Happy Holidays!


Wishing you much happiness and peace this holiday season!

It's been lovely sharing work and fun images this year with you via my blog, Facebook and Instagram.

See you in the New Year!


Food Photography & Styling Workshop at ICI restaurant – Recap!

It's been a couple of weeks of "down time" after my Food Photography & Styling Workshop to finally gather images together and write a recap of that awesome day.

In the interim I have been delivering many weddings to happy brides and grooms who got married in September and October. I photographed my last wedding of the year in the beautiful Catskills and then traveled to Kentucky for Thanksgiving with Chandler's relatives.

While I was away I received tons of praise and got sent images from my workshop attendees, thanking me for the fun time they had at my Food Photography workshop. I'm so flattered that Christina traveled from Wisconsin to attend! The other attendees came from NYC or Westchester and had varied backgrounds – some were wedding shooters, while others were bloggers or chefs-turned-photographers.

The Food Photography & Styling Workshop with special guest wedding planner and stylist Xochitl Gonzalez from A.a.B.Creates was at iCi restaurant. Ici is situated in Fort Greene, a beautiful historic neighborhood of Brooklyn, in an old house on Dekalb Avenue. The workshop took place on the parlor level which is infused with natural south-western light, ideal for photography.

I started off with a lesson on exposure using an all white still life styled by Xochitl:


I went on to explain the differences of using film and digital for still life photography. I showed a slideshow and then did a demo showing the precision of Polaroid + film shooting vs the ease and immediacy of digital.


(My awesome assistant that day, fellow photographer and friend Karen Cline shot these images of me :)


Blueberry pie I shot on film.

Xochitl's table-scape featured a unique tablecloth using the illustrations of Katie Fischer Design. Katie modelled her illustration of an elegant bowl of fruit from a still life painting her grandfather had done.

After the initial demos and slideshows, the rest of the day was devoted to hands on time, where the attendees could set up their own still lifes from the food and props provided by Xochitl and I, using some of the techniques they had just learned.KarenWiseWorkshopCollage3

The attendees were busy shooting at the various tables on different surfaces and textured linens:KarenWiseWorkshopCollage2


Some unique wooden surfaces I had purchased from Peg Leg Furniture made an appearance in many of the still lifes. So grateful to Tony Minnick for shipping them to me in time for my workshop!KarenWiseWorkshopCollage1


The above image I shot on film using a cutting board from an antique store in Kentucky, and with ingredients Xochitl purchased from the Green Grape Market. 


Then once Xochitl was ready, there was a big reveal of the stunning table scape she had created all morning!


"Ok, who wants to learn to do a food action shot?" Everyone gathered around one the of the tables for our last demo. There were many oohs and aahs from the crowd as the egg yolk was caught in mid air:



Some Polaroids of the blueberry pie before we devoured it ;) 


Hope you will stay tuned for my next workshop which I will host in February. Please also feel free to send suggestions for future workshops! (Either email me or leave a comment here) I'm curious to know if you prefer group or private workshops, and if you have a preference for food/still life workshops, or portrait/wedding workshops.

To learn about my photography workshops and for periodic updates sign up HERE!

Still a few Spots Left!



There are still a few spots left for next week's workshop with Karen Wise and Xochitl Gonzalez at iCi restaurant on 11/6 from 10-5pm.


To register click HERE http://karenwiseworkshop.bpt.me/


announcement designed by Katie Fischer Design

Upcoming Food Photography & Styling Workshop!


Please join me for a one day intensive Food Photography & Styling Workshop at iCi Restaurant in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. It's two weeks away, on Wednesday, November 6th, and there are still spots available!

Learn how to improve your photography technique, how to use better lighting, master composition, styling and photo edting. You will receive film photography tips from me as well!

Special guest, Xochitl Gonzalez, of A.a.B. Creates will be helping with styling that day. Learn how to prop-style a table from one of the most talented event designers in the city as Xochitl will be designing a gorgeous tablescape for us to shoot and later dine at.

Register HERE!


A little background: My interest in teaching
began when I was a teacher’s assistant for the Large Format class in the RISD
Photo Dept. I also TA'd for Photo 101 and the Lighting class. I have always
grasped the technical aspects of photography pretty well, and it’s always been
rewarding for me to share this knowledge.

I'll always remember
the professors who had an influence on me. Ann Fessler for her awesome
critiques and for pushing our bodies of work to the edge, Richard Lebowitz and
Henry Horenstein for emphasizing the importance of sound technique and darkroom
work, and Deborah Bright for imparting her knowledge of history onto us – those
stunning/piercing portraits by Dorothea Lange and Julia Margaret Cameron will
forever remain engraved in my mind. I owe it to many of them for their
encouragement and sometimes grueling honestly but mostly for seeing the merit
in my work.

On Nov 6th I hope to
share and also to hear about what you are currently working on to help you

Please click HERE to register for this awesome opportunity/investment. 

Investment: $500*

*All payments are non-refundable. In case of cancellation, you may find someone to take your spot.
(Space is limited to 14 students.)

Announcement design by Katie Fischer DesignPhotographs by Karen Wise for the Savoring the Hamptons cookbook.

Stonover Farm, Berkshires Wedding







































September is one of my favorite months of the year. In New York, New England and Quebec, where I spend a lot of time, the weather cools down perfectly while the foliage stays lush and colorful.

Last September, I had the pleasure of photographing Elisabeth and Peter’s gorgeous Stonover Farm, Berkshires wedding. It was a drizzly day, but the warmth and love really shone through in Elisabeth and Peter’s photographs.

Elisabeth + Peter’s talented vendors:

Venue: Stonover Farm | Caterer and Day-of Coordinator: Mezze Catering | Florist: Crocus Hale | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Lighting: Julie Seitel | Dress: Lela Rose from Mark Ingram Atelier | Shoes: Miu Miu | Tux: Hickey Freeman | Invitiations: Designed by Miko McGinty, printed by Coeur Noir

This wedding was also recently published on Style Me Pretty and in Flutter Magazine. The opening bouquet image was published in Flower Magazine. You may click here to see the SMP post, here to see it on Flutter, and here to see it inside Flower Magazine.


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Farm to Table Shoot in Santa Barbara: Dahlia Farm
















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 Events who 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 recent 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.

All of the above images were photographed on Fuji film. Wine provided by Cambria Estate Winery.

My film was developed, scanned and printed by the awesome Richard Photo Lab in LA.

Design Sponge Farm to Table Shoot

Check out my recently featured Design Sponge Farm to Table shoot! What a pleasure collaborating with stylist and producer Kelly Oshiro, Roots Farm and caterer Duo Events and more talented vendors on this shoot in Santa Barbara, California.

A Santa Barbara Farm to Table Dinner

A Santa Barbara Farm to Table Dinner





Excerpt from the Design Sponge’s Photo Essay: A Santa Barbara Farm-to-Table Dinner:

One of the best things about midsummer is the ready access to fresh, local food. Whether it’s from your neighborhood farmer’s market or just the grocery store, you can be sure to find extra ripe, full-flavored bounty this time of year – making it the perfect time for delicious dinner parties. Karen Wise, a Brookyn-based photographer friend of ours, recently sent us photographs of a beautiful farm-to-table dinner she worked on in Santa Barbara. Featuring fresh-picked flowers and a fully seasonal menu, these photos have us jonesin’ for our own outdoor summer festivities…

You may also see more of Karen’s food photography on her Food and Art website.



Image of the Month: Lemons and Kisses


Hope you are continuing to have a great summer!
I just returned from a long and lovely week of shooting a wedding in Massachusetts and then driving up to visit family and friends in Canada (my homeland). Spending time in Ontario’s “fruit belt” reminded me of a beautiful engagement dinner I photographed last year under the stars decorated with freshly picked dahlias, ripened fruits and local wines.
Here are a couple of images from that session, shot on film.
Stay tuned for a surprise feature later this afternoon!
couple: Samantha and Todd
styling + production: Kelly Oshiro
dinner: Duo Events
film development: Richard Photo Lab
produce: Santa Barbara Farmer’s Market
dahlias: Carpinteria flower farm
Get ready for Karen’s upcoming food and styling workshop to be held in mid-October in NYC.
To sign up and to get more info click HERE!

Ultimate Nachos Cookbook Photography

Ultimate Nachos Cookbook Cover

Ultimate Nachos, a new cookbook by Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson, which I photographed last May, was just released in bookstores! It has over 70 delicious nacho, guacamole, salsa and cocktail recipes!

I’m so in love with the cover image. Two days of cover shooting, and with added help from prop stylist extraordinaire, Kira Corbin, made it so worthwhile in the end. Can you believe the Ultimate Nachos cookbook photography took only 4 days to complete with over 100 images…

This St. Martin’s Press publication is selling on Amazon, B&N, Nachos NY, as well as at Urban Outfitters, so check it out!


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