Ah, Sandwiches

November 10, 2010

I recently did an assignment for the Tucson Guide on the various sandwich options available around town. I visited an authentic South Philadelphia style cheesesteak shop, a combo Jewish/Italian deli, and a place whose name was inspired by The Lord of the Rings (Baggin’s). The sandwiches were are absurdly huge and extremely yummy, and I got to go behind the scenes and see how they were all made. You can read the whole article here:

A giant Reubin with corned beef on rye

Orders on the line

An Italian Hoagie

Frankie taking my order

Topping for cheesesteaks

Hot sauces at the Bison Witches bar

Jason holding an italian sub for the Tucson Guide Cover

Opening interior spread

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I’m thrilled to have been selected a runner up in Saveur Magazine’s cover contest.  Five images were selected from over 900 entries.

Buon Appetito Tucson!

March 2, 2010

I’ve been shooting for the Tucson Guide for a while now,  but the new March issue marks my first cover. I love shooting for the Tucson Guide because it’s a way that I can help promote the restaurants in my community. It also gives me the opportunity to experience my own town like a tourist would – through fresh eyes. Contributing food editor Edie Jarolim wrote the story. I’ve worked with her before, and she always picks really amazing restaurants and dishes.  I often have to force myself to wait until I get the shot before devouring whatever they’ve placed in front of me. In fact, there have in the past been certain food items included in the article with a bite missing. In this issue I believe all of the dishes remained in tact, not for a lack of deliciousness, but as a tribute to my own restraint. You can read the entire article online starting on page 56.

Members of the Sanchez family rolling the ham croquettes by hand.

Little girl sitting in restaurant by Jackie Alpers

A little girl dining with her parents at Casa Vincente

Garbanzo bean salad cold tapas

Guests dining on smoked salmon tapas at Casa Vincente.

Gnocchi allâ arrabiata are made on the premise

Chef behind the counter at Yoshimatsu

Healthy Sushi Lunch

Owner Amanuel Gebremariam standing behind a large sampler platter at Zeman's

I know that this is a touchy subject for some at this time of the year, but I do have a new Calorie Counter Cookbook out. Chantal Martineau wrote the recipes and I did the cooking, food styling and photography. It’s available at; just in time for your impending New Years resolution!

I won two honorable mentions at the IPA awards (Lucie’s). I checked out the website and was floored by the quality of the other honorable mentions. And, it turns out that there were like 24,000 entries overall so I guess I did pretty well. They are all listed here:

And here is a link to my specific entries:
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Pumpkins Simmering

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Thanks PDN!

August 18, 2009

I have been selected by the editors of PDN as one of their Top 10 Portfolios of the Month on

What a pleasant surprise!


Dieting In Russia

May 8, 2009

I’ve got a photo published in the Russian version of Cosmopolitan. It seems to be a story about not wanting to be tempted by delicious cake while on a diet. Here is the photo they published. You can read (or just look at) the article here:


New Cookbook Photographs

April 25, 2009

Here are a couple of images from the new mexican cookbook that I am working on. You can see more of my food photography here:


Grilled Diablo Shrimp


Grilled chili lime chicken is perfect for a picnic

Roasting veggies in the oven

Marinating Salmon

Poached Pears

Creaming butter for a cookie recipe

The myth that you can’t find excellent seafood in the desert has been debunked in the winter issue of the Tucson Guide.

Photos by me!

American Photography 24

December 21, 2008

Two images from my series Social Obligations were chosen for American Photography 24. The images are from different social events that I had to attend for one reason or another. I’m fascinated by gender roles and power plays.


2008 Lucie Awards

September 23, 2008

I have been awarded two honorable mentions in the 2008 International Photography Awards Competition: In the Fine Art professional category for my food series, “Things I Ate” and for my “Self Portrait with Harvest Feast”. My images were chosen from over 22,000 entries.

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