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 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.
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.