Yankee Magazine recently published an article on franks and beans that I did with the very talented Molly Shuster. Having grown up in New England, franks and beans was one of those staples that I thought had been around so long that it couldn’t possibly be improved upon. Boy was I wrong. Molly developed some great recipes that update the old classic and opened my eyes to what the old classic can really be.
We started by trekking up to Maine to meet up with bean farmer Charlie Baer of Baer’s Best. After gathering some ideas at the farm Molly went back and developed the recipes and we later met up and photographed them in an old barn in Topsfield. It was a wonderful chance to get out of the city and remember what New England is all about!
(Molly and Charlie at Baer’s Best Farm in South Berwick, ME)
I recently took over the e-commerce photography for Covet + Lou, which if you don’t know about them you should definitely check out! Started by Tina Burgos, Covet + Lou helps clients near and far find and define their personal styles while giving a voice to emerging designers.
At the end of the day Maria came to the studio to check out the set and I just couldn’t resist snapping this photo in the afternoon light.
Sometimes I enjoy a really challenging assignment for the surprise of how beautiful the pictures can be. I recently shot a story for Edible Boston on the state of compost in Boston. Massachusetts recently passed the Commercial Food Waste Ban which is a “ban on the disposal of commercial organic wastes by businesses and institutions.” It’s a big step since the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that nearly 21% of waste in landfills is food waste. The new legislation is important and exciting but how do you make it look good?
I took a trip out to a commercial compost operation on the north shore and snagged a few shots of the towering hills of compost in all its smelly glory, but it just didn’t seem to be eye catching enough for the article. Luckily I came prepared with a few buckets from the hardware store, threw on my gloves, and started picking stuff out of the piles.
With a few treasures in hand I went back to the studio and worked with my good friend and very talented food stylist George Simons who had saved his unused leftovers from the week. Together we worked out a few arrangements of compost in its various stages that were fit to hang on a wall.
We started by combining some of the inorganic things I found in the compost piles and combined them with George’s leftovers.
I found lots of bones, rocks, and leaves in the intermediate stage of the compost, which were great for this shot.
The final product!
I recently had the good fortune to shoot Boston Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants feature with my good friend Michael Piazza. What follows is my contribution to what was definitely one of the tastiest shoots I’ve done.
On the cover is this tasty Pasta dish from Giulia in Porter Square
Followed by O Ya in Chinatown.
A special thanks goes out to Asta on Mass Ave. After a couple of weeks of shooting I was a bit under the weather when I walked it, but they were so welcoming and warm. They definitely carried me through.
Steel & Rye in Milton was a pleasant surprise to find over in Milton. The rustic decor welcomes you right into such a large space. Thanks to Bridget Tivnan for the extra food styling help!
It was amazing to see the inner workings of the one and only Menton in Fort Point, from the rituals of the candle lighting to the pre service stretches.
Definitely take the time to check out the Salty Pig in Back Bay
This dish at Clio was a work of art that narrowly missed being the cover.
Mei Mei Street Kitchen wowed us with their hospitality, serving up three wonderful dishes.
Last but certainly not least is this artfully arranged apple pie over at Hungry Mother in Cambridge.
Check out my latest work on the Improper Bostonian’s article Setting the Tone and Table featuring the work of local wedding planners and designers.
For the opening shot New England Country Rental utilized their massive warehouse space to build us an entire set, complete with a faux grass wall! It was pretty wild to see these talented folks do what they do best.
Next I caught up with Lauren Wells of Lauren Wells Events at her home in South Boston to photograph this beautiful moody blue table setting.
One of my favorites from the shoot was this tablescape from Lo McShay at Lolo Events in Cambridge.
Finally we headed up to the north shore to shoot this subtly simple table from Tangorra Wedding Planning