As my blog has evolved, I love to share more and more photoshoots outside of the kitchen – or rather, outside of my own kitchen. This awesome shoot in particular unfolded in San Francisco several months ago with Dena, the super talented chef of Nudnik Foods.
After several conversations about what she wanted for her branding, I narrowed down the objective for the photographs: showcase her strong Jewish heritage with her modern, whimsical side. While Dena blends heritage flavors with her own twist, she also creates a complementary aesthetic. I’ve never seen so many edible flowers before, but I loved how she went full force with the girly garnishes.
I also loved capturing a few portraits to pair with the food photography. After testing several shots in the living room and kitchen, we found that her backyard provided a clean, bright backdrop that I really dug.
And here is my favorite photo from the day: an aerial view of appetizers, small bites, and good wine. I’m always game to photograph aerial dishes, and this was a particularly fun aesthetic to create. The first few images were minimal and clean with all the food intact; then I messed up every bowl and tore chunks from the bread – and the meal really came alive. To me this image invites the viewer to sit down, take a sip of wine, and dig into the feast.
I had a great time putting the photos together, and I’m excited to share upcoming shoots too.