Butternut Squash Pie

Once again fighting to catch ‘natural light’ for the shoot of Vegetarian Squash Pie.  We got it just in the nick of time!

Butternut Squash Pie


Malibu Hotdogs

AKA “DaBu Dogs!”

If you know me, you know I am not a foodie.  My very good friends are, however, which makes meal time fun.  My foodie friend, Barb, is the co-creator of a great website called heygoodcookin.com.  I am their photographer and I can assure you that all items photographed are real and always eaten after the photo shoot.  Not only is Barb a foodie, she is also very frugal.  Waste not want not.  She also always makes sure I am taken care of at meal times.  Which is why this photo shoot cracks me up.  If you look closely at the bottom right hand corner of the picture you will see a plain hotdog under there.  That one was for me.  She didn’t think it would show up.  Hah!  A little yellow mustard is all I need on a hotdog!  If you want the recipe for the fancy DaBu dog, please check out their site…www.heygoodcookin.com.  Might just be a hit at your 4th of July party!

Malibu HOtdog

Hamburger Month

Who knew there was such a thing as burger month?  You would think that I, of all people, would know this.  I eat a hamburger at least 3 or 4 times a week.  Mayo and pickles only please.  I photographed a fancy hamburger for my friends’ website www.heygoodcookin.com.  It’s a great new site where you can cook and make friends and learn how to cook smaller portions.  They are redefining what it means to be single.  So…if you want to learn how to make a fancy hamburger in honor of “Hamburger Month”, or for Memorial Day, check out the blog on their website.  Either way… Happy Memorial Day and Happy Hamburger Month to you all…


Beverage Photography

l have been enjoying the challenge of food photography.  Using natural light is great when you have it.  It’s very very shady here, so I’ve purchased and learned how to use artificial lights to avoid the harsh shadows and to highlight the pretty colors, etc.

Then I started trying to photograph beverages.  Woah, what a different challenge.  The artificial lights leave harsh reflections on the glass that are way to big to fix in post production (photoshop…is my best friend).  I spent some time with a professional photographer who explained that I needed to use flash for beverages.  Ugg…I have been very resistant to learning remote flash.  It just sounded too technical.  Turns out it’s actually quite fun.  It’s not easy and I have tons to learn with it.  I’ve only tried it twice, but am looking forward to more.  I think if I can get really good at it, I may have a niche!  We will see.

Here is my second attempts at Sangria and red wine…



And just for fun…playing with photoshop…