Man, do I love shooting food. I love it almost as much as eating it. And I feel really lucky because there’s no shortage of truly great food in Portland. In fact, the most difficult thing about food here is deciding what to eat. That’s why this story by Allison Jones was so great to photograph. It’s only a small sampling of the food choices here, but these 10 dishes were all so good that I would shoot this story over again in a heartbeat.
The tricky part of this shoot was getting everything to go together in layout. Jason Blackheart’s art direction was key in dealing with the various angles, shapes, and sizes of food. His goal was to keep it simple and about the food. We decided early on that we couldn’t shoot this in studio, but wanted to make it look like it was. It was going to be too challenging to set up a traditional table top setup inside all these restaurants, so Jason’s solution was to go light and shoot everything on white foam core. To keep the lighting consistent, we always shot with natural window light coming always from the right. My processing did the rest and the spread looks fantastic. One of my favorites this year.I also really enjoyed meeting the chefs and restauranteurs who I met during this shoot. Every one of them was incredibly generous with their time and with their food. Thank you to all of them.
Now get outside, grab a Portland Monthly, and use it as your guide to some truly awesome summer food.
PS: Not to pick favorites, but that LGBLT with pickled asparagus by Bingo! Sandwiches was the bomb. Get it only at Portland Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.