Nothing says, “It’s party time” like beverages with fancy looking decorated rims! Dip, dunk and swirl your way to a festive holiday celebration with my 10 ideas for decking out your glassware for the holidays. The melting hard candy drink rim pictured uses the same technique as candy apples. It pairs well with whisky, bourbon or tequila cocktails. You can see more of my ideas and photographs at FoodNetwork.com.
A salty, spicy spice blend made with Vegetarian bacon bits line the rims of a Bloody Mary.
Toasted Marshmallow fluff rimming a mug of hot chocolate and topped with whipped cream and chocolate chips.
There are some crazy – big burgers in this town and I was elected to photograph them. I was more than a little surprised by what I found.
The magazine printed this amazing Mac & Cheeseburger as a vertical spread in the centerfold. I turned it for better web viewing. I usually at least taste all of the food that I photograph, but I found this one a little too daunting to even consider eating.
The burger on the right features three burgers, and onion rings between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
And here is the song that goes along with this post:
The 2010 holiday ad campaign that I shot for La Encantada, an upscale open air mall in Arizona, illustrates the story of a dapper man-about-town as he picks up last minute holiday gifts for his family… and himself. Our hero, dressed in a Brooks Brother’s suit, stops at Tiffany & Co. where he buys a huge, four carat diamond anniversary ring. After that, he decides he could use a drink, and a smoke, so he stops at a wine bar, removes a Cuban from his Tommy Bahama cigar case, and enjoys a glass of fine brandy. He chooses a new pair of specs, straps a holiday wreath from the Pottery Barn on his vintage Mercedes, and heads off into the evening with a new found friend from the Humane Society.
This is running as a seven page magazine insert. Produced and styled by Melanie Sutton and Adriana Barillari. Layout by Heidi Zielger-Voll @ Heidi5. Our models were John O. from S.I.M. Agency in Phoenix, and our own Adriana Barillari who stepped in as a Tiffany’s shop girl at the last minute. John, it turned out, is also a coach for the Chicago White Sox.
I am especially happy to say that all of our amazing animal models from the Humane Society have been adopted!
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 Amazon.com; just in time for your impending New Years resolution!
The folks at AARP Bulletin sent to me Sun City, the nations biggest and oldest retirement community. They wanted to show how the nature of volunteerism had progressed in a community dependent on the act. Women in Sun City have gone from organizing bake sales to starting small businesses. They asked me to photograph retired school principal Carol Struck, a volunteer who started a book store and a coffee shop in order to give back to the community using her unique skill set.
Carol Struck in the bookstore she opened in Sun City
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: http://photoawards.com/en/Pages/Gallery/hmentionPRO.php
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