Interior Design

We were contacted by a construction company that was designing and building their new website. They wanted to focus on building a portfolio of their most recent finished jobs. After a couple of meetings and some planning, we started the process of taking the pictures at each of the locations they chose. 

To take the picture below, we first scouted the place, turned on all the lights in the home, dimmed the brightest of them and set up the camera to get the best angle and composition for what we wanted to show. Once we had the camera in place, we set the lighting. This was the task that took the longest. We wanted to make sure that the entire place was illuminated and avoid dark areas. Most importantly, we needed to highlight the features that the constructors wanted to show. Just before we took the picture, we started the fire in the fireplace

Photographing Interiors

Last week I had the pleasure of taking some interior photos from a beautiful home that Cara Hulme is listing in Newton, MA. This was the first time we worked together. It was a very nice experience. The house had lots of windows and skylights that allowed a lot of natural light to come in. 

Cheese And Wine

This is one of our latest work. There are many differences between photographing people and products. People can communicate their emotions and how they are feeling with their facial and body expressions. Products don't. So, we need to set them up in a way that  we can communicate the emotions and mood we want them to represent. We love doing product photography. It is challenging. 

Holiday Photo for Boston Gourmet Chefs

 

For the second year, we were invited by Boston Gourmet Chefs to take a photo for their holiday card. This year's theme was the 1920's. The goal was to send a message to their clients to celebrate with the company this holiday season,  showcasing their products. To achieve this, we researched the photography style and lighting from the era. The set up was designed as if they were together in a party with their clients. The four of them were posed around the table while enjoying  a glass of champagne. We illuminated the table from above with a softbox with a grid. Then, we illuminated  the four of them using three more lights with grids to avoid light spilling to the walls. We needed to focus on the people as well as the food. . Therefore in post production, we decided to separate the two things we needed to show by giving the photo an effect with grain and sepia colors to show some age to them. And we left the table with food with natural colors, This allowed the viewer to focus on both the people and the beautiful hors devours well.

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Product Photography - Smoothies for SooGood

We have a  passion for photography and a passion for good and beautiful food. Put those two together and this is what we get. We love to make food photography. We enjoy working with different textures, shapes and colors of food.  We are very detail oriented. That is key to do any kind of food photography. We are currently working on taking photos for SooGood. A smoothie and coffee place that recently opened its doors in Natick, next to Planet Fitness. 

Commercial Shoot For Marissa Farrell

We recently were approached by Marissa Farrell to take pictures for her business' website www.marissafarrellyoga.com which highlights her work as a yoga teacher, doula, and massage therapist.  Her goal was that people would be able to see her working at her new massage studio and to give people an idea of the mood and feel for the experience they would get with her. Marissa offers her massage services at Boston Personal Training in South Natick, Stepping Stone Acupuncture and Wellness in Wellesley, and yoga services at Laughing Dog Yoga Studio in Wellesley. 

Pears

This morning I decided to work on some personal projects. A while ago a friend of mine gave me a sample of  a cement counter top she didn't need. I thought that it could be fantastic to use it to place some subjects in my photography. I picked up some pears to photograph this morning and I immediately remembered that I had this block. It's colors and texture were a perfect complement for my pears.  I set the pears on the cement. Using natural light, I turned the camera on and selected live view. I started placing reflectors, one at a time where I though some fill light was needed until I saw the result I wanted on my camera. When I was happy with the lighting, I took the photo. At the end, I used three white boards for fill light. One to reflect the pears on the back. The other two were used to reflect each of the pear slices.  

Daily Picture - Boston Gourmet Chefs Photo

 

We truly enjoyed this assignment for Boston Gourmet Chefs. Jacques wanted a cool and informal photo for their Holliday card. This picture was taken in their kitchen. We used three lights. A key light with a soft box, a fill light on camera right with an umbrella and one hair light. Every assignment has its own sets of challenges. In this case, the kitchen had a lot of reflecting surfaces. which was crucial when choosing the location of the lights and the angle from where we took the picture. Time was also key. The photo included food. And it was really important that it looked fresh and beautiful. 

 

Daily Picture - Mandarine Oranges

Mandarine orange is one of my favorite fruits. Easy to peel and very refreshing. But, I believe that what I like the most is the mandarine juice. That is delicious! Since mandarines are in season, I thought it would be a good idea to use them for a photograph. 

For this picture I used window light in the back, a reflector on the left and two mirrors. One to light the front of the fruit, and the other one to light the glass and the fruit bowl. 

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Daily Picture - Cakes For The Sleepy Baker

I really enjoy taking pictures for Liz Berman from The Sleepy Baker. We did some photo shoots for her website last year. Going back to work together was very nice. This time one of the pictures was for a First birthday cake that included a smash cake. Gorgeous cakes. To take the picture I used window light and some reflectors on the right and the front.

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Daily Picture - Chocolate Wafers Rolls - Barquillos de Chocolate

Chocolate wafers rolls is a snack/dessert that my family really enjoys, specially my older son. He can't get enough of them. What is not to like about them? They are crunchy and have chocolate inside. What else do you need for dessert? perhaps some ice cream to go with it? that would be the perfect combination. Now that I'm writing this, I am thinking on a lot of possible desserts that would taste great in company of these wafers. 

Exposure: 5.0 Sec at f/8.0  ISO Speed Rating: ISO125  Focal Length: 100mm  Lens: EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM   Flash: Continuos light

Exposure: 5.0 Sec at f/8.0

ISO Speed Rating: ISO125

Focal Length: 100mm

Lens: EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Flash: Continuos light

Daily Picture - Thanksgiving Turkey

We celebrated Thanksgiving at home with the kids today. Because it was going to be dinner for four, we decided to buy the smallest turkey possible. It was a 7.8 lb. turkey. We also decided to make it a little different from the traditional thanksgiving dinner. So we made "beer can turkey". We mixed half of the beer with oregano, paprika, salt and pepper and injected that juice into the meat. We cooked it in the oven at 275F, which is lower than usual. It took about 2 hours and 45 minutes to cook. The skin came out crispy and the meat was very moist and delicious! We carved the meat a little thick which allowed us to taste all the juices and flavors. We also added some crispy bacon to the gravy. We ate it with roasted potatoes, green beans and a delicious salad. And we finished the meal with a home made apple pie and vanilla ice cream. Oh my! What a wonderful dinner we had. 

Exposure: 1/80 Sec at f/5.0   ISO Speed Rating: ISO2000  Focal Length: 17mm  Lens: Olympus M.17mm F1.8   Flash: Didn't fire

Exposure: 1/80 Sec at f/5.0

ISO Speed Rating: ISO2000

Focal Length: 17mm

Lens: Olympus M.17mm F1.8

Flash: Didn't fire

Daily Picture - Coconut Lollipop (Bombones de Coco)

Once in a while we run into some of our traditional Colombian sweets. This lollipop is one of those things that we remember eating when we were little. It is made with coconut and dark brown sugar. It is very sticky and sweet buy yummy. It is one of those things that brings out special memories.

To take this photo, I had a fuschia background with LED christmas lights. I added a continuos light on the left with a diffusor. I also had a light illuminating the lollipop from the bottom and a reflector on the right. 

Exposure: 3.2 Sec at f/8.0  ISO Speed Rating: ISO100  Focal Length: 100mm  Lens: EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM   Flash: Continuos light

Exposure: 3.2 Sec at f/8.0

ISO Speed Rating: ISO100

Focal Length: 100mm

Lens: EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Flash: Continuos light

Daily Picture - Ironic Bulb

Here is another B&W photo. I wanted a moody picture to express loneliness and darkness. And a bulb not lit up was perfect. It was Ironic to have a dark bulb. To accomplish that mood, I underexposed the picture measuring the correct exposure on the highlights.

Exposure: 1/1000 Sec at f/2.8   ISO Speed Rating: ISO800   Focal Length: 45mm   Lens: Olympus M.45mm F1.8    Flash: Didn't fire

Exposure: 1/1000 Sec at f/2.8

ISO Speed Rating: ISO800

Focal Length: 45mm

Lens: Olympus M.45mm F1.8

Flash: Didn't fire

Daily Picture - Sky

One question I get every so ofter, is how to take pictrures of the moon. Unless you have a really long lens, try to tnclude the moon in the frame along with some landscape, buildings or an interesting sky. Try not to make the moon the only thing in the picture. In many cases it doesn't work. It's not interesting enough. In this pictures I have a little bit of tree branches on the bottom, an intersting cloudy sky, a plane leaving a trail to the right of the mooon. 

Exposure: 1/125 Sec at f/1.8  ISO Speed Rating: ISO200   Focal Length: 45mm   Lens: Olympus M.45mm F1.8    Flash: Didn't fire       

Exposure: 1/125 Sec at f/1.8

ISO Speed Rating: ISO200

Focal Length: 45mm

Lens: Olympus M.45mm F1.8

Flash: Didn't fire