food

Fuel Up!

Steak & Potatoes are good for you right? Well apparently that's what the fable says, steak and potatoes, steak and potatoes, load them up and carry on with your week now let that red meat settle in. In all honesty when is enough of steak and potatoes? This last assignment I had the opportunity created new Advertisements for Rodney's Bar and Grill in Santa Barbara, CA. Thankfully, I was close to sea so it gave me some time to have some freshness from our very own backyard. 

Ahi Tuna served at the Rodney's Grill in Santa Barbara, CA; ©Sosaphoto2016

Rodney's Bar and Grill; ©Sosaphoto2016. Front seating facing glorious beach views. 

Care to lead a hand or tentacle? Fresh octopus @ Rodneys' Bar & Grill; Santa Barbara, CA. 

Peach Pork chop @ Rodney's Bar & Grill; Santa Barbara, CA. ©Sosaphoto

In some cases I am fortunate enough to taste what I photograph because my food stylist has  created two sets. In this case Chef Ryan had made sure everything looked and tasted well enough for the camera and he made sure to put some Chicago love into these dishes. Chef Ryan is a very talented new and upcoming Chef originally from Chicago but was housed as a top Chef in Atlanta before landing himself and his fiancé in Santa Barbara, CA. 

Photogrpahed & Designed Rodney's Bar & Grill interiors and food items for 2016 Advertisement. 

Back in Action

Coffee is all around being. Café is all around culture in my family. It's hard to have a creative project without getting coffee of any sorts involved. It lands itself as the starting ignition to every beginning or ending if it's in the right dessert. 

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On this assignment, I traveled to Hollywood to photograph a unique way to serve coffee. At Alfred's in the Alley espresso cups on the go are best served with an edible treat. No matter the time of day, there's always a place and time for some recharge that let's you consume each drip to the very essence. 

Forensic Files

To Try is To Do. 

Plenty of people forget this term and are careless about trying the new things given to us. Pizza was never a big thing in my family; however, currently residing in Chicago makes it tough to fade away from pizza. You can throw everything on there even the kitchen sink; but lets make it simple and start off with the classic Sardine

Fish is a great way of finding the necessary protein and vitamins a lot of us can't pick up in our regular diet. The main thing about these little creatures is that they always remember to stay hydrated, that's the key!

Here's another fun shoot that I have done with a food stylist; Jason Wheeler. He has some awesome work and some of the best company to have around as well! 

One heads up though, this experiment of a shoot got to get a little dark, in a Dexter kind of way. 
Viewer Discretion is Advised!  

Prepping your fish is one of the most important parts; you have to lay out which pieces are nutritional and which may just make you sick for too long. We've all heard of the blowfish technique, if not, I advise you to look it up. Don't forget to finish it off Cuban style and knock the head off the hen! 

No matter the gruesome journey that had to be taken to get here, this is the same process with every food we it. May it be a chicken, a cow or even a pea. It's the state of being a man and providing food for the family. 

On that note! Let's see what awesome fun stuff we got to create with these beautiful creatures that gave up their soul for our imagery. Also, big thanks to "Big & Little's" in Chicago. Great food dive, gave me the idea for this dive below! 

Always a kids favorite, dunking the Fish in some batter and oil to make Fish n' Chips! 

Red Snapper placed above fresh vegetables

Give Thanks & Tradition

This past week my life has felt like two completely different worlds. Thanksgiving, for me was a time to give back and give thanks to those who need that helping hand in life. I'm a big fan and supporter of helping out, especially those who truly need it. We all need a hand at something in life; may it be exercising, that extra push for a job, or even financially.

I was more than pleased to help out on my Thanksgiving to the Union Station Homeless Shelter. They had a Thanksgiving dinner in the park that day. Enjoy the show below and appreciate every moment ahead. Right now in life, I'm just trying to appreciate what's in front of me till this moment in time is all wrapped up and gone. Always try and stay focused on what's next at hand.

Marv Gross accepting the check from Bank of America on behalf of Union Station Homeless Services. Thanksgiving Goal met!

Volunteers coming in early to lend their time and give back.

A day to give back to thousands and just be grateful.

Some people volunteer as families to share the positive moment of helping others. This was Carmen and her sons first time giving back.

Huge turn out leads to a lot of happy faces. Entire families coming together for a free meal.

Marv Gross as he helps find the parents of Diego and Juan on a busy day at the park. (Don't worry they were found moments later)

The reward of suppling Thanksgiving for the children & their families.

Thanks sure is a word often used lightly, but try to appreciate it the more and more you use it. Thanksgiving was also a great time to see families come together and create their own traditions so that they can bond together and stick closer and closer each year. I hope everyone I know out there had an Awesome Thanksgiving and just try and have this time to bring your families together and create your own tradition just like Carmen and her son volunteering for the first time and hopefully more to come!

Taking A Risk

Thanksgiving is right around the corner people! If you haven't noticed yet I sure love food. Sometimes you gotta take an edge and create something new with a twist. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to try some new recipes and get that food out the door. Just try and not make anyone sick by the end of the day. We want to keep everyone around for the next holiday.  

Spice on the mind; ©Sosaphoto2013

I like some spice in my life, it keeps things interesting. Green, red, yellow orange who cares as long as we get that kick in the butt when you take that first chomp! I can be a basket case sometimes so these peppers fit perfect in a basket for 3. This isn't what I'm bringing to Thanksgiving because it can be more filling than the turkey itself; however, it sure was delicious. Wrap this sucker in bacon and if you want to stuff it with a hint of cheese and some chicken, it may just knock your socks off at the end of the night. 

Jalapeños stuffed with Chicken and Swiss Cheese wrapped in bacon; ©Sosaphoto2013

Treat Yo' Self

Hope everyone had an eventful and fun Halloween! It's been a great month for me on this side. Tons of adventures throughout the jungle of LA and more.

Halloween is over so we gotta find something to do with our used pumpkins. Get creative with your pumpkins, I made this pumpkin chocolate chip muffin. The best part about this self project was getting the smoke/steam fresh off the chocolate chips as if it were fresh out of the oven. If you don't know yet, I've styled most of my own food shots myself and am growing at it each and everyday.

Right As It Bakes; ©Sosaphoto2013

Keep me posted and let me know if you guys do anything creative with your pumpkins.  The other fun part about this shoot was the lighting, I had a packed set with intricate lighting set ups and at one point it was started to look like a carnival haunted house.  That's what you need sometimes to get specific parts of the muffin to show off like the delicious warm chocolate chips that came fresh out of the oven. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin; ©Sosaphoto2013