This past April, I spent a week in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rubbing shoulders with the steel city's finest photographers, stylists, and art directors; thanks to my sister, Victoria, who is the Executive Editor and Managing Director of TABLE Magazine. Let's just say she holds a pretty key to the city with the number of connections she has in her vast professional network. Anytime I book a visit she asks "Where do you want to eat?" and "What show do you want to see?" One of the photographers I had the privilege of shadowing on location throughout the week is food and product photographer, Adam Milliron. It was nothing short of inspiring to see how someone my age has already made huge waves as a successful and established commercial photographer. I'm so excited to show you his flawless and crisp work in the photos below. Not only is he beyond talented, but his company is warm, inviting, and delightful. He took me out for fish tacos where we talked business and technique before letting me watch his post production flow on his latest shoot.
Day 1 in Pittsburgh brought chilly, wet, snow and an interesting dilemma. A brunch spread was to be shot at my Uncle Victor's home for a "Pittsburgh PRIDE" piece in the Summer Gatherings issue. (released in June) While Adam was booked for 5pm, a food stylist cancelled last minute. Victoria saw this as the perfect opportunity for me to step up and get hands on. Before you knew it we were planning table setting, menu, and decor over french cold cuts. I was sent to Whole Foods to stock for the shoot and on return began styling a table for 10 close friends.
My Uncle Victor is an entertainer and collector of heirloom flatware, providing just the pip and zazz we were looking for. The tablecloth is from Aunt Patty who works in textiles in Italy, gold silverware belonged to Grandma at one time, and embellished china was showcased from Cousin Kaye.
Special thanks to Adam for allowing me to assist, shadow, and soak up his goodness. And to big sister Victoria for being my launch pad and cheerleader for opportunity. For more behind the scenes, visit TABLE Magazine's Blog.