Feast Market

Wednesday, October 29, 2014











A couple weeks ago I headed to the gorge to help a friend of mine taking some shots around her market in White Salmon for a new website they are setting up. I should first disclose that this isn't a specialty of mine in the slightest. Product shots often feel like my arch-nemesis and, already having disclosed I am not a big fan of cooking, I don't spend much time styling or taking photos of food. And if this were anyone but a really close friend who I would be sad to disappoint, but not in the least bit embarrassed to 'fail' in front of, I think it would have been really intimidating for me. But it turned out to be so much fun. 

For starters I have know my friend, Jen, since we were wily teenagers and really being in the space of her business I felt this overwhelming sense of pride. I kept think "she did this. she did all of this!" I found myself impressed with the most mundane details I'd normally overlook, like programming a cash machine with all of their merchandise in it. Or how nice her gift cards were. Or how she has sourced so many amazing local products. I was in awe. And everywhere I turned I kept saying "you did that? you did that!" Secondly it was fun to create a story with different materials than I usually use (my own) and play with different colors and textures in a completely different environment. Not to mention it was really enjoyable to do this kind of work with another person. And lastly, but certainly not least (okay, maybe the best part of all) was eating my way through the photo shoot.

If you are in the Hood River / White Salmon area - which you should definitely be at some point if you live here or come to visit - be sure to visit Feast. There is a huge selection of local wines and cheeses and meats and seasonal produce. And by local I mean within-miles-of-the-market local. All the food is prepared in-house such as daily soups, sandwiches, packed lunches and homemade cakes and cookies (gluten-free options galore as well). For contact info visit here.

8 comments:

  1. Your photographs never disappoint. I think it's challenging as well as exciting to take photos in a new environment. It helps your creativity. I'm all for local products markets and shops and what your friend is doing sounds like a wonderful thing.

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  2. Hooray! Big hand clap! I think these are gorgeous! My favorite might be that beer shot, and that beet salad looks like what I wanted my beet salad to be last night! Great job girlie, and good for you for stretching! :)

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  3. Lovely shots! That beet salad (I'm assuming those are beets, with hazelnuts and roasted red peppers? am I totally off? It looks delicious whatever the ingredients) looks like something out of Gourmet magazine. All of them are great! But now I'm starving :( haha xo

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  4. Your shots of the food came out wonderfully Christine! Don't doubt yourself. And now I'm coming back to Portland to eat all the food, cool?

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  5. well done, christine. you need to give yourself more credit because these shots are fantastic and now i really want a hot, comforting bowl of butternut squash soup! haha. i love how you took so much pride in your friend's success, it really show in the pictures. congrats to you both, really. ;)

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  6. so very well done! i remember seeing the link to feast on your side bar a while ago. glad they are doing well and love the local ingredients! that salad with the hazelnuts is absolutely gorgeous and you did an amazing job photographing the people. xo

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  7. the shots turned out great, and now I'm hungry for those cookies.

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  8. beautiful pics. and great that you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone. I've become quite lazy again lately, so thanks for the reminder that there is so much good stuff out there and so many ways to stretch oneself.

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