Food Photography & Styling | July 2013 Challenge | Seasonal | Sarasota-Bradenton Food Photographer

Hey friends!!  As usual, I am rushed this month as I need to pack for another trip to Boston.  Wasn’t sure if I was going to make this month’s food photography and styling challenge with The Inspired Plate, but I was determined to do so!!!!  This month’s theme is “seasonal” which is a tricky one here in Florida because most produce goes OUT of season at this time of the summer.  I asked the Sarasota Farmer’s Market folks, and Googled as well to find that there were actually a few fruits and veggies in season in July…..dragon fruit and watermelon were on the list.  Dragon Fruit?!?

Hmmm….I have never used dragon fruit.  The Fresh Market in Bradenton carried it this past week so I purchased it, hoping to come up with some type of recipe!!

Being that it’s hot and humid, a cold, refreshing soup came to mind.  I combined watermelon and dragon fruit, along with lime juice, agave nectar, ground coriander, and cayenne pepper.  I added a splash of lemon-lime Perrier……but really wanted to add a big splash of Prosecco – and I would have if I wasn’t leaving for Boston in the morning!

The swirl of crème fraîche just added a beautiful bit of richness.

And then I shot this outside.  In 90 degree temps and humidity off the charts.  After JUST arriving home from the salon with a – well what was  – a perfect salon blow-out.  Oh. Well.

If  I had time?!?  I would have added a champagne glass to demonstrate the Processo in the soup, and perhaps a glimpse of the bottle.

Please venture along our blog circle to see what the other ladies came up with!  Next up is the fabulous Jayme Franklin, San Francisco Bay Area Food Photography – her work is absolutely gorgeous.




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Jennifer Olson | Pretty-Eats - July 29, 2013 - 11:18 am

Stacey, love these colors!! I’ve never tried a soup like this but you’ve inspired me for our next heat spell!! YUM!

Kim - Liv Life - July 29, 2013 - 11:24 am

Oh, Stacey! I always love the mood your photos bring. I just want to sit down and enjoy that soup with you. I’ve never tried dragon fruit, but I’m loving the combo you have here. Beautifully done!

Kat - July 29, 2013 - 11:35 am

What a beautiful color! That looks so refreshing.I love the dish and napkin you styled it with, it goes perfectly.

Laurie - July 30, 2013 - 4:32 pm

WOW Stacey!! The colors are so gorgeous.. it makes your food pop!! I have never had this kind of soup.. you are so creative!!! I’ve had cold peanut butter soup. :) But never a fruit soup, although I have a recipe for cantaloupe soup. I have got to get more creative!! Great post!!

Tammy Bilodeau - August 5, 2013 - 10:14 pm

Ohh looks so yummy Stacey. Such a pretty colour soup and I love the bowl you’ve used. Great work :)

My New Favorite Store | Longboat Key-Bradenton FL Photographer

When I fell in love with the food photography and styling work of cookbook author Béatrice Peltre a couple of years ago or so, I also set out on a mission to find those fun, funky plastic spoons that she uses in many of her bright and vibrant images she showcases on her blog.  And when I was crazy lucky to attend one of her food photography and styling workshops last summer in NYC, do ya think I would have asked her?!?  No, ugh.  So I continued my search, checking kitchen specialty stores and party supply websites to no avail.

I grew less enthusiastic and hopeful of stumbling upon them after such a fruitless search.  That is, until I ventured to the quaint town of Camden, Maine last month……..


My spirits were renewed by Camden’s charming historic downtown and the visually appealing storefronts…..I spied beautiful linens in one, and happily noted kitchen specialty items in another.  I was on the hunt!!  Again!!  Lafe was indeed the most patient man evah as we combed through each potential spoon-discovery store only to be let down one after another.

And then we ventured into the last probable store – Jo Ellen Designs.

Talk about gorgeous!!! The shelves and tables held a bounty of stunning tableware, cookbooks, and beautiful home accessories. I saw Béa’s cookbook La Tartine Gourmande on one of the display tables and struck up a conversation with the owners about her NYC workshop and how fantastic it was. They showed great interest in that and invited me to take photographs of their store which I happily did.

While I was navigating between using my DSLR and my iPhone, Lafe called to me and held up a spoon and asked me if that was kind of like what I was looking for.  Kind of?!?  IT WAS!!!!!!!!  It was IT!!!!!!  I’m not sure if I screamed or yelped or something equally as embarrassing and unladylike, but I became wildly and uncontrollably giddy!!!!  I thought at first that maybe that was the only style available….but then we started circling back around the store with “new” eyes and sure enough, at almost every display, were more spoons in a different color or pattern. Needless to say, I bought 16 of them……

It’s an AMAZING store!! Jo Ellen Designs is located at 21 Main Street in Camden, Maine and is a must-stop if you enjoy fine tableware and home accessories. It’s also a prop stylist’s dream come true!! Thank you for letting me wander throughout the store taking photographs and I hope my travels take me to Camden again very soon!

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bea - July 8, 2014 - 3:47 am

Just discovering your post now Stacey! Love it. Thank you! I will stop at the shop when I head North!

admin - September 1, 2014 - 2:47 pm

I do hope you have the chance Bea!! :)

Food Photography & Styling | June Challenge | Frozen Desserts

I was pretty determined to get this month’s challenge done for The Inspired Plate……….and creating even *more* of a challenge is that I traveled up to New England from Florida (driving….) and don’t have my props or much of my equipment including my big screen monitor so I can actually see while editing images.  So – hey what the heck?!?  As Tiffany Dahle from our group commented, maybe I could be the first Instagram image poster for our food photography group LOL!!

The theme this month is Frozen Desserts.  So I took the easy way out and went to Whole Foods to get a container of whatever funky ice cream or sorbet or gelato I could find and ended up with a Grapefruit Campari boutique sorbet from a Vermont producer by the name of Blue Moon Sorbet.  Awesome.

Okay so I did what I could do!!  I broiled grapefruit segments sprinkled with a sweet amount of turbinado sugar for a nice garnish, along with fresh basil leaves.  That – along with my highly coveted plastic spoons that I bought last week in Maine from Jo Ellen Designs (swoon!) and Lafe’s never-used Margarita glasses – well, voila!  There you have it.

Please check out our blog posts for this challenge – next up is the aforementioned Tiffany Dahle who is simply AMAZING and is a great resource for all moms out there for almost any reason!!

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Allison Jacobs - June 24, 2013 - 9:59 am

I loved that you jumped in this month anyway even though you were far from home and your props! The margarita glasses are a great way to showcase the sorbet. Love the summer feel to the styling too!

Tammy Bilodeau - June 24, 2013 - 10:18 am

Looks great Stacey, they turned out wonderful, in spite of being a little out of your comfort zone :) I love the green in the background, it really makes that pink POP! great job :)

Kat - June 24, 2013 - 10:42 am

Love how the orange and green plan off each other. Just joyfully exclaims summer is here. You definitely captured the feel of the theme. Nice job.

Sabrina - June 24, 2013 - 8:34 pm

The styling looks great, love the way the pinks and greens contrast against each other :) By the way – I looooove those plastic spoons, I am so jealous you finally found them 😉

JaymeF - June 25, 2013 - 11:15 pm

Wow, for not having your regular stuff with you, you made this look all too easy! The dessert looks so refreshing!

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The M Family Beach Session | Longboat Key & Bradenton FL Photographer

Okay this family has been dubbed the “FUN” family.  They knew how to have a BLAST and the resulting images of their shoot reflect that.  I had SO much fun – so did they – and it really is one of those shoots when you go home smiling and  glad that you are a photographer.  Bill and family – thanks for being so fantastic and fun to work with!!  Enjoy your images.  :)

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