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Artful Food

I Love my job!  I’ve been meaning to post these images from the most recent food issue of Savannah Magazine.  It was one of my most fun and artistically rewarding projects to date.  The editor, Annabelle Carr, as well as art director, Michelle Karner, are a pleasure to work with.  They let me have complete freedom with my interpretation of southern summer foods thought about in a different way.  A little twisted, but with a beauty all their own.  The bonus was Annabelle and Michelle allowed me to choose the photographer I wanted to work with.  This makes all the difference in the world.  Chia Chong is amazing and I am blessed each day we are able to work together.  She gets it. We thought these few images might lead to a larger series, when we both have time to think about it.   Have fun.

The "magazine management"  Annabelle and Michelle

The boss ladies: Annabelle and Michelle on location

Low Country Boil Cupcakes

Low Country Boil Cupcakes

Cover Ready

Cover Ready

Caprese Salad Ice Cream Cones Working

Caprese Salad Ice Cream Cones Working

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Caprese Salad Ice Cream Cones Final Shot with Balsamic Glaze running down model’s hand

Published

Published

Red Snapper Naked and lonely

Red Snapper Naked and lonely

Hour 1 of a 3 hour Red Snapper dress making session

Hour 1 of a 3 hour Red Snapper dress making session

Ready for the party

Ready for the party

on blue

on blue

couture crabs

couture crabs

Southern chocolates

Southern chocolates

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Trash Talk

I am always on the hunt for cool containers I know will photograph well with food in them.  I just spotted this Hobnail Opalescent 4 footed sugar bowl from 1886 recently on ebay ($9.99).  It was missing it’s lid, but in perfect condition.  I love the color, texture and the fact that it is antique yet very modern.  I’m sure you will see it soon in a photograph near you.  For now it is a sweet vase in my home.  Like the blue hobnail, I am a HUGE fan of white.  I picked up this white sugar bowl (again missing the lid) in Herman, Missouri when I was junking with my mom and dad ($2.50).  I used it in a beautiful and simple photograph for Paula Deen’s cheese straws on pauladeen.com.  Also, in her cousin Johnnie Gabriel’s cookbook, Cooking in the South.  Finally, I am in love with globes.  I guess because I have traveled so much for work on boats, but I think it is based in my past since I was always dreaming of exotic places to go when I was a little girl in Missouri.  I spotted this 1970’s era schoolroom globe at Habersham Antique’s Market in Savannah and love how it looks as a centerpiece on our dining room table.

1886 Hobnail Dark Blue Opalescent Glass sugar bowl from LaBelle Glass Company

1886 Hobnail Dark Blue Opalescent Glass sugar bowl from LaBelle Glass Company

It's a vase

It's a vase

Paula Deen Cheese Straws seen on pauladeen.com

Paula Deen Cheese Straws seen on pauladeen.com

Same dish used in the cookbook "Cooking in the South" by Johnnie Gabriel.  Grits with Pancetta

Same dish used in the cookbook "Cooking in the South" by Johnnie Gabriel. Grits with Pancetta

Globe Trotter spin with the globe

Globe Trotter spin with the globe

Globe as a centerpiece

Globe as a centerpiece

Zebra or Leopard?

I picked up these two “kashware” throws at a spa in Taos, NM.  Had never heard of the brand before.  They are so soft, chic and are said to wash up like new.  I can’t decide whether to use the zebra or leopard in the living room.  Thoughts?

Zebra Choice

Zebra Choice

Leopard Choice

Leopard Choice

Kathy Griffin brings floral inspiration

Non creative people eventually bore me…usually sooner than later.  This week I was inspired by Lynn, Erika and Joel.  Here are a couple of inspired arrangements.

It's always spring in Savannah

It's always spring in Savannah

LOVE those kick ass turquoise patent leather seats

LOVE those kick ass turquoise patent leather seats

Punch of purple

Punch of purple

Mussels in the bedroom

I have admired Catherine Lovett’s fine artwork since the first painting I saw. www.catherinelovett.com Catherine is a wonderful photographer whom I met a few years ago while I was working in psycho hell…many great things came out of that hell and one was meeting Catherine.  She was kind enough to take a few of my original portfolio food images that are still on my site today.   Catherine has a contagious energy and joie de vivre…not to mention she is stunningly beautiful.  Her paintings encompass all that she is.  I fell in love with this painting of  Prince Edward Island mussels when I saw it for sale at the cute boutique Number Four Eleven.  www.numberfoureleven.com I had to have it.  Some might question mussels in the bedroom….just never question muscles in the bedroom.

Mussels in place, but unframed...still can't decide

Mussels in place, but unframed...still can't decide

Mussels watching muscles

Mussels watching muscles