California Donuts is one of my favorite donut shops in Los Angeles so it was amazing to have the owners ask me to come do some food photography for them! The shop is well-known in the area and has tons of regulars (which I think says something about the establishment). Food man Anthony Bourdain was there a couple of weeks ago filming, too!
My favorite things there are their croissants (jalapeno ham and cheese? yum!) so if you ever drop by there be sure to pick some up. While I’ve been going here for some years now, I actually haven’t had any of their drinks before this shoot but they are really delicious.
The family-run business really loves to treat their customers well. They are having a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, January 5th, 2013 from 6AM-2PM so I recommend visiting then and seeing what sort of specials they have! Follow them on Facebook to stay in the loop!
This post is a bit overdue, but…
One of my dear friends is a pâtissière and runs Miso Bakes. She is extremely hardworking and even more talented. Her cake designs are some of the best that I have ever seen (and I’m obsessed with cakes). She is skilled and sweet so you can only imagine how excited I was when she emailed me telling me that one of her creations was to be in Martha Stewart Weddings! Although she’s humble and say it’s undeserved, I think she deserved every bit of it. I feel blessed that she has faith in me and my work and always feel so lucky when she asks me to shoot her cakes.
You can read her post about her Lemon & Mint cake being on Martha Stewart Weddings. Like her, I grew up watching Martha Stewart on TV (seriously – ask my mom about it). I always loved being super domestic – cooking, DIY household things, gardening, etc. so it meant so much more to me that Stella asked me to shoot her cake for Martha Stewart Weddings. You can read the article and look at the photos here in The Brides Guide.
This cake looks so fresh and summery and is both modern and retro. Be sure to follow Miso Bakes on her cake adventures and see what other amazing things she creates: Blog / Facebook
PS: I cannot wait for the day when she makes my wedding cake (and I’m not even engaged yet).
Had an opportunity to collaborate again with the talented pâtissier, Stella of Miso Bakes.
I’ve worked with her on a couple of other shoots and this time we went along with an elegant wedding theme with a gorgeous purple cake!
Miso Bakes has been steadily growing a following on her blog and it’s great to see all the amazing creations she posts and her insights on life as she grows and follows her dreams of being a top pastry chef. She is an amazing individual and I can’t wait to see where she goes!
Cake: Miso Bakes
Makeup: Barbara Tomoko Hori
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I love cake more than most things. That is not an exaggeration; that is a truth. I’m lucky that my job entails taking photos of things I love.
Last week I had the opportunity to work with the lovely Stella of Miso Bakes once again. She has been working on new wedding cake designs.
Check out the intricate detail.
Check out the Miso Bakes blog for more info about her cakes and other creations as well as booking info!
I have been having meetings with Stella (Miso Bakes) to plan some collaboration shoots. This is the first of several.
Stella went to UCI with me and after she attended Le Cordon Bleu and is heading on her way to be an amazing patissier! I am always so amazed not only by her skill and attention to detail but her imagination. I knew she was going to make a teapot cake for this tea party themed shoot but I never imagined it would be an amazing teapot that looks like a flower!
Evanne was our model and she did such a stunning job. I was so excited when I found her because she had the perfect look that I had in mind. She made my job so easy. 🙂
I was a little worried about lighting because when we started setting up it was really harsh still, but as it sank behind the hills it became so much more beautiful. And a BIG thanks to Stella for being such a good sport and assisting me when I needed it.
That is not ice cream. It’s actually a cupcake!
And check out that teapot cake.
I was lucky to work a couple weeks ago with this new amazing company, Sushilicious. They have been working with many local, young artists and asked me to jump on to do some promo and food photography for them. They are such a fresh, hip company so it seemed like a perfect match!
Sushilicious is located in Irvine (on Jeffrey & Irvine Ctr Dr.) and is a kaiten sushi restaurant. Their interior design is extremely clean and modern (so keep an eye out for interior shots once I do those photos) which matches their company feel. It’s great to work with such a young company. Big shoutout to Jeromy for being so open and for such a great opportunity!
We opted to shoot natural light since we all agreed that food that doesn’t look plastic looks more tasty. The only thing that drove me a little nuts was the lighting would change a lot since it was partly cloudy that day. Big thanks to Dyo, who was assisting me!
One problem we had was the wind would knock over our background board every now and then. I never knew sushi was so sticky! It wouldn’t come off the board. Make sure that you secure your backgrounds!