Utah Food Photographer | Boars Head Sandwich Shot

I recently photographed a sandwich. Just reading those words doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing. I wish I had taken some behind the scenes footage, because this ended up being one of my most favorite things that I’ve styled so far. Building a sandwich for a photo is an art. There are an unreal amount of tooth picks and cardboard in that delicious looking stack. Send me all your meats, cheese and fine breads because I want to build all the sandwiches and pretty them up for their time in the spot light.

I used scrumptious boars head meats and cheeses and harmon’s bread in this sandwich. Definitely worth the splurge… if you’re planning on eating your sandwich and not just taking photos of it. 

More Mood Food | Utah Food Photographer

I’ve been continuing my moody produce project. It has been great having my own garden and receiving produce from La Nay Ferme because it gives me more subjects to continue this personal project. It’s amazing how much shooting for myself can reenergize me and keep creativity flowing. Sometimes as a professional photographer and parent it can be hard to find the time or desire to do personal projects, but when I do, I’m so glad that I did and I feel so fulfilled for doing so. 

(Also, did you know that kale is water repellent? I tried spritzing it and all the water droplets rolled right off. )

La Nay Ferme | Food and Lifestyle Photographer

I’ve been shooting for La Nay Ferme quite often lately. It’s been great because this semester Trent and I are team teaching a class for UVU–farm to table lifestyle photography class. Right up my alley. Teaching photography has made me evaluate what I do, how, and why I do it, in regards to photographing. To me, it’s mostly intuitive. If you ask right off the bat, why I chose what I did, it may take a moment for me to consider it, because photography, especially photographing food, and food lifestyle just seems to come naturally and has become such a part of me, I don’t have to think much about it. But when teaching it, I have to think about these reasonings and justify them. 

Utah Food Photographer | RubySnap cookies

I wrote up this blog post a while ago, but the hadn’t released the cookie yet, so I waited to publish it and then I had a baby (Charles. He’s so cute and I’ve been eating up my time on maternity leave with him.) and forgot to publish the post. Well here it is:

They’ve got a new cookie out! Yep, that’s right, RubySnap released a new cookie. One awesome perk of being their food photographer is that I sometimes get a sneak taste of new cookies. This one did not disappoint. I brought some home to my family and it was a hit with them as well. 

Now run out and try it!

Green Beans | Utah Food Photographer

I am a green bean fan. I’m very sorry for you if you do not enjoy them. I personally don’t see why anyone wouldn’t like them. I grew some in my garden this year. Their flowers are so beautiful and dainty, I simply had to photograph them. 

The green bean dish pictured is my favorite. It’s so simple and easy to make. And bonus: it can be made with fresh or frozen green beans depending on what you have on hand. I’ve also made them with pine nuts instead of almonds and that turned our delicious as well. 

Lemon Green Beans with Almonds:

2 Tbs butter

1 lb fresh or frozen green beans

Zest from 1 lemon

1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds

Salt and pepper to taste

If using fresh green beans steam in steamer for until tender (about 5-7 minutes). 

Melt butter in a pan, add steamed green beans (if using fresh) or add the frozen green beans. Toss with lemon zest, almonds and salt and pepper. Cook until flavors combine (if using fresh beans), or until frozen beans are hot and soft. 

Serve immediately. 

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