Julia Moskin and Melissa Clark compiled all of the essentials for a successful Thanksgiving Feast in this sprawling NYT interactive. We shot for a week and then ate like it was already the holidays. Go check out all the goodies before you plan your holiday meals.
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I spoke at the FORK launch party a few months back. Fork is a new social media app for people who love to take pictures of food. Check it out here .
I receive a lot of messages through the various media outlets I participate in. The overwhelming majority of them are from people that are interested in learning more about food photography because of my role as workshop instructor and writer. I welcome the inquiries about upcoming events and the quick questions about cameras or lighting techniques. Most of the people who reach out are just like I was about 12 years ago…looking to reinvent themselves.
I also get the occasional college student or recent grad looking to hone their skills further or a pro shooter from a different discipline looking for some advice on how to tweak their approach for food. Mostly adults looking to find what they need to make a career or advance a hobby in food photography.
Then there was Sabriina Costa. I do not know Sabriina…she was just an email address and a request for some help which I gladly gave her. She sent me an email, like lots of others I get for a quick bit of advice about how to pick some equipment and how to diffuse light in a way appropriate for food. She did some research on the web, found me, looked at my work and decided I would be a good guy to ask. This all seemed pretty normal to me until the follow up email I got this week.
Sabriina Costa is a student at Westbourne Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia. She is 15 years old and decided to write and photograph a cookbook about her family and traditions and in particular the recipes of her Nonna. She took on this project, from what I could gather from her emails, with her grandmother about a year ago as a school assignment. What it has morphed into is an amazing testament to her love for her family. She has dedicated the project to the memory of her grandfather, her Nonno, who passed away from cancer in 2006. She is selling her book online and will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the Cancer Council.
As many of you may already know my blog was created in the memory of my Sicilian great-grandmother, who we called Mama. I helped Sabriina not really knowing what she was trying to do but the realization of what she has accomplished and what led her there sent chills up my spine.
The book is called Segreti Della Nostra Cucina or Secrets from Our Kitchen. I love this title. It speaks to the passion and intimacy that a true Italian kitchen really has. It reminds me of what I love about the way I learned how to cook. It makes me feel that the connection I feel to the foods of my childhood and the people I shared them with is a universal emotion. These feeling go to the core of why I do what I do. It is obviously what has driven Sabriina to do the same. I am more than happy to help her raise money for cancer…something I have my own intimate experience with since my mother, Terry, is a 12-year survivor. I am also quite impressed with the writing and photography in her book.
I am honored to have played even the smallest part in helping her produce a work so filled with love for people and a culture so similar to the things that inspired me and my career. Buy her book…it’s money well spent.
Here is a plate of Tomato Risotto for my friends at creativeLIVE. There are so many people to thank for what was a most incredible experience at creativeLIVE this past weekend that it is a bit overwhelming to think about.
First off, I would like to thank Co-Founder Craig Swanson and Arlene Evans, the Director of Photography Education for having the confidence in me to put me live on the air for 18 hours. I would also love to thank Executive Producer Amanda Caines for putting me together with Content Producer Michael Karsh and Editorial Manager Whitney Ricketts. They are two of the most organized, professional and most of all collected and kind people I have ever worked with.
I would also like to thank all of the creativeLIVE crew who worked on our segments and a special thank you to Susan Roderick and Jim Catechi, the on air hosts, who helped me stay relaxed, focused and on point. True pros. A big thanks to our Line Producers Lindsay Martin, Nin Robare and especially Celeste Olds who came out of “retirement” to work with us. Also, thanks to John Cornicello, my photo assistant, who stayed one step ahead of me for all three days.
Thanks to the guys in the booth and behind the cameras and running the sound, Adam Bauer, William Brown, Kellen Shimizu, Tracy Nystrom, Sam Graydon, Alex Walsh, Michael Rotchadl. And kudos to the PA’s Erin Stewart, Caitlin MacKintosh and Carolyn Palma. I am sure I am missing a few people but please know how grateful I am for your hard work and support you provided me.
I would also like to acknowledge my in-studio students. Firstly, Paola Thomas, my friend and biggest supporter. I would never have been here if it was not for your insistence that I belonged on creativeLIVE and how skillfully you put me together with them. Thank you to Kate Hailey, Leah Barad, Steve Sabrier, Leigh Olson, Pam Bolig and Kristin Tetuán. Your authenticity, eagerness to learn, your great questions and incredible hard work over these past days has been humbling. I admire your drive to find more in your photography and get better at this craft. Bravo!!!!
A special thank you goes to my friend Shauna Ahern. Your willingness to share of yourself, always and in all arenas is transformative for all of us. I was and I know the audience was honored to have you there to share your wisdom, triumphs and heartaches in your business and life. Inspirational is the least of it. You mentor us all.
Finally, I would like to thank the internet audience. The size of you blew my mind. Answering your questions actually helps me think and learn too. Your attention and interest were so vital to this project and you showed it everywhere. It was a profound experience for me.
If you want to visit my course page to purchase the class you still have a few hours to get the discounted price. It will be there for you to watch, as you need to and I hope you take advantage of all we shared over the past few days.
Here are a few shots from the cast and crew:
At 9am PST, Noon on the East Coast my creativeLIVE workshop which will span the next three days and will cover about 18 hours of material on all aspects of the food photography business will begin. I will show slides, perform demonstrations, have live students in-studio and interactions with the viewing audience via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can post photos and comments with the hashtag #foodphotoLIVE. There will be contests and give aways and I will be critiquing photos from my live students as well as the internet audience. We will have a guest on Day 2, Gluten Free Girl Shauna Ahern, who will share with us her thoughts about the role of photography in her business. I hope you can join in. You can enroll, watch it live or even watch it again immediately after we go off the air. You can also purchase the class and watch it anytime you like. See you there.
So, today we had a really great Google Hangout with the folks at creativeLIVE and Foodista. We had excellent questions from the audience and it was a lot of fun as a warmup to my creativeLIVE workshop
One day left to enroll. It’s still FREE!
Here is another stir fry from Martha. We’ll be talking about how to noodle around with noodles on Day 1. See you there.