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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Behind the Scenes with Tony Romas

Just a few shots for you to enjoy from my day of shooting with Tony Romas. We spent half the day working outside on the patio, which was a first since I've been working with them. We typically shoot inside in a more controlled environment. We moved inside and continued shooting before they opened for lunch at 11:00 am. It was a long day, 12.5 hours!
Menu inserts with my work on them.

Aracelis Thompson, food stylist extraordinaire!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Citrus fun with Jackie Hoag

Jacqueline Hoag came by one morning last week for about an hour, and we took advantage of some beautiful citrus fruit that I had left over from another shoot. These photos were just snapped in my backyard on a nice sunny day. No makeup artist; no stylist. Just some good photo fun!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Shape Shifting Food

One consistent thing that always occurs when I work with the Roma's crew is seeing something in the food that is not really there. It seems to happen at least once every shoot day. So far we have seen a smiley face within a fried onion loaf, blue berries that look like staring eyes and some other things too perverse to mention involving white asparagus. This one is the best yet and came as a fun surprise!

Below is an early stage photo of chicken and waffles, while the food was still in the styling phase. We were in the process of moving both the top and bottom pieces of chicken around to achieve the best angle possible. The team was working a little faster than normal because the waffles were dying quickly. The food stylist was struggling to find the best side on the top piece of chicken. She flipped the piece over and placed it down to see if it was any better. I snapped this shot, looked at it on the laptop screen and immediately told her to flip it back over because it resembled a lizard almost exactly. Never in a million years!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Beauty Retouching Before and After

I don't typically share before and after retouching photos because most times the before image is just too raw. When you photograph someone this close, you are bound to see every little ugly bump and crevice no matter who is being photographed. This was a good image to share because it's very close to the original, just cleaned up quite a bit. 

The Steps:
  1. Skin cleaning (Healing Brush)
  2. Darkening holes in the hair above ear (Levels Adjustment Layer)
  3. Retouching under the eye (Healing Brush)
  4. Removing crease in the neck (Healing Brush)
  5. Correcting the neck silhouette (Liquify)
  6. Minimal arch on the brow (Liquify)
  7. Softening the shoulder and arm (Liquify)
  8. Softening and brightening the skin (Filter)
  9. Hair sharpening (Filter)
  10. Brightening highlight in the eye (Levels Adjustment Layer)
  11. Darkening the hair (Levels Adjustment Layer)

This photo is of BMG Model Angelica Streetman. Hair and Makeup by Simone Rosas with Makeover Station.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Johnson + Wales University Alumni + Prop Shopping

Had a fun yesterday morning with two graduates of Johnson and Wales University, Rhode Island. The first was Executive Chef Lenny DeGeorge with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts US. He had a great personality and told the story about the first thing he every cooked. At age 13, he followed a recipe in The Joy of Cooking to make artichokes that his father had given him. He was so meticulous about it, he even used a ruler a measure how to cut properly. Second was President of Capital Grille, John Martin. He shared a little fun fact that he has seven sisters! 

With Lenny DeGeorge, Executive Chef, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts US
With John Martin, President, Capital Grille

After the shoot, Lauren and I went prop shopping at Ikea for some "rustic" and textured items to use when photographing Florida citrus fruit for some Christmas catalogs. The $50 budget went fast, but I got some great things! (Who doesn't love Ikea!)
Prop shopping at Ikea.