Jul 27, 2015
Sometimes it feels like the world is so small and that everyone in the creative world is connected and knows someone you know. I had one of these moments when I got asked to do an assignment for the New York Times sports section. Yes, the sports section....as you know, I work for the food section of the Times and never have I ever photographed anything sports related! They needed someone, extremely last minute, to drive out to Middletown, NY and photograph prints and letters from a scrapbook that Celeste Van Fleet had. Celeste's late husband once took a photograph that went viral (you can read about it here) and she kept a scrapbook about it with letters and photos. To make a long story short, the location that the photo was taken at (a private school) was down the road from where I went to photography school and I had stumbled across it while I was attending. It's such a small town that it was quite shocking for Celeste to know that I was familiar with the school and had been there. And it was quite shocking for me as well! While I was visiting with Celeste, her granddaughter, Becca Van Fleet, came up in conversation. Becca and her husband own the company Two Potters, whose work I had stumbled across once on the internet. I immediately emailed Becca to introduce myself and told her I was planning a trip up to Vermont and would love to photograph their work. We spent the day chatting, eating and Becca watched as I styled and shot...what more could you ask for? It was so much fun! And I'm really excited to share the photos. I think their work is just magnificently beautiful!
Jul 21, 2015
I think one of my favorite assignments for the New York Times was photographing these 8 sandwich recipes for a big sandwich story they ran a few months ago. I love sandwiches...eating them and photographing them. I had one of these sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the 2 days it took me to shoot this. But no complaints here because these are all very gooooood! I especially loved the chicken salad, it was a good take on that classic and I really liked the addition of yogurt (it took away some of the mayo taste that I don't always go crazy over). And the club sandwich is to die for- if you can sink your teeth into that double decker!
Jul 17, 2015
I've worked with Dana Worlock multiple times...her house is amazing and her floral arrangments are my favorite- what a talent she has. I was so excited to hear that she had moved her work space from her basement into a beautiful shop on the main street in Pound Ridge, NY. So of course I had to go and photograph it!
Dana has filled her shop, Hedgerow, with beautiful things...great vintage finds, home decor pieces, accessories and of course flowers and plants of all sorts. Dana has a great eye for styling and things are always changing in the shop so I'd suggest visiting often to see what's new and to pick up one of her beautiful arrangments! Here's a little sneak peek inside Hedgerow...
Jul 12, 2015
A few months ago I had to make this fried calamari for the New York Times. Honestly, I had never made fried calamari myself before this and I thought, well who would make this at home instead of going out to order it? But it was actually super easy and if you're a big fan of the dish, it's not too much to tackle on your own. It does help if you have a deep-fryer but if not, I recommend using a big and deep cast iron skillet...just make sure you get that oil nice and hot and definitely take Florence Fabricant's advice and stand back because it will splatter!
Jul 7, 2015
I love color. It simply makes my heart sing. And if you follow my work, I guarantee you've seen a theme of color shine through in many of my photos. I love working with Kristin because she shares that same love of color. I've photographed her home countless times for features and her book (Crafting A Colorful Home) and I always get so excited to spend time on her beautiful farm and play with all the color in her house. She recently started making her pottery again which really excites me! (I love everything she makes). So we spent some time photographing a few of her pieces when I came for a visit back in May. Look at her tremendous artistry...I can't decide if I want to eat off of her plates or hang them up on my wall!
You can purchase these beauties at Kristin's Etsy shop.