holidays

Photo Shoot Recap: Stevia In The Raw

    This was such a fun day and everything went smoothly. I can’t stress enough how important pre production to a photo shoot really is. The more planning, communicating with agency, client, and team the better the day will go. We finished our shoot on time if not a little early! Also it’s really nice when you have two amazing assistants on hand. This shoot for Stevia In The Raw was highlighting their newly designed packaging for print ads across many popular food magazines in addition some very tasty recipes using the product. The hero shot was really cool because we worked with Hinge; a 2D/3D animation studio in Portland that created a really cute gingerbread man character that they placed in my photograph for the final!
    For the recipes they were all amazing, but I think my personal favorite was the chocolate espresso pizzelles. The expresso buttercream sandwiched between the two pizzelles was so good! Luckily Lisa my stylist made extras, haha! Lisa did a fantastic job creating the other recipes as well. She made the gingerbread butterscotch trifle cups that created these beautiful layers. The grand finale recipe was the chocolate peppermint truffle tart. She had sourced spearmint leaves fresh from a garden that topped the tart so perfectly. It made it picture perfect! Make sure to keep an eye out for my Stevia In The Raw shots and take a minute to see our B.T.S. video.

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Holiday Recipe: Hot Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients

12 ounces dark chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
TOPPINGS: Crushed candy canes or Hershey's cocoa powder

Directions

 Place all ingredients in a double boiler and stir until chocolate is melted. Whisk works well.
    Allow the mixture to cool. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerator for about 2-3 hours until firm.
    Using a cookie scoop, scoop the chocolate mixture ( approx. 1 inch scoops) and roll into a ball. Then with your choice of topping roll in that. Immediately place each ball onto a square of plastic wrap.

For Gifting: Wrap up each ball with plastic wrap to seal.  Place balls in a freezer bag and freeze until ready to use.

To Make Hot Chocolate: 1 cup of milk into a microwave-safe mug (or in saucepan to heat). Carefully drop two unwrapped hot chocolate truffles into the milk. Stir for 30 seconds to 1 minute until the truffles dissolve into the milk. Serve warm!

Wine Choice: Merlot

 Food Photography by Food Photographer Felicia Perretti, New York, Philadelphia



Photo Shoot: Long Island Pulse

I love getting magazine work because the creative direction can really be left up to the photographer. The staff had a general direction they wanted to go but otherwise I was the creative director. This was for a story on side dishes for the holidays. The staff had pulled recipes from their own backgrounds and had us cook them and photograph them. My chef for this job had everything organized and flew right through them. It gave me more flexibility to find interesting angles and textiles to incorporate into the shots. I think my favorite recipe from the list was the Spinach Gratin. It was this cheesy, hot spinach mixture that smelled amazing!

Below are a couple shots from the shoot. Happy Holidays!

 Food Photography by Food Photographer Felicia Perretti, New York