Saturday, April 30, 2011

Food Network Magazine/ Tea Sandwiches

Photography: Sang An
Photography: Sang An
Photography: Sang An
Photography: Sang An
Photography: Sang An




Of course it's all the rage this weekend, England that is! With our young future King William getting hitched and all. Maybe it's just me but Tea Sandwiches just seems so English! This booklet that appears in the May issue of Food Network Magazine just hit new stands. This was actually my first job for this year, 2011. It was great to team up with Sang An sanganphotography.com I have not worked with Sang for awhile but am a big fan of his work.


It was a simple shoot really, The color palette minimal and really the sandwiches prepared with much skill by Food Stylist Annie Disrude spoke for themselves. I used simple graphic printed paper and cloth napkins mainly in polka dot patterns but I did get my vintage Rosenthal Teacup in there which makes me happy as I am mad collector!


Hope you enjoy the story, It's Tea Time!   

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Garnet Hill/ Summer Already!

Photography: Maura McEvoy
Photography: Maura McEvoy
Photography: Maura McEvoy
Photography: Maura McEvoy
Photography: Maura McEvoy
Photography: Maura McEvoy

In the latest catalogue for New Hampshire based company Garnet Hill, www.garnethill.com I worked for the first time on their Summer edition. All the gang at Garnet Hill all work so hard and it was great to meet such a dedicated crew. Casey and the set guys whip those sets up right in front of your face! What you may not realize is that all these wonderful shots are in a studio with walls held up with sand bags, With my world as you have probably gathered, it's always a world of illusion. We all had a recent conversation over a beer recently in local hangout "Social 2055" www.facebook.com/pages/SOCIAL-2055 in New Hampshire that as kids we all like to play "house" creating worlds out of blankets, cardboard boxes or just nature and here we are in life doing the same thing. Our trusty leaders Jennifer Bianco and Amy Schroeder Prawitz work tirelessly on creating set designs and themes. Thanks also to my trusty sidekick Jeanne Lurvey who deserves a "Truckers Medal" driving up our U Haul from NYC and assisting me for over 3 weeks on this project.

When you work on a Catalogue like this, You marvel at the skill of a Bed Wrangler/ Stylist, Fern and her assistant Michael are simply amazing, I have done a lot of soft styling in conjunction with props myself on bedding ranges, One of my main clients for many years was Sheridan Australia, www.sheridan.com.au When working on such a large number of stacks and beds however you need to be almost zen about your approach and incredibly focused, making a bed perfect looking requires years of practise. I am so grateful that my job this time, (which is big enough) allowed me to focus on just the props, perfecting those beds is high pressure, every crease is under the microscope and as the saying goes "The camera never lies"  

I won't hide the fact that in the dead of winter, New Hampshire can seem very remote and a tad scary with slippery roads and other perils (I am yet to see a moose! : ) However it is also a place of incredible beauty! I have never seen so much snow! 

The challenge as a Stylist in a remote area is finding "stuff" with the aid of a truck full of props that we drove up 9 hours from New York and a few great stores in town such as "Just L" www.facebook.com/MidModLiving owned by dynamic duo Lance and Greg we were set. Last but not least, Maura McEvoy, www.mauramcevoy.com who incidentally has the most beautiful website in town photographed these and with an ex Stylist's eye, she is a pleasure to work with because she understands and appreciates the right props and their quiet power! ; )

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Here Comes the Bride!

Cover was actually shot on loaction in L.A by Melanie Acevedo
Photography: Hallie Burton
Photography: Hallie Burton
Photography: Hallie Burton
Photography: Hallie Burton
Photography: Hallie Burton
Photography: Hallie Burton except for silos
Photography: Hallie Burton
Photography: Hallie Burton, except shot with models
Photography: Hallie Burton
Photography: Hallie Burton, The bathroom image was a re shoot based on my original
Photography: Hallie Burton
Photography: Hallie Burton

Photography: Hallie Burton


Last Year in the end of Fall, It was time again to embrace Spring which in Minneapolis can be difficult when off to the flower markets with icicles hanging off your car! The reason was Clubb Wedd, Target’s Bridal Registry Catalog. I was excited to be shooting with longtime collaborator Hallie Burton www.hallieburton.com.

I won’t lie it was a big big job, multiple sets, endless trips to Target stores till 9pm most nights pulling stock for the next day’s shoot, My team Lynn, Herb and I did an amazing job of pulling it together, Thanks guys! We all deserve to catch the bride’s bouquet! ; )   

With multiple sets being shot at the same time, It can’t go without mentioning the other Stylist, Natasha Louise King, who styled other still life sections of the book, she is always a source of inspiration and does beautiful work, You can read more about her on www.creamylife.com Art Directors Graham Hall and Alyson Frahm had a great vision and I loved the palette and concept, right up my alley. The feel was bright, graphic, fun and with a sense of humor intact.

We shot this job over a 3 week period, I spent many many days sourcing just the right wallpaper, props, furniture, bathroom fixtures, flowers etc that all went towards the job, also working through the sets with Steven Veit at Zeroth Set Building, who tirelessly did a marvelous job.

Here comes the Bride and like everybody, she loves a trip to Target!    

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Props that got away

Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay


Nearly every large shoot I do there is always those props that don’t make it into the shots, Maybe they are deemed too left of field, Maybe there just not quite the right fit but between you and me, often they are the most interesting, Ssshh!

I often look at the excess props and think; why oh why could they could they not have had their moment? Every Prop Stylist will tell you, often being the “Caretaker of Objects” means you feel you have a responsibility to allow each and every prop to shine but sometimes there is only so many times a prop can be rejected or overseen by camera or client, some are just simply misunderstood. You learn pretty quick that sometimes there is no rhyme or reason, it’s just not their time and you have to accept that as beautiful as they may seem, they will see a brighter day.

On a recent shoot, I have vowed though never to let it totally happen again, I made a point to my Assistant Jeanne that for every shoot where groupings or themes are missed, I will take “artfully” arranged photos with a handy application and allow them to have new life on this blog, I hope you enjoy some recent examples.