the writer finds a delicious drink and gets the recipe from the bartender. I also photo cocktails for Oakland Magazine restaurant reviews too. Between the two, I thought I’d share some favorites…
Of all the cocktails photographed here my favorite was the Pimm’s Cup. It’s made from Pimm’s No. 1, a spirit from Great Britain. You can get a recipe from www.foodandwine.com, but it’s so dangerously easy why even bother. Just mix Pimm’s with ginger ale or lemon-lime soda one to one. Add fruit— apples, oranges, cucumber, mint and ice and you’ve got a great way to end the day. Or, for the best version, stop by East End Restaurant and Bar in Alameda.
Check out the recipe for the Featherweight from Oakland Magazine here. It’s perfect for a summer evening.