Southern California Vegan Eats

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!

Lifestyle & Fashion Portraits

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.

Eaternity Cookbook

Eaternity: More than 150 Deliciously Easy Vegan Recipes for a Long, Healthy, Satisfied, Joyful Life by Jason Wrobel

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.

 

VegNews Updates

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.

Superfoods 24/7 Cookbook

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)

Happy Herbivore: Holidays and Gatherings

Aside from Greens 24/7I 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!

So, check out some of my favorite recipes and photos from Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings and take a look at the other cookbook that I’ve done for her, Happy Herbivore Light & Lean! 

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Photography 101: Home

Today is the first day of the Photography 101 course, put on by WordPress! With as many things as I shoot for freelance assignments, it’s easy to forget that exploring with photography can be so fun and really get your wheels turning. It’s those reasons that made me curious to participate in this course and I can’t wait to share all of these photos with everyone!

The first topic is Home. I’ve lived in Southern California, near Long Beach, for a majority of my life and have had many memories in the city of Long Beach. One of the more recent memories there was celebrating my dad’s retirement at a dinner near the marina. There were some rain clouds, but it hadn’t begun to rain just yet and the sunset was beautiful; so, I took a picture of the harbor. Here it is for you to check out!

Herrick Sloggett Wedding

To say that I was honored to be the photographer for my friend Kristina‘s wedding would be an understatement. Firstly, it was my first experience as a wedding photographer, I have shot events in the past but not anything that was this important. So, I can’t thank Kristina enough for having faith in me, especially to shoot it by myself! I’ll be honest, I was mostly nervous and stressed the entire time; but overall it was fun and I enjoyed spending so much time with Kristina, her husband Jason, and all of their family and friends.

I took just under a half-million photos (HA! Yeah, right), so I can’t post them all here, but I definitely wanted to share some of my favorites. I should also mention that the wedding was at the Nines Hotel in Portland, OR., where the weather is usually mild, but this particular weekend (September 6, 2014) it was 100F!! This made for hot wedding parties atop the hotel, but I’m pretty pleased with how a lot of the photos turned out.

As far as weddings go, this was one of the funniest, funnest and tastiest that I’ve been to. Congratulations to Kristina and Jason on their marriage! ❤

Bride’s Makeup and Hair by Elise Saporta of Salon Shibumi

Catching up with Vegan Cuts

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.

Happy Herbivore: Light & Lean

All photos owned by Jackie Sobon – Copyright 2013