Client: Wine Spectator

Creative direction: I loved that this editorial shoot let me explore a different visual style. I worked with the team from Wine Spectator and chef Victor Flores on the cover and feature package for the magazine’s tequila issue. In fact, the style was also a departure for the magazine, which usually spotlights bottles against a white background; instead, the textured blue backdrop for the cover makes the whole scene almost look painted. For the article spotlighting Chef Flores’s recipes, we referenced cookbooks and food magazines from the 1970s. The photos feature lots of bold color, stylized propping, strong light and deep shadows to evoke a lavish holiday meal in the chef’s native Mexico. 

Crew: Prop stylist, prop stylist assistant, Wine Spectator photo director and editor, chef Victor Flores and his assistant