Way back at the beginning of July, House Beautiful contacted me to shoot a house for one of their upcoming issues. It was an RV that they converted into a cute tiny home in Southwest Missouri. It turned out the timing was perfect. I was scheduled to shoot a house in Chicago that week, so my equipment would be packed. It was a pretty fun week. I went from shooting a four-story home in Bucktown on Monday to shooting a four-room house on Friday. I’m so happy with the way the images turned out. Hope did a fantastic job styling the home. Check your newsstands for the October issue of House Beautiful today.
To celebrate the first day of Autumn, I decided to make my(and my family’s) favorite pie; apple. I love making the crust almost as much as making the pie. I also get to use my favorite kitchen gadget, the pie bird. It’s supposed to keep the filling from boiling over and keeps the bottom crust from becoming soggy. It also supports the top crust from caving in when the filling shrinks. I’m not sure if it works, but I love the way it looks. Read More
Last month I had the pleasure of shooting a beautiful home in Bucktown, Chicago. It is a four-story house on a lovely tree-lined street in a quiet city neighborhood. It’s the kind of neighborhood that makes me wish I lived in Chicago. I miss having an excellent coffee shop around the corner and your favorite eatery next door to that. Here are a few of the photos from that day. I especially loved the staircase, their son’s room, and the downstairs powder room; I mean, look at that tile. Interior Designer Corey Lohmann DesignRead More
Food is pretty incredible. Not just because it fuels us but how it looks. Recently I photographed an avocado. The purpose of the photo was the demonstrate rim lighting. The avocado was against a black background, and the texture stood out much more than if it was shot in an environment. It looked more like an alien egg than a fruit.Read More
Recently my family traveled back to my hometown to see my nephew’s graduation. My mom lives on a long dirt road outside of town. While there, her neighbor across the road brought her two dozens eggs. It turns out this is a fairly regular event since she still had some eggs left from his previous visit. So we ended up with the eggs. And what happens when a food photographer has way too many eggs? He shoots them, of course.Read More
Before my Granny passed away, she wanted to leave all her recipes behind so the next generations of kids could cook them for their kids. My Aunt helped type them up, photocopied them, and bound them with two little rings. They then wrapped them up for everyone at Christmas. As a little personal project, I’ve decided to cook up a few of my favorites and photography. Here is the first of them, fried pies.Read More
I’ve always believed that people who cook can be separated into two different groups, chefs or bakers. I enjoy cooking and grilling but when it comes down to it, I’m a baker and I think that is something that runs on my Mom’s side of the family. Most years we go to my hometown for Thanksgiving and my mom makes two to four pies. But this 2020 and nothing is normal. It was the year of staying at home, so we had Thanksgiving at our house which meant I was making the pies this year.Read More