Monday, August 24, 2009

Behind the Scenes/ Food Photography

I recently received an assignment for HMSA's Island Scene Magazine to capture still life images of gourmet and healthy burgers... the usual beef along with a burger made of ground ahi and one of ground chicken. The recipes were the tasty concoctions of Maui Meadows resident Kristine Snyder, an amateur chef who has won several national recipe contests over the years, some of them with prizes in the six-figure range. (wow!) Kristine has appeared on the Food Network and is always coming up with new and tasty (not always reports her hubby and human guinea pig, Dan) recipes for future competitions.

On a recent sunday afternoon, the Snyder's welcomed myself, art director extraordinaire Jonathan Tanjii, and a writer from Island Scene (her name escapes me at the moment... sorry) into their lovely home where we proceeded to convert a shaded lanai into a food studio. Kristine cooked her fabulous recipes... I styled, propped and captured images of each of the three delicious burgers, Jonathan pitched in as defunct assistant as well as art directing each shot.  The shots... or at least one of them, is being considered for the cover image of the issue containing the story (fingers crossed!).

Afterwards, Kristine & hubby Dan invited all of us inside, where mass quantities of each recipe were freshly prepared and quickly devoured by the hungry crew, yours truly included.

So... a belated mahalo goes out to Kristine & Dan for making the day so enjoyable, productive & succesful. I wish I could post the completed burger images here & now. Unfortunately, the "first right of use" embargo granted to Island Scene prevents me from doing so until after print publication. Look for tear-sheets to be posted once the 'zine is out. Another big mahalo to Dan for the behind-the-scenes pics posted below.

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