a while back i had just purchased a cheap ticket on virgin to los angeles… i had kind of a light week food styling and thought it’d be good to see some dear friends. well, within the half hour, i got a call for a project i could not pass up. i was asked if i would style the food for an entire spread in an upcoming nm book. well without hesitation i said yes, called my la friends and let them know the trip was postponed and then allowed the anxiety to kick in. you see, the book is kind of an institution. not just in dallas but nationally. it is beautiful, with this thick heavy stock, great photography and features the latest & greatest neiman marcus goodies. food isn’t in it so much… but for this particular spread it would be needed.
it was my first time for a lot of things, shooting on location (in an unfamiliar kitchen), tons of food to prep and cook (with no assistant) & again, all for a very prestigious client. but, as you may recall from this post I am saying YES to everything in 2012 and even though it was a little daunting, i didn’t let it show and just “yessed” my way through it all.
at the end of the two day shoot we were beat and the homeowners were ready to have their home back to normal. on the last shot, the hero shot at the top (with the al fresco theme and the lights strung above), we were losing light and we literally had all hands on deck trying to get the food out for the shot. it was very guerrilla food styling for a brief moment with pa’s bringing me dishes to fill and me jumping in to tweak this and that while the photographer grabbed the perfect shot… but that’s what it’s all about. the adrenaline, the camaraderie, the sense of accomplishment when you are done and then the thrill of seeing the printed version. at the end of the shoot, the photographer joked, “well you passed…” and i replied, “i knew you were testing me!”.