Kitchen Details

You thought by the featured photo of this post that you would be viewing food photography. Not this time! SweetShot Media Design photography has many fabulous clients that we just love! Loyal clients who have been with us for many years. We have decided to do something a bit different. We will feature each of  our favorite clients through videos and stills of work we did for them.

This month we will feature the  beautiful work of Greg Rehm, Owner and General Contractor of Liberty Hill Construction in Bedford New Hampshire. Greg and his "A" Team have been designing and remodeling kitchens, master baths, additions, outdoor living spaces and much more. His work is quality and simply beautiful. We have the priveledge to photograph his completed client projects.

We will feature, in video,  a sample of some of the beautiful kitchens Greg and his Team have re-designed and constructed for his many high end clients.

To view all of Greg's work visit his project gallery here [otw_shortcode_button href="http://libertyhillconstruction.com/project-gallery/" size="large" bgcolor="#640c74" icon_type="general foundicon-star" icon_position="left" shape="round" target="_blank"]Gallery[/otw_shortcode_button]

Kitchen Details from SweetShot photography on Vimeo.

 

MORE ON CHEF IRVINE

We had the great pleasure of photographing a benefit for the New Hampshire Food Bank, Food Networks' own celebrity Chef Robert Irvine. The Steel Chef Challenge included three local Chef's all preparing dishes that Chef Irvine organized in twenty minutes.

For more photos of the event please click here to view the entire gallery.

Chef Robert Irvine, Food Network, New Hampshire Food Bank

Are you hungry? [...]

We love to photograph food. We appreciate how food is presented by our client chef's and how our own garden produces beautiful and colorful harvest. Good food styling and photography should make the viewers' mouth water! It shouldn't be perfect as some magazines tend to create. You want your viewer to ask "where can I get that", or  "is this from your garden." Here is a gallery of some of our food photography for clients and our own. Come on now, we know you want to try all of it!

Bayona Cafe

Bayona Cafe, Manchester NH. The newest hidden gem with very eclectic ambiance, catering to unique tastes. The interior is a revival of the historic 1886 cotton mills with rich original flooring, granite and brick masonry and low beamed ceilings giving the Bayona a cozy yet eclectic feel with  bright magenta and teal walls to the industrial lighting fixtures. The food is spectacular. Serving breakfast and lunch and early dinner fare with generous portions. Specials of the day are posted daily on their website and created for the discerning diner by Executive Chef Johnny.

Bayona Cafe is part of the Tidewater Catering Group family owned and operated by Keri Laman. Visit the Bayona Cafe on your next visit to Manchester, NH.

Creative Spaces

Where is your studio? The question I am asked every time I give out my business card.

We are photographers and synonymous with being a professional photographer is a studio. Photography studios popped up all over the place back in the 80's and 90's with the  baby boomer generation and when the economy was booming. Baby boomers wanted what  the generation before them didn't have, to show their success through portraits. It was quite prestigious for a bride-to-be to go into New York City or Boston to have her bridal portrait taken by the prestigious photography studios in those days.  Back in the day, you had made it as a professional photographer if you owned your own studio. Then there was digital and the whole world of film photography and studios was shattered!

 Film photography  was a necessity to have a studio (if you could afford one!)

A studio was a necessity because you needed to have a black room to develop your images. Wedding photographers needed a studio for developing the hundreds of wedding photos they were hired to produce. What took a film photographer several months to get proofs off  to the fretting bride, now takes weeks with digital.

First introduced and sold to the masses in 2001

...the first digital camera was invented in 1975, film photography would soon become a thing of the past after the popularity grew for digital. With the popularity of digital photography growing, the need for studio was not a necessity any longer. Old school professional film photographers were losing business to this new phenomenon. Brick and mortar studios overhead and cost of  camera equipment was astronomical and without the steady flow of portrait clients, many studio photographers were put out of business.

When I discovered digital, 10 years ago, I packed away the 35mm camera and film...

and did something I had never even dreamed of doing. I quit my day job and amateur photographer status (I have been a hobby photographer for over 50 years (YIKES!) I started a photography business. I started it with a brand new Nikon D70 (in 2005) on a wing and a prayer! Studio, who needs a studio I thought when I have digital. I only needed the camera, a flash, and a computer. When I am asked where's my studio, I simply reply "it's where you are standing!" My studio is the world around us. Yes, I do have portable lighting, backdrops, laptop and other equipment that travels in the back of my 2005 Subaru.  I  have a creative space (as seen in the photo below).

Now this isn't to say photography studios are obsolete. In fact, some of my favorite fellow photographers have great studios, but they are in the fashion, glamour and fine portraiture photography. I like to suggest to my clients that they go to them for a posed headshot or for fine portraiture. Posing clients is not my thing. Candid and unsuspecting is my style.

To answer the FAQ about my studio I do not own one, but I do own a creative space of my own, over my garage above the old 2005 Subaru Outback.

 

 

You say tomatoes

The beginnings....

 Garden beginnings

A little over a month ago we posted a few shots of our garden in progress. We designed the raised beds in a 260 square foot area. Inside of the larger area we built 7 smaller raised beds all in different dimensions, that  I referred to as Phase 1 & 2 of our designer garden. The left image is the first picture of the completed construction. We were so late in the spring season (it's New England folks!) and had not completed the garden design until early June, we had the vegetables still in their pots waiting to be planted into the ground. We completed the design and immediately started planting. This was the beginning. We then started on Phase 2.

Garden Phase 2

Into the garden phase 2 and beyond

Phase 2 began in the middle of June, once we had the seedlings planted and fertilized. Phase 2 consisted of mulching, setting up the fencing and adding some garden embellishments. Pinwheels were added to keep away the birds and the deer even though the fencing is a durable black netting made specifically as a deer and bird deterrent. As you can see in this photo, the plants are growing and getting green. In the lower right corner of the image at right,  is my heirloom rhubarb that seems to enjoy the freedom of it's own spot. We have harvested it twice now since May!

Welcome to the Garden

 

The final touch-- the garden gate

What would a garden be without the garden gate! Our garden gate was hand made from cedar, with cedar posts and pine pickets. This project, (my favorite!) took a weekend to construct, by my daughter I might add. All with our own design, materials and with love. The slate walkway to the gate was made with old slate slabs from a 200 year old home on our Village Green. The beginning of the walk way is the blue gray slate then a step down to the multi-colored slate that was used in walkways and gardens many years ago. It completed the garden gate and is so welcoming. We embellished the gate with old birdhouses and American flags and a flag bunting for the 4th of July, and have decided to keep it up all summer.  All the vegetables from our garden were made and harvested in America, is what our gate is announcing!

 

 

 

WELCOME

::Welcome::

...you say tomatoes and I say cucumbers, green beans, lettuce and TOMATOES

Why, you are asking,  would an events and media photographer make a post on a garden. Simply put, the garden is an art form in of itself. Natures art, if you will, or I should say, gift. We can be creative in the garden. Embellish it, watch it grow and reap the rewards in a garden. We are going one step further however! I am a commercial food and real estate photographer, as well as an events photographer. I photograph many client kitchens, restaurants' food and interiors  and  food styling. Having a garden allows me to go beyond the end result in the kitchen and start in the garden to photograph the beginnings where my food photography all started. That is why I say "cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, kale AND tomatoes"!