behind the scenes with Ellie Krieger and a giveaway

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

Note: This drawing is now closed. A lot of the work I do is solo. I sit at my desk typing emails, editing manuscripts, reviewing layouts, and more. It suits well my introverted side. The photo shoots I art direct are entirely different. On set things are sometimes loud, occasionally stressful, always very creative, and most of all, it’s a team effort. The photo shoot for Ellie Krieger’s amazing new book, Weeknight Wonders, was no exception.

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

Photographer Quentin Bacon shoots fast too, so everyone is often racing to keep up. The results are really exciting. The book was just published, and I encourage you to check it out for yourself if you want to see the beautiful photos Quentin took. Here are some behind the scenes photos, all just my own snapshots. But even here you can see how great everything looked. (By the way, if you’re actually reading this post and want to be entered into a drawing for a free copy of the book, and you live in the U.S. or Canada, just post a comment below.)

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

Besides of course Quentin, the first credit for the beautiful photos goes to food stylist Suzanne Lenzer. This was my first time working with her, and it was such a pleasure. Suzanne has such a great eye for details, and she never gets flustered when we need something adjusted.

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

Working with ingredients like bread crumbs would drive me insane on a photoshoot. You want them to look messy and natural, but not TOO messy and natural because the photo still has to be pretty.

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

And something like this recipe would be so easy for an amateur to do wrong. The taco pizzas look so delicious, but the ingredients are just, well, challenging. Suzanne made everything look mouthwatering and pretty.

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

The nice thing about working with a photographer like Quentin Bacon is that he’s not afraid to move things around himself on set. But of course we had a real prop stylist to do most of the work — selecting the props before the shoot, coming up with a color palate, and choosing props for each shot or working with the food stylist to figure out what would be just right.

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

Maeve Sheridan was the prop stylist, and it was my first time working with her too. What a pleasure. Maeve brings a calm to the shoot in a way I don’t see too often. I’m not sure if she always did this for a living, but I think this kind of work suits her very well.

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

The thing I admire most about prop stylists, especially Maeve, is their sense of color. I’m not color blind, but color just isn’t my thing. Maeve matched linens and food so well, my snapshots all look so much better than anything I could take myself at home. Well, and of course Suzanne’s food styling was perfect.

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

I already mentioned that these are just my snapshots from behind the scenes at the shoot. Ellie was there too, helping all along the way. For the real photos, please do check out the book which is in stores everywhere now. Here are a few more dishes that look way to good to be healthful (and they’re so easy to prepare too). And don’t forget to write a comment to be entered into the drawing for a free copy. The drawing will be closed on Friday, January 17th at midnight.

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger

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16 Responses to behind the scenes with Ellie Krieger and a giveaway

  1. Cindy Wong says:

    Everything looks delicious!

  2. Jehee Bac says:

    Delicious pictures! Enter me into the giveaway please! 😊

  3. Food styling may just be my dream job :) Nice work sir!

  4. carolyn says:

    Lovely. I could use some new recipes in my weeknight repertoire.

  5. Denise Lin says:

    Everything looks amazing especially that pizza with the ricotta cheese!! I’d love to win a copy of the book :-)

  6. oomph. says:

    what an exciting job! the food looks delicious…yes, please!

  7. I love looking at photo shoots and food styling pictures. Very interesting. Would love the cookbook, too.

  8. Johannah says:

    Wonderful pictures, wish I had that sort of talent!

  9. Sally says:

    Love these snaps, Justin, always fascinating to see the behind the scenes. I’m a big fan of Quentin Bacon, so can’t wait to see this book!

  10. Hanaa says:

    Those pictures are mouth watering indeed. I recently made Ellie’s Mac&Cheese (with pumpkin puree). Delicious!

  11. prep2eat says:

    Enjoy the sharing of “The Process” of cookbook publishing. Inspiring on so many levels.

  12. Your Food is Awesome Ellie! Thank You for Sharing.

  13. jan says:

    Love the Photography everything look so simple and clean. The food really shines through…the pizza looks mighty delicious.

  14. Barb Mitchell says:

    Everything looks delicious. I would love to give the recipes a try.

  15. I’m pretty sure behind the scenes/process posts are my all time favorite posts. It’s just so fascinating to see all the hard work that goes into making a book!

  16. Carolsue says:

    A friend has a couple of her books and they are wonderful! I’d love to win this one. Thank you.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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