Unispace: Think Create Make

I had the great opportunity to go on the road to shoot employee portraits for Unispace, a commercial interior design firm based in Boston.  It was amazing getting to see this great big country of ours hitting Boston, New York, Washington DC, Columbus, Chicago, Minneapolis, LA, San Francisco, and Seattle along the way.   With the help of my best good buddy, Matt Baldelli, we hit 9 cities in 3 weeks, stayed in 7 hotels, shot upwards of 10,000 pictures, with a total of 150 final images, and it all went off without a hitch.

After our shoot in NYC heading out of town.

Took a little break in Washington DC to have a drink and play some pool.  I lost.

Took a little break in Washington DC to have a drink and play some pool.  I lost.

There's not much time to sightsee when you're on the go, but at least we got to see the Washington monument on the way to the airport!

There's not much time to sightsee when you're on the go, but at least we got to see the Washington monument on the way to the airport!

See ya DC!

Matt takes in the view of the lake in Chicago

Matt takes in the view of the lake in Chicago

See ya Chicago!

Minneapolis here we come!

Minneapolis here we come!

We spend our down day in LA down in Santa Monica under a perfect sky.

We spend our down day in LA down in Santa Monica under a perfect sky.

Sometimes when you're on the road for as long as we were you have to take some time for yourself.  Matt and I decided to drive the Pacific Coast Highway between LA and SF.  We ended up in Big Sur right at sunset and it was hands down the best part of the trip!

Had a chance to get up on the cliffs for a view of the Golden Gate Bridge in SF

Had a chance to get up on the cliffs for a view of the Golden Gate Bridge in SF

When you end a travel job in Seattle you stop off at the Starbuck Reserve Roastery, it's what you do.

When you end a travel job in Seattle you stop off at the Starbuck Reserve Roastery, it's what you do.

See ya, Seattle!  Heading home to Boston!

See ya, Seattle!  Heading home to Boston!

Edible Boston: New City Microcreamery

For my most recent article in Edible Boston I got a chance to check out the New City Microcreamery in Hudson, MA.  Opened in May 2015 by the same people who brought the Rail Trail Flatbread Co. to Hudson (located across the street), the microcreamery brings a new spin to an old practice.  Each batch of ice-cream is cooled with liquid nitrogen, resulting in a very cool (literally) cloud that is a wonder to watch.  

It's such a neat and interesting thing to see the ice cream being made, so I brought my trusty black background to isolate the process from it's surroundings. 

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Boston Harbor Hotel: Beyond Compare

I'm honored and excited to be working with the Boston Harbor Hotel, documenting their newly renovated rooms and revamped room service menu.  The hotel sits right on Boston Harbor at beautiful Rowes Wharf, offering sweeping views of both the harbor and city, it really is beyond compare.  

Working with food stylist, Catrine Kelty, we took an editorial approach to shooting the food on the room service menu and got some great results.  Robin Reilly styled the room shots and boy was I glad to have her there!

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Catrine taking a break on the balcony overlooking the harbor.

Catrine taking a break on the balcony overlooking the harbor.

Sometimes you've gotta jump on the bed to get the shot.

Sometimes you've gotta jump on the bed to get the shot.

Edible Boston: Microgreens

Technically speaking, microgreens are the shoots of salad vegetables such as arugula, Swiss chard, mustard, beetroot, etc., picked just after the first leaves have developed.  It's said that they pack four to six times more nutrients than their fully grown counterparts.  For a recent issue of Edible Boston I got to visit several area growers including We Grow Microgreens, LLC and First Leaves Family Farm.

Working on a tiny scale I tried to bring across the colors and textures of the microgreens, by creating full page images of the leaves.

 

 

Boston Magazine: Tiger Mama

Opened in December 2015, Tiger Mama is Chef Tiffany Faison's homage to her travels in Southeast Asia.  The restaurant features a vibrant decor, including a living wall growing herbs for the kitchen, two bars, and a knockout menu.

Just before it's opening I got to shoot this sneak preview dish. The duck marinated in ginger, garlic, scallions, fish sauce, and Shoaling wine, smoked for four hours, then fried.

DownEast & Improper: THANKSGIVING!

There are some times that being a food photographer really pays off.  One of those times is leading up to Thanksgiving.  This year I got to bring home the leftovers from not one, not two, but THREE Thanksgiving dinners!  Below are the pictures from the first two with DownEast Magazine and the Improper Bostonian.  

 

Edible Boston: Dancing Goats Dairy

One of my favorite assignments from Edible Boston's Summer 2015 issue was the story on Dancing Goats Dairy in Newbury MA.  I had the opportunity to go up to the farm, tucked away on a beautiful corner of Tendercrop Farm, and spend the day with owner Erin Bligh.  I rarely encounter people that so clearly love what they do.  As writer Deb Kaneb so eloquently puts it, "Pure joy radiates from Erin Bligh when she talks about her treasured goats and the journey that led her to build a goat dairy on the North Shore of Massachusetts last year."  

 Photographs made for Edible Boston Summer 2015 Issue.
 Photographs made for Edible Boston Summer 2015 Issue.

While we walked around the farm the baby goats followed Erin with bounding excitement wherever she went.  As I got to meet more of them it became clear that they each have their own personalities.  Some were curious, others boisterous, and some had a clear interest in being photographers!

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After shooting the story at the farm I decided it would be a perfect place to start my first short film.  With a few days of filming I've collected a mountain of footage to sift through. Stay tuned in the coming months for the Dancing Goats movie!

Boston Magazine: Best Of Boston

Every year Boston Magazine does a Best of Boston issue to highlight the shining stars of Boston.  I got to cover some of the best new restaurants and food stuffs around town (and got to try a few samples as well!).

I started by heading over to Menton to photograph Chef Scott Jones' latest creation, hot dogs!  You might think you heard that wrong, yes Menton is serving hot dogs.  These are no ordinary hot dogs though.  With such choices as the foie-gras frankfurter and the lobster roll dog, these are definitely gourmet.  

What started as a birthday tradition for Chef Jones, hot dogs and champagne, has become a welcome new addition to Menton's menu.

Even Creative Director, Eric Mongeon, got in on the food styling!

 

Next up I went over to Matt Jenning's new restaurant, Townsman.  Located where Chinatown meets the Financial district, Townsman fills a void in dining options in the area.  The roasted lamb ribs with maple-rhubarb barbecue sauce is a can't miss, and the brown bread with maple-honey whipped butter served atop the bottom side of a maple syrup can is as fun as it is delicious.  

Lastly I headed to back to my studio with the one and only Catrine Kelty to shoot some summer barbecue.  Want to have a barbecue but hate to cook?  Check out places like Fort Hill Jerk Chicken in Roxbury or Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar for some great takeout options.  

DownEast Magazine: Best Restaurants

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to take a bit of a road trip up to Maine to photograph the Best Restaurants feature for DownEast Magazine.  I spent several days traveling to Kittery, Portland and way up north to Rockland and Rockport.  After several years of running laps around Boston it was a nice change of pace to head out on the road and see what Maine's foodie scene has to offer.  

On the cover: Maine lobster gnocchi with asparagus at Outliers Eatery in Portland ME.

On the cover: Maine lobster gnocchi with asparagus at Outliers Eatery in Portland ME.

Roadtrip!

Roadtrip!

I started my trip in Kittery at Anju, a great noodle bar tucked away just over the border.  When I walked in I saw co-owner Julian Armstrong and quickly realized that I had met him before.  Julian used to work at The Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth where one of my friends growing up worked for many years and that I frequented often.

Julian Armstrong at Anju Noodle Bar in Kittery ME.

Julian Armstrong at Anju Noodle Bar in Kittery ME.

Shoyu Ramen with slow roasted pork shoulder at Anju Noodle Bar in Kittery ME

Shoyu Ramen with slow roasted pork shoulder at Anju Noodle Bar in Kittery ME

After a wonderful day at Anju I stopped over for the night at my Uncle's farm house in Lebanon before moving on to Portland in the morning.

The DeTour farmhouse on a snowy Maine morning.

The DeTour farmhouse on a snowy Maine morning.

First up in Portland was Blue Rooster.  To say that Blue Rooster serves hotdogs doesn't quite do it justice.  With items on the menu like the Seoul Dog topped with spicy kimchi, toasted peanuts and garlic mayo, and a side of tater tot poutine, its more than just hotdogs!

The Seoul Dog with a side of Tater Tot Poutine at Blue Rooster in Portland ME

The Seoul Dog with a side of Tater Tot Poutine at Blue Rooster in Portland ME

Next up was my favorite from the list, Outliers Eatery.  Everything about Outliers is wonderful.  Executive Chef Jonathan Dexter is warm and welcoming, the food is spectacular and the design of the place is breathtaking (the tabletops, oh the tabletops!)  Tucked away on a quiet side street in Portland it would be easy to miss, but Outliers is definitely worth searching out.

Maine Lobster Gnocchi with Asparagus at Outliers Eatery in Portland, ME.

Maine Lobster Gnocchi with Asparagus at Outliers Eatery in Portland, ME.

Executive Chef Jonathan Dexter of Outliers Eatery

Executive Chef Jonathan Dexter of Outliers Eatery

The last leg of the trip took me several hours north to Rockland and Rockport. Salt Water Farms, open seasonally, is a beautiful restaurant overlooking the water (although I was there on a bone chilling day so it looked over the ice!)

Jerusalem Artichoke salad with bacon, watercress, parsley, and grain-mustard-and-lemon vinaigrette at Salt Water Farms in Rockport ME

Jerusalem Artichoke salad with bacon, watercress, parsley, and grain-mustard-and-lemon vinaigrette at Salt Water Farms in Rockport ME

An icy view over the water in Rockport ME

An icy view over the water in Rockport ME

Last up was 3Crow in Rockland.  A great spot on the main drag run by Joshua Hixon.  

Sous Chef Rose Valentine preparing a dish in the kitchen of 3Crow in Rockport ME

Sous Chef Rose Valentine preparing a dish in the kitchen of 3Crow in Rockport ME

Josh Hixon of 3Crow in Rockport ME

Josh Hixon of 3Crow in Rockport ME


Yankee Magazine: Franks & Beans

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!

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

(Molly and Charlie at Baer's Best Farm in South Berwick, ME)

Covet + Lou

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. Covet + Lou Adam DeTour

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Covet + Lou Adam DeTour

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Covet + Lou Adam DeTour

Covet + Lou Adam DeTour

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.

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Edible Boston: Compost

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.

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We started by combining some of the inorganic things I found in the compost piles and combined them with George's leftovers.

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I found lots of bones, rocks, and leaves in the intermediate stage of the compost, which were great for this shot.

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The final product!

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Smiling George.

Boston Magazine: 50 Best Restaurants

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

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Followed by O Ya in Chinatown.

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

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.

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

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!

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

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.

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Definitely take the time to check out the Salty Pig in Back Bay

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

This dish at Clio was a work of art that narrowly missed being the cover.

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Mei Mei Street Kitchen wowed us with their hospitality, serving up three wonderful dishes.

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Last but certainly not least is this artfully arranged apple pie over at Hungry Mother in Cambridge.

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

 

 

Improper Bostonian: Setting The Tone and Table

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.

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Setting the Tone and Table

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.

Setting the Tone and Table

Setting the Tone and Table

Setting the Tone and Table

Setting the Tone and Table

One of my favorites from the shoot was this tablescape from Lo McShay at Lolo Events in Cambridge.

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Finally we headed up to the north shore to shoot this subtly simple table from Tangorra Wedding Planning

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Setting the Tone and Table

 

New York Times: Lois Lowry

One of my favorite assignments this summer was the Lois Lowry story I shot for New York Times Magazine.  The author of the cult classic The Giver was vacationing up in Maine, so Matt and I packed up the car and made a road trip out of it.  We spent a beautiful summer day cruising through Vacationland, listening to some tunes, and catching up on our travels.  When we arrived Lois showed us to her barn, which made for the perfect studio, and got set up.  We spent the afternoon chatting about why they took so long to turn the book into a movie, what Jeff Bridges is like in person, and what kinds of things her fans write letters about.  All in all just a great day to be a photographer! Lois Lowry Photographed for the New York Times by Adam DeTour

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Summer Adventures

It's been a while since I've updated the blog, mostly because we've been out having awesome adventures!  It's time to get back to work but first I thought I'd share some outtakes from our summer travels.  I spent some time hiking Mount Washington with my good friend Matt Baldelli, fit in a little time at the beach, and a took a trip to Scandinavia with Maria.  Enjoy! AdamDeTour_SummerAdventures_1

 

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Edible Boston: Indian Head Farm

I recently had the opportunity to photograph Indian Head Farm in Berlin, MA for a story in Edible Boston.  The farm has been in the Wheeler family for almost 200 years.  Think about that.  Two. Hundred. Years.  That's a farm founded before the Civil War.  That's seven generations of farmers on the same land.  That's a very long time. One of my favorite images from the shoot is an image of family pictures laid out on the table.  When you're standing there looking out at the fields it's difficult to understand just how much history the family has there.  The pictures provided a glimpse into that history.

It wasn't until after the shoot that we realized another way to showcase the span of time that the Wheelers have been there. When we put the images of James Wheeler and the oil painting of his great-great-great grandfather from the civil war next to each other it was striking how similar they look.

Edible Boston Indian Head Farm

Edible Boston Indian Head Farm

Edible Boston Indian Head Farm

Edible Boston Indian Head Farm