CASE STUDY: Black and White

Client: Personal project

Creative direction: After working on a number of client projects involving bold color, I wanted to experiment with black and white. Master food stylist Charlotte Omnès and I collaborated on this series: We gathered interesting food products and kitchen tools, and assembled them into vignettes based on a whimsical or eye-catching central object. We created distinctive groupings of food and objects that reminded us of classical still life paintings. As you can tell we were heavily inspired by Irving Penn. Each shot has a theme, like “Hunter-Gatherer,” which includes bones, plants, quail eggs and other unexpected items.

I always wondered why there isn’t much BW food photography out there, and after I finished this personal project, I understand why! Light, shadow and arrangement are especially challenging when you’re working in black and white. Explorations like this allow me to sharpen my skills and expand my capabilities.


Crew: food stylist Charlotte Omnès

CASE STUDY: Culture magazine

Client: Culture magazine

Creative direction: How do you make a wedge of cheese look interesting? It’s all about design and propping — and about working with an experienced cheesemonger who knows how to bring out each cheese’s visual best. The design team at Culture magazine envisioned a comic book-like graphic style for their Best Cheeses of the Year special issue. I worked closely with the magazine’s art director to anticipate the layout needs and to shoot each cheese — about 100 in all — to support the design. We photographed featured cheeses on colored backgrounds for the chapter openers and on white backgrounds with minimal propping for interior pages. Who knew Feta could look so beautiful?

Crew: art director, cheesemonger

CASE STUDY: Laura Silverman

Client: Laura Silverman

Creative direction: On her much-followed website Glutton For Life, Laura shares stories and recipes inspired by her life in rural Pennsylvania. A former art director for Bergdorf Goodman, Laura has a natural talent for design and style. Laura and I worked together to create a series of short web videos to expand her brand and web presence. We shot video during an extended shoot, with Laura providing creative direction; I then edited the work into 60-second videos and 15-second trailers for Instagram.

Crew: video assistant, food assistant


Client: Personal project

Creative direction: I’m constantly looking to explore new creative directions, play with different looks and develop new styles for my photography — it’s part of my life as a creative person. Food stylist Julia Choi and I had fun producing this series of color studies based on Pantone’s 2017 color forecast. Inspired by hues like Flame, Yarrow and Greenery (Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year), we assembled a group of images showcasing bold colors, simple props, natural light and deep shadows. We created a bit of movement in each image — drizzling honey, scattered crumbs — to give the work a dynamic quality. The project offered a great opportunity to test ideas and techniques that Julia and I can bring to our client work.

Crew: food stylist