A frustrating part of putting together a shot, is wondering if we are creating a "realistic moment." As a result, we often miss some of the beauty and compromise the photo in search of the“sellable” shot. Don’t get me wrong, I love the challenge of meeting the needs and expectations of clients, but we also love the opportunity of approaching photography and styling in a painterly way with no boundaries.
What Bette Found gives us that opportunity.
This is one of the reasons why we were so interested in shooting with Laura and Juliette from Fish & Bicycle in Narrowsburg, NY. I immediately understood that we shared a common sensibility about where a shot can go and how to approach it. Laura, a writer, chef and the author of her blog “Glutton for Life,” along with Juliette, owner and designer of the antique store “Maison Bergogne” in Narrowsburg, are embarking on a lifelong passion by opening their first restaurant.
We talked about the images that we could create that would meet the quality of Laura’s approach to food, and Juliette's sense of beauty. We started "painting with props" to make these shots. It always feels natural to me to style a shot, but how far could we take it? How full, or empty? How much could we push it without falling back into a comfortable place.
We had a great time.
This is why we start with this image from our Fish & Bicycle shoot. I love where it went. We'd like to share many of the images with you, but starting with this one felt just right.
Eugene Jho styled the food, Casey Zane assisted Steve and Steph Becker assisted me. What a team.