March Calendar

Here’s the March 2013 desktop calendar / wallpaper image. (download here) These wonderful ceramic bowls were created by Kristin Murray and are just part of a series of pieces we photographed for this talented artist.

Desktop Calendar Image

Happy March!

– Kyle

Directions:
1. Download Here.
2. (on Mac) go to  > System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver
3. Click the ” + ” button
4. Find the downloaded image on your computer and “Choose
5. Close Preferences by clicking on the red dot in the upper left corner.

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January’s Highs and Lows

I hate to sound unexcited about the New Year but I’ll be honest, January came and went with no big news or unusual events. I do like the energy the New Year brings—clients wanting to push some things creatively, renewed enthusiasm and focus, and a general sense of starting with a clean slate.

Kyle Dreier Food Photography January Highs and Lows

Highs for January:

After months of editing and paginating, my new food photography portfolio arrived. I felt like Navin R. Johnson (Steve Martin in The Jerk) when he got all excited screaming “The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here!”. I was completely blown away by the quality of the printing and how the book all came together. Hats off to Lincoln and team over at Pushdot.

An ongoing “high” I take for granted is how much fun I have working with our great crew and great clients. There is always laughter on set and that’s always a high on my list.

Lows for January:

For me with the New Year comes with new goals and aspirations—from new concepts I want to shoot to new ways of running the business. I’ll be honest, that all comes with a sense of being overwhelmed. I bring this upon myself and that’s not always good. But, I continue to push—that’s just the way I’m wired. So, January turned out to be a bit overwhelming…setting goals, making my lists and probably doing more “thinking” than I should. Perhaps I need a goal to set less goals. :)

Now on to February—my month for “doing”.

On a personal note, I finally got over to experience Barista Parlor. While I may not become a regular there, I’ll certainly be back.

Have a great February!

– Kyle

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Bacon = Love. February Calendar

Nothing says “I love you” like bacon. Well, at least that’s the love language around here. So, here’s my love to you…February’s desktop calendar download. (download here)

Bacon - Desktop Calendar Download - February

Happy Valentine’s Day!

– Kyle

Directions:
1. Download Here.
2. (on Mac) go to  > System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver
3. Click the ” + ” button
4. Find the downloaded image on your computer and “Choose
5. Close Preferences by clicking on the red dot in the upper left corner.

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Gluten-Free Pizza and More

I’m a little behind in updating my blog with tearsheets from our recent shoots…that being said, here are samples from a not-so-recent food photography session for Diabetes Forecast with food styling by Nashville based food stylist Whitney Kemp. This particular theme featured gluten-free recipes for pizza and carrot muffins.

Gluten Free Recipes

Gluten Free Pizza Recipe

Being someone that tries to eat gluten-free I can tell you these recipes were pretty good as far as gluten-free goes, but it’s hard to beat the real thing…I’m still a glutton for gluten.

-Kyle

Diabetes Forecast Recipes:
Gluten-Free Baking
Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
Gluten-Free Carrot Muffins

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Baking, Shopping and Eating, Oh My.

December was full of fun with lots of time to enjoy my family, my friends and even myself—I may have enjoyed a few too many sweets though. Here are a few of the highlights.

December Highs
How about baking to my heart’s content? Yes sir! From cinnamon rolls to peppernuts. Peppernuts? They are these fun little crunchy gingersnap-like cookies that are as addictive as movie popcorn. In German we call them Pfeffernüsse. I employed the boys to help in making them as it can be quite a chore rolling them out, cutting and putting 30-40 on a small baking sheet.

Kyle Dreier - December 2012 Highs

Also December is when we make Apfelkuchen—a long time Molzen/Dreier tradition. It’s a small round doughnut-like pastry made in a specialized cast iron pan. Family lore is that when our family came to America the matriarch hid her pan under her dress because she didn’t have money to pay the customs. Knowing my family I think she likely just didn’t want to pay.

Kyle Dreier - December 2012 Highs

Other highs? Fun times in the studio with clients and crew—see also silly antler on heads. Catching up on some reading. Window shopping with Amy. Fun Christmas socks. Testing photo techniques with grapefruit. Launching rockets with our nephew. Christmas concert with my folks. Candle light service with in-laws. Impromptu dinner outings with friends…a rare luxury.

December’s Low
It was on a Friday afternoon and I was casually checking in via Twitter and learned of the shootings in Newtown, CT. My heart sank. The unimaginable. Even at this moment it’s sobering. I am changed in how I relate with my boys because of it. We all sat down and talked about it a bit and their questions was “why?” All I could say is that’s the same question everyone is asking. My heart goes to everyone in Newtown.

December was a month of much gratitude, appreciation and reflection. It can be an emotional month, and it was for me. I’m thankful for the people in my life…my wife and kids, my extended family, friends, co-workers, clients…it’s all good.

– Kyle

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January 2013 Desktop Calendar

Happy New Year!

Here’s a free desktop calendar image (AKA shameless Kyle Dreier self-promotion).

2013 January Desktop Image

Directions:
1. Download Here.
2. (on Mac) go to  > System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver
3. Click the ” + ” button
4. Find the downloaded image on your computer and “Choose
5. Close Preferences by clicking on the red dot in the upper left corner.

I hope you enjoy, and have a great beginning to 2013!

-Kyle

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