Holiday Food Photography Shoots Are Underway
My recent holiday food photography shoot for Greenhead Lobster out of Stonington, Maine, was a welcoming reminder of the festive and beautiful season that’s just around the corner. This is my favorite time of year because I get to surround myself with beautiful scenery outside as well as inside the studio. Part of the fun is styling the sets for a festive look which puts everyone in the holiday spirit. The only thing missing in the studio was holiday music. Maybe on the next shoot. O’Maine Studios in Portland, Maine just added on some new studio space which is fantastic given all the rustic elements and the variety of looks that can be achieved in all the various studio spaces. It’s fun just poking around and finding interesting props that Rory, the owner, finds and collects just for that purpose. Their dedicated food photography and video space includes a well stocked commercial kitchen making it even easier to work alongside the chefs that come in and create.
I photographed three new recipes that will be on Greenhead Lobster’s website for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.
Taking a look back at all of my festive holiday inspired images I thought it would be nice to put a gallery together of some of my best holiday work as a food photographer, product photographer and food stylist. Take a look at the link above and if these inspire any shoots you may want of your own please reach out.
For Stock image requests and rates contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through my website at www.lesliebrienzaphotography.com for more details.
Wedding Photography in Portland, Maine
As a food photographer I shoot food, product and packaging but on occasion an opportunity arises that I’ll be hired as a second photographer for a wedding. That was my day yesterday. A nice change of pace, and a jump start into the busy season.
The wedding and reception took place in Portland, Maine at one of the venues at 58 Fore Street, at The Portland Company marine complex. The event space was stunningly rustic but romantic with exposed blue tinged brick, high ceilings, wrought iron beams, oh, and a beautiful view of the harbor. Industrial meets elegance is the best way to describe it.
The setting for the actual wedding was outside on the banks of the harbor on the Eastern Promenade and the bride and groom arrived to awaiting guests on the old Maine Narrow Gauge railroad which, in itself, is a fun time for a photographer. It was a beautiful day with patchy clouds and slightly overcast which is the perfect diffusion for eliminating those harsh shadows. What a fantastic way to spend a day in Portland, Maine. Stay tuned for a few images..I don’t publish every event I shoot on my website so If you’d like to see more of my weddings, including some images of my first Italian wedding in Rome, Italy, and other non food industry events, here is the link to those images.
Nonantum Resort Food Photography Studio Shoot
Kennebunkport is one of the most picturesque villages in southern Maine with sweeping ocean views, fresh coastal air, friendly people and incredibly delicious food. Visitors come from all over the globe to enjoy the Spring, Summer and Fall festivities and great weather found there.
The Nonantum Resort is one of the quaint, luxury resorts in Kennebunkport with all of the same qualities, but I might add with exceptional food and drinks, a true representation of Maine cuisine.
I recently spent a day in the studio photographing and styling food and drinks for their website, posters and other marketing materials. Since the resort is situated on the coast they wanted a nautical theme for the images. Chef Steve True and company came to the studio, O’Maine Studios, in Portland, to prepare the dishes one by one. Once I saw the dishes being prepared I quickly set up and styled the scene appropriate for that specific dish. After a few tweaks to the final plate, I photographed each in it’s different nautical and rustic setting, from a gorgeous Poached Pear Salad, French Onion Soup and a Beef Tenderloin topped with crispy leeks and baby Portobello mushrooms to some innovative drinks from Bar Manager, Mark Wozny. On deck were a Singapore Sling, A Maine Blueberry Martini and a Champagne Sangria, to honor the weddings and events they have at the resort. If you find yourself vacationing in Kennebunkport, the Nonantum Resort is worth a visit not only for the food and drink but also for their beautiful and romantic setting and ambience. Some images can be seen on the food | styling page on my website.
White Mountain TV Interview
I was recently interviewed on White Mountains TV in New Hampshire and here is the video of it. They haven’t had a food photographer on the show before so they thought it would be a fun and different perspective. Hey, who doesn’t like to talk about food, right?! This area in the White Mountains is huge for weddings so there are a lot of wedding and portrait photographers here but not many that are professional food photographers.
The host Rob Clark was very animated and asked some great questions about the product photography and restaurant photography that I’ve been working on. We started off talking about my shoot in Sicily for a luxury olive oil company and estate called Mandranova and showed some images of the villa, the olive harvest and the food that will be in the book they are publishing this year.
Since I do a lot of bottle photography in my studio we touched on that as well and I was able to show some samples of my work and explain the importance of lighting and how it can make a dish look appetizing or not so appetizing.
It was broadcast in standard definition so the images were not crystal clear but hope anyone interested would check out my website. I now work out of New York and New Hampshire and am working on capturing some business from Maine. There are so many restaurants and foodies in Portland, Maine so I spend quite a bit of time there as of late. Thanks for watching and check out more of my work and passions on my website at www.lesliebrienzaphotography.com.
East Wind Snack Shop Photo Shoot
Industry Magazine’s new issue featured my images of a recent photo shoot at East Wind Snack Shop in Brooklyn. Love that magazine and Amanda McCoy wrote such a nice piece on Chef Chris and his incredible Chinese snack shop. Such a great place to get dumplings and other delicious Chinese food. Chef Chris is brilliant and his restaurant is always packed. The article is here with all of my images.