Last month, wedding season started with a bang! I photographed a gorgeous, joy-filled 3-day Indian wedding in New York, and since then it’s been shoot after shoot. This week, I am posting a series of food + party images from a recent collaboration between my team and Naturally Delicious in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Naturally Delicious is the professional home of chef and food stylist, Loren Michelle. Loren and I have a mutual appreciation for delicious food and beautiful imagery, and we enjoy collaborating whenever possible, whether it be on weddings or food photography workshops. When she told me that she was opening Private Dining Room (PDR) – a new business adjacent to her catering kitchen – I jumped at a chance to do a shoot on location.
Loren and her staff pulled out all the stops. The evening was full of food, drink, and warm conversation. What follows is a collection of images that I hope you will enjoy. The cooperative efforts by everyone involved made for a stunning and tasty dinner.
Learn how to improve your photography technique, how to use better lighting, master composition in a controlled setting and out in the field. Learn styling and plating from professional chef Loren Michelle and learn the tricks to photo editing, social media and blogging.
Special guest, Loren Michelle of Naturally Delicious will be helping with plating and styling. Her chefs will be preparing food for us to shoot on July 9th. On June 24th we will be dining out and shooting inside a local Brooklyn restaurant (Runner & Stone)!
I had the pleasure of photographing Camille and Jonathan’s wedding last year in May 2013. As I was looking through their images again almost a year later, one thing particularly strikes me–and that is the warmth they feel towards one another and towards their children–so beautifully evident in their faces throughout the ceremony and reception.
They chose the Foundry in Long Island City for its intimate and rustic rooftop garden. The sprawling ivy was perfect for creating natural, lush portraits of the bride and groom. The floral arrangements were full of radiant, exploding peonies. One special detail that I absolutely love from this wedding is the hanging altar piece. It was so elegant and lovely; I could hardly take my eyes off it!
I just returned from a beautiful Indian wedding in Locust Valley, New York. A huge affair spread over three amazing days! This week I’m busy developing film and editing images. The colors, the outfits, the emotions are all still very fresh and inspiring to me.
Meanwhile 2 of my New York weddings from last year are being featured on Style Me Pretty this week!
Here are pictures of Dana and Stuart’s gorgeous Jewish Fall wedding at Angel Orensanz in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. James Abel Events designed and planned this beautiful wedding.
When Dana and Stu were beginning to plan their wedding, there were several things that were important to them. Creating a fun, relaxed yet interesting environment for their guests was top on their list. With Stu’s love of Steve McQueen and Dana’s of Audrey Hepburn, these elements were definitely going to be incorporated. Overall, this wedding was one of the most unique, that totally embraced the couple and their interests.
A while back I posted about a cookbook project I was a part of last year. The final product turned out so well, I decided to share more images from this delicious shoot. The recipes and images in the Ultimate Nachos cookbook are full of fresh ingredients–perfect for preparing and sharing this spring and summer.
This cookbook has been described as a “Brooklyn-hipster-centric” project, and as a Brooklyn resident who likes to eat–I love that title. It was a pleasure to work with Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson, of Nachos NY, on this project.
Just a heads up–you will probably be hungry for nachos after looking at these photos!
More of my food photography can be seen on my Food Photography website Food and Art.
Food Styling by Sophia Loch / Cover Prop Styling by Kira Corbin
Karen has photographed two other cookbooks–a four-seasons project on location documenting the visually sumptuous culinary, farming and vineyard cultures of the Hamptons for the cookbook “Savoring the Hamptons: Discovering the Food & Wine of Long Island’s East End”, written by Silvia Lehrer and published by Running Press and “The Way We Cook”, written and styled by two Boston Globe food writers, Julie Riven and Sheryl Julian published by Houghton Mifflin.
With winter in full swing, I’ve been enjoying looking through the photos from Hanna and Jimm’s Catskills wedding at The Kaaterskill in Upstate New York. There was a crisp chill in the air that November day, and the sumptuously muted, autumnal colors of the surroundings were augmented by Saipua‘s gorgeous floral design. Hanna and Jimm’s wedding was a pleasure to shoot and the warmth in their photographs are a nice reminder of the beauty of this cozy season.
You may see more from their wedding on my website gallery page!
Last August, I had the awesome and unique experience of photographing for 3 full days in and around Santa Barbara, California, in organic tomato and corn farms, in dahlia-filled fields, farmers' markets and in a private lemon orchard.
Organized by Kelly Oshiro of Santa Barbara Chic, we decided to collaborate on this farm to table shoot from long distance. I was in New York, having never visited SB before. But with phone calls and scout pics, we were able to produce something great from afar. Before I headed out west, I just knew it would be a stunning and busy weekend of shooting.
From the moment I got there, we captured Santa Barbara's natural beauty. I shot the fresh fruits and vegetables at Santa Barbara's Saturday market, while our friend Ashley of Duo Eventswho was guiding us, chose the ripest produce cook. The following day he concocted a beautiful and delicious meal for Kelly's friends just north of SB. The friends had gotten together to celebrate Samantha + Todd's engagement, in Todd's family's garden just north of SB. The dining table was set up outside, decorated with the local dahlias Kelly and I picked from a nearby farm.
Only in California can one plan this kind of party, without the fear or rain, cold or hurricane coming through! Instead we were guaranteed a beautiful and lengthy sunset, and a sky filled with stars while candle light enhanced the mood.