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Okay, guys – here’s the beginning on what’s new (or in some cases, old)!  I was about to make up a huge long post about everything, but instead you get a bunch of mini posts…to start:

Cookbooks!

To say the least, I’ve been busy in the studio this last year, shooting lots of amazing cookbook projects!  The first to release was ‘Plum‘ (back in April) and it has been quite the jumping off point.  With rave reviews from the likes of Oprah.com, Amazon.com, PBS.org, Eater.com, Shape and Laika magazine – just to name a few – it has been pretty surreal to be a part of it all.

Aphrodisiacs, with a Twist‘ will be out next week, and I’m super excited to see where Mark takes it!  He’s probably one of the most tenacious people that I’ve ever known – with a pretty cool book, to boot (if I do say so myself…).

August you will see the release of the ‘Gluten Free & Vegan Pie‘ book by Jennifer Katzinger, and in the fall the re-release of Sharon and Julie Kramis’ best-seller, ‘Cast Iron Skillet cookbook‘ will be out with an updated selection of images and recipes.

It has been an honor to work on all of these projects with amazing stylists, Julie Hopper and Kimberly Swedelius, and wonderful designers, Anna Goldstein and Stephanie Hansen, and it’s proving to be just the tip of the iceberg – as I have at least 3 other finished books up my sleeve, and hopefully many, many more to come.

~Charity

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I had planned to write this post about a week ago (maybe four five weeks now?), but it had proven to be more difficult to put into words than I had thought.  I’m not the best with words.  If you knew me personally you would probably chuckle and nod your head in agreement at that statement.

After going over and over what it is I want to say, I will simply say this:  I never thought I would have so much fun working with a crew of people in the studio.  Photography can be such a lonely art form, and Kimberly inspired a collaboration that felt more like a ‘dream team’ sport.  I’m pretty sure we could conquer the world if given the chance and proper tabletop.  I’ve learned a great deal from her over the past few months, and she has inspired me to grow in directions I didn’t know I could even sprout.

Movement is happening, people.  So are shadows.  It’s a beautiful thing.

glassware // studio view

You might remember in the last post an image of us building the shot?  Well, here’s the final:

cardamom // hibiscus cocktail

simple syrups

and…a new favorite:

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2012 has started off with a BANG!  I have found myself in a new ‘home’ also known to many as a studio.  It’s a cozy little place.  There’s a full kitchen, props galore, a coffee pot (all necessary staples to keep one sane and productive) and cocktails….lots and LOTS of cocktails.

Outside of the normal cocktail consumption on a shoot (kidding) the abundance of said alcoholic mixtures is because I am shooting a cocktail cookbook written by Mark Sexauer.  It has been a crazy fun experience thus far (just a few more days in the studio before it’s a wrap), and I’ve learned a TON about angles, glassware, ingredients, my tripod, and well – cocktails.

By the time we are finished, we (Mark, Kimberly Swedelius, and myself) will have created, styled, conceptualized, and lit close to 100 aphrodisiac delights.

And yes, we do drink them afterward.  😉

(or at least taste them.)

Here’s a little behind the scenes action that I have documented with my phone over the last few…well…months.

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Kimberly working her magic…

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Textures, textures, textures!

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The styling table…

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…and building the shot.

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More sneak peeks to come!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful winter season ~

C.

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Last night, I joined a group of about 40+ Flickrites at EMP/Seattle Center for an evening of light-weight strobe lighting and gussied up models.  There were umbrellas EVERYWHERE!

I knew going into it that what I was about to participate in wasn’t really my ‘thing’ – give me the sun and maybe a white card or two and I’m a happy girl.  But I thought this posed a challenge to the normal ‘sun kissed’ photos – not to mention there would be models at my disposal – another unique, “I don’t normally shoot people”, out of my element sort of experiment.

I’m always amazed by how pleased I am when I do have people in the shot.  When shooting food it is always about trying to find the life on the plate, where with people, all you have to do is tell them where to sit/stand and life is just blaring through the lens.  I understand why people like to shoot portraits – it is quite magical.

Well, trying to stay true to my passion and craft, I brought a prop along with me.  I first thought cupcakes, but then I remembered where we were shooting (near the fun forest theme park), so I opted for pink cotton candy instead.  A food photographer can’t shoot without food!

It was a lot of fun.

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I was given a very unique and privileged opportunity earlier this week that I said ‘yes’ to without even an ounce of hesitation.

Keren Brown, creator of FoodPortunity, and known around the blogosphere as “FranticFoodie”, has out done herself yet again with a Food Photography Workshop in Seattle, called “FoodSnap!”.  It is the first of its kind in these parts, and I’m proud to say that I was asked to be a part of it.  I will be standing along side Lou Manna (man of the hour), Lara Ferroni, and Rina Jordan, in Kathryn Barnard’s studio!  It will be a true honor.

I can not wait to spend a day in the studio filled with food photographers and stylists, sharing our skills and techniques with one another!  What a treat!

Here is the Press Release:

Keren Brown Media and Foodista Present

FoodSnap!

SEATTLE, WA  (August 29, 2009) – Seattle’s first of it’s kind all-day workshop for food photography, titled FoodSnap! will take place September 18th at the historic Georgetown Ballroom (inside the former Rainier Brewery) at 5890 Airport Way S.

The event, organized by Keren Brown Media and Foodista.com, will feature New York food photographer Lou Manna, (LouTheMan.com), the Olympus Visionary and New York Times photojournalist, commercial photographer, educator and author of Digital Food Photography. Lou is an associate professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York and a consultant in the Food Studies Program at New York University. He also teaches digital food photography workshops in his studio, and accepts students for private, hands-on classes.

Lou will lead the workshop with the assistance of food photographer and blogger Lara Ferroni (platesandpacks.com) as well as Seattle’s top food photographers and stylists, Rina Jordan (rinajordanphotography.com), Charity Burggraaf (charitylynne.com )and others.

The location, known as Georgetown Studios, is an ideal venue for photography and is often rented for commercials and advertising shoots. It is owned by Kathryn Barnard (kathrynbarnardphoto.com), a professional photographer whose work has been featured in top publications such as Seattle Magazine, NW Home and Garden and Ladies Home Journal.

FoodSnap! is open to anyone interested in food photography. The target audience of FoodSnap! is food bloggers, food-related social media, food companies and food photographers. Cost is $159 which includes all fees for registration before September 4st. (Price will be $180 thereafter.) Attendance is limited to 75 participants.

Tickets can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets

The sponsors, whose products will be used in the displays to be photographed, include Emily’s Chocolates, Frost Doughnuts, Fooducopia, Wink Cupcakes Teaosophy and Red Ticking.

Kathy Casey will be serving a Foodsnap Gelee signature cocktail that will be used as photo inspiration as well.

The organizers will host a photography contest immediately after the event, providing participants with the incentive to upload pictures taken at the event and further enhancing the visibility of the photos and food products.

Please check website periodically for details on contest and where to upload pictures to be reviewed.

The Mayflower Park Hotel is offering a special rate for out-of-town participants, $139 plus tax for a classic guest room.

Media: To request an interview with Lou Manna, please email :kerenlovestocook@gmail.com

SCHEDULE for FoodSnap!

No Experience Required
http://www.foodista.com/foodsnap



GeorgetownStudios

5890 Airport Way S.

Hours: 10 am -5 pm

MORNING

Lou Manna will review and critique each participant’s food blog or photographs. He will show his own blog, Digitalfoodphotos , and social network site DigitalFoodPhotography .

Following that he will use a Power Point presentation to provide an overview of the basics of digital food photography and tricks of the trade. He will review the different features found on most digital cameras, highlighting how they can be used correctly to photograph in any situation.

LUNCH BREAK- lunch will be provided

AFTERNOON

The afternoon will be dedicated to hands-on practice.

Groups of participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at food photography with the help of Lou Manna and Washington State’s own food photographers and stylists.

Lou will demonstrate how to work with each specific light source, how to use mirrors, diffusers and small white cards to create mouth-watering photographs with a simple point and shoot camera.

Participants will utilize new skills learned in the workshop to shoot each set up while Lou and his associates offer individual guidance to optimize each participant’s photographic techniques.

I’m not sure if tickets are still available – they went on sale yesterday afternoon, and from what I understand they were looking pretty slim this morning.  But if you are reading this, and are interested, go to http://foodista.com/foodsnap and see if you can snag a ticket before they are gone!


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