Kat Teutsch shot this cute little story for Woman’s Day, styled by Erin Swift and Susan Sugarman. Those weeknight dinners are always tough – you get home from work exhausted, the kids are so excited to see you, there isn’t a ton in the fridge, it’s almost like the last thing you have energy for is to cook a great meal. Not to mention, a great meal that also happens to be healthy! Lucky for us at Big Leo, the commission structure is actually based on the stylists cooking all our meals. It’s a great arrangement.
Memorial Day weekend is coming up and Andrew Purcell‘s grill is about to get as hot as his camera. Check out these great recipes from O, the Oprah Magazine, styled by Rebeccca Jurkevich and Pam Morris. I’m kind of partial to the corn because it takes me back to those summers when we’d get fresh ears from the farmer’s market – the kind you only have to grill for a few minutes because they’re so tender. So good!
David Land traveled down south to New Orleans for HGTV Magazine, to the home of the Burkhardts. Their home was hammered by Katrina but they persevered and redid the house, room by room. And it’s not just about the house – the whole neighborhood benefits from this kind of hard work. Everyone there went through the flood and everyone there just wants to get back to normal. There are always going to be scars – David talked about the water stain on the wall in their pantry – but those are now part of the history of the house. It’s an inspirational story, and beautifully shot. Great work from the HGTV team.
Even after a Cinco de Mayo filled with guac, seeing these works of art by Carrie Purcell still makes me want to chase down the taco truck to find the ultimate in tortilla goodness. And Carrie would know – after so many years in Santa Barbara at her favorite haunts like La Super Rica and Super Cucas, she is the foremost expert on all the trickiest toppings. It’s hard not to feel a little jealous of photographer Jonny Valiant and stylist Gerri Williams – they all got to eat these beauties on the Woman’s Day set!
Sweet Paul continues to create magic and his spring issue is no exception. Hector Sanchez shot this gorgeous story on cakes – simple recipes to ring in the season when we can finally open the windows and let in cool breeze. His recipes are just as refreshing – using dried figs in an amaretto cake, and mixing lemon and coconut for a zesty new take on an old classic. Be sure to read the rest of the story in the new issue of Sweet Paul Mag!
Another Big Leo dream team – photographer Sheri Giblin and stylists Sarah Cave and Paul Lowe joined forces with author Jessica Strand for her new book ‘Small Gatherings.’ Shot on location at the author’s home in Brooklyn, the book is all about sitting down with good company for a simple seasonal meal. Beautifully styled, the book is a feast for the eyes and makes me dream of dinner with friends on the roof deck. Be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes photos over at Sheri’s blog.
Brian Pineda has always been proactive about shooting – it’s just in his veins to get out there and make pictures. Not pictures like coffee cups and magnolias in the springtime. He works hard to get the tough shots. The ones that involve extreme locations. Getting himself to engage with all kinds of different and interesting people. It’s inspiring to see him work so hard and testament to how much he loves the craft.
Ed Gallagher styled these great scenes for the new Williams-Sonoma catalog, shot by the always-dynamic Sang An. It’s been interesting to see the catalogs drift more towards the editorial side of things, while the magazines drift more towards the catalog format. Somewhere in there is a recipe for success that involves beautiful pictures of items that also happen to be for sale. More and more this is possible when you can make small collections that have a much shorter jump from manufacturing to consumer. We love the printed page and hope it is able to stay viable – all the more realistic with pictures like this!
Cynthia Groseclose developed and styled this fun campaign for Le Creuset, shot by the lovable Squire Fox. The focus of the images is the new tea and coffee collection, so Cynthia went for a modern feel with a casual afternoon party. The best part is that she was able to take it from concept to shoot to finished photos – being able to carry it from start to finish really showed off Cynthia’s skills:
“This client is so much fun because we get to really be creative – they trust us to take it in a beautiful direction. I made a story board and worked with the team to find the right location and the right props. I also developed a tea “mocktail” recipe for them too – green tea with lemon, ginger and mint. We were so happy with the way it turned out – almost editorial in a sense. I love that it helps you see the beautiful products in a real-life context.”
David Land shot this beautiful cover for Lonny magazine, featuring floral designed Brittany Asch of BRRCH. I was talking to a friend the other day about magazines, and how there are almost 200 new titles each year. Except that, only about 20 make it to one year, and only about 5 make it to 2 years. And after that, only a couple continue to publish. Lonny is coming up on 4 years now, which is an incredible run. They always have interesting features and great photography. It’s an inspiration to see them succeed – especially for a magazine junkie like me!
Tonight is the big night – stylist Scott Horne and his partner in crime Rebecca Robertson are teaming up to bring you a special sale at One King’s Lane. Starting at 9pm Eastern Time, the sale will feature carefully-curated items that highlight Scott’s personal style. Read more tips over at the OKL blog and get ready to log in – the sale only lasts 3 days and all the best stuff will go quickly! A toast to the tastemakers!
Ed Gallagher styled these wonderful images shot by photographer Jon Gordon. It is always great to spend some time in the studio for yourself, to focus purely on the beauty of light and interplay of objects. It is pure composition for composition’s sake, and it helps to recharge your creative batteries so you can bring your full power to commercial shoots. We hope the images inspire you!