As I type this post, I’m sitting next to a good fire, while just a few feet away from me, outside the window, sits a foot of fresh-fallen, windblown snow. Today was one of the wintriest days we’ve had this season! I was so glad to get out of the city and into the woods where I’m house-sitting for some good friends this weekend. Their crazy cats, Stella and Buddha, are sleeping near the wood stove, and I’ve got some great chicken soup warming on the oven behind me. It’s a great start to my little “work-retreat!” I’ve got some new blog posts to write, a photo-shoot planned for tomorrow, prints to frame, and plenty of firewood to haul in and stack.
This cozy environment of mine has helped me to choose which post to write first! Cold outside requires delicious, hot and hearty foods!
Not long ago, I was asked to create some new food photography for The Pub at Wegmans. You see, the Wegmans stores that are located in Collegeville and Malvern, Pennsylvania have within them, beautiful Pubs where great food, interesting beers and wines can be enjoyed in an inviting environment!
Last summer, the crew from Myers Creative Imaging, (John and myself with Amy Millert and Will Strawser assisting,) had spent time at each of the locations photographing people and food for The Pub’s web site. We were impressed with the menu, the quality of the food, the staff, and the feel of the space. What a great place to meet friends for a bite or some drinks! (The Tuscan Fries are really, really good!)
This latest photography would be used to illustrate new offerings on The Pub’s menu. Rather than making the drive to Pennsylvania this time to do the photography, it was decided that we would make the shots happen in the studio at Myers Creative Imaging. It was important, though, to create an environment in the studio that mimicked that of The Pub. After some talking and planning, our prop stylist, Kathy found a nice sized piece of black granite countertop that was very similar to the bar top at each of the restaurants, and would be one of the two surfaces we would use during the shoot. The other surface was a dark, wood table that mimicked the tables in the restaurant’s dining area. We also needed to think of some environmental light sources that could be reflected in the granite surface to further enhance the look and feel of the actual restaurant.
Once all the components were in place, Wegmans Chef John Steinhoff came to the studio to prepare and plate the meals in our kitchen. Art Director, Michael Buckley, from the Wegmans Advertising department was there to style the set, and give creative direction. We worked at a really nice, energetic pace, and completed five shots quite nicely. The images you see here are from that afternoon at the studio, and are among my favorite food images that I’ve created in quite some time!
Camera: Hasselblad H2 with CF 132 digital back.