Quick breakfast of Siggi's Yogurt from Roche Brothers before my shoot!
It was a pretty gloomy day in Boston today but it's always a sunny morning in the studio with Roche Brothers Blueberry Muffins! #bostonfoodphotographer #foodphotography #rochebrothers
For the past several summers I have been working with Red Tomato documenting farms, and in particular farmworkers, along the East Coast. It is by far my favorite thing that I get to do all year. Something about being out with the sun on my face and my feet in the dirt just really makes me feel good. Along the way I got to know a lot of the men and women that bring food to our table and have been honored to tell their story. I'm looking forward to getting back out there again this year!
For the past couple of years I've had the honor of photographing for the Harvard Graduate School of Design's annual publication: Platform. Platform is a compendium of selected student works highlighting novel ideas in architecture. This year, amazing architect and assistant professor Jennifer Bonner took the reigns of Platform 9: Still Life and suggested adding color to the whole project. Jennifer was inspired by the work of Barbara Kasten and asked I could incorporate some of the feeling of Kasten's work into the project. It was a interesting and welcome challenge to experiment with colored lights on set. In some instances we used fairly complex color theory to balance while getting colored shadows, at other times we were purely experimenting. What resulted was a beautiful, whacky, colorful arrangement of still lives that ultimately graced both the publication, as well as the gallery space in the Harvard GSD building alongside the models themselves.
Below I've included the colorful Platform 9 images, shots of the show in the Harvard GSD Gallery, as well as some portraits of Harvard GSD faculty and architectural model shots from previous years.
(Shots of works in the physical gallery copyright: Justin Knight & Harvard University Graduate School of Design)
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.
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!
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.
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!
For a recent issue of the Improper Bostonian, I got to work with the very talented stylist, Jessica Young to create these colorful and playful shots of fashion sneakers.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
Last up was 3Crow in Rockland. A great spot on the main drag run by Joshua Hixon.
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!
(Molly and Charlie at Baer's Best Farm in South Berwick, ME)
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.
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.
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.
We started by combining some of the inorganic things I found in the compost piles and combined them with George's leftovers.
I found lots of bones, rocks, and leaves in the intermediate stage of the compost, which were great for this shot.
The final product!
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
Followed by O Ya in Chinatown.
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.
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!
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.
Definitely take the time to check out the Salty Pig in Back Bay
This dish at Clio was a work of art that narrowly missed being the cover.
Mei Mei Street Kitchen wowed us with their hospitality, serving up three wonderful dishes.
Last but certainly not least is this artfully arranged apple pie over at Hungry Mother in Cambridge.
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.
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.
One of my favorites from the shoot was this tablescape from Lo McShay at Lolo Events in Cambridge.
Finally we headed up to the north shore to shoot this subtly simple table from Tangorra Wedding Planning