It’s not every day that you get to photograph your friend and her family for the cover of a magazine! Monica Pierini not only modeled for the most recent cover of Parents Latina, along with her husband and son, she also food styled the entire feature! Here’s a little sample below. So pleased with how this one turned out! The pattern, the color, the authentic vibrancy of Monica’s beautiful family. Prop styling by Carla Gonzalez-Hart, wardrobe by Laura Pritchard, hair and makeup by Briana Chapman.
Happy Fourth of July, everyone! Enjoy the grill, the ice cream and this new story out in Parents Magazine!
When I heard from the photo editor at People Magazine that The View's Sunny Hostin had her own chickens, I thought: I'm going to get along with this woman. And that I did. Sunny and her family are gracious even when you interrupt their Sunday goings-on for a photo shoot for the Hollywood at Home issue of People. The issue is out this week--enjoy Sunny's 1920's Tudor starting on page 76!
I love when projects allow me to the chance to craft a brand story through lifestyle, still life and interiors photography. It’s even better when everything takes place in an enviable Brooklyn townhouse location. My recent collab with The Working Assembly for Zola was all of these things and with a great creative crew to boot! Production by Northern Spy Productions, prop styling by Martha Bernabe and grooming by Susan Phear.
One of the perks of my work is that I get to see the back of house of some of the best restaurants out there. It’s a nostalgic love of mine too--being in a restaurant kitchen--having grown up in my family’s own. The ever-greasy, squishy mat-studded floors that I now find underfoot at work are enough to take me back to being four feet tall, admiring the smells and skills before me.
It never ceases to amaze me, a self-professed slow and messy home cook, to watch the staff do their dance--so focused and efficient. And yet, all this bustle is well hidden behind the serenity and curated interiors of the dining room. I recently photographed both Danny Meyer and Marcus Samuelsson in the art filled spaces of two of their respective restaurants: the new Union Square Café and the southern-inspired Red Rooster in Harlem. Both men are fun and gracious and fed me well (best collard greens I’ve ever had, Marcus!) It felt wonderful to connect with two of the greats in the restaurant biz, all in a month’s work.
It’s been really satisfying to work with Parents art director Emily Furlani on their "Supper is Solved" food section over the last several months. As the magazine moves into its full redesign, I've been tasked to contribute in evolving the section and we couldn't be having more fun experimenting! The latest feature included a lightened up array of grilling options with a family-friendly vibe and some very summery light, which I love!
Summer is all about shooting things in season: peaches and tomatoes, lush trees, people with their feet in the cool water of a placid lake. Naturally, it’s always slightly torturous for me to wait an entire year for these editorials to hit the newsstand. I’m excited to finally share an idyllic fish fry story I shot in Alabama last summer for Country Living. It was damn hot and the sprinklers turned on on my gear, but we all got to jump in after we wrapped, immediately erasing any challenges from our minds! Recipes by Dawn Perry, food styling by Marian Cooper Cairns, and prop styling by Heather Chadduck Hillegas.
When Garden & Gun suggests a quick hop over to Bermuda to document the local scene for a summer travel story, there is only one option...pack your suitcase, find a cute assistant, and get on the plane!
The weather had plans of its own (all in all there were only 5 hours of sunshine to work with!) but the amazing views, healthy GF breakfasts, and colorful towns made the trip totally worth it. Favorite moments included a taxi-ride around the island that brought me unexpectedly to the hotel where my parents honeymooned, the steady stream of delicious meals courtesy of sous chef Paul Higgins at Marcus’, and the stunning water of Horseshoe Bay.
Pick up the current issue of Garden & Gun for the full story!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with one of my dear friends, Rob Goodman, to record an episode of his new podcast called Making Ways. Rob and I have been buddies since our first day of college at Syracuse University, where we found ourselves living on the same floor and bonding over art and music. On Making Ways, Rob chats with creative professionals about the unexpected paths they took to get to where they are now. Rob and I discuss how I grew up in a food-obsessed family, the random way that I got my first job out of college at Martha Stewart, the truth about travel photography, and how it’s really good to do the things that scare you. Listen to the episode here! Also, please check out an accompanying article that PDN ran here.
Illustration by Rob Goodman
Last month I had the chance to visit New Orleans for my friends at The Kitchn, and while it was not my first encounter with this magical city, I’m never bored with it. NOLA has a special way of making you enjoy going with the flow and creating new experiences. What started off as a trip with goals and plans ended with my flight back home being grounded, extra time in the Crescent City, and a masquerade ball and dinner hosted by Mario Batali for the Link Stryjewski Foundation (an organization that supports local youth empowerment groups). I scrambled to find something to wear, but it was totally worth it as the Bal Masqué featured an amazing array of dishes by some of the best chefs around the country. My favorite dish of the weekend was a boozy, citrusy, Baked Alaska type thing called “Satsuma Business,” born from the minds of Babbo’s Rebecca Deangelis and Nick Morgenstern. In typical over-the-top New Orleans style, The Kitchn’s Managing Editor and I stole a whole one from a nearby table and dug in with spoons after finishing our own slices. And though I may not rock an evening gown with high tops again for the foreseeable future, I’m grateful for another wonderful trip, surprises included.
I love eating in season for different reasons, chief of which are a more delicious flavor and minimizing my carbon footprint. In winter in the Northeast, it's a bit tough with fruit of course--it's just not being grown nearby. In order to get my vitamins from real food, I'll make some concessions and eat things from a bit farther way than I do during the rest of the year. California and the South offer some of the winter fruit in this story I shot for Parents Magazine, which in winter is pretty much the best I can do! Check out the issue for more info on why these fruits are good for you as well as how to shop for and prepare them. Prop styling by Nidia Cueva and food stying by Jerrie Joy.
If you’re anything like me, dreams of having a fireplace come into play this time of year. Lean into that by opening up the latest issue of Country Living and check out a fantastic 200-year-old New Hampshire saltbox I shot last fall.
I had a really fun time collaborating with Beardwood + Co. on my latest branding and packaging project. Little Secrets are candy-coated chocolates that come in really nice adult flavors like Sea Salted Peanut and Toasted Coconut. They're made with fair-trade chocolate, fruit and vegetable extracts for coloring, and don't contain corn syrup. My kind of treat! Our images showcase each flavor with fresh ingredient cues and are being used across all packaging and Little Secrets' new site.
Food styling by Cyd McDowell
I have a new advertorial out in the most recent issue of Real Simple! This shoot was for Lorissa’s Kitchen, a great company who makes gluten-free jerky. I’d never had jerky before this assignment (I know, I know) but now I see what the fuss is all about—such a good snack! Food and prop styling by Chris Lanier.
Sometimes I get an assignment that feels so perfectly suited to my personal interests that I think: yes—this client really gets me! Parents Magazine gets me. Put me in a backyard in Montréal with chickens, produce spilling out of raised beds, and kids getting their hands dirty, and I’m a happy photographer (and person). Add to this a handful of gorgeous recipes by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque and it’s a pretty ideal day. Check out Aimée’s blog Simple Bites for some fun behind-the-scenes shots and a well-written peek into our experience.
It's sort of an understatement to say that I was obsessed with dying Easter eggs as a kid. I loved the bright colors and the smell of vinegar, so coloring eggs was a perfect craft in my book. In my family, we definitely did not do anything more fancy than Paas tablets and I'm okay with that because now as an adult, I get to shoot stories like this one with beautiful crafts by Sarah Cave.
Starting the year off with a job in the Caribbean is always nice. Discovering a new island that feels so different from others I've experienced is extra special. Martinique is French and has a distinctly European feeling in its port city, Fort-de-France. The language and architecture set the scene for Europe and yet when you look above the storefronts and homes, you realize you're nestled up against beautiful, lush, mountains that spill into a deep blue sea. It's as simple as Europe meets the Caribbean and for me, it felt disorienting in the best way possible.
I'm very spoiled by having so many talented studio mates at the Dobbin Mews. We collaborate on projects, we wear each others' wares, and we're constantly inspired by seeing everyone's process and creations. I've shared a space with surface designer Helen Dealtry for five years now and am always amazed at the seeming ease with which she lays down color to make her gorgeous floral designs. Helen makes beautiful patterns for brands like Loeffler Randall, Of A Kind, and Madewell. She also has her own scarf line and teaches insightful and fun painting classes. British craft magazine Mollie Makes just ran a feature profile on her and I got to take the photos. Here are some favs and a peek into our space: