Welsh Cakes

Welsh Cakes

These are Welsh Cakes, they're from Wales. But these ones were made right here in Kansas City, by the amazing Lisa Barber, she's simply brilliant, and my wife. She created these after going to Wales to watch some rugby with me and she nailed the recipe first time! She's amazing, did I mention that already. 

If you head over to our blog, Peas, Love and Yorkshire Puddings, you'll eventually see the recipe for these and be able to try them yourself, in the mean time take my word for it - YUM.

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Amazing muffins made by the amazing Lisa for Peas, Love and Yorkshire Puddings. These were the delicious blueberry muffins that require oodles of butter!

Cinnamon Rolls - Dolce Bakery

Cinnamon Rolls - Dolce Bakery

These rolls were created in our long-standing relationship with Dolce Bakery. We captured loads and loads of baked goods, and we definitely got to sample some along the way. 

This image was shot on location and we mixed window light and strobe lights to create something dynamic that looked perfect in the kitchen. This was one of our first shoots using the Profoto B2's which are some really awesome compact strobes that are great to play around with.

Cheddar & Chive Scones

Cheddar & Chive Scones

Another delicious treat made by Lisa for Peas, Love and Yorkshire Puddings. This time it was cheddar & chive scones, jam tarts (one of my faves) and fairy cakes, just out of screen.

You should definitely try out the recipe for these - they are delicious and the jam tarts are pretty dang awesome too.

Dolce Dark Truth Stout Brownie Trifle

Dolce Dark Truth Stout Brownie Trifle

Here's Dolce Bakery with an amazing Dark Truth Stout Brownie Trifle...with Maker's Mark Icing, soft caramel, & sea salt flakes. This was absolutely delicious.

This was from one of our earliest shoots with them, using natural light and some crumbs to show off how appetizing it is.

And even better, there's Boulevard Beer in the recipe!

Profiterole with Almonds

Profiterole with Almonds

The profiterole is one of my favorite desserts, especially when paired with sliced almonds and lashings of chocolate sauce. You may have heard it described as as a cream puff, or choux à la crème, it is a filled French choux pastry ball with a typically sweet and moist filling of whipped cream, custard, pastry cream, or ice cream. Or delicious as I call it. 

For this shot we teamed up with Trina Kahl to make a stunning dessert, and image.

Dolce Layered Cake with Strawberries

Dolce Layered Cake with Strawberries

Another fantastic commercial shoot for Dolce Bakery, for this one we did half a dozen cakes and several of them wound up in my portfolio. I loved the lighting and the set we created for this shoot. 

The props that Dolce brought in from Ultrapom and their own personal stash of plates and silverware really tied the scene together. 

Dolce Layered Coconut Cake

Dolce Layered Coconut Cake

Another delicious cake from that same shoot for Dolce. I love the crumbs, the stand and most of all the eye angle on this image. I love how you can see all the delicious layers of moist cake and down to your own personal slice just waiting to be eaten.

Dolce Lemon Cake Slice

Dolce Lemon Cake Slice

This time we went to the house and captured some products on-location to give Dolce a different look. In this image we captured a single slice of their delicious lemon cake and played with some lovely props to give it a distinct lemon theme.

Dolce were able to use this image in some incredibly successful ads to target production to match demand. Knowing that their ads would feed sales they baked extra lemon cakes to have them on hand.

Dolce Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Dolce Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Another Dolce classic - in this case it was pumpkin whoopie pies. Shot on location again we created these using the lovely Profoto B2's and all their compact power. 

I love the level of detail that we created in these images. Using the Phase One back we can capture so much highlight detail that would be unimaginable in a lessor camera.

Tea Time with Cake Detail

Tea Time with Cake Detail

Here's the detail from Hannah Brantley's tea time genius! In this scene she made an entire tea time table scape. I love the flowers and color scheme and props she brought in for the shoot. 

I love collaborations like this for test shoots; if you've seen some of the images in the "Eat" portfolio you'll see some great images we made with Hannah. It's a chance to experiment with light and props and cameras without the pressure of a precise assignment

Tea Time with Cake

Tea Time with Cake

Another Hannah Brantley piece of genius! In this scene she made an entire tea time table scape. I love the flowers and color scheme and props she brought in for the shoot. 

I love collaborations like this for test shoots; if you've seen some of the images in the "Eat" portfolio you'll see some great images we made with Hannah.

Dolce Wedding Cake

Dolce Wedding Cake

This was a beautiful wedding cake we captured for Dolce Bakery as part of their larger cake shoot. This was the last shot of the day and we only had a few minutes to captured it. We decided to keep it completely simple with a little fill light and no props and leave the cake to do all the work. When we mixed in the blue backdrop we knew we had created something really special that popped and made for a very unique wedding image - rustic and pure at the same time.

Feast Q39 Cobbler

Feast Q39 Cobbler

This image was from the Q39 editorial assignment for Feast Magazine. Along with the brisket sandwich image in the Eat portfolio I love this pair of images - they just did a wonderful job of showing off very simple food photography without a complex site and crazy set of lighting equipment - just great food, a camera, tripod, a window and a little fill light - kinda the perfect ingredients for simple food photographs.

Dolce Whoopie Pies

Dolce Whoopie Pies

Another location shoot for Dolce Bakery and more delicious product. This time Erin found us a beautiful house and kitchen to shoot in and we created some wonderful shots of their platters of product.

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

I love this overhead shot of lemon bars at the Dolce store. We shot this on location with a whole series of pies when they first opened the store. They have a beautiful huge farm table that we used as the surface for a lot of the shots, but for this image Erin had a wonderful marble surface which was perfect to drop in for the shot. We took several images and my favorite was this one with the "missing" lemon bar in the middle of the shot.

Bluestem Crêpe

Bluestem Crêpe

This was a very fun last minute shoot for a book project that was capturing breakfasts of restaurants throughout the Midwest. We had the day off, but the photographer they did have lined up had to rush back to NYC for a family emergency and I got to have a wonderful day capturing a whole series of amazing food dishes at restaurants around KC with the Art Director.

This was one of my favorite photos we captured for the book "America's Best Breakfasts" in a quick one day shoot touring around the best breakfast restaurant options in Kansas City. We visited a half dozen locations photographing all the food and beverages using natural light and simple reflectors to make a series of wonderful images.

Fruit Cobbler

Fruit Cobbler

Another delicious Peas, Love and Yorkshire Puddings dish by Lisa. For this cobbler we got to get a little more dramatic for the scene, so I closed off all the light at the back of the shot and put a little fill light on the side coupled with the light skimming over the top of the dishes.

Raspberry Chocolate Brownie sprinkled with Pistachio

Raspberry Chocolate Brownie sprinkled with Pistachio

Hannah made this delicious sheet cake of brownie and then methodically coated it with raspberries and finally sprinkled it with crumbled pistachio. 

Just delicious.

We made a lovely broad lit and flat set to let the brownies be the focus.

Dolce Guinness Chocolate Cake

Dolce Guinness Chocolate Cake

Another amazing Dolce cake - this time it's Guinness and Chocalate, two of my favorite things in the world. I wish they would put bacon in this cake. Anyhoo, this was one of my first moody shots, really closing down the amount of natural light hitting the cake and being very selective on the highlights. I'm very pleased with the results.

Yes, I ate the cake.

Russell Stover Candies

Russell Stover Candies

These Stover candies were photographed at home and styled by Lisa for Peas, Love and Yorkshire Puddings. In this shot we stacked a whole series of candies in a candy tin and then sprinkled some chocolate powder over them.

Peaches and Honey

Peaches and Honey

Sliced peaches by Hannah on a lovely rustic cutting board. Again Hannah found the perfect props to make a lovely rural scene.

Pistachio and Orange Cookies

Pistachio and Orange Cookies

WOW! These were delicious. Just a really light flakey cookie baked by Lisa for our Peas, Love and Yorkshire Puddings blog. This shot was intended to be a lighter image than some of the more moody shots I create. I love the raw and natural ingredients that Lisa blended into the scene.

Dolce Mini Strawberry and Blueberry Cheesecakes

Dolce Mini Strawberry and Blueberry Cheesecakes

One more delicious treat from the team at Dolce. These mini cheesecakes are amazing! I love the pastry on them and the fruit toppings. 

KC Magazine - Grunauer Desserts

KC Magazine - Grunauer Desserts

Way back in the day we had a lot of assignments for KC Magazine, it was part of my big break in food photography. On this occassion they sent me down to the Freight House District to capture desserts from Grunauer. If you haven't been to this restaurant you're missing out! Lisa and I love the Sunday lunches here where they do roast pork WITH crackling. It's delicious.

Dolce - Cake

Dolce - Cake

Jam Tarts

Jam Tarts

Another amazing dish created by my beautiful wife for Peas, Love and Yorkshire Puddings. Jam tarts are one of my favorite dishes - I just love them and my mum used to make them a lot. Dolce makes some bloody good jam tarts too! 

I love the rustic jam and the crumbly pastry.

Dolce Layered Chocolate Cake

Dolce Layered Chocolate Cake

One of my very first images for Dolce. This slice was photographed in their original location using window light and a little fill. This was the first time Adam learnt how to use an iron, and I think he did a pretty good job with it.

This cake is absolutely delicious and I definitely recommend getting a slice if you're in the area!

Dolce Noel Log

Dolce Noel Log

This is a fantastic Christmas treat that I would highly recommend to everyone! We did try a couple of slices after we wrapped this wonderful photoshoot for Dolce. They make these logs from scratch and the whole thing is delicious! I particularly love the mushrooms.