non-stop art directing

I’m pretty exhausted this week, and it’s not just because I was out very late on Monday night at the Miss Kittin and the Hacker show at Irving. I’m art directing shoots for three different books this week, in two different studio locations, and that means running back and forth, emailing pics, and trying to keep my head on straight.

One of the shoots is with photographer Lucy Schaeffer (that’s her above), for a cookbook with Mark Peel, the award-winning chef at Campanile restaurant in Los Angeles. We’ve got a great team on the job, and I can already tell the book is going to be gorgeous.

This is just a snapshot, not the photo that Lucy took, but when I saw this plate, I had a feeling it might end up on the cover of the book. We shot about a dozen variations of the photo, just to be on the safe side. The weird thing is that the food is rabbit. As you may know, I’m not a big meat eater, so I can’t quite explain the appeal. I guess it’s hard to tell that it’s rabbit in the pic, rather than just some juicy-looking mystery meat. Sorry bunny-lovers.

I thought it would be funny to post a snapshot of this cake. Honestly, this cake almost broke us. It’s been a great shoot, but we tried and tried to make this thing look good. The frosting was sliding off, the slices wouldn’t stand up straight, the cake was too dark inside to see the crumb texture… I guess you’ll have to wait and see how it turns out in the book, but I actually like this shot I took, after people started snacking on it. It was pretty tasty, by the way.

Last thing about the shoot. We’re doing it at Eagles Nest Studio. Check out the cool view of the big post office on 8th Avenue.

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