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Mend it Better—In the Studio

I just wrapped up shooting my fourth book with Storey Publishing called Mend it Better, with the Author Kristin Roach, art director Alethea Morrison and editor Deb Burns. Kristin is a bright young and creative artist with a passion for sewing and Alethea is an amazing designer and typographer, and Deb and the other editors and proofreaders at Storey double-check everything and get the files out the door to the printer. The week-long shoot in the studio was fun and to see everything come together on the designed spreads is very satisfying. Here are a few sneak peeks behind the scenes and some sample spreads of the upcoming book that will be printed sometime next year. (click on the images for a closer look)

Author, Kristin Roach

Backyard Bugs

One thing I am not is a landscape photographer. To me it is much more interesting to explore the world up-close, and I would much rather get down on my stomach and get a macro shot of a bug or little critter or flower (with a bug on it) and often when I’m mowing the lawn I’ll see a praying mantis or newt and have to stop and run inside to grab the camera. I guess that’s why I was drawn to food photography with the variety of colors and textures and getting in close. Last fall I was mowing for the last time of the season and was thinking I hadn’t seen one mantis all summer, and then I spotted two. My son Colin was eager to get a peek, and the little alien-like mantis’s head would swivel to look at each of us on either side, as if to size us up. We recently planted a butterfly bush and it has lived up to it’s namesake, and was able to capture a tiger swallowtail (looked as if it had some damage, but still beautiful). Then I spotted a luna moth resting on the side of a pine tree and didn’t seem to upset to have my lens in it’s face. Note the small ant on it’s fuzzy abdomen. And just recently found in the archives a Species Antheraea polyphemus – Polyphemus Moth. For info on identifying your backyard bugs, check out http://bugguide.net (Click on the images for a closer look.)

Species Antheraea polyphemus - Polyphemus Moth

Flying in Friendly Skies with Dolce

One of the things I love the most about shooting for Dolce Hotels is that each property is unique, and when I was called to fly to Forth Worth to shoot at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center I was excited to see this property. It also gave me the chance to go back to Texas after almost 19 years when I worked at the DFW airport following my tour in the US Navy.
Another thing I love about working with Dolce is that their staff is super professional and accommodating and they go out of their way to make sure the shoot goes smooth. This was the forth Dolce property I have had the opportunity to work with and these are a few of my favorites from the two-day shoot.

The chef team in front of one of the many flight simulators at the training center.

No peanuts on this flight—Executive Chef Lenny Ventura is an artist.

Ceviche

Exterior at sunset