food photography

raise your hand if you love cake | happy birthday Sebastian!

Sebastian.

A charming, energetic little smiler.

Who likes cake.

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This little boy came to me - well, he snagged a ride from his parents - for his one year portraits. We had quite the time… playing with blocks, pretending to sweep, climbing stairs, sitting on chairs and stools. And then… the big finale. The Cake Smash.

Sebastian is not shy around cake. He dove right in. And loved every second of it. (Ok, so did we!)

Afterwards mom and dad literally peeled his clothes off and put him into pajamas for a great, post-sugar-rush sleep.

Happy birthday, little one!

Wauwatosa Photographer Takes on Food | 10 days in Tosa

We interrupt this steady stream of families and high school seniors -- for a snack!

I spent the last few months visiting some of the 10 Days in Tosa participants to photograph their food. Their really delicious-looking, temptation-inducing, mouth-watering FOOD.

Watch this and see if you're not drooling, too...

As your average visitor of restaurants, going out for a night on the town or a family dinner, I would meet the usual lineup of staff: the host or hostess, waitstaff, bussers, and MAYBE the manager. But as a photographer visiting a restaurant during off-peak hours, I had the opportunity to peek behind the curtain, if you will. I met the marketing directors, managers, chefs, cooks and at one location, I met the Culinary Director for a group of eateries. 

The big thing I recognized with all of these individuals, no matter who I was working with that day, they took the upmost care with their specially handcrafted dishes. These meals were made with heart and soul and love and passion. It showed... both on the plate and in their eyes.

It was a beautiful thing to see, the relationship between the chef and the dish - it was like he wanted to hold onto his creation forever yet simultaneously share it with the entire world. Parting with your art can be difficult... I'd imagine more so when the recipient's only job is to destroy it by cutting and chewing and making it disappear. 

So the question remains - on this first day of 10 Days in Tosa, whose culinary creation will you dive into?

Tosa Farmer's Market Opening Day | Stories Framed Photography | Wauwatosa Photography

Opening Day of the Market. That is such an accomplishment, and if you live in Wisconsin (or the midwest, for that matter) you totally understand why.

It's not simply the first day of Tosa's outdoor market to buy fresh vegetables and locally made foods. It's a sign that WE SURVIVED WINTER. We did it. We beat the cold. Plus, it is a true miracle that anything even grew this spring following those -1,000 degree wind chills. (That's cold!) Not only are we seeing crops coming back, but flowers, trees and plants of all kind have bloomed, the grass has turned green and I'm finally wearing flip flops again. Hallelujah! 

In honor of the first day of the Tosa Farmer's Market and its Maker's Market, surviving winter and no longer having to wear 14 layers of wool to keep warm, I present this select group of images as AWARD WINNERS. No way, you say. You won an award for these pictures??? No. I did not. But I am giving the people, vendors and objects in these pictures special (imaginary) awards.

Without further ado...

Tosa Farmer's Market Opening Day '14 Awards Ceremony


PILLOW MOST LIKELY TO BE PURCHASED BY A CURRENT MEMBER OF THE FDA.

Cheese reigns!

COOLEST TEXTURED SOAP AT THE MARKET.

I just want to buy these soaps to photograph them. That is all.

ASPARAGUS MOST LIKELY TO BE IN THE ARMY.

At attention, Sergeant Green.

MOST LIKELY TO APPEAR ON RIBS LATER THAT DAY.

Oh, they were good. Let's just say.... there is no remaining evidence so you'll just have to trust me on this one.

BEST USE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN ON GREETING CARDS.

I really like these cards. They are right up my alley: clean, graphic, bold, a little cute and a little modern. 

BEST COMBINATION OF FAT, LITTLE ANIMALS, WOOD AND EATING UTENSILS.

Seriously. The. Cutest. Forks.

MOST INTERESTING FUNGI IN ALL THE LAND.

I think this is considered "one" mushroom as they are all attached. Hm. It's all so bizarre looking that I just want to keep staring.

BEST THING EVER. BLUE RIBBON FOR CREATIVITY.

No words needed.

Sidebar -- this is the vendor who everyone laughed at. In a good way, of course.

CUTEST GIRL IN A STROLLER.

Look who I ran into! Cute little Harper strolling along through the market with her mom and big brother. She took one look at me and SNAP! I just couldn't resist her face.

See you next week at the Tosa Farmer's Market. I look forward to meeting new people, seeing new faces and terrifying my kids with random new vegetables that I bring home for them.

Oh, did you say that you're in the market (haha, get it?) for some updated family portraits? Here's an idea -- how fun would it be to take some shots of you and your family at the Farmer's Market? There are so many beautiful and lush nooks and crannies around the area that we can go to afterward. The market would be a fun and fresh addition to a family session. Let's do it! Email me today to reserve your Saturday morning (they are very limited). 

A Peek Behind the Curtain | week 3

I love taking pictures of food. Ha, but not because I'm some serious foodie. 

I like capturing what I eat - will it be the same next month? Next year? In five years?

I like capturing the food's details - the colors, textures, the hot and cold of it. 

And then, sometimes, my meal happens to be the only thing that would sit still for me that day. :)

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week 3

01.13.14

I have become a lettuce snob. Over the summer I made a habit of buying lettuce - just like this - by the pound at the Tosa Farmer's Market. Seeing that it is winter in Wisconsin, I had to improvise my salad ingredients. I bought a big container of this lettuce from Costco and LOVED it. When I can't get all the way to Costco, I buy it from the grocery store but oh, wow, it's so expensive there! Knowing that I will eat it (all) and it tastes better than a regular head of green or red leaf lettuce, it makes the extra cost worth it.