Food, Photos and Travel

Friday, August 31, 2007

Commercial Photography

I recently finished a set of high-end commercial photos for Winks & Co. They specialize in fabulous whipped body butters. Both shots were set up using a small softbox to the left and behind the set as the primary light. This gives the orange a beautiful glowing effect. A large softbox to the front and the right provides a little extra fill. Her website will be incorporating black into the design, so with that in mind, I deliberately kept the shadows deep and dark, with lots of contrast.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Out of Commission

I hate being sick. I have spent my entire week in bed with some kind of nasty virus. It brought me to tears a couple of times. In the end, I have kicked it's ass and am feeling much better, thank you very much.

A side-effect of above said virus is that I am a bit behind on work, so if you are waiting for photos or an e-mail, you'll hear from me soon.

On a lighter note, I recently booked tickets to Amsterdam for November. It was completely spontaneous, but just what I need. It's been 3 years since I have last visited my favorite European city and I can't wait to back. My partner in crime, Jen, and I have booked a funky little apartment smack dab in the middle of the Red Light District. You know, in case we feel like an after breakfast peep show, or something. 3 months seems so far away....

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Suds in a Bucket

These are some fun photos I just finished up for Suds In A Bucket, a bath and body company featuring a full line of luscious and colorful products!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Help for Peru

As many of you probably realize by now, the central coast of Peru was recently hit by a magnitude-8 earthquake. Our hearts go out to the victims of such a devastating natural disaster.

If you would like to help, you can make donations through Planeterra, and GAP Adventures has generously offered to match any donations received. Even $5 or $10 can make a difference.

To donate, please visit Planeterra's website:

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Front Page

One of my prints made the front page of Etsy today. This is the third time I've had the honor. Thank you to Nectar Jewlery for choosing me :)

Monday, August 13, 2007

It's Market Time!

I had a great day yesterday working at the Coventry Farmers' Market in Connecticut. This is my third time photographing their market, and I love being a part of it's growth and success. I have a soft spot for farmers markets and we have some great ones here in New England.

My previous visits to the market were in May and October, so yesterday welcomed me with a variety of new fruits and vegetables. I love how each season brings it's own colors and atmosphere.

Some of my favorite shots of the day:

Here's Miss Jaiden Hathaway enjoying a fresh pickle:

Visiting a farmers market is a very "hands on" experience:

Mmmmmm.... corn....

See the entire gallery of photos from the market HERE. If you are in the area, be sure to check out the market in person... it's located on Rte. 44 in Coventry Connecticut!

Visit their website for more info:

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Creating a photo border in Photoshop

Create a white border with a drop shadow in Photoshop. Using these basic techniques, it can easily be customized. Click on each image to see a larger version.

1) Open your photo in Photoshop

2) Resize image for the web. Uncheck “Resample Image” and change the DPI to 72. Re-check “Resample Image” then change the pixel dimensions to 600px on the longest side. (600px is kind of arbitrary, but I find it’s a good size for posting to the web).

3) Layer > Duplicate Layer (This layer is called “Background copy”)

4) In Layer Palette select the “Background” layer.

5) Image > Canvas Size. With the “Relative” box checked, increase the height and width each by 25 pixels.

6) Select > All (still working in the “Background” layer, there will be a dancing ant line around your image), then choose the Rectangular Marquee tool.

7) Right click on image and select “Stroke”

8) Choose 3px for the width, Black for the color, and check “Center” or “Inside” for the location

9) Right click and choose “deselect”

10) Back to the Layers Palette, choose “Background copy” layer

11) Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow

12) In the Drop Shadow dialogue box, adjust the angle, opacity, distance, spread and size to suit your preferences

There you have it! A border with a drop shadow:

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Playing catch-up

I have to apologize to both of my blog readers for not updating in a while. It's been a busy month full of gallery shows (ok, just one), copyright infringement cases, a proposal for a porn shoot, and being harassed by crazy scrapbooking fanatics. That's not to mention the actual work I've had to do.

A couple of new photos:

The simple composition of this shot will work great for postcards or the front page of a website. The negative space is just begging for a logo or promotional text.

Here's a beautiful Picture Jasper and Turquoise necklace: