Being vegan in Southern California has some serious perks. There are new restaurants, pop-ups, and vegan options appearing all over, all of the time! Here are some photos of recent food field trips around the area. You can find even more food pics/info on my instagram!
While playing with food is my favorite thing to do, occasionally I dabble in shooting portraits of people for various companies, publications and professional use. Below are some of my favorite shots from the past year! I look forward to experimenting with more lifestyle photography in the future, so that I can expand upon my creativity.
It’s nearly time for Eaternity: More than 150 Deliciously Easy Vegan Recipes for a Long, Healthy, Satisfied, Joyful Life by Jason Wrobel to be released out into the wild! This is great for several reasons: Jason is an amazing person and has great recipes, the book is gorgeous between the layout and design, and lastly, because I was fortunate enough to take the food photos for this beautiful creation.
Jason’s superfood-filled recipes are colorful, delicious and fun to shoot; which makes it easier on me as the food stylist and photographer. I also had the privilege of having Michelle Marquis, aka The Alchemist Chef, as an assistant on this project. Her help and presence was priceless and made this project a joy to work on.
The book is officially out April 5th and I highly recommend that you get your hands on a copy! Below are some of my favorites from the 80 recipes that I shot.
One of the newer developments in my life is one that is very exciting for me. In June, I was asked to join the VegNews Magazine team as their Sweet Eats columnist, as part of their relaunch and until the foreseeable future. Having a piece in VegNews has been a goal of mine for 4 years, so being in every issue was huge for me!
Since the relaunch, I have had my photos on two of the four covers, with a 2-page spread in the holiday issue, and a column in all four. In this post are some of what I’ve worked on with them, and I will do another update in 6 months or so, since the magazine comes out every other month.
I can finally share some of my favorite photos of Superfoods 24/7! You may remember the first book that I did in this series by Jessica Nadel of Cupcakes and Kale, Greens 24/7. Jessica is great at creating healthy, inventive, plant-based recipes, and I love helping her vision come to life with food styling and photography. The photo direction for the book was to keep it simple and natural, with minimal distractions from the colorful dishes.
I’m hoping to get more updates going on here, as a lot has happened in the last few months!
(All photos are by me, and I have the permission to share them from Quarto Publishing)
Late last year and for the first half of this year I was fortunate enough to be asked to work on a project by an ambitious and motivated friend of mine. She is Puerto Rican, as well as vegan, and is in the process of starting Casa Coqui, a Puerto Rican restaurant chain that is completely vegan and gluten-free. I did work on some menu development, but most of my involvement was in food styling and photography of this insanely delicious food. Below are some of the photos taken for the website, which you should definitely check out if you’re into delicious eats!
I went to Disneyland on Sunday, for the first time in a couple of months, to test out the new Nikkor 50mm 1.4G lens that I obtained around Christmas. I’ve casually shot a couple of things since getting it, but nothing noteworthy; so I figured that I’d take it out in the evening to practice low-light shooting with it.
The shallow depth of field is something that I need to get used to, as the focus is a little temperamental. This really only becomes a problem when I’m shooting on the run (as to not get trampled by crowds) because if I don’t get the focus just right, it ends up VERY wrong. Overall, I am really having some fun with this lens and would like to do more portraiture shooting with it and take it out for a daytime trip.
Aside from Greens 24/7, I also had the privilege of shooting quite a few pictures for Lindsay Nixon’s Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings! This cookbook is filled with easy-to-make dishes for every holiday from Easter Brunch to Christmas Eve Dinner, and everything in between. Plus, all of the recipes are plant-based/vegan!
Lindsay is always really great to work with, and with this project I got to dabble in styling larger group shots of food; which was pretty intimidating at first, then got easier with more and more practice. I think that I would still like to experiment more with those types of shots, I just need a bigger shooting area!
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I’m so excited to be sharing this post with you today! Sometimes, it’s really hard to keep pictures for cookbooks under wraps until they are published and in stores, and Greens 24/7: More Than 100 Quick, Easy, and Delicious Recipes for Eating Leafy Greens and Other Green Vegetables at Every Meal, Every Day was definitely one of those books. I was fortunate enough to take the photos of Jess’s, of Cupcakes and Kale, first cookbook mid-2014; and it was one of my favorite large projects to date.
Jess’s food is colorful, balanced, delicious and imaginative, so it made it really easy to love cooking/styling/shooting these dishes. Here are just a few of my favorite shots from the book, as I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you. 😉
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It’s been quite some time since my last update, but it’s only because I have too much to share with you! I’ve gone into my third year of working with Vegan Cuts and it just keeps getting better and better. Here is a gallery of some of the projects that I’ve worked on with them.
I’ve had a lot of fun with their themed subscription boxes and styling each one for a specific feel. Two of my major favorites are the Luxe Beauty box and the Sundae Kit, and maybe the Men’s Grooming Box is tied with those two.
Sidenote: All styling and photography is done by me.