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.
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.
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:
My work is featured in the latest issue of Parents in a story about healthy, whole grain cookies you can bake at home. Now, I realize that this is Parents and recipes are often meant for kids, but these will surely please family members of all ages. I highly recommend the gluten-free Fudgy Brownie Sandwich Cookies. They're like an adult Devil Dog and way better for you! You'll be happy you ripped that recipe page out at the doctor's office (it wasn't me who said to do it). Food styling by Liza Jernow and prop styling by Carla Gonzalez-Hart.
When Anh-Minh and Meg (EIC and CD of Anthology Magazine) asked if Wild Apple would like to be a part of their "Forward Thinking" issue, Liza and I were truly honored. We really value that the ladies get what we aspire to do with the project: offer a new and different take on gluten-free cooking and eating. We aim to share recipes that reshape the way people think about gluten-free--you don't have to sacrifice anything when there is such a bounty of ingredients to work with, especially if you love cooking seasonally. So, for their final issue (yes--I know, it's sad) Wild Apple has shared three varied, though equally delicious, fall dessert recipes. We're rolling them out on the Journal, over the next handful of weeks, and here's a peek at how they appeared in Anthology.
Okay, I have a confession. Cranberry sauce might be my favorite thing about Thanksgiving. There's just something about it that makes the whole meal come together. It balances all of the rich, savory dishes with it's bracing sweet-tart punch. It's the essential counterpoint, in my book. How happy was I then, with my love for the cranberry and my New England roots, to head down to Birmingham and shoot Coastal Living's feature on the fruit? Pretty happy. Check out some fun uses for the humble cranberry in their latest issue, just in time for the holidays.
Over the summer I spent an afternoon hanging out in my neighborhood with British restauranteur and food writer Russell Norman. It was pretty darn awesome because he's a truly lovely person and has very good taste in Brooklyn restaurants. We visited Maison Premiere and feasted on oysters and bourbon-based cocktails, spent time in the garden at Roberta's, and basically demolished the ribs at Rye, all pictured below. Russell's book Spuntino: Comfort Food (New York Style) comes out on November third.
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