Evernote for Photographers: Part 1

I’ll admit this right off the bat: I am an Evernote addict.

I use Evernote to keep track of all aspects of my personal and professional life, but the real life changing aspect of Evernote is how I’ve learned to use it to keep track of my photography business. As any photographer knows, running a photography business is more than just making beautiful images. For every photo shoot that I get hired for, there are hours, days, and weeks of administrative work that goes on behind the scenes, whether it is my day to day accounting and marketing tasks, or the coordination of large scale production shoots.

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Salt Crusted Fish Recipe

An ancient dish that is easy to prepare and will wow even the most cynical of your foodie friends.

When I am cooking there are two things that I always try to accomplish in addition to making something that tastes amazing: simple preparation (I’m a busy guy after all) and a great presentation (because I’m a food photographer, duh). Both of these characteristics are married together in one beautiful dish that is sure to impress your guests: Salt Crusted Fish.

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Beverage Photography: The Salty Dog Cocktail

I am an unashamed dog person. After adopting a rescue mutt from a local shelter, I went from being the guy who merely tolerated other people’s pets, to the guy who turns off the tv if there is any hint of violence to animals. And because of this canine-love I was pleased to find this perfect not-so-sweet and salty cocktail to finish out the salt issue of The Insatiable Lens: The Salty Dog Cocktail.

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The Insatiable Lens: Premiere Issue

At the end of each year I put together a larger-than-normal promotional mailing, mainly targeted at the clients that I have worked with over the past year. And while this is definitely a form of self-promotion for my business, I also see it as a thank-you to all the fantastic clients that I have had the opportunity to work with. I couldn’t make it as a professional photographer without these fine people putting their trust in me and my skills, and I am very grateful to all of them. Every day I work very hard to live up to the high creative and professional bar that my clients set for me. Seriously, a big thank you to everyone.

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Editorial – Peacemaker Lobster & Crab

Lobster Boil

The Lobster Boil at Peacemaker Lobster & Crab in St. Louis, MO.

 

Chef Kevin Nashan is an institution in St. Louis. His first restaurant, Sydney Street Cafe has received numerous awards and is on the top of everyone’s list of great places to eat in St. Louis. He recently opened up a second restaurant down the road from Sydney Street called Peacemaker Lobster & Crab. As you can tell by the name, Peacemaker has a focus on shellfish but even if you’re not a fan of lobster (although who isn’t) there is lot of other great food to choose from as well … brisket po’boy with a side of fried green tomatoes anyone?

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St. Louis Food Photographer: Ultimate Sandwich Shoot

Who wants a sandwich? How about six of them? In August I had the opportunity to photograph five of the most popular sandwich shops in St. Louis for Feast Magazine. The art director, Lisa Allen, has a thing for stacking things when we do our studio shoots and this shoot was no different. After we’d made the beauty shots of each individual sandwich, we broke out the skewers and went to work.

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St. Louis Food Photographer: Hawaiian Flavors

If you say you don’t like Spam then you are no friend of mine. Sure, I shot a lot of high end food but when you get right down to it, can you really beat super-processed meat that contains more chemicals than actual meat-like ingredients? Ok, fine, I can understand your hesitation, but seriously, if Spam is prepared properly and paired with good ingredients? Delicious.

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St. Louis Food Photographer, Feast Magazine Cover August 2014

I’m pleased to report that one of my images was chosen for the cover of the August 2014 Issue of Feast Magazine. This is the Feast 50 issue, and there are tons of amazing photographs of food and beverages by myself and the other amazing photographers that I have the pleasure of working with. Pick up a copy at your local newstand or you can read the issue online at feastmagazine.com

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Healthy Hawaiian Pizza

Healthy Hawaiian Pizza

I love making pizza at home, and have gotten pretty good at a variety of different styles and crusts. When I make pizza at home, in general, it is much more healthy than it is when I go out for a pie, if for no other reason than I make my pizza’s smaller at home, and I usually go with minimal toppings for both taste and practicality (home made pizzas can get easily bogged down with heavy toppings). As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I’m spending the year being trained in better eating habits and exercise by the Precision Nutrition (PN) program (so far the results have been pretty amazing). Part of this weekend’s lesson was the challenge to make a truly healthy pizza. As usual, I started with a base recipe found in Gourmet Nutrition (a PN publication) and made a few changes based on my personal preferences and what I had around the house for ingredients.

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St. Louis Beverage Photographer: Moscow Mule

It has been a while since I’ve done a how to post, so I thought I’d talk a little bit about a really fun photograph that I shot for the June issue of Feast magazine here in St. Louis. Each month I shoot a cocktail column for Feast called The Mix which is usually a studio shot. I am responsible for both the propping and styling of each of these cocktail shots – some are easy, some are harder.

This month’s cocktail is the Moscow Mule, which is a fairly simple cocktail consisting of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. The drink is traditionally served in a copper mug, and much to my surprise I found it difficult to locate the appropriate mug. In the end, I was able to borrow an antique mug from the writer for the column – an original Moscow Mule mug produced by the makers of Cock & Bull ginger beer – who also created the cocktail in the first place.

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