So, I have this fantastic Marketing company JP&Co that I get to work with on a pretty regular basis. It is always exciting when we get to collaborate together because I get to do a little bit of everything! They are pretty flexible with me on the vision of what they want for their projects and that allows for me to cut loose and get inspired!
This shoot was for Matfer Bourgeat with the amazing Chef Derrick Peltz who was recently on Master Chef with Gordon Ramsey. What this combo means is … excellent food being cooked up with some serious professional chef kitchen tools!
It’s always a bonus and lots of fun behind the scenes! We started with setting the stage in a private kitchen we used for the shoot. The property we were shooting at has a ton of amazing citrus trees, that became the inspiration for the kitchen. Lemons, limes and oranges with the leaves left on! The shoot was all about the Chef and the professional tools of course! But you need a pop of color here and there to create interest for the action shots. Add some white plates and bowls on the upper shelves with just of touch of copper and things are shaping up.
The long table in the outside courtyard was the perfect spot to sit and have a family style meal together and taste the Chefs mouth-watering duck creation. I dressed the table with white lilies and white wax from Kendall Farms in Weck jars and a touch of silver dollar at each place setting. Well, as things go… those stubborn white lilies were not wanting to open for the shoot so they stayed closed but let me tell you sometimes these things happen!!! And we actually liked the look of the closed lilies a lot better than if they were open because it allowed the eye to be focused on the plated food while still having an elegant floral touch on the table. As always ... things work out!!
The Cali sun did not disappoint that day and the temp outside was just right. We enjoyed some time at the table together hearing about Chef Derrick's adventure of being on Master Chef and where he is headed for the future.
The final pics of the day are always the head shots for the client so that’s where I come in with powder and touch ups.... The BEST was watching Chef Derrick rock those head shots!
It’s always a great day when I get to cross over from set design, to floral then to makeup .... and It doesn’t get much better than that!!!