September’s Highs and Lows

September was jammed packed—I can’t remember a month that’s been busier. It’s been filled with a whole lot of new…new and good…new clients, new 2nd assistant, new food stylist…the list goes on. I’m über thankful for all our clients, our crew, and all the fun we get to have while we work together. What a great combo.

This month’s high?
Working on another cookbook with Courtney Whitmore. (Last year we did photography for her succesful Push Up Pops book.) This time?… Forty fun images for her tasty new Frostings cookbook due out in March. How can you not have fun spending two weeks in the studio with pounds and pounds of powdered sugar and a great team—Courtney Whitmore and her fab crew Tessa and Hillary and my a-team Caroline, Rory and Ian. So, all that being said, here are a few behind the scenes snaps from the Frostings shoot.

This month’s low?
I’m stumped on this one. Perhaps my low is being so busy I haven’t had time to really savor the moments. It’s kinda hard for me to savor to start with—that’s part of being a Type-A. But, as I look back at what we’ve done this month I’m very pleased. So, I guess that’s kinda a cop out for a low since previous lows have been things like hitting my head with a ping pong paddle or arm wrestling a network router’s IP address. I know, exciting stuff.

Next month? Dallas. I’m sure my high will be something about an enchilada.

-Kyle

ps. On a personal note, celebrating 15 years of marriage to the most wonderful person I know was a high this month. Amy and I celebrated by buying rocking chairs (makes us sound really old) and going out for a very nice dinner at Eastland Café in East Nashville. At least we didn’t celebrate by going out and buying a new refrigerator. Maybe next year.

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Olympic Coffee Rings

Well the 2012 Olympic Games in London are officially over. I think I’ve watched more TV in the past two weeks than I have since college…but let’s not dwell on that.

For me, I was most drawn in by women’s gymnastic team (if they’re even old enough to be called “women”) and the superb talent of the women’s track team. What a special group of girls/ladies overall. That’s not to diminish any of the other competitors’ talents and efforts, but having been a really bad gymnast and a decent trackster I guess I just had a natural interest in these sports. I enjoyed watching the men’s teams as well but the amazing amount of composure and great attitudes of some of the women on those teams was just captivating.

Olympic Coffee Rings

So, what’s all this have to do with coffee? Absolutely nothing other than some visual inspiration that hit me during the games. What can I say, I took it as an opportunity to play a little with the Olympic rings. Who know’s what kind of inspiration will come with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. At this moment I’ve got nothing, but I’ve got some time.

-Kyle

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Olympic Dream

In our house there’s been a subtle buzz for the past couple of months. Granted, there’a always some level of buzz in our house with our three boys, but this buzz was infecting Amy and me as well. The buzz has been building up over time and only became more apparent last Friday night when we all huddled around the TV to watch the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics. Every evening since we’ve enjoyed watching the various events…gymnastics, swimming, diving, archery, sculling.

Olympic Onion Rings

It’s interesting to hear the perspectives of a 6, 8 and 10 year old as they develop opinions about their favorite sports, which athletes they want to root for and answer the question “Was that really the Queen who jumped out of the helicopter?”

With the increasing medal count for Team USA we continue to share much of our evening captivated by the stories, the abilities and the accomplishments of these great dedicated athletes. I wonder what this inspiration will do for my boys…will Lego building be an Olympic sport one day? They can dream.

–Kyle

ps. The boys weren’t too keen on my idea to have British food as part of our Olympic watching experience…Pâté, Bangers-n-Mash and Fish-n-Chips didn’t sound too appetizing to them. Something to work up to I suppose.

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Shrimp, Noodles and Peas Please

Things have been a bit busy around here and I’m still trying to catch up from a jam packed June. Add to that we moved the studio, too. And why did we choose June to move? Oh, because of the record breaking temperatures. Whew!

Amidst the heat and moving we did manage to get some work done. Here’s a recent editorial food photography assignment we did for Diabetes Forecast Magazine.

Cover

Shrimp and Noodles - Magazine Cover - Food Photography

Coconut Rice Noodles with Shrimp and Peas

Shrimp and Noodles Recipe - Magazine Article Food Photography

Kudos to Food Stylist Whitney Kemp and our usual crew. Always great to be working with you guys.

– Kyle

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Drinks and Desserts, but mostly Drinks

We recently produced the photography for this Ruby Tuesday drink and dessert menu. I love these projects—I get to work with a wonder client and a super crew—food and drink styling by Whitney Kemp and Teresa Blackburn and retouching by Tony Richardson just to name a few. We shot this in studio with the goal of making it look as though it were out on location at a Ruby Tuesday restaurant and bar.

Ruby Tuesday Drink and Dessert Menu - Drink Photography

Ruby Tuesday Drink and Dessert Menu - Drink Photography

Ruby Tuesday Drink and Dessert Menu - Drink Photography

Ruby Tuesday Drink and Dessert Menu - Drink Photography

Ruby Tuesday Drink and Dessert Menu - Drink Photography

Ruby Tuesday Drink and Dessert Menu - Drink Photography

Ruby Tuesday Drink and Dessert Menu - Drink Photography

Ruby Tuesday Drink and Dessert Menu - Drink Photography

Ruby Tuesday Drink and Dessert Menu - Food Photography

I suppose this is where I should insert some clever quip about “happy hour” or the “drinks on me”…but I’ve got nothin’. I need to brush up on my puns or find someone to write my material.
–Kyle

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Last Week’s Highs and Lows

My wife introduced our family to a little dinner-time game to engage our boys around the dinner table…us boys don’t offer much talking on our own. Around the table each of us waits our turn and gives our “high” and “low” for the day. During the school year our boys have the predictable standard answers—High? “Recess”. Low? Insert any school subject here…usually Math. I remember having similar answers when I was in elementary school and my parents would ask what my favorite part of my day was, except my answer was usually “lunch.” Go figure. Even as an adult (I use that term loosely) I find it difficult to come up with answers for my high and low. So today I’m trying to at least identify a high and a low for the week. Who knows, maybe I’ll get better at this and make it a regular thing here.

I’ll start with the Low since that’s usually easier for me to think of.

This week’s Low?

Trying (AKA not succeeding) to get a rouge router to communicate with the network printers in my office. Why does 192.168.0.1 refuse to communicate with 192.168.0.103? Why don’t they just give these devises friendly names like Ronnie Router and Patricia Printer so they can all shake hands and get along? I don’t care if it’s a DHCP issue. Just stop the bickering and work together.

This week’s High(s)?

1. Having my boys assist me on a small food photography shoot. I was doing a simple little food product test for a comp and thought the boys would enjoy seeing how things work on a photo shoot. Yes, I had a 10 year old Digital Tech, an 8 year old Grip and a 6 year old Camera Operator. What I found really funny was how quickly they picked up on their specific responsibilities and took ownership. It was quite a fun little exercise—and yes, I paid them—they earned it. They were even providing some useful art direction. I think it might be time to officially be scared that they could end up in the creative business. Oh, did I mention our test shot was cheesecake? Another high!

New York Cheesecake with Cherry Pie Filling Topping

2. Walking into my somewhat usual coffee spot (Frothy Monkey) only to be greeted by loud construction noises which are counter to peace I was going there for. I know this sounds like a “low” but hang with me here. As I walked into construction zone Frothy I did a complete u-turn without missing a step and proceeded back to my car taking a maiden voyage to a new (to me) coffee spot down the street in the 12-South area where they make a mean frozen Chai. Portland Brew.

3. Going to the Dollar Movie in Greenhills to see The Adventures of Tintin with Amy and the boys. Wow, what a fun, creative, well done, captivating movie.

4. Enjoying a late night at the park with the family, sitting on a blanket, listening to the Kadillacs and watching fireworks on the 4th of July.

Well, that was a fun exercise. I didn’t anticipate having so many things to share. Perhaps it’s the Double Mocha I had that’s turned me in to a Chatty Cathy this morning. Add Double Mocha to the Highs list.

-Kyle

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