Sunday October 3rd was an exciting event at Cornerstone Gardens for Sonoma County organic food lovers. A community gathering organized by Tyler Young (http://sonomaproject.com/) to bring together farmers and artists to share the fruits of their labor. My job was to help document the food boxes on display created by Petaluma Bounty, Terra Firma Farms, McEvoy Ranch, Thistle Ewe Ranch, Wild Rose Ranch, LaLoos goats milk ice cream and more. The centerpiece of the day was the stone soup created by Kay Baumhefnes and her many vegetable choppers. Delicious! Black and white photographs of the farmers were created by Paige Green, http://paigegreen.wordpress.com/.
Thankfully, Pasta Pomodoro keeps inviting me back to make more images from their menu. This time around, my husband made me two tabletops from recycled wood to lug around on my food shoots. Working with Pasta Pomodoro’s executive chef, David Bolosan, could not be easier. He makes me fresh beautiful plates of food and lets me do my thing. These images were made in the Novato restaurant using natural light. I shot digital and film. Of course, the film images are the best.
My new friend and I, Pasta Pomodoro, are working on all kinds of images together. This winter I shot the staff and more recently I made these food images for their web site. The images were taken in the Novato restaurant using natural light. I did my best to eat well before the shoot, but needless to say I was famished by the end of the afternoon and practically dove into the salmon and beans after we finished shooting. It was quite good. There are 22 Bay Area Pasta Pomodoro restaurants. The food is yummy and affordable.
This September I had my first billboard- my first image used on a billboard. Tyler Young designed two Petaluma billboards to help promote local businesses like the Petaluma Farmers Market. He is also working on another similar project for farmers and artists. I felt larger than life up there- and I got to eat that famous pear.
This image I took of Violet in the meadow is being used for one of Petaluma’s Here Now campaign posters to promote local business in Petaluma. The Here Now idea is designer Tyler Young’s. There are a couple of other shots also highlighted in the posters soon to be posted in Petaluma businesses. Violet, you are a local celebrity!