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.