I’ve learned from experience just how important it is to know when to shoot the picture. You can fiddle with a plate for just so long, and then it becomes overworked. I want to keep it fresh, even if it means leaving some of the imperfections, because they’re what make the food more real.
I depend heavily on the help of the talented food stylists, assistants, and production people we work with – it’s a collaborative process where everyone pitches in. Likewise, I base my business on building collaborative relationships with clients, so we can understand their needs. And when you leave the studio after a day’s shoot, we want you to have had a great experience with us, as well as getting the great photographs you expect.
How did I get here? After finishing college with a BA in studio art, I got married and moved to Boston to try my hand in commercial photography. Assisting in a number of commercial studios, I later had the good fortune to be invited to shoot a cookbook with Julia Child. Her spirit and passion for food and her generosity were a huge influence. We ultimately shot 3 books and one magazine series together. I also began what has turned into a 20-plus-year collaboration with the Boston Globe Magazine food page – a forum that’s generously provided me with the opportunity to refine my vision on an almost weekly basis.
When not working, I enjoy bicycling, reading science, baking bread, spending time with my wife and kids, and trying crazy things with a camera.