Working as a food photographer for food magazines often means that I end up doing a lot of food and beverage-related product photography as well. While this includes modest shots of packaging, it also sometimes includes more complex shots. For the May issue of Feast magazine, I was tasked with the job of photographing the Riedel Eve Wine Decanter. This thing is totally a thing of beauty … and completely impractical for every-day use. It’s so complicated to use, in fact, that the manufacturer has a YouTube video on how to use the thing.
For anyone who has worked with beverage photography, they will all tell you that ice cubes are a real pain to shoot. First of all, unless you have a professional grade Kold-Draft ice maker (which will set you back quite a few bucks) you’re most likely stuck with those ugly half moon “cubes” from your fridge – clearly these will not work for beverage photography. Ugly ugly ugly. A cheaper alternative to a professional ice machine is to make pretty cubes that are actually cubes by using square ice cube trays – from which I’ve gotten decent results. However, it is fairly difficult to get beautiful, clear cubes even if you have a method of crafting the correct shape for your particular shot.
It’s the start of a new year, and I’m really excited about all of the photography I’m going to be shooting in 2013. My calendar is filling up again now that the wheels of industry are getting moving again after a long holiday vacation, and as we get really to roll up our sleeves and get to work, I wanted to share one of my last big projects from 2012.
This week I’m talking about some of my picks for holiday food gifts this year. And much like yesterday’s post about home made peppermint marshmallows, today’s food gift idea is something that can make your holiday cocktail drinking even better. Today’s food gift idea: holiday spice sugar! In case you haven’t noticed, I likes me some cocktails. And hot buttered rum is the perfect drink for cold weather, decorating trees, chestnuts on the proverbial fire…you get the picture. It’s a wonderful, decadent drink that simply screams winter holidays.
As I was walking the dog this morning in a balmy 55 degree morning, I realized the Christmas is a week away already! What the heck happened to December! I’ve been working so hard that I haven’t really gotten into a holiday spirit yet. I’m sure the 12 hour road trip to see relatives will get me there, right? Well, one way to get in the mood for the holidays is to drink a holiday drink, right? And what says Christmas more than candy canes? Peppermint flavored booze, of course!
People often ask me why I’m a Redskins fan, and although I often ask myself that same question, the answer is really quite simple. When I met Dr. Fiance nearly eight years ago, she told me that she was a big football fan. I never really minded the sport, but I never really paid it much attention either. She immediately went to work on her campaign to get me to like football. I was a little meh about the whole thing, but then she divulged a key piece of information that for some reason I hadn’t put together before: watching football means that you get to sit in a bar on a Sunday afternoon and drink beer and eat hotwings to your heart’s content … all in the pursuit of rooting for your favorite football team. Beer! Hotwings! Huzzah!