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. 

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 - Leaf Leaping

There is nothing more exciting for a kid that runing into a pile of leaves. They can play there forever if you let them.   

Exposure: 1/125 Sec at f/2.5  ISO Speed Rating: ISO200   Focal Length: 135mm   Lens: EF135mm f/2.0L IS USM    Flash: Didn't fire      

Exposure: 1/125 Sec at f/2.5

ISO Speed Rating: ISO200

Focal Length: 135mm

Lens: EF135mm f/2.0L IS USM

Flash: Didn't fire

   

Daily Picture - Blowing Bubbles In The Fall

This little guy enjoys blowing bubbles in the fall as much as he enjoys them in the summer.  Well, actually, I think he enjoys them all year round. 

   Exposure: 1/100 Sec at f/3.2  ISO Speed Rating: ISO100   Focal Length: 135mm   Lens: EF135mm f/2.0L IS USM    Flash: Didn't fire      

 

Exposure: 1/100 Sec at f/3.2

ISO Speed Rating: ISO100

Focal Length: 135mm

Lens: EF135mm f/2.0L IS USM

Flash: Didn't fire

   

High School Senior Photo Session

These are some of our favorite pictures of a recent high school senior photo session we did in New Hampshire. Ally was great to work with. The location was amazing. We had a big variety of backgrounds to work with. I woyld love to do a photo-shoot there again any time. 

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Daily Picture - Fog

One of the things I like about Fall is foggy mornings. The contrast of white fog in the background with the bright colors of the leaves in the foreground make beautiful and intriguing landscape

Exposure: 1/40 Sec at f/9.0  ISO Speed Rating: ISO800   Focal Length: 18mm   Lens: EF16-35mm f/2.8L IS USM    Flash: Didn't fire     

Exposure: 1/40 Sec at f/9.0

ISO Speed Rating: ISO800

Focal Length: 18mm

Lens: EF16-35mm f/2.8L IS USM

Flash: Didn't fire

  

Daily Picture - Enjoying a Sandwich

I like capturing intimate moments while people enjoy a experience. In this case, a kid eating a Nutella Sandwich. HIs face says it all.

This picture was taken in the late afternoon when light is warm. I positioned the camera in a way that the sun didn't lighted the kid's face, but instead worked perfect to get rim light. With the open aperture of 2.8 and the light hitting the metal benches, I got some bokeh in the picture as well as some specular highlights.

Exposure: 1/800 Sec at f/2.8  ISO Speed Rating: ISO100   Focal Length: 100   Lens: EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM   Flash: Didn't fire

Exposure: 1/800 Sec at f/2.8

ISO Speed Rating: ISO100

Focal Length: 100

Lens: EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Flash: Didn't fire

Daily Picture - Fall Leaves

It appears Fall has arrived. We saw the first signs of fall when we came out and saw some of the red leaves on the ground. It got me excited. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. In this picture, we decided to only leave color in the leaves, and turned everything else black and white. This is a technique used to bring all the attention to the subject.

Exposure: 1/1000 Sec at f/4.0  ISO Speed Rating: ISO100   Focal Length: 100   Lens: EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM   Flash: Didn't fire

Exposure: 1/1000 Sec at f/4.0

ISO Speed Rating: ISO100

Focal Length: 100

Lens: EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Flash: Didn't fire

Daily Picture - Seagulls

This picture was taken over the weekend at Winnipesaukee Lake. It tells a story of two seagulls figthing for a fish. The Seagull on the right caught the fish. The other one tried to still the fish but didn't succed. 

Exposure: 1/1000 Sec at f/4.5  ISO Speed Rating: ISO160   Focal Length: 135   Lens: EF135mm f/2L USM   Flash: Didn't fire

Exposure: 1/1000 Sec at f/4.5

ISO Speed Rating: ISO160

Focal Length: 135

Lens: EF135mm f/2L USM

Flash: Didn't fire